Calcium, New York

Calcium, New York Small town America at it's best! Located in Northern New York State, in the gentle rolling landscape just east of Lake Ontario, Calcium is home to a handful of locals and LOTS of soldiers and their families currently posted at Fort Drum.
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Calcium is presently best known for their 160 year old Community Church and the easily accessible small town post office. We have a long history and the future is still being written in the lives of good people. We're glad you're here!

10/02/2020

Just a quick reminder that the Calcium Fire Department will be having a chicken barbecue this Sunday, October 4th from 12:00 noon until the chicken is gone. Come out and support this organization and have a good meal!!

How is everyone doing getting used to a new way of living?  Things look pretty much the same out of my window, but I kno...
08/01/2020

How is everyone doing getting used to a new way of living? Things look pretty much the same out of my window, but I know there are more walkers and bikers and fewer vehicles. Maybe not a bad thing. It is a challenging year to say the least. I'm spending a lot of time each day lugging the hose around to water the garden, the lawns have greened up a bit but if we don't get some rain soon they will all be crispy again. I've noticed some trees with dried up leaves--very different than the last few summers. I'm not getting in my routine exercise at Walmart anymore and it's too hot to spend much time outside exercising, although I guess dragging the hose around helps. I do think that we are fortunate in this area compared to what is going on in more heavily populated places. We finally have time to catch up on sorting out all the things we've been talking about for years---how many have done much of that? Stay healthy, be cautious and enjoy the remainder of the summer. I for one will be glad of some cooler air!! The deer is in the neighbor's yard enjoying a snack, just before dusk. The dog is up back in the woods on a day that the bugs weren't too bad. The flowers are in my garden.

Finally we are having some nice weather and it is time to start mowing.  Here is a picture of probably Calcium's oldest ...
05/17/2020

Finally we are having some nice weather and it is time to start mowing. Here is a picture of probably Calcium's oldest resident mowing his lawn on Thursday.

Well another strange day in a strange year.  It seems so different to sit in front of this window and see very few cars ...
05/09/2020

Well another strange day in a strange year. It seems so different to sit in front of this window and see very few cars go by; but, there has been a lot more foot and bike traffic which is nice to see. However, I am wondering if it was really necessary to have snow in May? Isn't this just a sad picture?

A Special Note About COVID-19 & Medical Ventilators......COVID-19 is real, and spreading fast. It won't end soon.Some fo...
03/21/2020

A Special Note About COVID-19 & Medical Ventilators......

COVID-19 is real, and spreading fast. It won't end soon.

Some folks question whether it is man-made or naturally occurring. That is irrelevant. It is obviously deadly.

I personally feel it is not so much a question of IF someone gets this virus, but WHEN.

That is the critical element we all need to be putting off for as long as possible.

My reasoning is that time is required to develop better & more facilities and options for treating those with the disease. That is not happening as fast as will be needed.

But there will also be more critically essential medical ventilators in the weeks and months ahead. They will mean the difference between life-or-death for many patients.

BE SMART! Take absolutely no unnecessary risks.

Take the advice given for social behaviors like gatherings and shopping. Protect your family by enforcing cleanliness and hand washing.

Several recent conversations have shown that many people don't understand medical ventilators and how they work. A couple of good explanatory links are given below. Viewing is recommended.

Learn something new today, and be around to pass that knowledge on to someone else tomorrow.

https://www.sonashomehealth.com/medical-ventilator

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8VIw0fk4X0

// Len Hamilton ([email protected])

A glorious SPRING DAY!! Geese are flying, snow is melting, I just saw a motorcycle go by.  I know it is early and we wil...
03/09/2020

A glorious SPRING DAY!! Geese are flying, snow is melting, I just saw a motorcycle go by. I know it is early and we will have more winter but spring is so good that having two or three springs will be fine. Here is a picture of a couple of Calcium residents. There is a vast difference in their ages - one is 4 months old the other will be 104 years old this coming Monday. Enjoy the beautiful day.

May these heralds of Spring come to our area soon.
03/02/2020

May these heralds of Spring come to our area soon.

