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Second Look: Northern NY History Podcast

May 15, 2019

May 18, 1894
"Mrs. Luise Furness is a tall, stout woman who resides with her husband and little step-daughter on a farm near Alexandria Bay. She alleges that William Merrill, a neighbor, called her vile name on different occasions, attacking her chastity, and now she is in court making her case."

Kelly and Christina...


Apr 10, 2019

It's easy to romanticize the past, but not everyone had gilded storybook lives. Today we talk about Nellie Thompson, who appears in several crime stories in the Watertown Daily Times starting around April 6, 1894.

We don't know much about her, but we reading between the lines, Kelly and Christina take a second look at...


Mar 13, 2019

March 20, 1894: A number of small boys, while playing on Willow street Saturday afternoon, unearthed 6 boxes of Limburger cheese. It is believed that this cheese was stolen from the R.W.&O. railroad company May 20, 1893, when Thomas Riley was arrested for burglarizing a car at the junction. The stolen property was...


Feb 27, 2019

What would you do if you were left at the alter? What would you do if you were left waiting for your future spouse to even set a date? And what if you were left waiting for eight years?

For many unwed brides, the solution 125 years ago was to take it to court. We take a second look at the history of lawsuits for breach...


Jan 23, 2019

Jan. 17, 1894: Seventy-four patients from the state hospital at Poughkeepsie were transferred to the St. Lawrence state hospital at Ogdensburg, yesterday, passing through Watertown at 4 p.m. They occupied two coaches, which were attached to train No. 1. Forty-three more patients from King’s county will be taken...