The following quotation and the image of William Gilliland's portrait come from Plattsburgh resident, historian, and writer David Glenn. Portrait of William Gilliland (1734-1796) Pioneer Settler of Essex and Clinton Counties, New York This oil paint on canvas portrait was … [Read more...] about A Brief History of William Gilliland
Essex People: Profiles of Essex, New York People
The following posts and profiles feature past and present Essex people including Essex, NY historic figures across two centuries. We hope that you enjoy reading about the individuals who shape the unique heritage of our community, and we welcome your recommendations for future profiles. If you would like to suggest (or submit) a profile to be featured on the Essex on Lake Champlain community blog please contact our People Editor, Olive Alexander. Thank you.
Underpinning John Bird Burnham's legacy as a conservationist was his interest in local Adirondack enterprise. From logging and sawmilling to manufacturing log homes and maple sugar candy, Burnham's business interests were diverse and his influence widespread. At the leading edge … [Read more...] about John Bird Burnham: Crater Club & Log Cabins
Although several names emerge repeatedly in early Essex history (Gilliland, Ross, Noble, Gould, van Ormand, Eggleston, etc.) there is another legendary figure who infiltrates virtually any conversation about Essex since 1899, and that is John Bird Burnham (1869-1939). Born at … [Read more...] about John Bird Burnham: Conservationist and Adventurer
Dr. Peter Schultz has been inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame... (Valley News) The June 16, 2012 Valley News reports that Peter Schultz, a scientist who has lived in Essex since 1999 has been honored for his work at Corning Glass Works (now Corning Incorporated). Here is … [Read more...] about Peter Schultz Honored for Fiber Optics
On a gray November afternoon back in 2010, Ruth and Sid Couchey rang my doorbell to present this playful rendering of Rosslyn boathouse. We sat in the living room and talked and laughed until the dreary afternoon yielded to technicolor levity. For all who had the good fortune … [Read more...] about Remembering Sid Couchey