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Riverside Cemetery

Riverside Cemetery

Early in August 1808 a shadow came over the settlement of Cambray in the sudden death of Emily Porter, a sprightly little girl of 2 years, and daughter of Isreal Porter. She had been out during the day gathering peas; and it is believed ate a quantity of the half-ripened kernels, which swelled in the stomach causing her death. This occasion led to the selection of the first burying ground, which was in the area of the present Presbyterian Church. Emily Porter was laid to rest in a pine coffin.

PepOMint Life Savers®

PepOMint Life Savers®

This very unusual monument is a tribute to a very interesting man, born in Gouverneur, named Edward John Noble. And Life Savers® are only a small piece of his story.

Dean High School Class Ring

Dean High School Class Ring

Sometimes you find a historical mystery in an everyday object. This was the case for Lynda H. Andrews, history detective. A unidentified Dean High School class ring had been found in the floorboards of 71 Austin Street. It had passed from one owner of the house to the next. But whose ring was it? How could it be returned to the family of this 1917 graduate?

Civil War Soldiers

Civil War Soldiers

Civil War soldiers from Gouverneur. This list sent to the Museum by John Austin, De Kalb, NY on December 16, 2010, reformatted by Shari Barnhart, museum webmaster.

The Memorial Arch

The Memorial Arch

The Gouverneur Memorial Arch was built in the center of the downtown village park in 1905.

Henry's Diaries

Henry's Diaries

Transcribed by Frances Holst, Kansas City, MO. The Gouverneur Museum would like to thank her for her work and willingness to donate the transcriptions to our website.

The Village Fountain

The Village Fountain

In 1876, the people of Gouverneur erected a fountain in the Village Park to commemorate the country's 100th anniversary. In 1957, the fountain was removed. Thanks to community effort, the fountain is back in place.

Charles Henry Rosskam

Charles Henry Rosskam

Born in Gouverneur, Rosskam is an example of many Gouverneur natives who have left the area to make their career and fortunes. Charles was the owner of the Chicago Stock Company, which for many years, played in theaters all over the US and Canada. Rosskam guided actors and artists for plays as their coach and producer.

Edwin John Prittie

Edwin John Prittie

Born in Gouverneur in 1879, Edwin John Prittie's illustrations are still recognized as some of the most well-known works of "popular culture" in the early 20th Century.

Military Honor Roll

Military Honor Roll

Hanging in the Military Room is an Honor Roll of Gouverneur High School graduates who have served.

Gouverneur Fire Department

Gouverneur Fire Department

The Gouverneur Fire Department by Charles Halpin. Disastrous Fires and Events. Listing of Gouverneur Fire Chiefs

Osborneville School

Osborneville School

The Osborneville Country School was established in the 1800s. The first schoolhouse was a log structure. The current schoolhouse was built in 1876. Classes for those in grades one through eighth were held there until the school closed in 1942.

White marble texture with natural patter

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