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5 1 Y e a r s H E N R Y ’ S H O T E L STATE STREET, LOWVILLE 4 5 3 Y e a r s V I R K L E R ’ S F U N E R A L H O M E STATE STREET,. LOWVILLE^ 7 5 Y e a r s L O U I S B U S H & S O N S , I N C . FOREST AVENUE, LOWVILLE 9 3 Y e a r s A . H . C U M M I N G S J E W E L R Y STATE STREET, LOWVILLE 1 1 2 Y e a r s M E D A ’ S C O R N E R P H A R M A C Y STATE STREET, LOWVILLE 1 4 4 Y e a r s J O U R N A L & R E P U B L I C A N STATE STREET, LOWVILLE Early History Of Lowville Area Turin Last ltoad Lowville, county seat of Lew­ is County, did not become an in­ corporated village until June 29, 1854, when the vote upon the adop­ tion of a village charter was 109 (or and 33 against. Notice of ap­ plication for a charter was pub­ lished more than five years be­ fore, F ebruary 26, 1849, a t which time about one square mile was surveyed by N.B. Sylvester, Tbe location of the village had been determined more than a half century before. In 1798 Daniel Kelley, native of Norwich, Conn., built a sawmill on tbe south side of the creek, Just be­ low the present bridge site. His first log hut, built the same year, stood against a huge boulder, ad­ jacent and directly opposite the bridge, as it now stands. The following y ear, September 22, 1799, a grist mill was com­ pleted and put into operation, with the aid of settlers from all the country round. Its stones were dressed from a boulder of gneiss rock by James Parker, well known mill-stone maker of Watertown. About a month la­ ter, the mill was timed and two bushels of wheat were ground well In seventeen minutes. In 1803 John and Ozem Bush built a sawmill on Sulphur Spring Creek. This they sold'to Solo­ mon King, who erected the first grist mill at that place. The lower mill in Lowvlile was e- rected about 1810 by Silas Stow. However, It was the Kelley m ill, the erection of an inn by Jonathan Rogers and a store by Fortunatus Eager that deter­ mined tbe location of tbe village, which sprung up mostly on tbe farm of Rogers, who cleared the site of Its native growth of tim­ ber, Tbe first frame building in ihe village was the house of Captain Rogers and the second was Ea- ger’s store. The second inn was built around 1805 by Preserved Finch. It was first kept by Dan­ iel Gould and afterward by Ma­ jor Melancthon W, Welles, na­ tive of Stanford, Conn, The first birth was that of Harriet, daughter of Ehud Ste­ phens and afterward wife of Dr. James M. Sturdevanl. The first male born was Samuel, son of Jonathan Rogers, June 21, 1800, The first death of an adult was that of Aaron Hovey, a young unmarried man from Johnstown. He went out on a Sabbath morning to wkieMttw*. and killed him as lt_ fell. He was the first person'buried in the old graveyard, then a lone­ ly spot In the woods upon the east road below the village. The village of LowvUle early became a prominent point In the county, from Its academy, the spirited efforts of Its merchants and the location of several influ­ ential citizens within the first fifteen years of Its settlement. The first trial for a capital crim e in the county was that of Rachel, a servant of I.W. Bost- wick, for setting fire to her mas. ter's house. She was tried be­ fore Judge Platt, about 1821. As the damage bad been slight, public sympathy was strong In be. half of the defendant, who was about eighteen years of age. Tbe defense was conducted by Mlcah Sterling and Russell Pa­ rish, and as the trial commenced the latter evinced an elastic buoyancy of spirit which appear, ed to be unwarranted by the oc­ casion, until it appeared upon the reading of the indictment a sec­ ond time, that the proeecutingat- torney tod accidentally omitted the word ‘'Inhabited” before the word \dwelling” and that the trial had reached sucha stage that amendment was not admissable. The prisoner, upon learning that she would not be hung, from abject terror evinced the most extravagant joy, which met with a