Had our village been possessed of proper facilities for fighting fire, a large number of buildings would have been spared as their was little wind. When will our people awake to the necessity of procuring something with which to properly fight the fire demon. Let us arouse from our Rip Van Winkle sleep in this matter and do something. Now is the time for action.Many thanks are rendered to the boys of Watertown Fire department who rendered such effective service in checking the fire.
Gilbew saved the greater part of his clothing,
loss covered by insurance.
1874, the Mendell Block was converted into a carriage shop and the
Dodge Carriage works was also started. In 1876 Saunders and
a sawmill in the western part of the village. In 1878 on the 1809
Abel Hart's inn a new hotel was erected and the Lockwood and COOPER
still busy taverns.
A library had been started April 12, 1831 and lasted about 15 years and then closed due to lack of funds. The second effort was started in two rooms on the second floor of the DWIGHT Block being named "The Adams Free Library," with Mrs. Bell as librarian. It was founded in 1900 by the efforts of the women of the community. Later it was in the Community Building and when the new Community Building was built in 1965, it was moved there. Mrs. O. B. Rhodes served as librarian for many years.
an article dated 1955 by Marjorie Berry) The library as it is
today was established at a much later date in rooms on the second floor
DWIGHT Block (Transcribers Note: Some may know this location as
floor of the former RING's Store) on the corner of Main and West Church
Street. This had its beginning from a large gift of books from
Mrs. Brenton Babcock of Ohio. This public library was sponsored
by the Adams Study Club.
public benefactor General Hungerford's greatest
achievement was helping to bring Adams an educational institution of
high quality. Adams Collegiate
Institute was chartered by the Regents in 1855. General
offered to give $10,000 if the community would match the endowment to
school in a building that had come into his hands, the unfinished
Hotel. School started in 1864 with 160 students, but burned in
1868. With the insurance money and more donations and the offer
of a site
on the hill of the name were changed to Hungerford Collegiate
Institute, a fine
brick building was built there and school began in 1870. Under
Watkins and vice Principal Orlo Rhodes and a fine staff of teachers, 60
boarding and 200 day students were well trained and the school was
its discipline and scholarship. The building was sold for debt in
the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. D. A. DWIGHT, the Cooper Block was
bought and rented to the school, and the Adams Collegiate Institute
again in the COOPER Block. In 1884 that block burned and again
DWIGHT's came to the rescue and bought the Institute building (now the
Bldg.) and conveyed it to the trustees with reservations about keeping
Christian school with no more debts. The cost to the
5 & 10 was founded in 1938 by Felix (Fred) Michael Ring.
Once known as "Flansbury's", Ring's was located between the bank
building (now the Jefferson County Journal) and the Market Basket on
1939 the sale of the property was
finalized with Fred and Ada M. Ring becoming owners (see transcription
of deed from
1945 Ring's Store enlarged when
Felix (Fred) M. Ring began the process of purchasing the "Market
Basket" which was adjacent to the original Ring's Store. The
Basket was located at the corner of Main and West Church Street.
It was also the year the Felix's sons, Fred and Al became
partners and took over as owners of the operation, as Felix chose to
retire. The address became 1 - 5 Main Street, Adams, NY.
ADA M. CRONK
FELIX M. RING & ano
THIS INDENTURE Made the 30th day of September, in the year Nineteen Hundred and Thirty-nine, Between ADA M. CRONK of the Town of Ellisburg, Jefferson County, New York, party of the first part, and FELIX M. RING and ADA M. RING, both of the Village of Adams, County of Jefferson and State of New York, parties of the second part.
WITNESSETH, that the said party of the first part, in consideration of One Dollar, lawful money of the United States, paid by the parties of the second part, does hereby grant and release unto the said parties of the second part, their heirs and assigns forever,
ALL THAT TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND, Situate in the TOWN AND VILLAGE OF ADAMS, County of Jefferson and State of New York, and bounded and described as follows: On the west by the center of Main Street; on the north by lands of Nelson Green and Joseph Coon; on the east by lands of Julia Bond and lands now formerly in the possession of G. B. R. Whipple and on the south and southwest by lands of the Baptist Church, the Seminary Lot, Titus Barrett (Bassett); Thomas P. Saunders and William Puffer to the center of Main Street aforesaid, supposed to contain two acres of land, more or less.
