Colorful Characters of Northern New York: Northern Lights

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Anyone who hails from New York’s North Country, especially St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties, knows that the region is full of fun, fascinating people. But who were the most famous, the most influential or the most intriguing of this motley crew? Perhaps it was President Eisenhower’s secretary of state; the man who fought for his life during a dangerous balloon ride; the football coach who continually led his team to victory; or the family of seven brothers who defended the United States in World War II. You be...
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Anyone who hails from New York’s North Country, especially St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties, knows that the region is full of fun, fascinating people. But who were the most famous, the most influential or the most intriguing of this motley crew? Perhaps it was President Eisenhower’s secretary of state; the man who fought for his life during a dangerous balloon ride; the football coach who continually led his team to victory; or the family of seven brothers who defended the United States in World War II. You be the judge, as the Watertown Daily Times’s Dave Shampine brings to life the stories of these and many other captivating, colorful characters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596298217
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/16/2010
  • Series: American Chronicles Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 862,469
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Shampine has been a reporter for the Watertown Daily Times since 1971 and has written his history column, “Times Gone By,” for the past twelve years. He is also a contributing writer and copyeditor for the Bulletin of the Jefferson County Historical Society in Watertown. He is the author of Remembering New York’s North Country: Tales from Times Gone By (The History Press).
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Table of Contents

Vaudeville's May Irwin Sang Praises of Thousand Islands 7

Difficulties Never Subdued Hard-Luck Hassler 15

Henry Keep's Hard Journey from Poorhouse to Mansion 23

Ambassador to Duck Island 29

A Wise Leader 37

An Army of Armstrongs 45

Dogged Entrepreneur 55

"The Grandest Discovery in Medicine the World Ever Saw" 61

Barney Family Witnessed History, and Made It 69

Championship Seasons Under Coach Bill Graf 79

Everybody's Best Friend: Thomas Clarkson 89

The "Florence Nightingale of America" Hailed from Potsdam 99

Rhoda Fox Graves: Political Pioneer of Northern New York 109

Huckleberry Charlie: The "Sage of Pine Plains" 117

The Mad Fiddler of the North Country 123

La Petite Bessie 131

Merritt Cleveland: Building Canals and Railroads 139

"My Greatest Hobby is the Railroad" 145

Haddock's Balloon Ride Becomes a Fight for Life 151

About the Author 159

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