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Watertown, Jefferson, New York, USA
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Where is Watertown, Jefferson, New York, USA?  Watertown is a city in the state of New York and the county seat of Jefferson County. It is situated approximately 20 miles (35 km) south of the Thousand Islands, and 70 miles north of Syracuse, NY.

Named after the many falls located on the Black River, the city developed early in the 19th century as a manufacturing center. From years of generating industrial wealth, in the early 20th century the city was said to have more millionaires per capita than any other city in the nation. Residents of Watertown built a rich public and private architectural legacy. It is the smallest city to have a park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the celebrated landscape architect who created Central Park in New York City.

Geographically, Watertown is located in the central part of Jefferson County. It lies 72 miles (116 km) northeast of Syracuse, New York and 31 miles (50 km) south of the Ontario border.

The city is known as the birthplace of the Five and dime and the safety pin, and is the home of Little Trees air fresheners. It manufactured the first portable steam engine. It has the longest continually operating county fair in the United States and holds the Red and Black football franchise, the oldest surviving semi-professional team in the United States. Wikipedia

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News 1868 - Mention was made some time since of the resident of Watertown, N. Y., who wheeled his wife on a wheelbarrow from that place to Saratoga.
The trip was undertaken, on the advice of a physician, for the benefit of the wife's health. Recently the couple passed through Utica on their way home, the woman restored to health, and walking beside her husband, who wheeled the empty barrow.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
August 22, 1868

News 1868 - A Watertown, N. Y., dispatch, October 21st says:
An extensive fraud is being perpetrated throughout the country, and especially in the West, by negotiating forged drafts purporting to be drawn by the banking house of Howard & Baker, of Watertown, and signed by C. E. Helmer, Cashier. The drafts are neatly engraved and executed. These drafts, to the amount of several thousand dollars, have been sent here for collection. There has never been any such banking house in this village.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
October 31, 1868

1869 - There are now twenty-two cities in New York State: Cohoes and Watertown being the latest additions.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
June 19, 1869

News 1875 - Fire

A fire broke out on Friday night in the paper mill and sack factory of Messrs. Taggath and Davis, in Watertown, N. Y., caused by an explosion of a kerosene lamp, destroying entirely one section of the mill, together with a large amount of stock. The property in the other four sections of the mill was saved, but damaged by smoke and water. The loss is probably $20,000; insured in the following companies: Westchester, of New York, $2,500; New-York Central, $2,000; Amazon, of Cincin... Read MORE...

News 1890 - LOSSES BY FIRE.
Fire Sunday night destroyed the two-story wooden block at the lower end of Court-street, Watertown, N. Y., owned by A. E. Baron, and occupied by Decout & Co., grocers and meat dealers; W. C. Greene, drugs, and J. A. McGregor, boots and shoes. The planking on the new iron bridge over the Black River at this point took fire and was burned considerably, warping some of the ironwork and rendering the structure temporarily unserviceable. The loss on the buildings is $10,000, and the insurance $5,000.... Read MORE...

...Railroads Blockaded.
Watertown, N. Y., Feb. 9. - The severe cold wave which has prevailed over this section for the past two days has been succeeded by one of the worst blizzards this year. The snow is heavy and packs hard. The railroads are all blockaded. About a foot of snow has fallen and the storm is still raging...
The Delphos Daily Herald
February 9, 1895

1898 - Watertown
In 1796 the veteran land surveyor, Benjamin Wright, laid out into townships and lots the entire Black river tract, or the eleven towns, comprising substantially all of great lots numbers five and six of the original Macomb purchase. Through various sales and transfers the title to the vast tract became vested (July 15, 1795) in Nicholas Low, William Henderson, Richard Harrison and Josiah Ogden Hoffman, who paid for the same one dollar per acre. After having thus acquired title the proprietors em... Read MORE...

1900 - November 14-15 - A record lake-effect snowstorm at Watertown, NY, produced 45 inches in 24 hours. The storm total was 49 inches.
The Weather Channel

Watertown, a city, capital of Jefferson co., N.Y., on the S. bank of the Black River, about 10 miles from its entrance into Lake Ontario and 70 miles (direct) NNW. of Utica, on the New York Central and Hudson River R. Several bridges here cross the river, the rapids of which afford abundant hydraulic power. The city is the seat of a state armory, of homes for the aged and orphans, etc., and has extensive manufactures of paper, wood-pulp, steam-engines, carriages and wagons, air-brakes, silk, fou... Read MORE...

News 1918 - CHILD RESCUED FROM FIRE WITH MUCH DIFFICULTY - Fireman Goes Up Three Flights for Third Time to Save Baby.
Watertown, June 29. - A fire which broke out about 10:30 this evening among the boxes in the basement of the Cooperative store, a stock concern that occupies the ground floor of the Britton block in Arsenal street, caused damage to goods of many hundreds of dollars from smoke which the firemen pronounced about the worst they had ever had to combat. A child and several other dwellers in rooms on upper floors were rescued by the police.

The second floor is occupied by the rooms of the Machinist... Read MORE...

1955 - October 22 - WWNY TV channel 7 in Carthage-Watertown, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
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