Alex Duffy was nicknamed "Mr Watertown." He was born in Watertown January 7 1900, one of six Irish-American children born to Stuart and Anna (O'Neil) Duffy.
He was often called upon to lecture on Watertown history. One old publication described him as a man who occupied a most prominent place in the golden era of the Fancy (cochin chicken) and was given the nickname of "Fluffy Duffy." More than a poultry fancier, Mr Duffy created personal 'monuments' throughout the north country during a nearly 60 year career as a stone mason.
Mr Duffy served as president of the Jefferson County Agriculture Society for 29 years, an all-time record. He was a past president of the NY State Association of Fairs and first showed poultry at the NY State Fair in Syracuse NY. As a breeder of poultry he won national recognition and displayed his first poultry in Jefferson County in 1913 at the Jefferson County Fair.
Alex Duffy has received numerous awards and honors. A few years ago the Watertown Fairgrounds were named the Alex Duffy Fairgrounds. The road where Mr Duffy resided also bears his name. St Lawrence University honored him with a North Country Citizen Citation, and he was officially recognized for humanitarian service to his fellow man.
(The preceding was taken from the City of Watertown Alex Duffy Fairgrounds website)