Courtland Smithers Collection

Courtland Smithers Collection

Collection Number: 
41
Collection Length: 
0.50ft
Period: 
1601 to 1957
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Courtland Smithers was born March 20, 1881 in Oswegatchie and moved to Heuvelton with his family in 1888 where he remained for the rest of his life. He worked in the family grocery and bakery store. In later years he went into the coal business, the poultry business and finally a prominent milk dairy farmer from 1916-1946. He was instrumental in starting Poultry Shows and Cattle Shows in the area. He married in 1902. Mr. Smithers was crippled by rheumatism for many years and turned to writing genealogies of many local families and a book "History of Heuvelton and Vicinity". Courtland Smithers died May 10, 1961. The collection consists of genealogies of the families of Heuvelton, New York. Families which are included; Adrain, Allen, Backus, Blood, Breckenridge, Chaffee, Dexter, Dollar, Fifield, Fletcher, Giffin, Gray, Greeley, Hayden, Heuvel, Howard, Hudson-Bell, Hulett, Hutchinson, Johnson, Mayne, Partridge, Pickens, Remington, Ross, Ruddocks, Scott, Sheppard, Smithers, Snyder, Spooner, Thurston, Todd, and Woods. Individual genealogies included are: George Seaman, Captain William Ely Waffle, and Captain Bela Bell. A complete list of all the genealogies is available at the library. Also included is the manuscript of his book "History of Heuvelton and Vicinity" (which can be found in our library's online catalogue). This collection was donated to St. Lawrence University in the mid sixties.