History

Island of Strong Women

It goes something like this. Back in the mid-18th century, two Irish girls were given the choice to either marry or become nuns.

Volume 14, Issue 3, March 2019
Lynn E. McElfresh

Sport and Spectacle - Speedboat Racing on the St. Lawrence

Speedboat racing provides sport and spectacle to boat enthusiasts worldwide. Alexandria Bay has been the site of many of the greatest racing events in speedboat history.

Volume 14, Issue 3, March 2019
Martha Grimes

Early Families of Westminster Park... The Twichell's

Funny thing about personal histories… the story belongs to the teller. Have you heard someone proclaim, “My great-grandfather was the best fishing guide...

Volume 14, Issue 3, March 2019
Linda Twichell

Cole Shoal Lighthouse the Irony and the Rebuild

On July 23, 2018 the Cole Shoal Lighthouse west of Brockville was struck by lightning during a fierce storm and rapidly burned to the water line.

Volume 14, Issue 3, March 2019
Michael Milne

An Augustus Hinckley Story

The captain guided his boat by dead reckoning while his crew prayed. It was eight days before Christmas 1902, and the ship was en route from Cape Vincent to its home port, Oswego.

Volume 14, Issue 3, March 2019
Richard Palmer

Early Families of Westminster Park: The J. D. Huntington Family.

Dr. J. D. Huntington, a well-known engraver, publisher, and dentist. Huntington was a deeply religious man and a passionate Prohibitionist who lived in Westminster Park, Thousand islands.

Volume 14, Issue 2, February 2019
Linda Twichell

The Red Barn Preserve - Just the Beginning

When we first visited it in early June, it still hadn't had its official grand opening and some of the trail markings weren’t even in place.

Volume 14, Issue 2, February 2019
Patty Mondore

Getting to the River by Train

Description of travelling to the Thousand Islands by train back in the 40s and 50s. White jackets, smoking cars, even live piano music. Sleeping was an adventure as the train cars swayed, and the sound of the wheels clanging at each grade crossing.

Volume 14, Issue 2, February 2019
Rick Casali

Fifty Years of Memories

Celegrating the 50th anniversary of building two cabins on Scobea Island in the Thousand Islands for the Scott and Bean families. 50 years of good times and good memories.

Volume 14, Issue 2, February 2019
Deane C. Parkhurst

Sister Island Lighthouse

The history of Sisters Lighthouse on Sister Island located 6 1/2 miles from Alexandria Bay and just south of the International border. Construction began in 1870.

Volume 14, Issue 2, February 2019
Mary Alice Snetsinger

The Golden Age of 1000 Islands Tour Boats

Although most of these beautiful old wooden tour boats no longer ply the waters of the Thousand Islands, they will always have a special place in the region’s history.

Volume 14, Issue 1, January 2019
Tom King

Early Westminster Park Families: The Hanford Family

The cottage of George R. Hanford of Watertown was in a category of its own. It was more a house than a cottage, holding a place of prominence over Poplar Bay.

Volume 14, Issue 1, January 2019
Linda Twichell

A Stroll To Reinman’s Newsstand on Clayton’s Memory Lane

Remembering Reinman's Newsstand in Clayton, NY.

Volume 14, Issue 1, January 2019
Cary R. Brick

The Sheriff of Grenell

Even fifty years ago, the need for a sheriff seemed laughable. In her July 1965 Thousand Islands Sun column, Grenell Island correspondent...

Volume 13, Issue 12, December 2018
Lynn E. McElfresh

Native Baskets

On occasion, an event would occur which caused great excitement in  the dog days of summer. Sometimes it was Captain Snider arriving with  p

Volume 13, Issue 12, December 2018
Bob Anderson

Early Westminster Park Families: The Goss Family

Rosa Houghton Goss (1854- 1922) descended from a highly esteemed New England family, the Houghton’s. Her father, Reverend Daniel Clay Houghton, was the editor of the “Genesee Evangelist” and of the “American Presbyterian”,

Volume 13, Issue 12, December 2018
Linda Twichell

Battle of the Windmill’s 180th Anniversary

The first recollection comes from the diaries of Todmorden Mills’ brewer, William Helliwell. Helliwell was an astute observer

Volume 13, Issue 11, November 2018
John C. Carter

Early Westminster Park Families: Gallup and Bronson

We all know the adage: “Don’t believe everything you read in newspapers.” Nevertheless, the nineteenth century upstate newspapers make for e

Volume 13, Issue 11, November 2018
Linda Twichell