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A group of residents and historians in Heuvelton is doing its part to preserve a small part of St. Lawrence County's history. The centerpiece of their work is Pickens Hall, one of the oldest buildings in the village. And the building's restoration has sparked a renewed interest in the career of Bessie Abott, a granddaughter of the original owner of Pickens Hall. Bessie took the opera world by storm in the early 1900's. Todd Moe reports. Email this story to a friend!

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Bessie Abott (Pickens)—She adopted her mother's
maiden name of Abbott, and dropped the second "b"
when a Paris printer's misspelling caught her fancy.

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