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"Reminiscences of Saratoga"
compiled by Cornelius E. Durkee

Page 44
War, he was appointed provost marshal of this district from 1863 to 1865. He told me at one time that he enlisted the first colored man who went to war from this state. He married Naomi Jane Clements. They had two children, Walter P. Butler, well-known and popular lawyer of this city, who has been successful mayor of the city; and a daughter, Mrs. Orton J. Brown, who is now living at 649 North Broadway.

The floral fete of the year 1895 was another brilliant spectacle, and brought into prominence particularly the bicycle. There were myriads of blossom bedecked wheels, divided into squadrons and cavalcades.

In June of 1896, the department of New York, Grand Army of the Republic held, its twenty-eighth encampment in Saratoga Springs the first to be held here.

The Saratoga Springs Medical Society was organized in 1895.


Jan.20, The Mt. McGregor Railroad was sold to Charles Haines.

Jan. 21, Mrs. A. S. Pease, wife of a one time editor of The Saratogian, died.

Jan. 24, Davis Coleman, a cigar manufacturer, with a cigar store at 382 Broadway, died, aged 49.

Jan. 29, Emmett J. Woodworth and Katherine W. Ainsworth were united in marriage.

Feb. 3, Hamilton Perry, well- known resident. died.

Feb. 12, William H. Slingerland, and Alice Bullock were united in marriage. Mrs. Slingerland was the only daughter of Charles C. Bullock, who died in this city, Nov. 29, 1926, aged, 85 years.

Feb. 14, Adam Snyder, who with his brother, was for many years proprietor of The Marvin House, which stood on the present side of the Worden Hotel, died.

Feb. 18, Abraham Cox, Sr., who was one of the oldest residents of the village, died in his 91st year. He was born in Gloucestershire, England, April 15,1805 and came to this country in 1842, residing in New York for five years and being engaged in the cane manufacturing business. He removed to Saratoga Springs in 1847 and conducted a store on the east side of Broadway a few doors north of the present Congress Theatre. Several years later, he bought a farm in the southeast part of the village, where he resided until he removed to the village about 1894.

Feb. 27, A reception was given at The Saratoga Club, honoring the 87th birthday of James M. Marvin, the president.

Mar. 8, Occurred the death of Charles A. Rockwell, who was for many years book-keeper for Walter J. Hendrick, coal and lumber dealer, and afterwards a prominent Church street merchant.

Mar. 10, Alembert Pond, prominent resident, died. He was born Aug. 3, 1821 at Elizabethtown, Essex Co., and at the age of 17, he entered the law office of Reuben R. Thrall at Rutland, Vt. He was admitted to the bar and practiced law there for several years. In 1848, he returned to Elizabethtown and practiced there until 1853, when he removed to Saratoga Springs. In January, 1851, he married Elizabeth C. Lester, sister of Judge Charles S. Lester. They had two children, Charles L. Pond, who died a few years ago, and Sarah W. Pond who married Waldo L. Rich of this city, Mr. and Mrs. Rich now residing in this city. Mr. Pond was a member of the assembly in the state legislature In 1868, and was very prominent here as a lawyer.

Mar.18, Col. Walker R. Johnson, long associated with the Congress Spring Co., died. Mr. Johnson was born in Pickering, England, April 7, 1822. When 14, he left home for Liverpool, England, where he was employed In the drugstore of a brother for a year. He then came to this country and spent three years with another brother in New York, who was a soap and perfume manufacturer. Later he be came a partner in the business and continued as such until 1840.

Then he formed a partnership with Stephen H. Wakeman and conducted the same line of business in Cortland St., New York until

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