Being the same land deeded by William Wright and wife April 14, 1864 to Olive A. Stearnes.
Excepting and Reserving therefrom the land conveyed by Juliette Lewis and husband, by Warrant Deed dated June 9, 1868, to Solon D. Hungerford and Julia Bond, and which deed was recorded in the Jefferson County Clerk's Office July 13, 1868, in Book of Deeds Number 177 at page 5.
Also Excepting and Reserving therefrom a small parcel of the above described premises heretofore sold and conveyed to Ambrose Johnson.
Also Excepting and Reserving therefrom that portion of said premises which was conveyed by Elizabeth D. Kirkland to Henry Adelbert Bettinger May 14, 1908, by deed recorded in Liber 326, page 298, in Clerk's office of Jefferson County, NY.
This conveyance is made subject to a certain mortgage dated January 7, 1926, given by Delia A. Enos and Henry M. Enos to George W. Hannahs, and recorded in Jefferson County Clerk's Office January 14, 1926, in Liber 223 of Mortgages at page 269, which said mortgage, by an instrument in writing, was thereafter assigned by the said George W. Hannahs to the Citizens and Farmers Trust Company, Adams, NY which said assignment is dated October 2nd, 1965, and is recorded in Jefferson County Clerk's Office in Liber 6 of Assignments of Mortgages at page 93, and entered in Liber 223 of Mortgages at page 269. The principal amount of the aforementioned mortgage was $800, and there is now due and unpaid thereon the sum of Six Hundred Fifty ($650) Dollars with interest thereon from the 7th day of July, 1939, which said mortgage and the amount due and to grow due thereon the parties of the second part herein covenant, assume and agree to pay as part of the purchase price herein.
Being the same premises conveyed by Ross C. Scott, Jr. individually and a executor and others, to Ada M. Cronk, by warranty deed dated the 31st day of December and recorded in the Office of the clerk of Jefferson Count in Book No. 421 of Deeds at page 455.
Together with the appurtenances and all the estate and rights of the party of the first part in and to the said premises. To have and to hold the above granted premises, unto the said parties of the second part, their heirs and assigns forever. And the said Ada M. Cronk party of the first part, does covenant with said parties of the second part as follows: First. - - That the parties of the second part shall quietly enjoy the said premises. Second. - - That the said Ada M. Cronk, party of the first part will forever Warrant the title to said premises. Third. - - That the grantor receive _ the consideration for this conveyance as a trust fund to be applied first for the purpose of paying the cost of any improvement, that has been commenced upon the premises and has not been completed at least four months before the making and recording of this deed, and that the grantor will apply the same first to the payment of the cost of improvement before using any part of the total of the same for any other purposes.
In Witness Whereof, The said party of the first part has hereunto set her hand and seal the day and year first above written.
ADA M. CRONK (L.S.)$2.50 I. R. Stps. Aff & Canc.
June 27, 2005
By H. Michael Jalili
Times Staff Writer
Illustration: Color photos by Amanda Voisard Watertown Daily Times
Dateline: ADAMS, NY
The application for historical
for the Ring Building was
completed June 15 after several years of work.The
next day, a section of the
wall on the ground level tumbled down. Preservationists' hopes
with it. They had put many hours of work into trying to save the
red brick building at South Main and West Church streets. The idea to
develop a historic district in the village
initiated with the Ring Building. To
history enthusiasts and revitalization activists, the vacant building
represented the troubles and the potential of downtown. Their
ended when engineers said the building might collapse in a strong
rainstorm. The only available option: Tear it down. "I'm very
upset," Adams historian Susan L.
Herse said. "This isn't just one to three days of work with one or two
interested people; we were working on this for a long time."
