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Drummed Out: This well-illustrated book primarily provides the history of the Jefferson County village of Sterlingville, a small community that ceased to exist upon the government’s expansion of Pine Camp (now Fort Drum), just prior to the United States’ entry into World War II. Several other small communities that met the same fate in the area are mentioned as well: Sterlingburgh, Lewisburg (Louisburg, also formerly known as Sterlingbush), Leraysville, and Reedville. The book provides details on the relocation process and the personal stories of many of those affected by the loss of their communities. Information on the 19th- century iron industry in Jefferson County is included as it is central to the history of Sterlingville and the other communities in the surrounding area. Also included is information on James LeRay and his mansion, as well as a brief section relating to the detainment of POWs at Pine Camp during World War II.

Jeffersonian Yearbooks Collection: Yearbook of the Jefferson Community College.

Jefferson Community College Newspapers

Italians in the North Country: In 1987 John B. Johnson, Sr., editor and publisher of the Watertown (N.Y.) Daily Times, suggested to Frank P. Augustine, a 38 year Times employee, that he research the Italian community of Watertown. Augustine's work resulted in an 18 week series published in the Times from September 1988 to March 1989, and a book, La Bella America: From the Old Country to the North Country published by the Watertown Times. In the course of his research Augustine, himself a child of Italian immigrants, went into the homes of members of the Italian community in Watertown. He tape recorded over three dozen interviews, primarily with Italians who had come to the United States as young people in the early twentieth century. Most of those interviewed were in their late 70s, 80s or 90s. Assisting as interpreter was Henry V. Cumoletti, a Watertown resident who had served as an interpreter and court reporter at the Nuremberg Trials in 1946.

Frank P. Augustine

Frank P. Augustine
Watertown Daily Times 

In 2000 Frank Augustine offered Jefferson Community College the material he had accumulated researching La Bella America. Included in the collection were 37 cassette tapes, typed transcripts and scores of photographs. With the permission of John B. Johnson, Jr., current editor and publisher of the Watertown Daily Times, and Hope Augustine, Frank's wife, a selection of audio files created from some of the taped interviews, with a photograph of the interview subject and a transcript, are presented here. This collection allows one to listen to some of the voices of the Italian community of Watertown and gives a hint of what life was like for an immigrant in the North Country.

 

Jefferson Community College website

 
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