Sept. 18 celebration for Sheriff York headstone

The Fort La Presentation Association, in conjunction with the Ogdensburg Historical Commission, and Forsyth’s Rifle Reenactment Organization, has successfully refurbished the headstones of Sheriff York and his wife Lavinia. The headstones are in the City of Ogdensburg Cemetery on State Highway 812. The headstones had begun to weather and lean toward one another. Thanks to the efforts and vision of these three organizations and others, the Stones have been reset in the ground and professionally cleaned.

On Saturday September 18th at 11:00 am at the Ogdensburg City Cemetery a celebration of the refurbishment of the stones; and in addition, there will be a formal dedication of the new Pomeroy Legends and Lore sign which has been placed in the cemetery in honor of Sheriff York and his wife.

Joseph York was the Under Sheriff for St. Lawrence County, New York, for three years and Sheriff for another four years. He served as the County Representative in the Legislature of New York State for three years. He also was involved with establishing the first volunteer Fire department in Ogdensburg.

All of this would more than justify honoring these two citizens of Ogdensburg. However, as it sometimes is, there is more than meets the eye to this honor. He also helped defend his town twice during the War Of 1812, by manning an artillery position during the two attacks.

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