Friday, village Mayor Dugal C. Peck said the building will be
demolished July 11. "It puts a major hole in a major
Mr. Peck said. "We're still up in the air what will be put
he said plans for revitalizing downtown will continue. The efforts
include streetscape improvements and applying for listing several
buildings in and around Main
Street on the state and national historic
registers. "It won't change the direction of things, but that
building is out of the calculations," Mr. Peck said. Buildings
registered as historic qualify for 20 percent federal income tax credit
for costs of rehabilitation, and registered historic buildings owned by
nonprofit organizations or government agencies are eligible for
historic preservation grants.
The Ring Building has been vacant since
the early 1990s. The owners, Ronald and Denise
Hibbard, have not maintained the building and no property taxes have
been paid since 1991. It was condemned in 2002 with a ticket price of
almost $1 million for renovation and stabilization. The village Board
of Trustees then considered obtaining historic designation for the
building as the only affordable option to save it. Village
Thomas E. Bowie, who led the historic district efforts, said that had
the process to get historic designation been faster, the Ring Building
might have been saved.
It was more than a year after the village expressed an interest in
having a historic district that a representative from Albany visited
the village, Mr. Bowie said. "Sometimes the government doesn't
expedite things," Mr. Bowie said. "It's a historic building and I like
to see them preserved. It will be hard to put something there."
building's history stretches to the late 19th century, when it was
known as the Dwight Block. "It's one of the older ones, if not the
oldest," Mrs. Herse said. It was built on the site of the Cooper House
Hotel after a fire in August 1884 destroyed that section of the
village. In 1938, Felix M. Ring founded Ring's
5&10 in a
section of the building. Before he retired in 1945, he expanded his
business by buying Market Basket, a grocery store at Church and Main
streets. He sold the business that year to his sons, Frederick J. and
Alan C. The Rings owned the building into the 1980s. It has gone
through different owners since the Rings, Mrs. Herse said. "The
reason it's known as the Ring Building is
because the family owned it longer than anybody else," she said.
Ring Kendrick, Alan's daughter, who lives in Port Orange , Fla. ,
said by telephone that she is disappointed that the building bearing
her family's name will be no more. "Not just for us, but for the
whole town of
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2005 Watertown Daily Times
Facelift begins, mural mulled for Journal wall
By H. Michael Jalili
Times Staff Writer
Monday, October 03, 2005
ADAMS -- Work on the exposed wall of the Jefferson County Journal began last week and will be completed in the next few weeks if the weather permits.
Precision Plaster, Paint and Construction, Utica, has insulated the brick wall and began Tuesday covering it with polystyrene, which will be topped with mesh, said William P. Plante, an engineer with GYMO Architecture, Engineering, & Land Surveying, Watertown. The contractors will finish the job with masonry products.
"The final look will resemble the limestone in front of the building," Mr. Plante said.
The wall on the north side of the building was exposed when the village demolished the former Ring Building in July because it was structurally unsafe.
Mayor Dugal C. Peck said the village may eventually paint a mural on the finished wall.
Under an agreement the village entered into with Karl A. Fowler, publisher of Jefferson County Journal and owner of the building, the village owns an easement on the exterior of the wall.
The empty lot where the Ring building stood is at South Main and East Church streets. Denise and Ronald Hibbard, who were listed as owners of the now demolished building, have not paid county and village taxes since the early 1990s. The village, which paid for the demolition of the building, is eager to gain possession of the parcel from the county.
"There is a lot of discussion about what to do with that lot," Trustee Brian C. Thomas said.
The idea of a park is high on the list.
"The site is too small for development, and it's a tough one for development just because of its size," Mr. Plante said.
He said if the lot is turned into a park with benches, it will give people who work downtown a place to eat their meals and relax during warm-weather months.
There is also discussion of allowing parking on the empty lot.
"I would think a park would be better than parking," Mr. Thomas said. "I don't think there is enough space for parking there."
He said the site could become a park with a fountain, flower boxes and an interpretive plaque detailing the history of the building that stood there for more than 100 years.