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Who were the people that came before us, and how did the lives the led shape the places we live in today? Second Look steps beyond the big picture of history to give listeners a close look at the stories of people who lived, loved and died in New York state's largest yet most sparsely populated region. Join us and learn how the big picture of the past is painted by the strokes of individuals who aren't that different from us today. Second Look is produced by the Watertown Daily Times with ho ...
 
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Kelly and Christina discuss local history happenings from the week of May 5-11. Episode is edited by Christina Knott. Music is by Podington Bear. Contact us at cknott@wdt.net or kburdick@wdt.net. You can also find us on Instagram and Facebook.
 
A run down, "shabby" house takes stage on Watertown's Public Square during a renovation project in 1934. The city watched it change as local contractors pitched in to give the pre-Depression era home a new look. Kelly and Christina talk about the renovation, what happened to the house and how its beautification sought to improve the city as a w ...…
 
A health store closes its doors, unusual animal rescued from a fire and common sense shoes are just part of this week's discussion. Listen in as Kelly and Christina go over this week in north country history. Edited by Christina Knott. If you have a comment of an idea to share, contact us at cknott@wdt.net or kburdick@wdt.net or find us on Face ...…
 
More than a century ago, Watertown City planners sought the help of a man to help make the gift of beautiful park land into a perfect treasure. We talk about the park, the movement and influences that helped shape its creator and the impact of the land today. Edited by Christina Knott. If you have a comment of an idea to share, contact us at ck ...…
 
Kelly and Christina talk about the important of the Grange, why it's a good idea to think of others, the barber with the shortest career in Three Mile Bay, the anniversary of the first ship through the St. Lawrence Seaway and -- oh yeah! -- we were guests on another podcast. (Plus more.) Music is "All Hot Lights" by Podington Bear. Episoded is ...…
 
Windows of homes were blasted out, a bicycle rider was thrown to his knees and people miles away felt the shock as a massive pile of gunpowder exploded on the eastern side of town. Join us as we discuss this horrific disaster and how the city remains impacted. Hosted by Christina Knott and Kelly Burdick. Intro/Outro music from Lithics. Editing ...…
 
Kelly and Christina talk about several tragic historical events on her friend's birthday this week, as well as a stories about how colors helped save some feathery lives and how color-blindness led to an uncertain moment for the fate of a family's weekly food supply. Read the full Sue Mende's full story about the colorfully-collared cats on our ...…
 
April 22, 1869: Black River looses one bridge and one saw mill by the freshet. In Dexter, we hear the village is afloat, and that some people can’t get out of their houses, on account of the freshet. The Great Flood of 1869 roared through communities in the north country 150 years ago, destroying bridges, business and anything else in its path. ...…
 
Charles “Huckleberry Charlie” Sherman, born on Feb. 15, 1842, in Watertown was a conspicuous figure of the north country, with a reputation that continues to intrigue local historians. Join Christina Knott and special guest host Dennis O'Brien as we discuss this colorful character. Intro/Outro music from Lithics. Editing is by Olivia Belanger. ...…
 
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 this woman to try to under ...…
 
This week we have several highlights in local and national history, a (short) discussion on Civil Rights and Kelly remembers a murder in her hometown that still troubles some today. Reach out to Kelly and Christina at kburdick@wdt.net or cknott@wdt.net. You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram. Music is "Let That Sink In" by Lee Rosevere.…
 
Our first "Did you know" episodes takes a look at Watertown businessman Frank Olean, the man who implemented set prices for local clothing stores and helped build the fraternal spirit of Public Square that exists today. Music is "Curious" thanks to the talents of Podington Bear. Contact us at cknott@wdt.net or kburdick@wdt.net or find us on Fac ...…
 
Our first history highlights episode is a quick look at the headlines in this week in history from the New York north country and around the world. This week we talk about the opening of trout season, the return of Charlie Chaplin, a president's final train ride and someone's clever (?) April Fool's Day trick that made it into the newspaper and ...…
 
Second Look examines the history of the largest, yet most sparsely populated region of New York state to uncover the interesting, surprising and unusual stories of the north country. If you've ever been through Watertown, N.Y., you're likely to have noticed the name Henry Keep. How did he make such a mark on the north country? We talk about tha ...…
 
The sound isn't great in this episode. Like a lot of our earlier shows, it was recorded as we were still figuring out our sound setup. Hopefully, you are used to our improved audio at this point, but we decided to go ahead and release this show a bonus episode because I thought it might be interesting for listeners to hear more about what goes ...…
 
Second Look examines the history of the largest, yet most sparsely populated region of New York state to uncover the interesting, surprising and unusual stories of the north country. If you've ever been through Watertown, N.Y., you're likely to have noticed the name Henry Keep. How did he make such a mark on the north country? We talk about tha ...…
 
