Born: 1867 in Manhasset, Long Island, Nassau, New York
Died: 1944 in Miami, Dade, Florida
Children: Emma Jane Dodge Moffett, who was born at Lake Kushaqua around 1901-1904; and Kathryn Dodge.
George Stephen Dodge supervised the construction of Stony Wold Sanatorium and chapel, which was designed by J. Lawrence Aspinwall, junior partner in the New York architectural firm of James Renwick. Saranac Lake architect William L. Coulter, the on-site supervising architect for Aspinwall, undoubtedly worked closely with Mr. Dodge.
Dodge's daughter, Emma Jane, told that "her family lived at Lake Kushaqua, just East of Syracuse, NY, [!] round 1901-1904, while her father George Stephen Dodge was supervising the building of a big tuberculosis sanatorium Stony Wold and a Chapel nearby. . . . George Dodge took a few carpenters with him from New York and hired others on the spot. They were practically all Indians. The Indians made the children little canoes out of birch bark. For papa George they made a war club out of young birch with roots forming the club end. George prized it highly. The club hangs now in Emma’s youngest son George Moffett’s home office in Wall, NJ. Emma and her sister Kathryn visited the place in 1958, and it was then a Monastery with monks who were not allowed to talk with the visitors. The place looked great still. This is the work George Dodge was most proud of."
Stony Wold closed in 1955 with the advent of new drugs and was sold to the White Fathers Catholic Order, missionaries to Africa. It then became St. Joseph’s Seminary until 1972. By 1974 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) became owner of most of the property and, unfortunately, the main buildings were torn down. Stony Wold Hall, the chapel, was sold to private parties as a camp, and the two cottages remaining were rented under long-term rights of use from the DEC.
Malone Gazette, February 10, 1899
The St. Regis Paper Company of the town of Franklin, Franklin county, was incorporated with the secretary of State this week with a capital of $1,000,000. The directors are: George L. Dodge, Titus Meigs, of New York city; Geo. C. Sherman and David M. Anderson, of Watertown, and Ferris J. Meigs, of St. Regis Falls.
Malone Palladium, May 14, 1903
WANTED.—Brick layers and masons; steady work. Apply to George Dodge, Lake Kushaqua, N.Y.
Malone Palladium, June 25, 1903
CARPENTERS WANTED—Good trimmers. Steady work, apply to GEORGE DODGE, Lake Kushaqua. N. Y.