The Broome County Historical Society Presents 'The Resorts of Oquaga Lake'

Join WSKG and the Broome County Historical Society Wednesday, May 17th at 6:30PM for a special presentation by filmmaker Brian Frey at the WSKG-TV Studios in Vestal. Frey will share clips from his upcoming project on the history of Oquaga Lake and discuss how the lake evolved into one of the most popular vacation destinations in the region. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact the Broome County Historical Society at (607) 778-3572. BACKGROUND

In 1869, James and Elvira Scott purchased a farmhouse and 98 acres of farmland on what was called Sand Pond in upstate New York.

Binghamton

In 1787, a wealthy Philadelphia banker named William Bingham saw a vision for a new community at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers. However, Bingham died in 1804, before his vision was fully realized. It was left to Bingham’s land agent, Joshua Whitney, to forge ahead with the settlement’s streets, bridges, and courthouse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf2NW5K5vu8

Funding provided by a grant from Empire State Development.

Deposit

Taking its name from that lumbering process, in 1811 the Village of “Deposit” was formed in Delaware County. Years later the village absorbed neighboring Deansville, of Broome County. As a result, Deposit has the rare distinction of being located within two counties. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjssUVWm3sg

Funding provided by a grant from Empire State Development.

Windsor

In 1785, John Doolittle arrived in present day Broome County from New England, cleared land and established a farm, becoming the first permanent settler of the area. Doolittle was soon joined by David Hotchkiss, Frederick Goodell and John Garnsey. Within twenty years from John Doolittle’s arrival, the population had grown to 1,000, and in 1807 the town of Windsor was established. https://youtu.be/MLnBqRLqGrw

Funding provided by a grant from Empire State Development. Links:
Path Through History: http://paththroughhistory.iloveny.com/
WSKG’s Path Through History: http://www.wskg.org/pth

Whitney Point

General John Patterson arrived in northern Broome County in 1791 to settle what originally called Patterson’s Corner’s, along the Tioughnioga and West Otselic Rivers. In 1802, Thomas and William Whitney settled in the new community, becoming the founders of the village of Whitney Point. The village was incorporated in 1871. https://youtu.be/7TmNt3Gm2dc

Funding provided by a grant from Empire State Development. Links:
Path Through History: http://paththroughhistory.iloveny.com/
WSKG’s Path Through History: http://www.wskg.org/pth

Maine

Farmers such as Benjamin Norton and Alfred and Russell Gates first settled in the area in western Broome County that became the town of Maine in 1790s. In 1848, the town was officially formed from portions of the Town of Union. https://youtu.be/LJrRGYF9AIk

Funding provided by a grant from Empire State Development. Links:
Path Through History: http://paththroughhistory.iloveny.com/
WSKG’s Path Through History: http://www.wskg.org/pth

Deposit, New York | #tbt

Today’s throwback Thursday photo shows Front Street in Deposit, NY, on August 10, 1948. The image was taken by Bob Wyer, a reporter turned professional photographer from Delaware County. The first settler arrived in the area in 1789. Logging was an important early industry for the community, and felled tress were often “deposited” by the riverbank before being floated downstream. In 1811, the settlement was incorporated as the village of Deposit.

Willis Sharpe Kilmer

In 1890, Willis Sharpe Kilmer arrived in Binghamton, New York where he took over the advertising department of the family patent medicine business. Young Willis devised a new and extremely effective print campaign that turned one of the companies many products, Dr. Kilmer’s Swamp Root Kidney Liver and Bladder Cure, into a household name. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWE4nnhSckM

‘Uniquely New York’ is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Links:
Path Through History
WSKG’s Path Through History
Broome County Historical Society

Photos Courtesy of:
Broome County Historical Society

Thomas J. Watson

Thomas J. Watson was born in Painted Post, New York in 1874, the only son of a hard working, but largely unsuccessful, farmer and lumberman. By the time Watson was 20 years old he had already held jobs as a teacher, bookkeeper, butcher, and peddler of pianos. Finally, in 1896 he took a job as a cash register salesman with the National Cash Register Company in Dayton Ohio. When he took the reigns of a fledgling time recording company in 1911, Watson was well prepared to make his mark on the corporate world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_cMBXyKoRQ

‘Uniquely New York’ is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  

Links:
Path Through History
WSKG’s Path Through History
Broome County Historical Society

Photos Courtesy of:
Broome County Historical Society
IBM Archive

Tornado Aftermath, 1905 | #tbt

On the evening of June 5th, 1905, the residents of Binghamton, New York, were violently awoken by the thunderous sounds of a tornado that ripped through the city’s Southside. Fortunately, while the storm did serious damage to some homes and barns, no one was killed. For throwback Thursday, we’ve put together a slideshow of photographs taken the day after the storm. The photos highlight some of the destruction caused across Binghamton.  

Photographs Courtesy of the Broome County Historical Society.