Snowy day and I am working on some more of Marian Bishops' notes, found this to be interesting as it shows how much thin...
02/07/2020

Snowy day and I am working on some more of Marian Bishops' notes, found this to be interesting as it shows how much things have changed over the years. Today I can get on line and see everything that is closed in Northern New York in just a short time. In Marian's notes she and her brother didn't even know that a dance at the Grange Hall, just a short distance away, had been cancelled. Also in reading this excerpt you will note that we just don't get snow like that very often any more.
"When Laurence and I were 13 and 15 ½ we started going to dances at the Grange Hall – all the kids in the neighborhood had fun at the dances and sleigh rides. No roads were plowed so it was good sleighing – two horses on a long sleigh and lots of blankets. Sometimes of course there was so much snow that I waded to my hips to get as far as the church when I went to high school. One night Laurence and I started for a dance with a horse and cutter. We tipped over in a snow bank so we went home. We found out the next day that the dance had been cancelled.
The picture is of the car, a 1940 Ford owned by Clayton Bishop, the Grange is in the background. The other picture is of Preston and Blanche Jewett's home--they were Marian and Laurence mother and father.

Beautiful sunny day with nice white snow on the ground.  Savor each day and think of how blessed you are.  This is the t...
12/16/2019

Beautiful sunny day with nice white snow on the ground. Savor each day and think of how blessed you are. This is the time of year when lots of memories dance around in my head and I realize how God has blessed me in so many ways, family, friends, beautiful surroundings in this north country that has such a variety of weather and beautiful lakes, rivers and forests. Here are a few pictures that may make some of you remember the good old days here in Calcium.
1-Interior of Calcium Church before it was modernized; 2-the Grange Hall; 3-school kids at Halloween; 4-Tom Ryor and some of those delicious turkeys; 5-the Madison Cooper house with the old porch; 6-the Blizzard of 77; 7-Merry Christmas!

It was a nice surprise today when I drove up the street and encountered a very nice snowman.  He made me smile and also ...
12/06/2019

It was a nice surprise today when I drove up the street and encountered a very nice snowman. He made me smile and also rejoice that there are still children that want to do something with their hands besides pushing keys and staring at a screen of some type. I hope that some others driving by noticed him and got a bit nostalgic. In case you missed him here are some pictures.

November 1st and there is snow in the forecast -- here are some old pictures from October 10, 1937 showing the first sno...
11/02/2019

November 1st and there is snow in the forecast -- here are some old pictures from October 10, 1937 showing the first snow and it looks like an impressive amount. Let's be thankful that our October was rain and not snow! I actually remember it snowing on October 9th many years ago. So November snow is not that awful. The first picture I believe is the stone house on the right hand side of the picture; the second picture is coming into Calcium from the North and I believe the sign is at Gonseth's garage and the grange hall is behind the sign; the third picture is the Railroad Station; and the last one is Cahill's barn which was across from the Stucco house that was the Jefferson County Contagious Disease Hospital, I don't remember it as the Cahill barn but as Mrs. Araf's barn. These pictures are probably too old for most of you to remember but I thought you might enjoy them.

What a colorful fall we are enjoying! Even on the dark and rainy days there is a golden glow.  The squirrels and chipmun...
10/26/2019

What a colorful fall we are enjoying! Even on the dark and rainy days there is a golden glow. The squirrels and chipmunks are scurrying around gathering winter provisions and the Christmas special madness has already started in the retail world. Canada has had their thanksgiving and we are looking ahead to ours--which brings me to today's theme. How many of you remember Ryor's Turkey Farm? I remember it very well and I especially remember how good those turkeys were. I also remember that when Camp Drum (we're talking several years ago) was active in the summer with training that occasionally a low flying plane would fly over the turkey farm and I could hear the turkeys protesting and know that my uncle would be calling the military and asking them not to fly over and scare the turkeys! Here are a some pictures taken at the farm.