sympathizing response tn the hearts of many present. She was subsequently tried for arson of lower degree and died tn state prison. The first trustees of Lowvtlle village were Joseph A, Willard, native of Hubhardtown, Vt., N.B. Sylvester, A.G. Dayan, S. B, Batcheller and George W. Fowl, er. The first fire company was formed July 24, 1829. Stephen Leonard was chosen captain; Palmer Townsend, first lieuten­ ant; S.W. Taylor, second iteufen. ant, A well was to be sunk tn in tbe central part of the rii- lage and five buckets were kept in readiness for Immediate use. Later, a fire engine, the Eagle, was purchased. It afforded the only protection against fires dur­ ing many years. The union band was formed a- bout 1826, It maintained exist- •ence and furnished music for several years, A saxhorn band was formed in the fall of 1857. It consisted of ten men. In 1855 the village reported* population of 908, Five years later It was estimated at 1,200. 11 has ever been the most pros­ perous business potnttn the coun­ ty, enjoying a large trade from the country around. Tbe bank of Lowville waa formed In 1838, with a capital stock of $100,000, which was sub­ scribed by December 18 of that year. Tbe first directors chosen were I.W, Bostwlck, C. Dayan A.W. Dolg, W.J. Easton, M.M. Norton, L.S. Standrlng, L. Hard­ ing, C, Buck, T, Mills, Harrison Blodgett, John H. Allen,SethM ti­ ler and Thomas Baker. ft. Isaac W. Bostwlck was ch% sen the president; A.W. Dotg, vice-president; Kent Jarvis, c a ­ shier, and Dayan and Parish a t ­ torneys. Preliminary arrange­ ments were completed, and the bank commenced operations on July I , 1839. The first school was taught by Mtss Hannah Smith, In a Iir* tie log school house neat the lower mill. Samuel Slocum taught In 1804 and was one ol the e a rl­ iest male teachers in the town. The charter for Lowville Aca­ demy was applied for March 4, 1808, and granted March 21. In 1807, Rev. Isaac Clinton of South* wick Mass., began a classical school in the academic building, before the charter was procured. Daniel Kelley was bom atHor- wich, Conn., November 27,1755. He married Jemima Stow, the sister of Silas Stow of Middle­ town, Conn. In 1797 Silas Stow was ap­ pointed agent for Nicholas Low, the owner of Township No. 11 (LowviUe) in Oneida County,N.Y, In May, 1796, Daniel' Kelle) wrote; “ After travelling 25C miles . . . from Connecticut to No. 11 . . . Wednesday towards night arrived at No. 11, were we found brother S ilas who has com­ pleted a log house 19’ x 24’ . , and we’re going to buUd a saw­ mill.'* The land upon which the log house and sawmill were erected had been selected by Mr. Kelley in the fall of 1797 and on Ap­ rU 12, 1798, the Orst deed to an actual settler had been Issued to him for Lot 37 of 250 acres for the consideration of $650. On that same day. Silas Stow became the owner of 4,165 acres for $8,000, This Is known as Stow’s Square. In 1799 a grist mUl was built. The first town meeting In Low­ vUle was ordered held In the home of Silas Stow. Danle( Kelley was chosen superlsor. Lewis County was set off from Oneida County by an Act of the Legislature March 28,1805. Dan­ iel KeUey was appointed the first Judge of Lewis County, and the first session of theCourtoICom- mon Pleas was held at the Inn of Chillers Doty In MartlnsburgDe- cember 8, 1805. This Court adopted the County Seal and drafted a system of rules and established the Jail limits of the county. Daniel Kelley served also as county treasurer In 1805; also other offices. In 1800 the population of the Town of Lowville wss 300. In 1814 it had Increased to 1,604. In 1810 began the exodus of the Kelley famUy to the .West­ ern Reserve, or New Connec­ ticut, where Cleveland, Ohio, now stands. Generally this trip was accomplished by going by team to Sackets Harbor, lake boat to Black Rock or Buffalo and thence by boat to Cleveland after walk­ ing past Niagara. On January 9, 1807, Stow gave a site for LowviUe