Type of Work: Agriculture

Milking cows in 1917 in Jefferson County

Gladys Bovee going out to milk in 1917. She was one of nine Bovee children who lived and worked on the family’s Jefferson County farm. From an article written by Gladys’s sister, Evelyn Constance Bovee in the Watertown Daily Times, published on November 17, 1982. Related article on dairy farming here.

Henry Burns butcher shop in Newton Falls

Henry Burns, butcher, inside his shop in Newton Falls, NY. Large scales for weighing carcasses at right. Henry is using meat saw to cut up meat.  Donated by J. Wicks and J. Pelligrino.

Maple sugaring in Colton

Maple sugaring outfit run by George Seaver and Morris “Buzzy” Hawley with borrowed horse. Pictured are the boys, the horse, their sugaring off pan, and a milk can full of sap. One spring the boys decided to try and make maple syrup to sell, so they went around town asking to tap people’s trees. They […]

Checking Higley’s Floating Island cables on the Raquette River near Colton

Niagara Mohawk Power Company workers on Higley’s Floating Islands (which were really cranberry bog masses clogging up the dam) in the main channel at Higley Flow, between Colton and South Colton, NY. 1943. The men are checking on the cables inserted in the islands the previous winter, done so that they could pull the “floating […]