New York & Ontario Power Company Records

New York & Ontario Power Company Records

Collection Number: 
21
Collection Length: 
1.00ft
Geographic Coverage: 
Waddington, NY; St. Lawrence County
Period: 
1787 to 1928
Finding Aid: 

William S. Connolly of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, was president of the New York and Ontario Power Company. The company applied in 1918 to the International Joint Commission for approval for "...the obstruction of the waters of the St. Lawrence River at Waddington, N.Y." Connolly was also a manager of the Bank of Montreal for 40 years (1890-1930) and spent most of his earnings to gain control of the land in the area that he believed to be, because it was the narrowest part of the river, the logical spot for a power dam. The dam was never built in this location. When dams were finally built, they were placed six miles up river and twenty-six miles down river. The collection consists of plans, maps, charts, reports, studies, deeds, abstracts, and correspondence all related to the New York and Ontario Power Company to attempt to build a dam from Waddington to Ogden Island in the St. Lawrence River. This collection was obtained from the Old Authors Farm in Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada in the 1960's.