A Sackets Harbor Gazette printed in 1818 which contains George Woodworth of Pierrepont Manor, says the Watertown Times, shows a copy of the Sackets harbor Gazette, dated October 8, 1818. There is no volume or number to the paper, and one is unable to tell how long it had been published. It was printed and published by George Camp, at the rate of two dollars per annum. But little local news is given.
Ellisburg furnishes a report from a person of unquestionable veracity that a yo-ho or wildman of the woods had been seen in that vicinity. He was described as bending forward when running, hairy, and the heel of the foot narrow and spreading at the toes. Hundreds had been in pursuit of him for serval days, but nothing could be seen of him.
Quite a lengthy account of the first fair of the Jefferson county agricultural society is given. Mr. Roswell Woodruff, a member of the society, exhibited a cart drawn by seventeen yokes of oxen and steers, the product of his own farm. Gov. Clinton delivered the address.
The advertisements really contain more local interest than anything else. The business on the lakes was evidently much better than now, as several advertisements are devoted to the steamboat business.
James Thompson advertises a new stage line from Utica to Sackets Harbor via Rome and Adams, and thirteen miles shorter than the Black River road. Judging by the advertisements the people were somewhat troubled by itch, for two prominent notices are devoted to extolling the superior qualities of a new itch ointment.
The Lowville academy advertises for students, and will give good board, lodging and washing for two dollars per week. Liquor was evidently one of the staple articles on sale, for in several store advertisements it is mentioned the first thing. David Nichols of Rodman, had lost an apprentice boy, whom he could not have valued very highly, as he only offers to give six cents for his return. The Jefferson county bank, which was then located at Adams, declared a dividend of three and one half percent by its cashier, James Wood. The paper is well printed and is quite interesting to read.