Academy. Building erected at a coat of $2,000. Judge Kelley was a Baptist. Judge Stow was an Episcopalian. About 1801 the creed of the Methodist-Episcopal Church was explained. This led to the o r ­ ganization of a church and about 1805 the first house was erected In LowvUle expressly for pub­ lic worship, Daniel KeUey built a good frame dwelling not long alter the erection of his grist mill on the rising ground smith of the creek and village. It was built about 1800. James T. Campbell built a porch on this house In the e a r­ ly 1890's. The Corner Pharmacy The Corner Pharmacy has a long and Interesting history d a t­ ing back to the establishment ot the drug store In 186L By look- ing through the liles of pharma* cuetlcal records which have been kept over the years one can patch together the various owners of the Comer Pharmacy. Prior to 1870, one prescription label read “ Ktrley & Pelton, Apothecaries aad Bsagctttoe tn jMaur&otg Block on the Comer of Shady Are. and Slaty St.\ This ls the location In Lowville which tbfe Tomer Pharmacy still occupies. Around 1874 the business was run by Dolg and Pelton and several years later by Dolg Bros, when pre­ sumably Pelton • sold out. tn the early 19O0’s the business was managed by Shepard and Moore who continued to run It until 1936 when the store was purchased by Louis F. Meda, Mr. Meda changed the name to The Corner Phar­ macy, the businessnameby which this establishment ls still known. The firm Incorporated in 1961 under the name o f ' Meda D rug Co., Inc. Tbe Pharmacy has been re­ modeled and modernized sever­ al times since 1936, In keeping with current designs, WUllam E„ Kllbum ITT s tart­ ed as an apprentice at the C o r ­ ner Pharmacy In 1951, after com­ pleting his professional studies at the Albany College o( Phar­ macy, and after successfully passing the New YorkState Board Examinations, he Joined the staff of The Comer Pharm a cy, where at present he is supervising p h a r­ macist, manager, and secretary- treasurer of the corporation, M r s . Louis F , ( “ Angle”) Meda has continued to work since Ihe death of her husband, Louis, In 1972, and Is V lce-pres ldent of the Corporation. Other members of the store on a non-professional basis are Mrs. Donald (Hazel) Burgy, and Mrs. Robert V. (Peg) Edlck, Mr. Joseph E . Plate, a registered pharmacist, also practices his profession on a part-time taste, Mr. Plate te full-time pharmacist a t the Lewis County General Hospital. The Corner Pharmacy, with a friendly “ hometown\ atmos­ phere, offers to Its customers a reliable prescription service which Includes a patient profile system. This system, whereby all prescriptions filled! at the pharmacy are maintained under the family name, allows the phy­ sician to review medication he has prescribed for his patient over a period of time and pro­ vides the family with t receipt at Income tax time, The Corner Pharmacy also has a policy of free delivery. This store offers a full line of drugs, brand-name cosmetics, sick room supplies, popular r e ­ cords and tapes, and an ever- Increasing line of the new and popular ‘Natural’ health foods, food supplements, and related books. The Corner Pharm a c y i s a member of the Am e rican Phar­ maceutical Association, A m e r ­ ican Academy of General Prac­ tice, Pharmaceutical Society of the State of New York, National Association of Retail D r u g g ists, New York State Council of Re­ tail Merchants and the Lewis County Senior Citizens D i s ­ count Program (under Lewis County Opportunities, Inc.), Rossdale Farms Dairy,Inc. Rossdale F a r m s Dairy, fnc, had itsbeginnlngon May, 28,1954. It started as a six stool, four ta­ ble snack bar and also sold dal. ry products and som e groceries. Since then, the 'huildfng has been added onto seven times. Ex­ pansion plans called for garages, cooler spaces, enlarged snack bar area (15 stools and 7 tables), a store area and gift shop and now the latest additions: motet rooms. Rossdale