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"Reminiscences of Saratoga"
compiled by Cornelius E. Durkee

Page 35
Sept. 13, The death of H. H. Martin occurred at the age of 80.

Sept. 19. Albert Spencer purchased Chades Reed's interest in The Saratoga Race Course.

Sept. 24, Temple Grove Seminary opened for the first semester.

Sept. 27, The Democratic State Convention met in the Casino. (old site).

Oct. 19, Patrick F. Roohan and Miss Minnie C. Ward, were united in marriage. Mr. Roohan is the present resident manager of the New York Power and Light Corporation in Saratoga Springs.

In this year, the Twenty-second Separate Co. acted as an escort for the General John A. Logan Guard of Honor in the parade on May 30 in observance of Memorial Day in Washington, D. C.

In 1887, John Foley was elected state senator.

Saratogians were horrified as other communities with the three world disasters of that year, a fire in the Opera Comique in Paris which killed 200 persons on May 25; and a second fire in the theater at Exeter, England which took a toll of 200 persons. The third catastrophe was marked by the loss of 900,000 souls in China in the floods in the Hoang Ho river. Local church mission societies endeavored in many ways to raise money to aid the sufferers.


Jan. 3, The Law firm of Putnam and Henning (John R. Putnam and John L. Henning) was dissolved by the election of Mr. Putnam to the Supreme Court Bench.

Feb. 2, Mrs. A. S. Hays, well-known in community affairs, died.

Feb. 16, D. F. Ritchie assumed managment of The Saratogian.

Mar. 12, A big snowstorm blockaded the railroads. This was the famous blizzard about which so much has been written.

Mar. 13, All trains of the Saratoga Branch of the Delaware and Hudson were abandoned because of the drifts, and storm.

Mar. 14, The first passenger train south since the blizzard left the Delaware and Hudson station at 6 o'clock in the morning.

Mar. 28, Deyoe Lohnas was elected village president.

Apr. 4, The death of Nathaniel Waterbury, a well-known Saratoga nonogenarlan, occurred.

Apr. 13, L. L. Brintnall leased the Waverly Hotel.

Apr. 22, The Rev. D. W. Gates, preached his first sermon In the Methodist Church.

May 9, James N. Crocker and Mary L. Swasy were united in marriage.

May 15, The Adelphi Hotel opened.

May 20, The Rev. Clarence F. Swift begins his pastorate of the New England Congregational Church.

June 1, The Windsor Hotel opened.

June 5, John B. Yates, and Anna Louise Strong were united in marriage.

June 13, James W. Lester and Bertha North Dowd were united in marriage.

June 21, The Kensington and Congress Hall hotels opened; and on June 23, the Grand Union opened its doors with J. M. Otter as manager.

June 24, This was the opening day of the races.

Aug. 12, The Rev. Perry S. Allen accepted a call as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.

Aug. 28, The State Republican Convention met in the Casino.

Aug. 30, The races closed.

Sept. 18, John T. Bryant sold his half interest In the Commercial Hotel to J. J. Wandell.

Oct. 1, Judge Augustus Bockes celebrated his 71st birthday.

Oct. 5, The Rev. Perry S. Allen was installed as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.

Oct. 12, John Van Rensselaer, aged 44, died.

Oct. 31, James Lee Scott was appointed receiver of The Saratoga Union.

Nov. 10, The Rev. Dr. William R. Terrett resigned as pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church.

Nov. 21. Byron J. Town was appointed receiver of taxes.

Nov. 30, C. P. Penfield purchased the stock of E. R. Stevens, in a book store.

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