About this site...

www.Ogdensburg.info intends to serve as a digital archive of historic photographs of Ogdensburg, NY, and the surrounding area. The site was created in June of 1999 by Ogdensburg native Ted Como and by 2006 had attracted more than 70,000 visitors.

Submissions are welcome and will be credited. Here's how to get your historic images on the site:  If you have scanning capability, e-mail images by clicking HERE, preferably in .jpg format, 700-800 pixels (8-10 inches) in width. Or, mail photos, or copies to: Ted Como, 442 Independence Dr., Kingsport, TN 37660 and they will be returned.

How this site came to exist...

Ted Como began collecting historic Ogdensburg images around 1956 when he was 10 years old, by clipping them out of the Ogdensburg Advance-News, which still publishes them weekly - a collection of those images appears on the site here. That scrapbook was lost, but he continued his interest in Ogdensburg history by acquiring old photos and artifacts wherever he could find them. In 1999, he decided to share them on a web site, which has grown from an original collection of several hundred to more than 3,000.

The web site is not-for-profit. Since the site serves up an average of 2-3 gigabytes of data monthly, the cost of maintaining it on a typical web server would be prohibitive so Ted maintains his own web server and does all design and production, from his home in Kingsport, TN.

How to use this site...

Ted Como

Images on this site are classified into one of 18 content areas which may be found on the drop-down menu on the home page. They include such topics as The Crescent, Downtown, Homes, People, Places, Schools & Churches, Transportation and Publications. The Publications area includes a number of city directories and other historic publications and more are added as they are obtained. Simply click on a content area to access that area or open a broader menu. All images are reduced from original size - click on any image to see the full-sized representation.

Where do we get our images...

Many of the photos here are courtesy of two important historical collections maintained by the Ogdensburg Public Library, and the St. Lawrence County Historical Association. Some come from users - mail any image to Ted and he will scan it and return it to you, or, you may contact Ted’s cousin, Ogdensburg historian David Martin, at 315,393-0238, and he will make arrangements to scan the image at his Ogdensburg home and hand it back to you. David Martin has been invaluable in contributing photos and especially, city directories, to this web site. He has published a book of Ogdensburg photos which we highly recommend.

About the site author...

Ted Como was born in Ogdensburg in 1946, one of 12 children, and graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1964. He has been a journalist since 1969, and for 10 years, worked for the then Ogdensburg Journal and Advance-News in a variety of positions including chief photographer and senior staff reporter. He shot most of the photos published by the newspapers during the Ogdensburg Urban Renewal project, which destroyed countless historic buildings as well as the community’s character.

Ted has long had an interest in history and currently serves on the board of directors of the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association, which traces the route Boone took from Kingsport, TN to the Cumberland Gap in opening the “western frontier” to development. He also serves on the steering committee of the Netherland Inn Association, which preserves an historic structure and grounds in Kingsport, TN. He and his late father, Earl C. Como, did work on locating the site of Ft. LaPresentation, and Ted served as a consultant to the New York State Museum when it was doing tests and digs prior to construction of the downtown Ogdensburg Arterial Bridges. Ted is managing editor of the Times-News in Kingsport, TN. He is past commander and a life member of Ogdensburg VFW Post 2936 and a life member of the Ogdensburg Amvets. He was state adjutant for the VFW’s honor degree organization and a director of the Ogdensburg Jaycees. His involvement in community is extensive, and included service with the St. Lawrence and Chenago County March of Dimes and United Way organizations.

Ted Como, left, and brother Tim, during a visit to Ogdensburg in 2000.

 He also served on the board of directors of such organizations as the Hands On Museum of Northeast Tennessee, the Norwich, NY Lions Club, Norwich, NY Kiwanis Club, Chengano County Unit of the American Cancer Society, Chenango County Committee for Post Secondary Education and Chenango County Council on the Arts. He is past president of the United Press International Tennessee Association of Newspapers, a graduate of Leadership Kingsport, and a member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and Associated Press Managing Editors. In more than three decades as a journalist, he has won numerous awards for reporting, photography and editorial writing.