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Schuylerville Standard

Schuylerville, Saratoga County NY

May 2, 1894 Vol. XXIV

(transcribed November 2000 by Pat Peck from copy in Schuylerville Public Library)

(NOTE: only items containing names thought to have genealogical significance were copied.)

Fort Miller

Rev. Mr. Peck is enjoying his new bicycle.

Mr. and Mrs. Putnam, of Glens Falls, rode into town on their wheels Sunday morning.

The pulp mill has been running on trial for a few days past. Those interested are anxious to see it begin in earnest.

Among the late arrivals in town are Mr. Fight of Philadelphia, Mrs. Ostrom, from Troy, and Miss Kate DeGarmo, of Sandy Hill.

The pupils of District No. 13, regret the loss of one of their number, Miss Bessie Bennett, she having decided the return to Glens Falls.

Last week Mr. and Mrs. J. Wagman presented their two children, Miss Grace and Master Louis, each with a bicycle. The children are happy.

Miss Ida and Mrs. Harvey Kingsley were seen at church Sunday for the first time in months, both having been in very delicate health through the winter.

The Star Mission band will give a public entertainment at the school house, Friday evening, May 4. After the programme is rendered, a light supper will be served.

Great rejoicing was made manifest through the ringing of bells and other public demonstrations when the passage of the free bridge bill was announced in our village.

Our village people are more than usually alive to improvements this spring. Well laid out walks, new fences, improved side walks, and velvety lawns make the prospect pleasing.

The concert given last Thursday evening by Miss Ada Smith, of Glens Falls, the blind musician, was well attended, and much enjoyed by all present. Miss Smith is something of a favorite in this community.

In an examination in arithmetic of the primary grade, district No. 13, ages ranging from 7 to 10 years, the examination consisting of the irregular multiplication table, irregular division table, writing of common fractions, adding of abstract numbers as high as tens of thousands, and subtraction of United States currency, Patsey Nola, George Parrow and Lewis Pharmer attained 98 percent; Anna Nolan 95 percent. To this was added multiplication by two figures and division by two figures in which Charles Hewitt and Ethel Germain attained each 100 percent. All slate work.

Deans Corners

Mrs. C. J. Wright is quite ill. Dr. Donnelly is in attendance.

Mrs. Baker and daughter, of Willow Glen, spent Sunday with Mrs. Ambrose Devoe.

Mrs. John Burke died last Friday, after suffering for some time with a cancer.

Clarence Myers, of Mechanicville, spent Sunday with his grand-parents, Mr. and Mrs. George


Charles Clement was called to Ballston last Thursday to attend the funerals of his nephew and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Collamer, who were killed by the cars at East Line.

Quaker Springs

The saw mill has shut down.

Thomas Farrell is so he walks out some.

Wm. Duel has another boarder. It is a boy.

F. Cameron has a job in Saratoga Springs.

E.R. Meader is doing a job of carpentering for Emmit Goodell.

E.C. Carter has an agency traveling on the road. May he have success.

W. Meader has returned to his home in the western part of the state.

We see James Gilgallon, from Fort Edward institute, is to work in the store.

School commenced in district No. 7 Monday morning. H.C. Copeland at the helm.

As the law says not that suckers can be speared until May 30, the boys have lots of fun catching them.

Our new minister, Rev. Mr. Comstock, preached for the first time to a large congregation in this place.

It is with regret than we learn that our pastor, Rev. F. O. Winans, did not return to us again, as he was a man faithful to in his calling, to the poor as well as the rich. We hope that God will deal with him richly in his new field of labor, and we wish to return our heartfelt thanks to him and his family, hoping we may all meet again.

Middle Falls

S. Fones moved to Saratoga Springs Monday.

C. Yougs and wife returned home last week.

Fred Parker, of Troy, spent Sunday with his parents here.

O. A. Tobin and family, of Greenwich, spent Sunday at Will Gallon’s.

Miss Clair Van Schaick, of South Windham, Vt., is visiting her grandparents here.

A party was given to Mr. and Mrs. C. Darrow, Friday evening. About forty-five attended.

The monthly business meeting of Christian Endeavor society will be held next Monday evening.

A number of the I.O.O.F. went to Schuylerville Sunday night to listen to an address given to the order by Rev. J. A. Hainer.

Arrangements are being completed for an entertainment to be held in the near future to raise money to get a new carpet for the church. Let it be a grand success financially.

Clarks Corners .

Farming is progressing finely.

Miss Deborah Haris spent a few days in Glens Falls last week.

Monthly meeting of Friends, will be held at South Glens Falls, May 3.

Rev. J. Devoll and sister attended the funeral of Mrs. Jonathan Potter last Saturday.

