Potsdam Public Museum receives donation of items from 1840-1921
From left, examining some of the tools, are Hans Kuno, Mary Gilbert, Hunter Crary, museum staff, Stan Maine, Civil War enthusiast, and Sanders. Potsdam Museum photo submitted by Mimi Van Deusen.
POTSDAM — Bonny Barry Sanders of Florida recently visited the Potsdam Public Museum to donate items which belonged to her great grandparents, James and Sarah Cutting McCormick and her grandparents, Edwin and Velma McCormick Barry, all of Potsdam.Included were dresses and lace pieces, as well as tools used by McCormick (1840-1921), who was a wheelwright, inventor, blacksmith and Civil War veteran.
He built carriages, wagons, canoes and boats.
He had a shop on Fall Island until 1900 and then on Main Street until 1921.
A marker in honor of James McCormick can be viewed on the Raquette River Walk in Potsdam.
His great granddaughter has written an historical novel based on his life entitled “Kiss Me Good-bye: Finding Love Among the Ashes of the Civil War,” which may be purchased at the Potsdam Public Museum.