Colton Museum will open June 26
COLTON — The Colton Museum will open on Sunday, June 26, with an opening reception from 1-4 pm. The exhibit will showcase the hamlet of South Colton.
This summer the Museum will feature the life and inventions of South Colton resident Harold “Bub” Stowe, Sr. (1895-1986), local handyman and mechanical genius. If something needed to be fixed, Bub would find a way to fix it even if he had to invent a new tool to do it.Bub worked with local lumbermen to invent conveyor-type pulpwood loaders mounted on farm tractors. This greatly speeded the loading of pulp trucks which was formerly done by hand.
Many recall the wooden penstocks that carried water from the intake at the dams to the powerhouses. Spouts of water shooting high into the air was a familiar sight. Bub made the wedges used by power company employees to plug the holes.
Also featured will be Bub’s contribution to the entertainment of children at Colton Fire Department’s annual Labor Day field days.
The exhibit displays many items made in Bub’s shop as well as a photographic exhibit honoring his uncle, Colton native Ernest Stowe (1865-1940), whose work is displayed in Blue Mountain Lake at the Adirondack Experience. He was well renowned as a maker of Adirondack furniture.
Pictures of South Colton hamlet and businesses are also shown bringing back memories. This display will include some photos of South Colton homes and businesses as well as artifacts to support the photos. A street map of South Colton during 1925 will also be shown.