Lydia M. Cary still remains about the same as she has been for several months past.

The largest trout that has been known to be caught in this vicinity, was caught by Guy DeGarmo a few days since weighing over two pounds.

Maple Grove

Mr. Pettis and family have moved into George Patterson’s tenement house.

James S. Brisbin spent Friday night with Samuel Thompson and family of Easton.

Patrick Hayes has had his house repainted and papered. It is a great improvement.

Miss M. Camilla Shaw left last Monday for Albany, where she will attend the Albany business college.

Monroe Perkins has returned from New York, where he has been the past few weeks with his wife, who is in the hospital. Mrs. Perkins is doing nicely and is expected home soon.

Bald Mountain

Most of the farmers are done sowing their oats.

Quite a number of our farmers are slating their buildings this spring.

Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Hollister spent Sunday with Mrs. Libbie Edwards.

Victory Mills Department

M. Hughes spent Sunday in Saratoga.

Mamie Ives spent Sunday in Greenwich.

J. H. Whaley has been re-painting his house.

Miss Anna Farrell is entertaining her sisters.

John Phalen, of Stillwater, spent Sunday in town.

Miss Ella Chubb is entertaining her uncle this week.

Mrs. J. P. Harrington is visiting her parents at Oneonta.

We understand that the hop Friday night was a success.

Ed Connors is soon to open a news room in Mrs. Craigen’s store.

Mrs. Finnigan is improving her residence with a coat of paint.

W. J. Kennedy and E. J. Flannigan spent Saturday in Saratoga.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Spinks welcomed a little daughter yesterday.

John Whaley and Will Cromie took a spin to Greenwich Sunday.

Dr. E. Sheehan, of Sing Sing, was the guest of his parents last Friday.

P. Sheehan had the misfortune to injure his knee. It is improving at present writing.

Mrs. Peter Delancey is quite ill with typhoid-pneumonia. We hope she may soon recover.

The Dufresne family left for Canada to-day, where they will make their home in the future.

Our enterprising merchant, John McLindon, has added to his stock a line of goods from Eddy’s dairy kitchen.

Mrs. Michael Ryan, of Brooklyn, formerly Miss Bridget Hayes, of Victory Mills, is the guest of her father, James Hayes.


Farmers are busy plowing for potatoes.

Alexander McQueen has purchased a new team of horses.

James Gailor, of Saratoga, spent part of last week at D. W. Murray’s.

Miss E. A. Murray spent last Friday and Saturday at Hiram Cramer’s.

Jack Tolmie and family will occupy the Luther Abel house the coming season.

Mr. and Mrs. David Abel are happy over the arrival of a daughter in their home.

The. W.C. T.U. Reading Circle meets with Mrs. Seth Arnold, on Friday evening of this week. Every one is invited.

While Mrs. Raymond and her daughter, Lulu, were returning home from Saratoga, last Friday afternoon, their horse became unmanageable, throwing both ladies out and making a wreck of the wagon. The ladies were but slightly injured.

Saratoga Lake

Clarence Pulling and son spent the Sabbath with friends at Galway.

Mrs. C. Myers is quite sick, having poisoned her hands severely.

Seth Arnold, of Deans Corners, called on his brother here Thursday evening.

Charles Miller, of old Stillwater, called on friends at Wayville, on Sunday last.

Will Decker’s new home is nicely started and ere long he can move his family in.

Elmer and grace Ellsworth and Miss Anna Heustis, spent Saturday in Saratoga Springs. The Messrs. Monroe and Frank Losee, of Quaker Springs, were in this section on Friday last.

Mr. and Mrs. George Beadleson spent the Sabbath with Mrs. Beadleson’s daughter at East Line.

We notice our butcher, John Wright, is once more on his route dealing out meat to his many customers.

Miss Libbie Putnam has returned after two weeks visit with friends at Mechanicville and Green Island.

Miss Lille Coon and friend, Miss Jennie Wright, of Myers Corners, spent the day Saturday at the great Spa.

Edward Miller, of Stillwater, called on friends here, on Thursday last, while en route for Saratoga Springs.

We noticed C----- M-----, a popular Schuylerville young man riding by with his best girl Sabbath afternoon.

Miss Steinburg, of Waterford, teaches the unfinished term of our school made vacant by the death of Miss Ella Durham.

Charles and Maurice Myers and Fay Myers, all of Mechanicville, spent the Sabbath with friends at Ketchum Corners and vicinity.

We had the pleasure of listening to a very eloquent and entertaining sermon Sunday morning, at the M.E. Church by our new pastor, Rev. E. Comstock.

The new blacksmith shop at Ketchum Corners is now open to the public and Mr. Kirkpatrick will no doubt get his share of the work among the farmers.

