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History is a collection of stories. Gouverneur has been fortunate to have benefactors whose stories and contributions of time, effort and money continue to support and enhance the community. Many individuals and families were involved in thriving, successful businesses and other endeavors. Our community still owes them a debt of gratitude.

Gouverneur's history has been well documented over the years in publications which commemorated significant events.There are three books about Gouverneur history. Each one can be searched by using the website's Search Tool. Browse the books...

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  The People Who Built Gouverneur

Many individuals have contributed to the community and are recognized as benefactors. Some were elected officials whose work and generosity contributed to the rich history of our community.

Click the name below to read their story.

Gouverneur Morris Harvey D. Smith Edwin Dodge The Kinney Family


Stories and Background of Gouverneur and its People

The Osborneville Country School 1876-1942

The Osborneville Country School was established in the 1800s. The first schoolhouse was a log structure. The current schoolhouse was built in 1876. Classes for those in grades one through eighth were held there until the school closed in 1942. A 1942 calendar still hangs in the schoolhouse to this day.

Click here to read more about the Osborneville Country School

Edwin John Prittie: American Illustrator

Born in Gouverneur in 1879, Edwin John Prittie's illustrations are still recognized as some of the most well-known works of "popular culture" in the early 20th Century.

From book series to magazine illustrations to bubble gum trading cards, Prittie's work is filled with action, color and a style that is his own.

Click here to read more about Edwin John Prittie

Charles Henry Rosskam: Gouverneur Boy Makes Good

Born in Gouverneur, Rosskam is an example of many Gouverneur natives who have left the area to make their career and fortunes. Charles was the owner of the Chicago Stock Company, which for many years, played in theaters all over the US and Canada. Rosskam guided actors and artists for plays as their coach and producer.

Click here to read more about Charles Rosskam's career.

The Dean High School Class of 1917 Ring Mystery

Sometimes you find a historical mystery in an everyday object. This was the case for Lynda H. Andrews, history detective. A unidentified Dean High School class ring had been found in the floorboards of 71 Austin Street. It had passed from one owner of the house to the next. But whose ring was it? How could it be returned to the family of this 1917 graduate? 

Click here to read about this mystery and how it was solved.

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Dean High School

The Centennial Fountain

In 1876, the people of Gouverneur erected a fountain in the Village Park to commemorate the country's 100th anniversary. In 1957, the fountain was removed. In 2010, efforts to revive this tradition are underway.

Click here to read about the Centennial Fountain.

Riverside Cemetery Tour Page

For a more complete look at some of those who have contributed to Gouverneur history.

Go to the Riverside Cemetery Tour pages.

The Gouverneur Fire Dept - by Charles Halpin

• Disastrous Fires and Events in Gouverneur History
• Chiefs of the Gouverneur Fire Department

Henry Sheldon's Diaries

Transcribed by Frances Holst, Kansas City, MO. The Gouverneur Museum would like to thank her for her work and willingness to donate the transcriptions to our website.

Click here to read the diaries of Henry Sheldon
(b. 02 Jul 1814, d. 02 May 1873)

Civil War Soldiers from Gouverneur

Civil War soldiers from Gouverneur. This list sent to the Museum by John Austin, De Kalb, NY on December 16, 2010, reformatted by Shari Barnhart, museum webmaster.

** This list is searchable by using our site search tool.**

About the Gouverneur Memorial Arch

The Gouverneur Memorial Arch was built in the center of the downtown village park in 1905.

Click here to learn more about the Gouverneur Memorial Arch.