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Diana Austin Wright works at a store in Long Lake

Diana Austin Wright works at a store in Long Lake

Manager Diana Austin Wright working at Hoss’s Country Corner. Circa 1974. Long Lake, NY. Listen to her daughter, Louisa Austin Wright, remember one of her mother’s more unique jobs – packing groceries to be air-dropped via sea plane, circa the 1960s and 70s.

Bringing in a wagon load of hay in Wells

Bringing in a wagon load of hay in Wells

Three people bringing in a load of hay on their wagon. Pictured left to right are Don Leadley, Claude Bradt, and Charlie Bradt. Circa 1950. Wells, NY. Photo donated by Don Leadley. Courtesy of the Hamilton County Historian’s Office. David Pincombe has lived in the area all his life. His ancestors were one of the […]

A search and rescue team in Benson

A search and rescue team in Benson

John Washburn (right) with his search and rescue crew. Circa 1970s or 1980s. Benson, NY. Photo courtesy of the Hamilton County Historian’s Office. Hugh Peters, Jr. lives in Hope, NY. He started working for the DEC starting in 2000. He did all kinds of jobs for them, from making signs to clearing trails. Listen to […]

Lapland Lake in Benson

The Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Benson

Grooming the trails at Lapland Lake. Olavi Hirvonen is operating the machine. 2015. Photo taken by Paul Zahray. Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center is based in the tiny town of Benson. Paul and Kathy Zahray work together to keep the ski resort they own and operate up and running. Listen to their story here.

Spring log drive in Hope

Spring log drive in Hope

Men driving logs down the river. Circa 1900-1910. Hope, NY. Photo courtesy of the Hamilton County Historian’s Office. Betsy Earley’s grandfather, Fred Dunn, worked at a logging camp in Wells. She remembers finding a photo of him one day when going through the new Wells Museum. Listen to her story here.

Rice Emery Company Tannery workers in Griffin

Rice Emery Company Tannery workers in Griffin

Workmen near the Rice Emery Company Tannery and office. The superintendent, Miles E. Darby, is in the front row, sixth from the right. Circa 1880-1890. Griffin, NY. Photo donated by Frank Girard. Courtesy of the Hamilton County Historian’s Office. Garth Fisher worked in tanneries in Johnstown for 15 years. He remembers seeing the colored runoff […]

The Ghost Town of Griffin

The ghost town of Griffin

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Griffin was a thriving community. Around 300 to 400 people came to work in the booming lumber and tanning industries – in fact, it boasted one of the largest tanneries in the county. But now, Hamilton County Historian Eliza Darling says it’s one of the county’s two […]

Nursing at the smallest hospital in New York

Nursing at Clifton-Fine Hospital in Star Lake

Blanch Siskavich worked as a nurse for 37 years at the Clifton-Fine Hospital in Star Lake, NY. She says the 20-bed hospital is the smallest in New York, which comes with its own unique challenges and rewards. Listen to Blanch’s story here.

Forest ranger at the site of a wildfire

Forest ranger at the site of a wildfire in Rossie

Forest Ranger Bernard Siskavitch at the site of forest wildfire. May 5, 1999. Rossi, NY. Photo courtesy of Bernard Siskavich. Bernard Siskavich is a retired forest ranger with the Department of Environmental Conservation. His job included forest fire prevention and suppression, search and rescue, and routine patrols of state land. In 1976, when he moved […]