uses local people to staff their business, including Gregg’s Since 1948, M r . Gregg Tahan has been In tbe clothing b u siness. He has sold from that tim e lo the present, fine lines ot cloth­ ing for men and boys, boots, shoes, and arm y and navy sur­ plus goods, G r e g g ’s Bargain Center, which opened in Septem­ ber, 1971 In downtown LowvUle,, Is owned and operated by M r . Tahan who now resides In Low­ vUle. G r e g g ’s Bargain Center, for­ m e rly occupied by a coffee shop, was completely renovated In 1971. The remodeling look the form og panelled w a lls, a new floor, ante a new lighting system. At G r e g g 's savings of 10% o r more are possible on a l l articles of merchandise since this bus­ iness has the sam e owner ante operator. According to Mr. Tahan, further growth Is antici­ pated for the future. several young people for sum m e r Jobs, They also work hand tn hand wtth localorganlzatlonsfur­ thering the dairy Industry, Rossdale firm ly belives In the success of Lewis County, its peo­ ple and Its products. They have sold m ilk, cheese, maple syrup and Croghan bologna from our county’s own businesses since Its Inception. They very much ap­ preciate the patronage given them by the area residents. Lowville News In 1900 The trading stamp craze swept Lowvlile with ail the s tores g i v ­ ing stam p s wtth purchases of as little as ten cents. Leon S . M i l ­ le r was elected president of the Lowville Club, and W.J, M illigan headed the Stowe Street Bow l­ ing Club, A meeting was held to organize a local chapter of the Daughters of the American R e ­ volution with M r s , H. A, Ph illip s named as regent. D a iry butter for export was bringing 22 cents per pound and farm e rs were re c e lvtn g lL .20 per hundred for mtlk delivered at the slatlon. The new m ill of Gould Paper Company w ss completed In Lyons Falls and by A p ril 5th there were 3f> men employed. (Continued From Page 1-it) sold to Albert Miller, l o r years the farm was occupied by dif­ ferent tenants before being sold to the Benedicts. After visiting with Karl Bene­ dict, who Is a great grandson of Levi Benedict, the story Is found to be most interesting to the family. Also a great deal of r e ­ search has been done by Mr, and Mrs. Clarence Benedict, The Benedict families have had thetr roots firmly planted In this section of Turin since 1797, and the sixth generation is still carrying on, 175 years later. Levi Benedict and hls wife. Mary (Turner) Benedict, and four children, Elizabeth, Mary, Henry and Jam es, traveled by a caravan ol oxen from Pawling, N.Y., Dutchess County In 1797. It Is told that James was a baby only six weeks old at the time. He slept In a cradle, which was a large iron kettle. This was hung In a tree at night to be safe from animals, Karl stiU has this kettle in hts possession. Levi first built a log cabin near the site of their burial stones, which are two hundred feet back of the home of C lar­ ence Benedict. Levi and his wife and two daughters are burled there. The present Benedict fam­ ilies are descended from Levi's fourth child, Jam es, which will be mentioned later, Levi had five other children after arriving tn Turin by hls first wlfe,Ebene- zer, Allen, Jane, Levi, Jr., and John. As Levi and hte family came from the southerly direction on the East Road, the land was chosen as far as the Stlvernall farm. After searching In records of old deeds at theCounty C lerk's office and receiving the original deeds which were passed on to Karl Benedict, and now In the possession of Clarence Benedict, much information has been found. The oldest deeds were made between Pierpont and Levi, n i ls land contained approximately 176 acres. Levl’S children acquired much additional land In this lo­ cality in the middle 1800’s. Levi was elected an overseer of highways In 1800. Hte first wife, Mary, died in 1814. ta 1819, he married Clarissa Car­ ter. Their children were Mary, Della and Esther. Levi died