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The Counter at the Essex County Clerk’s Office

Working the Counter at the Essex County Clerk’s Office

A worker at the Essex County Clerk’s office helping someone with paperwork. The clerk’s office helps with everything from passports to county records to pistol permits. 2019. Elizabethtown, NY. Courtesy of Joe Provoncha. Joe Provoncha has served as the Essex County Clerk for 28 years. Listen to his story in the audio clip!

The switchboard in the telephone office in Alexandria Bay

The switchboard in the telephone office in Alexandria Bay

Switchboard operators in the telephone office on their last day of work. They ran the switchboard for the whole township and a number of the islands. The building still remains on Church Street; in 2019, it is an AT&T store. 1962. Alexandria Bay, NY. Courtesy of the Alexandria Township Historical Society.

Nurse Jean Elk in Alexandria Bay

Nurse Jean Elk in Alexandria Bay

Born in the 1920s, Jean Elk worked at a hospital based out of a house in Alexandria Bay. The Alexandria Bay Hospital later turned into an E.J. Noble hospital. Circa 1940. Alexandria Bay, NY. Courtesy of the Alexandria Township Historical Society.

Hammering in stakes at Cross Island Farms on Wellesley Island

Hammering in stakes at Cross Island Farms on Wellesley Island

David Belding, on the ladder, hammers in a post held straight by Dani Baker, right. They are hammering in the stakes to create lines for planting. Baker & Belding started Cross Island Farms, a certified organic farm, in 2006. They grow over 150 varieties of vegetables, maintain an edible ‘forest garden’, and keep chickens, ducks, […]

Barbara Brown announcing on a boat tour in Alexandria Bay

Barbara Brown announcing on a boat tour in Alexandria Bay

Barbara Brown announcing (giving tour information) during an Uncle Sam Boat Tour on the St. Lawrence River. Late 1970s. Alexandria Bay, NY. Courtesy of Barbara Brown. You can listen to Barbara Brown remembering her time as an announcer in the audio clip. 

Posing with freshly-caught sturgeon in Alexandria Bay

Posing with freshly-caught sturgeon in Alexandria Bay

Margaret Houghton standing next to a line of sturgeon caught in the St. Lawrence River. Circa 1940. Alexandria Bay, NY. Courtesy of Linda Dingman. Margaret and Cecil Houghton were married in the 1920s, and spent their lives living on the St. Lawrence River. Their granddaughter, Linda Dingman, says her grandfather was a true “river rat”. […]