CROWNPOINT-George King died last fall, but his family hopes his life-long passion lives on.
The Crown Point man, who died at age 94 Oct. 5, 2010, was a photographer. He left behind hundreds - maybe thousands - of photos that tell the area's history.
His family will be giving those photos away 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at King's home at 886 Bradford Hill Road.
"I will be spending the week of June 13-19 at George's and I am planning on having the photo distribution on Saturday," said Mary Lou Chotkowski, a relative. "I hope a lot of people come out and find pictures of loved ones."
King was born in Port Henry and moved to Crown Point, where he lived most of his life. He operated King Electric for many years until taking a job at Moses-Ludington Hospital. During the years he worked in many of the area's landmark buildings. He wired the Corner Market in Ticonderoga and the Hammond Library in Crown Point.
All the time he was doing electrical work, he was also taking photos.
"The pictures were just a hobby," King said in a 2006 Times of Ti article. "People knew I liked to take pictures, so they'd ask me to take pictures of their children and family. Then their neighbors would come over and I'd take their pictures, too. I took a lot of pictures."
Besides photos of families from Mineville to Ticonderoga, King also took school pictures, prom photos and shots of local buildings and businesses.
"I just thought those things were interesting," he said.
King meticulously saved each of his photos, each one marked with the name and date of the subject.
All those photos will be available June 18.
One of his prize collections was a series of photos from Moses-Ludington Hospital, where he worked from 1968 until he retired in 1979. He took a photo of every MLHemployee during the period.
"It was just an idea; I wanted to get a picture of everyone I worked with," King said. "Most of them liked to have their picture taken. There were a few that were stubborn.
"I really enjoyed working there and all the people I worked with," he added. "Those pictures mean a lot."
There are photos of the Penfield Museum - before it was a museum. And there are photos of the Crown Point fish hatchery when it was a manufacturing plant.