In 1833, and hte will left the home­ stead farm plus seventy more acres to three of bis sons, James, Levi, J r ., and John. Allen Bene­ dict bought the homestead farm from his brothers and report­ edly built the Urge part of the home of Clarence Benedict. For a few years this farm was bold out of the family three dif­ ferent (lmeS beforebetng sold to Lucius Benedict. Levi’s will also left 50 sere*, to AUen. which te thought to be north of the Lucius Benedict borne. Around 40 a cres were left to his son, Ebenezer, besides the 25 acres that he re­ sided on, which te a part of the Gorczyca farm . This 1s owned by the Gary Roalcskowskl family, located oo the Lee Road. Twenty some acres were left to hte son, Henry. Levi’s children were Elizabeth, who married Elijah Salmons; Henry; James married Jeanette Dotg of LowviUe; Ebene­ zer married Candace Clark; Allen never married; Jane and Mary died In their 20’s; Levt, Jr., married Clarissa Wetmore; and John m arried Dr. Sylvester Miller’s daughter, Lavantia, of LowvUle, John was a member of the Assembly In 1852, He was also associated with hte son, Syl­ vester Miller Benedict, In Insurance at Lowvtlle. Their of­ fice was at 108 State Street and they resided at 57 Shady Avenue. We have a blotter from their office of J. A S. M. Benedict, dated 1870, John was one of the proposed d irectors of the Black River A UUca Railroad Company, which was formed in 1853. Levi’s daughter, Mary, by his second wife, was married to J e s ­ se Walworth of Rome and Ester married C.J.Kellogg, James was nanoy a* a carpenter, and he helped build several mills in the East Road and Lee Road locality. The aUas of 1875 named the creek on these roads, Benedict Creek. This creek crosses the East Road, then continues on to c ross the Lee Road. Next lo tbe creek on the East Road was s flax- mtll, In 1966, Benedict Bros, sold four acres of this land to Kemper Matt of Utica and he had an A-frame vacation home buUt next to the creek. Many names of men have been found during research, thought to have bought land while working In the mills that were along this creek. The water supply for the flax- mlll was supplied from a spring near the woods. This ls the same spring that Is now used for the new Benedict barn. In the early years a wooden pipe was used which was placed over the hill from the spring. They plugged both ends and filled the pipe with water from another • hole at the top of the hill. Then that hole wss plugged, snd the plugs were removed from both ends, the end of the pipe al the flaxmll! being lower than at the spring, the water siphoned, making lots of water. On this same creek, but on the Lee Road, there were several mills below the BlgDam. There was a grist mill, a cider mtU, a saw miU and a cooper shop that made wine kegs, butter tuba and doors and windows. Karl Benedict has the vice used for doors and windows from this shop. An 1878 map shows that plans ware being made to build a railroad which was to enter the Town of Turin. 7‘he route parallels t!,»• Fas* Hoad. It was necessary to take out Ihe darns, and the mills were taken down also, but the railroad plans never materialized becauueof financial difficulties. In 1865 the railroad was built along a lower route through Port Leyden and Lyons Falls. Levi's son, James, married Jeanette D o ig , daughter of Andrew Doig of Lowville. Their children were Jane Cornelia, James Clinton and A, Dotg Bene­ dict. Dotg married Josephine Parquet, and their children were James Parquet who moved to Vermont, and Karl Benedict, who resides In the village of Turin. Hts wife, Myrtle, ls decreased. Their daughter ts Mrs. Irving (Jo) Kraeger of Constableviile. Karl celebrated his 86 birthday, January 1972. He was roadsuper- lntendent for the town of Turin for 25 years. Clinton te now deceased and Ruth Benedict mar­ ried Leo Salmons, Glenfield, James Clinton married Amelia Weller, daughter of Harvey and (Polly Sackett) Weller. They were the