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Ogdensburg mulls new location for Isabel Woodley Haley monument

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The Isabel Woodley Haley monument at the intersection of Bigelow and Ford streets will be moved this summer.

The city sold the property to Edward and Katherine O. Dana in July.

City Manager John M. Pinkerton said the monument’s relocation was put on the back burner as other projects, especially snow removal during the winter, took precedent.

But now that the snow is gone, Mr. Pinkerton said, the city is thinking about where to put the historic landmark.

“We’re brainstorming ideas how that might be used again for the benefit of people’s pets,” Mr. Pinkerton said.

The monument, which reads, “To man, to beast – a Friend,” was dedicated to Mrs. Haley in 1928 by the St. Lawrence County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Originally the monument was located on Commerce Street and operated as a water fountain for animals.

It was relocated to its current position in 1959 and hasn’t been hooked up to water since then.

That might change in the near future, Mr. Pinkerton said.

“We’re throwing out ideas,” Mr. Pinkerton said.

He said no idea is set in stone, but the most likely location is along the Maple City Trail.

Mr. Pinkerton said that there is a possibility that the city could hook it up as a water fountain for pets again.

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