Here is another excerpt from Marian Bishop's handwritten history of Calcium: Store and Post Office at Calcium, New York ...
03/25/2019

Here is another excerpt from Marian Bishop's handwritten history of Calcium: Store and Post Office at Calcium, New York
This building was erected for a hotel between 1825-1850. The Post Office and Store were located in this building until 1973 when the post office was moved to a trailer beside the store. In 1985 a new post office was built in the corner of the woods next to the home of Marian Bishop, this was due to the expansion of Fort Drum.
The store was owned by three generations of the Dunn family – Harlan Dunn, son Charles, Sr. and Charles, Jr.. Harlan was Postmaster from 1895 to 1915, then Charles, Sr. replaced him. Edna Houle was Postmaster from 1945 to 1967 when she retired at age 70 which was compulsory. Ray Sabre was Postmaster until 1978 and Patricia Gillespie until 1996.
During the time of Dunn’s ownership the lower front of the building was post office and store with living quarters of the family in the back. Above was a dance hall in the late 1800’s. There was a balcony off the dance hall above the porch.
Blanche Herrick (Jewett), my mom, attended dances there as did all the young people. She was a very popular young lady with many boy friends.
Charles Dunn, Jr. sold the building to Alicia Simmons and she sold to Arthur LaBrie who sold to William Dover in 1988. Clayton and Marian Bishop bought the store stock from Charles, Jr. January 1, 1956. They sold to William Dover in March, 1966.

03/16/2019
03/16/2019

Saw a robin bob-bob-bobbing around the side yard today. By the time I got the camera it was gone so I'm including a picture from a couple of years ago. Good sign though, spring may just happen before too long!!

Now for the school that replaced the one that burned.  Built in 1923-24 it was a two room school house.  I went there fo...
03/01/2019

Now for the school that replaced the one that burned. Built in 1923-24 it was a two room school house. I went there for second grade through fifth grade. There were swings, rings, money bars and a slide that we could use at recess time. There was also a lot of yard for various game playing - no organized sports of course. You walked to and from school and you could even walk home for lunch if you wanted to - no fears that something would happen to you - a much different world than today.
The picture is probably from when the school was first built - notice that there is nothing around it. I certainly don't remember that - when I went there Heath's lived next to the school, Bandy's, Jewett's, Hubbard's were all in close distance to the school. Does anyone reading this have any memories of going to school here?

Here are some comments from Mrs. Bishops' history of Calcium concerning the school house that used to be across from the...
02/28/2019

Here are some comments from Mrs. Bishops' history of Calcium concerning the school house that used to be across from the church. I'm also including a picture of students from about 1913. The students are if you start in the back row going from right to left: Claude Schrodt, Claude Webster, Charles Webster, Madison Cooper, Jr., Laura Fountain (Smith), Clayton Bishop, Leah Cole (Derouin), Arthur Schrodt, Violet Countryman, James Cahill, Lesley Spohn, Kate Sixberry, Raymond Cole, Gladys Johnson (Carey), Louine Eldridge (Cory), Marian Jewett (Bishop). Seated left to right: Marian Johnson, Viola Cahill, Henry Sixberry, Daniel Webster, Alden Bishop, Laurence Jewett.
"Jewett’s schoolhouse was on the 4 corners across from the stone house. All of Jewett ancestors and all children of the neighborhood went to school there, it burned in 1923. The new school was built in 1923-1924 half-way between the church and store. Classes were held in the back of church (called the annex) while the school was being built. It was a two-room school with a teacher for first four grades and one for the fifth through eighth. They had a music teacher who put on an operetta at Christmas time and at the end of the year at graduation. It was held at the grange hall. Mrs. Countryman, who taught the upper grades 15 years, held regents and had a graduation the same as high school. She boarded with me 13 years. Around 1950 the schools consolidated and the Calcium school children went to Evans Mills, New York, later to Indian River Central at Philadelphia, New York. The school that was built in 1923 was sold and the money was given to the Grange, Fire Co

02/26/2019

Well the wind has stopped and it doesn't appear that Calcium suffered any startling events - guess we dodged a bullet this time and we are almost through February!

Here is another bit of information from Marian Bishop's history -- this concerns Madison Cooper and mentions the Flower ...
02/21/2019

Here is another bit of information from Marian Bishop's history -- this concerns Madison Cooper and mentions the Flower Grower Magazine. I have also included a copy of a subscription order form that was in a 1939 issue - hard to believe those prices! "Mr. Cooper later was Editor and Published of the magazine 'The Flower Grower'. He raised fields of beautiful gladioli’s and sold the bulbs. One field was between our house and the house next door. He hired several stenographers in the plant and men outside to plant and dig the bulbs. At this time I took the stenographers to board with us, 6 days a week $1.00 a day each. One winter I had 4 stenographers and 2 teachers boarding with us."

