Historical document makes its way 'home' to Chazy Post Offic

CHAZY The official document marking the 1886 federal appointment, naming John Wolcott Hubbell as the sixteenth postmaster of Chazy, has been returned home. The framed historical document was recently unveiled during a gathering at the Chazy Post Office, attended by postal officials, historians, family and friends. The document was mounted on the wall there as a gift from the Chazy Historian MaryEllen Casselman-Branagan. It was she and Plattsburgh City Court Judge Penelope Clute that discovered the document as they were doing some research on the Hubbell papers. Casselman-Branagan said it would have been a shame to leave such a wonderful piece of Chazys history folded up in storage. Pete Hubbell, who is a direct descendent of the late postmaster, shared some comments about the family which had set their roots in Chazy so many decades ago. John Wolcott was the only son of Julius Caesar Hubbell; he too had been Postmaster there. After retiring with an honorable discharge from being a Colonel on the State Militia, at one time in command at the Plattsburgh Barracks, Hubbell married Margaret L. Beckwith, the daughter of Clinton County Judge George Mather Beckwith, and settled in a new home they built across from his parents. There he operated the Hubbell farm and later became the first Stationmaster, Freight and Express agent of Chazys new railroad station, which opened in 1876. Hubbell was also a Charter member of Grange 981 of the Romomo Grange of Clinton County. He also assisted his father, who was then a member of the State Assembly, and General Skinner to select a site for the building of the Dannemora prison. Hubbell, an avid hunter, having killed every kind of game known to the region, was a long-time member of the Adirondack Hunting Club. Clinton County Historian Addie Shields also had a few words to share about the rich history of the Hubbell family. She also cited Chazy as having the best town Historian office within the county. We are grateful to MaryEllen Casselman-Branagan for allowing us to display this beautiful document within our Chazy Post Office, said Postmaster Sue Haskins. A portrait of John Wolcott Hubbell, who lived from 1830-1919, had been set out beside the framed document to share with those attending the celebration. I remember seeing this portrait on the walls of our old red brick farmhouse, said Jim Hubbell, the son of George Loring Hubbell, III, and nephew of John Wolcott. He too had something to share that day, the Hubbell family recipe for chocolate chip cookies.

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