People We Are Looking For

This page is reserved for the names of people who might be alive who have done work on Chazy Lake families. 

If you find us here please leave a comment, or email us, we’d love to hear from you!

If you are doing genealogy on these families by all means get in touch with us,  we’d love to know about your work.

We’d love to hear from:

Marie Viens who did a great genealogy of the Viens family.

Virginia Viens Ryan whose doctoral research was on French Canadian families in New York State.

Anyone who attended the Chazy Lake School… We’ll be opening a new blog soon completely dedicated to the Chazy Lake School and would love to know what your experience there was like, who your teacher was, when you attended and any tales you have to tell of your school days there.

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  1. I am one of Valeda (King) LaDuke’s grandchildren. My cousin forwarded this web site to me. I am not sure what information or pictures my mother or I may have to contribute…..but tell us what you need and I will see what I can find out.

    Aimee

  2. I attended the school in Chazy lake from 1955 thru1960. Mrs Delia King was my teacher. There were 4 gades in one room. I believe we were the last one-room school in NY. My love for learning began there under Mrs Kiing’s expert tutelage. As a teacher now I can’t imagine her work load 4 grades- all subjects and never a cross word. She was great friends with my mother, Roma. I used to spend an occaisonal evening at her house. The King’s were all honorary Aunts and Uncles–If you need geneology on the DuBrey family contact Patricia DuBrey(Daniel) Her daughter Pam researched back to Canada & France. Cheryl Is this you? Duh–I remember you “babysitting” for me and letting me watch “forbidden fruit”— “The Adventures of Dobie Gillis” How guilty I felt!

  3. Hello Patricia, By 1955 I had graduated from PSTC and completed two years in the army. Then I moved to Minnesota where I taught for over 30 years. I retired in ’88. I remember Roma (DuBrey) Noel very well. She was my 4H advisor and a good friend of my sister, Valeda. Noel’s store was a very important place in our little community. Several years ago I was in Chazy Lake and stopped to visit with Gerald. He showed me an old photo of the “old” Sullivan King home which later was bought by Frank and his wife. So, that house was built and first occupied by my great-grandfather and his family. I took a picture of the picture and still have it. I knew all of the DuBreys well. Victor was my best friend in elementary school, but I also knew Viola, Jay, Francis, and Ernest. I remember when the Chazy Lake School had 8 grades with one teacher. I, also, had Aunt Delia as my last elementary teacher.

  4. I began attending [District #5] Chazy Lake School in September 1955. There were 7 or 8 “grades” in the classroom, and I was four years old and the only girl in my class. …..and remained the only girl in my class through 4th grade. Mrs. [Delia] King had been my mother’s [Leda DuBrey Ashline] teacher, and I still have this image of her standing over the furnace grid, wearing a black and white checked dress with a full skirt. The air blowing from the furnace would cause the skirt of her dress to billow, and I thought surely she was floating. And I remember thinking that Mrs. King was the most beautiful lady in the whole world!

    Mrs. King allowed me to start first grade at age four with the thought that I wouldn’t continue during the Winter, and that I would have a head start the next Fall. But I wanted to learn right along with my older brothers and sister, so I climbed the snow banks and rode on my brother’s shoulders and attended school every day right along with them, eventually graduating from Saranac Central High School at the age of 16.

    Perhaps it was simply the way teachers were back then, but I have always believed that Mrs. King was a truly unique teacher. My love for the English language and everything associated with it was developed during those early years. Beginning with the repetitive “Dick and Jane” to the …”ugly old troll trip trapping over the bridge”, language and literature have forever since been very important to me.

    We began every morning in unison with the “Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag”, and later we giggled through choruses of “I’m a Little Tea Pot”, “Jimmy Crack Corn”, or “Charming Billy”. When the weather was nice, we played on the swings outside during recess, and made ourselves dizzy skipping around in circles singing “London Bridge is falling down, falling down…..”, then tried to avoid being caught in the shuffle of “Take the keys and lock her up, lock her up…..” Occasionally the older boys would escape to the back of the school where the old apple tree beckoned them to it’s highest branches to pluck the perfect fruit for their beloved teacher. And when the weather wasn’t so nice, the big sandbox village in the classroom was absolute entertainment as we created turtles with walnut shells, wooden clothespin people, and birch bark canoes.

    Paper doily Valentines, crayon colored paper Easter eggs and shamrocks, a plump paper Thanksgiving turkey with a long neck and legs, and any other reason to announce a celebration brought out the jars of thick, lumpy white glue that, although it was applied with the brush attached to the cover, some how some of us managed to “taste” it too! The Halloween costume parade and annual Christmas event were the most anticipated gatherings of students and families each year. Every child had a smile from ear to ear during that time. On Halloween, every little witch, or clown, …..ghost, or cowboy was a prize winner! And just before Santa appeared with his sack full of toys, someone at the party would hush all the children so we could hear the reindeer bells jingle outside in the snow announcing his arrival. Each school year ended with a frolicking picnic, and the student individually received some encouraging words and a hug from the most beautiful lady in the whole world!

  5. I attended District 5, Chazy Lake School, from September 1937 until June 1943. Did you now that before that school there was an earlier one near that location called the King School. The walls were made of local flat rock. My father and his siblings all went there also. They used benches for seats. Each scholar had his own slate and chalk to do their sums and words. I have the original insurance policy for the school dated 1912. I assume that is about the date the school began. The King School was located about half way between Noel’s Store and the newer wood-frame school. When I first attended, there were eight grades but later six. I have lots of stories to tell about that school, mostly good.

  6. I am the youngest daughter (jessica King) of the late James Exford King II. This site was recently forwarded to me by a friend who is concerned for me over the loss of my father James Exford King II. While the loss of my father is a great heartache, the opportunity to see this history is amazing. I just want to thank everyone soo much for the hard work i’m sure this all takes. It will leave something for me to pass on to my children in thier Papa’s memory.


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