QUEENSBURY - In conjunction with the upcoming 200th anniversary of the Warren County Sheriff's Office, county Sheriff Bud York is asking the public to help him locate photographs and information on citizens who have served as sheriff since the post was established in 1813.
York has compiled a collection of 34 photographs, of which 33 are identified, plus biographies of many of those who have served.
The photos and accompanying biographies are to be displayed on a hallway wall in the county's Public Safety building. Many of the photos York has already gathered came from a collection assembled in 1911 by Undersheriff Max R. Smith. Those photos were hung in the former sheriff's office in the old county Court House building in Lake George. They hung on the walls for approximately 50 years until the new county Municipal Center was opened in 1964. The photographs of sheriffs were boxed up and stored in the historian's office at the Municipal Center until spring 2009 when they were loaned to Sheriff York by county historian John Austin. The old photos have been reproduced and placed on the walls of the new Sheriff's Office for display.
At a press conference Monday, York and others unveiled the photographic display. At the event, York thanked Austin, county clerk Pam Vogel, photographic consultant Rebecca Pelchar, Warren County Historical Society official Marilyn Van Dyke, local history enthusiast Don Fangboner, for their help. He also expressed appreciation to county Sheriff's Office employees Mike Colvin, J.R. Diamond, Joe DuPrey, Mary Weaver, Janey Scoville of Ray Supply, as well as his own wife Cheryl York for their assistance.
"We are hoping that by making this public some of the family and friends of those sheriffs we do not now have photos of might help us with this endeavor," he said.
Attending the conference were former county Sheriff Fred Lamy, who donated some photos he collected while he was in office, before being named a state corrections commissioner in 1999.
Missing sheriff's photos, with the date of their election to office are: Henry Spencer, 1813; Joseph Tefft, 1815; Artemus Aldrich, 1817; James Thurman, 1818; Dudley Farlin, 1821; James Cameron, 1831; James Lawrence, 1846, Luther Brown, 1849; King Allen, 1852; Stephen Starbuck, 1858; Gideon Towsley, 1873; Truman N. Thomas, 1882; Joseph B. Mills, 1888; William R. Clothier, 1903; Edgar J. Baker, 1937; and Robert N. Lilly, 1961.
York can be reached at 743-2518.