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October 12, 2012

Church-window restoration under way

PLATTSBURGH — Three stained-glass windows, facing south, in Trinity Episcopal Church were gingerly removed by workers of Rohlf’s Stained & Leaded Glass Studio of Mt. Vernon, N.Y.

Window number six was the last to be removed Wednesday morning.

“It was the most severely damaged … age … time,” said the Rev. Colin Belton. “They were put in in 1866. They have been restored once, in 1972.”

The studio employees started the removal process on Monday.

“They will take the windows back to the shop for restoration,” Belton said. “Sometime in the spring, they will be brought back. Part of that will be dependent on the weather.”

The cost of restoration for the three windows is $52,000.

“We have some money available to start the project, to actually do most of it,” he said.

Though not Tiffany, the painted-glass windows are very beautiful.

“The church couldn’t afford Tiffany,” Belton said. “Trinity Church in Shelburne, just south of Burlington, has Tiffany windows. The Trinity Church in Potsdam has Tiffany.”

The windows in Plattsburgh were purchased by former parishioners in memory of family members.

A venting window’s script reads: “In Memory of Samuel Beaumont.” The window will be redesigned to increase insulation value.

Dr. Beaumont, the son of William H. and Mary (Wright) Beaumont, was born in 1791 in Champlain. He married Charlotte Taylor and apprenticed with his famous first cousin, Dr. William Beaumont, the “Father of Gastric Physiology,” according to Plattsburgh City Clerk Keith Herkalo.

“One of the things Dr. (Samuel) Beaumont was noted for here in Plattsburgh was selling Essence of Smoke,” Herkalo said. “They used it to season meat.”

An east-facing window is dedicated “In Memory of Gen. Carlos A. Waite.”

Carlos Aldophus Waite was born May 5, 1797, in New York and died May 7, 1866, in Plattsburgh. He is buried in Riverside Cemetery. Waite served 44 years in the U.S. Army and was commander of Texas during the Civil War, according to Phil Signor on www.findagrave.com.

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