If you've ever been through Watertown, N.Y., you're likely to have noticed the name Henry Keep. How did he make such a mark on the north country? We talk about that and how his story reflects his time in history in this first part of a series on Henry Keep. Links: www.instagram.com/second_look_history/ www.facebook.com/SecondLookHistory Contact ...…
 
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 not recovered and Riley was ac ...…
 
March 1, 1919: The community of Watertown is briefly terrorized by a ghost-like figure described as "The Woman in Black." We talk about this mysterious figure, how she was spotted and whatever became of this local myth. Links: www.instagram.com/second_look_history/ www.facebook.com/SecondLookHistory Article by Olivia Belanger Contact us: cknott ...…
 
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 of promise to marry throu ...…
 
In this episode, we talk with reporter Marcus Wolf about his upcoming article on what it's like to live on an island in the winter, in particular on Grindstone Island, where the Times reporting team and the local PBS station spend much of their time. Marcus Wolf talks about how this story developed, what we found while covering it and why you s ...…
 
We talk about the little known history of African Americans in the north country as we explore the Thomas Memorial African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church in Watertown, NY. The local church congregation played an important role in the Underground Railroad pre-Civil War and continued to reach out and help lead the community throughout its ...…
 
Feb. 14, 1944: Lipstick, “the scourge of V-mail,” will be tolerated until Valentine’s day, but after that letters to soldier sweethearts with the scarlet imprints will be sent by cargo mail only. Lipstick smears as it passes through the delicate V-mail photographic equipment, and ruins not only the letter on which it was sent,but also others th ...…
 
The Davis Sewing Machine Company was the biggest industry in Watertown, NY, in its time. It started in 1868 and, in less than 10 years, its assets were valued at more than $1 million (more than $17 million in today). However, few in the area today may be aware of the local history of the Davis Sewing Machine Company and its possible connection ...…
 
Today's episode is about the fascinating life of America's first supermodel, Audrey Munson, born in Rochester and died in Ogdensburg. She was the model or inspiration for more than a dozen statues in New York City alone and was the first actress to appear fully nude in a (non-pornographic) American film. How did this famous woman, know as Miss ...…
 
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 to Ogdensburg Thursday. Links: ww ...…
 
Dec. 19, 1968: Approximately 130 children in Potsdam will receive custom dressed dolls, all designed and created by one woman. This is the eighth consecutive year that Mrs. William Burrell has been in the doll rehabilitation business, which she does in her home in the name of the American legion and auxiliary. Contact us: cknott@wdt.net or kbur ...…
 
While the year is full of strife, it finally ends on a happier note with the earth rising from space as we take our first look at ourselves. We take a look back 50 years ago at one of the most eventful years in history and how major events impacted our community. Contact us: cknott@wdt.net kburdick@wdt.net On Instagram: @second_look_history…
 
1968 wasn't a year for the weak: Protests against the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights and Women's Rights movement, culture wars, assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy and (sadly) even more. As we start out 2019, we take a look back 50 years ago at one of the most eventful years in history and how major events impacted the na ...…
 
Dec. 13, 1893: The Young People’s Entertaining Society met at Mr. Green’s in Hounsfield Saturday evening. There were about twenty-five present. The ladies especially enjoyed sitting in the parlor while the gentlemen set the tables and washed the dishes. Contact us: cknott@wdt.net kburdick@wdt.net
 
Dec. 9, 1893: Mrs. U.C. Walker, of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, went to Antwerp yesterday and returned with a girl of 14 years named Mary Conley. Mary was arraigned at that village and sentenced to a term in the State Industrial school, at Rochester. Her mother died eight years ago, and it was by the girl’s request tha ...…
 
Dec. 3, 1893: Wm. Knapp, at whose farm Charley Heintzelman was shot, was in the city today to see the boy. He expresses the deepest regret over the misfortune that has befallen the young foreigner, but says he believes it was entirely accidental, and declares that he gave the boy the very best care that was possible under the circumstances…
 
Nov. 29, 1868: The Woodruff House, under the management of Anson Lance, is daily growing in popular favor. Since he erected the new barn, the county custom has more than doubled. The hotel has also been thoroughly repaired and renovated. Yesterday the proprietor gave a Thanksgiving dinner with the following bill of fare, which will rejoice the ...…
 
We have a selection of several entries for this week's episodes, but don't worry, we read each of them on the show for you to hear. Let us know your favorites, too. Thanks! Links: Show website: http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/section/curr21 Instagram: www.instagram.com/second_look_history Contact: cknott@wdt.netkburdick@wdt.net…
 
