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Samantha Pickreign
Oswego City School District
Oswego, New York

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The City Hall Clock

 Oswego, New York established 1816, welcomed City Hall and its stately clock in 1870. The building and clock are located on West First Street in Civic Plaza.

Oswego is a port city divided into two sides, East and West. The canal system, opened for the first time in 1829, is one of the first branches of the Erie Canal. Every year the heritage of our city is celebrated with a nationally renowned festival called Harborfest.

An architect named Horatio Nelson White of Syracuse, New York, designed City Hall. The building is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The construction of the building was awarded to Seeber and Brothers of Oswego. The mayor at the time of the planning and building of city hall was Alanson Sumner Page. He ensured that land and financing would be available for this project. The first proposed sight for the building was on the East side in Washington Square Park. It was thought that the East side of the river would grow and prosper more quickly than the West side making the park a more central location.

The clock, manufactured by the Howard Clock Company in Boston, Massachusetts at a cost of $1,100 was the finishing touch of the two and a half story high City Hall. The clock tower is the focal point of City Hall containing a dormer and a belfry with rounded, arched openings, and the clock itself. High above the clock tower proudly waves the American flag.

The clock is a standard, gear operated mechanism. It has four faces and is brought to life at night by a simple light bulb. The numbers on the faces of the clock are Roman Numerals. The clock was first illuminated on December 6, 1871, the day the exterior of City Hall was completed.

Our clock is important to us because it is part of our history and it brings our community together. It is also an important landmark in our community as a Legislative Building. It tells many stories if you just look in books and on the Internet. The clock was also important to other communities too. Many people came to the celebration when the cornerstone of City Hall was laid on June 21, 1870. Of course it also helps by telling the time. This clock is the only big clock tower in our community. Right to this day the clock is running, tic-tic-tic….

Prepared by:
Luis R., Sarah T., Cassandra S., Ashley C., Marissa Ann T., and Hannah M.. (And a little help from Mrs. Pickreign)


The Best Clock Ever

Hi, my name is Jessica B. and I am going to tell you about the best clock ever. First let me tell you where the clock is located. It is located in Oswego, NY on our City Hall. City Hall was designed and built by an architect named Horatio Nelson White of Syracuse, NY. The corner stone of that building was laid on June 21, 1870 and was welcomed with a big, big celebration. It was attended by most of the community.

The Howard Clock Company in Boston manufactured City Hall’s clock. The price of the clock was $1,100. The clock was first illuminated on December 6, 1871 and it was a beautiful sight!

Do you want to know what was used before clocks? If you do please keep reading! Before clocks, there were sundials, water clocks, and hourglasses; they were the main sources of time keeping. The Astronomer Galileo Galilee invented the pendulum clock but it was not completed before his death. Many other clocks came along too such as the quartz clock, atomic clock, cuckoo clock, grandfather clock, wrist watches, and many, many more!


City Hall’s Clock

City Hall has the most beautiful clock. At night the glorious clock is amazing. It glows in the tower of city hall! The Howard Clock Company in Boston designed the clock and it cost a whooping $1,100. The Mayor at the time was Alanson Sumner Page. The first time it glowed was on December 6, 1871. The local newspaper called it "a model of beauty and perfection," and I agree with them, don’t you?

Before clocks people had a hard time telling what time it was. People tried everything, sundials, water clocks, and hourglasses. But the best one back then was the sun.

Christian Huygens, a Dutch scientist, made the first pendulum clock in 1656. Then, people made quartz clocks, atomic clocks, cuckoo clocks, grandfather clocks, and wristwatches.

City Hall’s clock numbers are Roman Numerals. My class and I went to City Hall for education, but it was also fun! Two people got to go up next to the clock. Did you know that the clock is over 100 years old? It is still beautiful! Well that’s all I have to say about that cool clock.
Michael R.


City Hall Clock

"Hi, I’m City Hall’s Clock. The building on which I sit was designed by a really interesting man, Horatio Nelson White. He was from Syracuse, New York. The cornerstone of my building was laid on June 21, 1870. The mayor at the time was Alanson Sumner Page.

I was manufactured by a very nice clock company named Howard Clock Company for $1,100. I was first illuminated on December 6, 1871 and was called "a model of beauty and perfection," by the local newspaper. I think they still call me that today.

I can see the beautiful city from up here. I hope you liked my life. I am located in Oswego, New York.
Catherine L.


The Clock at City Hall

"This is Traci P. speaking live at City Hall. However, I am not here to talk about City Hall itself, but rather its 128 year old clock."

"This amazing clock was designed by Howard Clock Company in Boston, Massachusetts. Horatio Nelson White of Syracuse, New York designed City Hall. The cornerstone of City Hall was laid on June 21, 1870, but the clock was not illuminated until December 6, 1871. It was called "a model of beauty and perfection," by our local newspaper."

"It may seem like the clock cost a lot of money, but it didn’t. The clock itself cost $1,100!" It is located at West First Street in Oswego, New York on top of City Hall."

"This is Traci P. signing off as your local newscaster from Leighton Elementary."


The Huge Clock

I am the clock. I have looking down at Oswego for 128 years. Oswego is a peaceful city. I can even see Fort Ontario, which has been here for 244 years,longer than me!

Howard Clock Company out of Boston, Massachusetts manufactured me. People used me to tell time when their clocks were not accurate. I am important because I help people tell time and look down at the city. I have lots of gears that work me. One gear turns another and then turns my hands.

It has been nice looking down at Oswego. I hope I will be looking down for many more years.

Jeff P.


The Channel 4 News

"I am the newscaster, Caitlyn Simpson, and I’m here to tell you about the clock at City Hall. People want to know about it and who manufactured the clock."

"Well, the clock was manufactured by the Howard Clock Company in Boston, Massachusetts. The price of the clock was $1,100. The clock was first illuminated on December 6, 1871. Back to you, Caitlyn."

"Well, people have been asking me what it was called and why it is important. It was called "a model of beauty and perfection," by the local newspaper. The mayor at the time was Alanson Sumner Page. The clock is important because the cornerstone was laid on June 21, 1870 and was welcomed by the community. The clock is beautiful and will never be knocked down. "

"City Hall was designed by an architect named Horatio Nelson White of Syracuse, New York. Caitlyn S. signing off."

The writing samples were completed by Mrs. Carolyn McKeever's class.
The Final Description was completed by students from Mrs. Sharon Komanecky's class.
They are all fourth grade students.