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January 28, 2014

Plattsburgh couple right at home in Missouri city

PLATTSBURGH — Back home on Palmer Street here after a road trip out West, Marvin Stacy offered a kind of convoluted description of the trip.

“I kid people,” he said, chuckling. “I say we traveled three days, and the fourth day we stopped in Plattsburg.”

That’s Plattsburg — no “h” — in Missouri.

“I’d heard about Plattsburg years ago, said someday we’re going there,” said Marvin, 81, who was employed by Plattsburgh — with the “h” — as a Fire Department captain until his retirement 35 years ago.

“I’ve been retired now longer than most (city) firefighters have been living,” he said.

NO COINCIDENCE

Missouri’s Plattsburg sits in Clinton County — in fact, it’s the county seat, just as Plattsburgh fits that description here.

That’s no coincidence.

“People here migrated there and founded the town,” Marvin said.

The Missouri community, founded in 1933, was first called Concord and then Springfield.

“However, it was found that there was another town by that name (Springfield) in Missouri,” says the Plattsburg website.

“(So), one year later, in January of 1835, the name ‘Plattsburg’ was borrowed from Plattsburgh, New York, which is the county seat of Clinton County, New York. This in turn was named for the Vice President George Clinton, who is the namesake for Clinton County, Missouri.”

Marvin was told that some folks from Plattsburgh, N.Y., had moved to Missouri, taking a little bit of home with them as they established the new city. 

WRONG PLATTSBURGH

Marvin and his wife, Lillian, also 81, were driving to Colorado and other places to visit family, stopping in the City of Plattsburg on the way.

Much was familiar: Plattsburg Auto Parts, Clinton County Senior Center, Clinton County Courthouse ...

“The people there are so friendly, a lot like the people in Plattsburgh, N.Y., Marvin said. “They couldn’t do enough for me.”

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