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Notes from the Port of Oswego Authority. 13. The Port Arrives in ’55!

State Senator Henry A. Wise, (Watertown), shockingly blocked the original Oswego Port Authority Bill from being voted on in 1954, greatly arousing the ire of Oswegonians.  He was chastised widely in the local press and during the fall election.  After … Continue reading

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Notes from the Port of Oswego Authority. Birth of the Port, Part III

As 1954 dawned, Oswego and Albany were ready, apparently, for the legislation that would establish the new Oswego Port Authority.  A completely new OswegoCity government was installed, with a new mayor, Robert Iles, and an all-new Council who supported the … Continue reading

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Notes from the Port of Oswego Authority. Birth of the POA, Stage 2

In 1953, ideas about forming Port Authorities were percolating in Albany and the St. Lawrence Seaway seemed to be moving forward, but Oswego was distracted by a variety of more parochial interests.  Only Operation Oswego, led by attorney Hosmer Culkin, … Continue reading

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Notes from the Port of Oswego Authority. Birth of the POA, Stage One

Formally initiated on April 14, 1923, the Oswego Harbor and Dock Commission (HDC) held its last meeting on July 1, 1955, five days before the new Oswego Port Authority held its first, formal   meeting on July 6.  During its 32 … Continue reading

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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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