St. Regis Paper Company shifter engine near Deferiet

St. Regis Paper Company in Deferiet

Deferiet is the quintessential company town, as are many towns and communities across the North Country. In Deferiet, the ‘company’ was the St. Regis Paper Company, which employed hundreds of residents in its heyday. Deferiet was also the site of an early paper union strike, which you can read more about here. For descriptions of life […]

Snowplow and passenger train collision in the Town of De Kalb 2

Blizzards in the North Country

Snow is one thing Northern New York can count on. Collected here are all the blizzard photos we’ve collected from across the region.

Steam shovel loading ore in Benson Mines

Real Photo Postcards and Photos by North Country Photographer Henry M. Beach

Many of the photos held by institutions and museums around the North Country were taken by photographer Henry M. Beach – he was a prolific artist and traveled all over the region capturing scenes of life and business. You can read our full North Country at Work article about him here.  This collection of his […]

Working the calendar machines inside the Newton Falls Paper Mill in Newton Falls

Inside the Newton Falls Paper Mill in the 1940s and 50s

A collection of photographs offering an inside look at the inner workings of the Newton Falls Paper Mill in the 1940s and 1950s. Photos courtesy of the Town of Clifton Museum, from the Ernie Bognar Collection, as furnished through the courtesy of Randy Clark.

Strife’s logging operation loading logs onto GMC truck in the Town of Webb

Clarence J. Strife’s logging operation in the Town of Webb in the 1950s

This collection of photos represents Clarence J. Strife’s logging operation circa the 1950s, and comes from the Goodsell Museum in Old Forge, which covers the history of the Town of Webb in Herkimer County. All the photos were taken in the Carter Railroad Station area, previously the hamlet of Clearwater, in the Town of Webb. Trucks, […]

Logger with peavey in the Town of Webb

Breaking a log jam in the Town of Web in the 1920s

A small collection of photos from the Goodsell Museum in Old Forge in the Town of Webb, illustrating a spring logging drive in the 1920s. Specifically, loggers are working to break up a “log jam”, when cut logs floating downriver got caught and needed to be broken up so that they could continue on to […]

The Humes’ Sugar Bush in Harrisville

Warren Humes came from a long line of Massachusetts hunters, but he moved to the Harrisville area in Lewis County in 1856. He cleared land, built a cabin, got married and had eight children. Warren made his living hunting until the 1880s, when he opened a hunting and fishing hotel called “Forest Home”. With no […]