Category Archives: New York

Notes from the Port of Oswego Authority. IX. Grain Elevator Politics

From 1914 through 1931, Oswego had 4 mayors: Thomas F. Hennessey (D, 4 yrs), John Fitzgibbons (D, 4 years), Moses Prouse Neal (R, 4 years), and Daniel H. Conway (D, 6 years).  Overlapping that same 18-year period, New YorkState had … Continue reading

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Notes from the Port of Oswego Authority. VIII. The State Grain Elevator

The H. Lee White Marine Museum sits on the site of the former New York State (NYS) grain elevator on the northern extension of West First Street.  It was, in fact, an integral part of that grain-storage operation.  That pier … Continue reading

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Notes from the Port Authority of Oswego. VII. Fay, Spofford and Thorndike

Oswego’s Harbor and Dock Commission (HDC) functioned for 32 years (1923 to 1955) before being replaced by the Port of Oswego Authority.  During those years, many changes were wrought in Oswego’s harbor.  Some changes were under the control of the … Continue reading

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Notes from the Port of Oswego Authority. VI. The Harbor and Dock Commission

As reported in the Oswego Daily Palladium (ODP, Jan. 22, 1924), “The Oswego Harbor and Dock Commission came into being April 14, 1923, after amendment of the City Charter, through appointment by Mayor M. P. Neal of six commissioners, who, … Continue reading

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Notes from the Port of Oswego Authority. V. Harbor Management Changes

By the middle of the 19th Century, Oswego’s port was vital to shipping, manufacturing, and transport of materials.  Indeed, Oswego was one of the most important ports in the young United States (Notes from the Port, I and II). In … Continue reading

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Notes from the Port of Oswego. IV. Additional Harbor Management Details

The 1848 Charter of the City of Oswego set general rules of operation and management for the first new city in northern New York.  The subsidiary document, 1848 Ordinances of the City of Oswego, defined management specificity. Chapter III of … Continue reading

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Notes from the Port of Oswego Authority: 19th Century Decline

On Feb. 24, 1942 (143 years after the US Congress had declared Oswego a Port-of-Entry), John W. O’Connor, Deputy Director of US Customs in Oswego, read to the Oswego County Historical Society a paper titled “A History of the First … Continue reading

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