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"Reminiscences of Saratoga"
compiled by Cornelius E. Durkee

Page 54
February 14, Mrs. Joseph Carey died.

February 24. Occurred the death of William B. Deuel, aged 85 years. He was born in the town of Saratoga but had lived in Saratoga Springs for more than 50 years. For some years, he pursued his occupation as architect and builder, and was associated with Hiram Owen in building Congress Hall Hotel.

February 26, Saratoga Lodge of Elks buys the Dr. C. S. Grant property in Woodlawn avenue for a permanent home.

March 2. The United States Hotel was purchased by the United States Hotel Company for $100,000.

March 10, B. B. Grippin and E. W. Wiswall purchased the Hammond Lumber yard.

March l3 William H. Lane, aged 80, died.

March 21, W. E. Barnes and W. S Henry purchased the High Rock Spring for $25,000.

March 22, Occurred the death of Augusta P. Wiggins.

March 25, The Arondack Spring was sold by Colonel Powell to a Troy syndicate.

April 2 The old Isbell stables, 35 years old were sold. These stables were located on the south side of Spring street, just east of Putnam street and the site is now included in Congress Park.

April 8 The Rev. Dr. Bostwlck Hawley celebrates his 90th birthday.

April 18, Dr. J. A. Pearsall died.

May 2, L J Schaffer takes possession of Commercial Hotel.

May 9, H. S. Clement appointed receiver of Congress Hall.

May 11, Occurred the death of Hiram Owen aged 84. He was a prominent builder here, where he came in 1838. He was born in Berne, Albany county, in 1819. As contractor he erected many fine buildings including Congress Hall, the residence of E. R. Stevens, in Washington street (now Bethesda church parish house) ; Temple Grove Seminary, now Skidmore College and the residence of R. F. Milligan on Circular street,

In 1862 -63 Mr. Owen served as foreman of the Engineering department of the United States Governmental Fortress Monroe and Fort Wool. While at the former station he witnessed the famous battle between the first great ironclads the Monitor and the Merrimac In 1872, Mr. Owen was made superintendent of the Grand Union Hotel.

June 20, By this date practically all of the hotels in the village were opened.

June 21, Eugene E. Hayden and Mary Elizabeth Sheldon were married.

June 23. Owen McCarty, aged 104 years, died.

June 25, Robert F. Milligan was elected cashier of the First National Bank to succeed William Hay Bockes.

July 5, Charles D. Thurber elected cashier of Citizens National Bank.

July 5, John F. Hays and Helen E. Jones were married.

July 14 Congress Spring Co. sold at auction for $78,500.

July 19, Occurred the funeral service of Mrs. George S. Batcheller.

August 1, Racing season opened August 15, Walter P. Butler elected president of First National Bank.

August 26, Congress Hall property sold at auction and bid in by H. S. Clement for $150,000.

September 14, Republican state convention meets in Convention Hall.

September, Saratoga Chapter, D. A. R. celebrated its 10th anniversary.

September 29, William Howell Ellis and Augusta W. Gage were married.

October 18, Leman A. Grippin and Frances Lamb were married.

October 23, James J. Collins and Mary E. Hubbard were married.

November 12, The Rev. Charles Ferdinand Dowd, principal of Temple Grove Seminary, was killed by a south bound train at the

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