A little more about the Railroad Station.  My mother (before she was my mother) lived in Watertown and worked at Jeffrey...
02/14/2019

A little more about the Railroad Station. My mother (before she was my mother) lived in Watertown and worked at Jeffrey's laboratories in Calcium -- she commuted by train. She liked to tell of the day that the conductor put the stool in front of the step for her to get on the train, there was mother on the stool, the conductor standing next to it and the train pulled out of the station without them!
Jeffrey's laboratories raised foxes so I am including a picture of Preston Jewett's fox ranch which was also in this area, I haven't managed to find any pictures of Jeffery's Laboratories yet.

Here is a brief portion of the history that Marian Bishop wrote about Calcium:  The R.W.O. (Rome-Watertown-Ogdensburg) r...
02/13/2019

Here is a brief portion of the history that Marian Bishop wrote about Calcium: The R.W.O. (Rome-Watertown-Ogdensburg) railroad was built in 1856 – the tracks passing close to the Post office. The station was built soon after across the track from the Post office and store. The name was changed to the St. Lawrence Division of the New York Central later. The detour for freight was built in 1910 from Watertown to Calcium (at the time it was Sanfords Corners) the tracks were parallel to Route 11. Stan Bishop was ticket agent for some time before 1900 receiving $1.00 a day. He was telegraph operator and freight agent. They didn’t use the telephone. Due to the “great depression” starting with the stock market crash in 1929 they began removing trains as many people owned cars and didn’t ride on trains as much as before. The depression lasted until 1933-34. President Franklin Roosevelt was elected in 1932 and started the Social Security program. He also abolished the Prohibition law. The last train went through in 1964. (the following picture is a more recent picture of the station than the one previously posted).

We have had a 56 degree day, a rainy day, an icy day and a windy snowy day and tomorrow it is supposed to be 8 degrees. ...
02/09/2019

We have had a 56 degree day, a rainy day, an icy day and a windy snowy day and tomorrow it is supposed to be 8 degrees. All this has happened in one week -- something for everyone!! Here are a couple of pictures of yesterday's ice.

Here is a picture from 1908 of the school house that used to be across from the church.  The school house burned and my ...
02/05/2019

Here is a picture from 1908 of the school house that used to be across from the church. The school house burned and my father said he went over and set on the roof of the horse sheds at the church and watched the school burn and it was one of the "happiest days of my life" -- he would have been eight years old. I'm also including what Mrs. Bishop has written on the back of the picture.

I've been going through some old pictures and other material that the Bishop and Jewett families were kind enough to ent...
02/03/2019

I've been going through some old pictures and other material that the Bishop and Jewett families were kind enough to entrust to me. Marian Bishop had a large collection of Calcium history and I will be sharing a lot of it here -- not all at once though. Here is a picture from the Pine Grove Grange that was located in Calcium. From left to right in the front row is Marian Jewett Bishop, Viola Brown (McLane), Lovina Eldridge (Cory), Sylvia Putnam, Edith Johnson (Lashaw). Back row left to right Dora Johnson, Carrie Emond, Edith Closs, Margaret Lehane. On the back the picture is titled "Members of Tableaux of Pine Grove Grange - 1919. I remember 4 of the ladies pictured but they didn't look like this when I knew them!

Here's another one of the old newspaper clippings. This one concerns the renaming of Sanfords Corners to Calcium--guess ...
01/30/2019

Here's another one of the old newspaper clippings. This one concerns the renaming of Sanfords Corners to Calcium--guess it wasn't too popular with some of the citizens.
"July 11, 1911 – Through the efforts of Madison Cooper, the railroad company and government have changed the depot and postoffice from Sanfords Corners to Calcium. Mr. Cooper has erected a cold storage plant here and uses calcium in making cold storage material. The original Sanfords Corners is where the church and school house is located, and which will always be called Sanfords Corners and most of the people living here are not pleased by having the name changed at the depot and post office."
I've lived in the same location for a number of years but my address has changed several times -- I now live on Sanford Corners Road -- I figured the person that gave it that name didn't get it right - seems like it should have been Sanfords Corners Road. Oh well!
I've included a picture of the Railroad Station that was across from the hotel. How many of you remember it?

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Sanford Corners
Calcium, NY
13616

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