Today we have a special St. Patrick's Day post for Women's History Month! We want to share the story of Josephine Smithwick, who was an Irish-American cure cottage operator here in Saranac Lake. She ran the Smithwick Cottage, built 1917, at 60 Park Avenue (now 109 Park Avenue). They had originally come to the area for her husband Michael's health in 1912, but he passed away in 1918. Smithwick operated the cure cottage until her death in 1948.
It is most likely that Smithwick is pictured at the upper right in this photograph of the "Smithwicks Gang," from an album of photographs kept by Verdo Newman in the 1920s.
To learn more about Smithwick and the Smithwick Cottage, visit our wiki.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
March is Women's History Month, and since today is International Women's Day, we want to kick off a month-long series highlighting women in Saranac Lake area history. Our community has so many amazing women in it - from those who were here to explore, those who came to cure, to those who were born and raised here! We want to share stories of women throughout our history, and connect with women in our community whose stories we haven't heard yet!
Do you have a favorite story of a woman in the Saranac Lake Central School District area (including Paul Smiths, Vermontville, Gabriels, etc.) that you want to share, or a woman you want to learn more about? Is there a woman in our community (including yourself!) that has stories to share with our Oral History Project? Comment on this post, or send us a message/email/phone call. We want to hear from you!
Stay tuned all month long here on the blog and across our social media streams to learn more!
This William Kollecker photograph is of the women's skating races at the Pontiac Skating Rink on January 30, 1913. [Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR #361]
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