narents ol 9 children; Hawley, died at age 10; Lucius married Mabel Higby; Cora Married Fred Jones; Clifford died at age I; Bertha married Mark Follette; twins, Leroy never married and Leray married Fannie Hoffmanof Neb, Leray ls a former Profes­ sor of Economics at Fargo Coll­ ege, N.D., and of Iowa State Col­ lege at Ames. Mr. and Mrs. Benedict are retired and live at Roanoke, Virginia. Lucius Benedict and hte wife, Mabel, were the parents of four sons; Albert, Clarence, Milea and Giles. They were In partner­ ship with their father until hls death tn 1962, at the age of 85. Albert, Clarence and Miles formed a partnership, called Benedict Bros.’ Farms. Albert married Alice Bardo and they have a daughter, Mrs. Willard (Claire) Kohler, of Erie, Pa, Clarence married Ada Mae Stiles, Lowvllle^md they reside on the Lee Road. They have three living children: Mrs. Don­ ald (Carol) Forte, Utica; Harold Dwight, and Shirley Kay Bene­ dict. Their first child, Richard Clarence, died at age of three days, Mrs. Benedict te a des­ cendant of another early settler of Turin, a great, great, great grandaughter of Judah Barnes, who settled at DeweyviUe, tn 1797. Giles married Isabelle Anna, Boonvllle, where they reside. Miles married Elizabeth Rocker, and have six llvlngchlldremMrs. WUllam (Joan) Ward, of Old Forge; Mrs- Fred (Jean) Beck. Lyons Falls; Mrs. Lanstag(Judy) Boutweli-Clay; David married to foe former Donna Larlbee; Mrs. Fred (Linda) Rivett; and Mrs. Robert (Ruth Ann) Earl of Turin. To keep up with the pace of farming and forced to change to bulk tanks for cooling milk, the Benedicts built a new 150 cow, free stall barn, 74’zl84’ with a milking parlor, on the East Road corner during the summer of 1970. This ls more centrally lo­ cated within the three farms and was decided upon, Instead of re­ modeling the older b am s. Bene­ dict Bros, are semt-retlred. David Benedict, son of Miles and Robert Earl, son-in-law of Miles, are employed al the present Ume by the partnership. Mr. and Mrs. David Benedict and fam­ ily reside in the home of hts grandfather, Lucius, which te a- cross from tbe new barn. Harold Benedict, son of C lar­ ence was graduated from Mor- rlsville ATC and te presently attending Cornell University. Following hte graduation, he plans to return and tbe three young men plin to buy the term s, making the sixth generation of the Benedict family tn this lo­ cality, There has been a member of the family living within a-mile of the original log cabin ever since 1797. This section must have been a very busy settlement In the early 1800's. The first school bouse, DisL 3, was Just south of the Ives Road. Later the second school house was built by EU Sabin and It still stands across from Benedict’s new bam. A checkerboartKgeneral) store stood where the Benedict’s gas pumps now a re, and was believed to have been managed by a Mr. Welter. This store was build of different' shades of brick, thus giving the effect of a checker board, it is told that white sugar was hard to find at that time, but tt was available at the check­ er store. There are several cellar walls along these roads showing evidence of family buildings tn the earlier days, In 1807, Mr, Constable sold tend in this are to Elijah Kendall and to Winthrop Shepard. In 1811, Kendall sold 21 acres loChaster Dewey and 51 acrestoi.eytBene­ dict, In 1819, the first Methodist Church was butlt In the meadow, on a knoll where th? Benedict's big stone pile Is, on the north side of the Ives Road. The old deed states that the land for this church, consisting of one sere and forty rods, was bought from Chester and Pbebe Dewey tor twenty dollars. Old deeds show that land was bought and sold many times in the 1800’s. The East Road continues north wtth s farm owned by the Eugene Bos ha r l family. A former owner was Walter Miller. Other own­ ers along this area were 5 hep- (■Continued tin Rage H - B )

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