Nov. 20, 1918: With weather conditions promising to be the most appropriate for an ideal Thanksgiving day and diverse attractions arranged for by churches, theaters, movie houses, dance halls and athletic organizations, hard to please will be the citizen of Watertown who cannot find some means of enjoying the great American autumn holiday which ...…
 
Oct. 28, 1943: League bowling in Watertown today faces its first threat of curtailment or dissolution in years as police moved to end employment of pin boys under 16 years of age. Police visited the four local alleys Thursday night to warn proprietors that the hiring of boys under 16 was a violation of the penal law. Links: Show website: http:/ ...…
 
We sit down with the former Watertown Daily Times managing editor, Perry White, during his last week of work before retirement to ask him what he thought of his career, journalism in general, the north country and more. Links: Show website: http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/section/curr21 Instagram: www.instagram.com/second_look_history Contac ...…
 
Oct. 31, 1918: Shortly after Watertown entered the dry column, those who believed that they could not get along without their usual stimulants turned their eyes toward Carthage, and night after night, Watertown consumers took on their load at that village. However, when the board of health ordered the saloons closed because of the influenza epi ...…
 
Oct. 18, 1868: This evening Laura Keene, whose name has become a household word, appears in her favorite part in “The American Cousin,” the play that was on the stage of Ford’s theater when President Lincoln was assassinated. Laura Keene was on the stage when Booth jumped onto it, and she held the head of the murdered President in her lap. Link ...…
 
Watertown Daily Times Writer Chris Brock sits down for an interview to discuss his recent article on "A Fan's Notes" by Frederick Exley. Read Chris Brock's article, "A Fan's Note at 50" at the Watertown Daily Times website, as well as here and here for more.
 
Oct. 12, 1918: Thirty-nine flu-stricken men were being cared for in the Elk’s emergency hospital at noon today and only two beds were vacant. All the women being treated at the hospital were removed to the Masonic Lodge emergency hospital Friday afternoon and all men who were taken ill with influenza during the epidemic and have no home in whic ...…
 
What happened in Massena, N.Y., in 2008 to garner international attention? Find out as we discuss the controversy of -- and the peaceful conclusion to -- the yoga debate at Massena High School. Oct. 7, 2008: Debate over the Massena High School’s suspended classroom yoga program is putting the town on the map. The story has gained attention acro ...…
 
He's been called the Stephen Colbert of the Civil War. He's also been compared to an awkward ox (by a friend) and "abominably nasty" by others. He was admired by President Lincoln and friends with Mark Twain. When a friend claimed that he had never met a man drunker than Locke, the inebriated comedian replied, “Get somebody to introduce you to ...…
 
Sept. 20, 1893: The cave on River street used by S. R. Ryan for a beer cellar was entered Saturday night. The front of the cave was boarded up. The entrance was effected by tearing the boards away. A barrel of beer was taken. The burglars, however, did not go far with it, for it was found in the road near the Baron block corner. Further referen ...…
 
Interview with the Watertown Daily Times’ archivist: Learn more about Kelly Burdick, one of the hosts of Second Look. Also, visit the Watertown Daily Times website to read our story about our new podcast. http://wdt.me/u3uHWp
 
We think of “carjacking” as a fairly new crime but it’s been around since cars have. Sept. 5, 1918: A 1917 model Ford touring car, the property of Frank Nemier of Lacona, was stolen from its parking place in front of the Flower Library in Washington Street this morning. The theft was reported to Chief Singleton, but the fact that Nemier was una ...…
 
Handwritten letters may be a thing of the past, but this Looking Back entry explores how meaningful they can be when a young girl offers sympathy and gets a personal response in return. Christina and Kelly discuss this chapter of local history and end up discussing communication today and what we think of how social media influences discord. 50 ...…
 
During World War II, people in the north country were doing their part on the home front to boost the moral of the troops — mailing as much tobacco as they could to those serving overseas. Join us as we discuss why cigarettes were so important to service members during World War II and how that compares to today. Links: wdt.me/helpthetroops ope ...…
 
A teenage girl is on the verge of death and the only thing that can save her is a rare drug that's never been used locally and isn't available. Meanwhile, doctors struggle to get her treatment in time. 75 years agoAug. 21, 1943: After days of determined efforts to obtain the release of the rare drug, announcement reached here early this afterno ...…
 
We take a Second Look at the local history of the north country region of New York in our weekly podcast, by mining the pages of the 150-year-plus newspaper, the Watertown Daily Times in Watertown, N.Y. 150 years ago Aug. 18, 1868: Sheriff Johnson, who attached the animals of Howe’s Circus, has the elephant and other animals on his hands yet at ...…
 
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