The pupils of union school will give a program of exercises at the school auditorium, on Friday afternoon, at 2 o’clock, May 4. (Names of recitations & musical numbers has been omitted; only names of students follow.)

Walter Prindle

Lena Wiles

Alice Clancey

George Bennett

Sarah Darrah

Clara Naylor, Pizzie Beichling, Grace Wood, Cara Elliott, Agnes Merritt, Fannie McCarty

William Vanderwerker

Lenita Sample

Winnie Closson

Florence Taylor, Thankful Fuller, Eva Wood, Lora Salisbury, Susie Hoffnagle, Eva Chubb, Adella Bartlett, Alice Cary, Josie Wood

Marie Hannum, Mary Donahue

New Bow

Katie McCarty, Bridget Collins, Carrie Potter, Cressie Howland, Robert Gow

Helen Monroe, Lillian Bemis

Carleton McMahon

James Gow, Bennie Shoor, Ray McEckron, Allen Bartlett, Vibert Ostrander, Eddie Dumas

Edith Heaxt

Belle McEackron, Margaret Monroe, Lillian Gamache, Lena Gamache

Mae McEckron

Willie Bordwell

Eva Donahue, Minnie Merrill, Josie McCarty, Robert Pringle, Herbert Merritt, Everett Funson

J. Marie Hannum

Jennie Mathis

Cast of characters for Red Riding Hood, to be given at the school auditorium, week after next:

Daisy Closson, Mrs. R. Funson, Rev. J. A. Hainer, Mrs. J. O. Hannum, Harry Hammond, Miss Viola Lovell, Helen Monroe, Lenita Sample, Jenie Crandall, Abbie Welch, Winnie Closson


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page 2 Early History of Old Saratoga (continued from last week)

In this drawing "Lot No. 5" which contained all of the tract lying west of the Hudson and north of Fish creek, on which Schuylerville has since been built, fell to Robert Livingston. "Lot No. 4", being next southerly on the south side of Fish Creek, and including what has since been widely known as the "Schuyler property" was drawn by Johnannes Wendel. "Lot NO. 6" situate on the east side of the Hudson, opposite Schuylerville, fell to David Schuyler.

It seems that Johannes Wendel, who owned "Lot NO. 4" on the south side of Fish Creek, was the first to improve his land, for Bartel Vroman was there in 1689, as before stated. The original Fort Saratoga was also built on the south side of Fish Creek. Around the for, under protection of its guns, grew up the ancient village of Saratoga, of historic renown, and it was there that the Schuylers built their mansion houses.

Johannes Wendel died in 1691, leaving by will his "Lot No. 4" at Saratoga to his son Abraham. In 1702 Abraham sold the Saratoga "Lot No. 4" to Johannes Schuyler, the grandfather of General Philip Schuyler, of the Revolution.

In the meantime David Schuyler had sold "Lot No. 6" across the Hudson to Peter Schuyler and Robert Livingston.

Johannes Schuyler continued the improvements on the south side of Fish creek begun by Wendel, by the erection of mills and the opening up of farms. But previous to 1742 he had given it all to his sons, Philip and John, jr.

Philip Schuyler, uncle of General Schuyler, took up his residence at Saratoga in a brick house which had been built by his father, Johannes. In this house Philip perished at the hands of the French and Indians at the time of the burning in the year 1745.

At the time of the burning, which marks the close of the pioneer history of Saratoga, the hamlet of "Old Saratoga" on the west side of the Hudson and the south side of Fish Creek, at what is now Schuylerville, contained about thirty houses, with barns and out-buildings, two or three mills and a large wooden fort.

For a mile or more, up and down the west bank of the river, above and below the fort, stretched broad, cleared fields, through which ran a single street north and south, in which the dwellings stood in a way to accommodate the occupants of the farms.

The Schuyler mansion, in which Philip lived, was the only one built of brick. It was large and strongly fortified and had loopholes all around to use in case of attack. It stood a little to the southeast of the site of what is now known as the "Schuyler Mansion," on ground mostly taken up by the canal in the rear of the "old lilacs" still growing there.

Thus situated, on the night of the 28th of November, N.S. 1745, the blow was struck, and pioneer Saratoga ceased to be. The fort and every building was burned to the ground; every inhabitant, save one who escaped to tell the tale by the light of his burning home, was either killed or carried away captive.

Truly, a fate as tragic as that of Schenectady, of Cherry Valley, or of Wyoming fell upon the pioneer settlers of Saratoga.



Marcus Dennis, of Glens Falls, visited friends in town over Sunday.

Perry Brackett, of South Glens Falls, called on friends here recently.

Town Clerk Smith caught thirty trout, this morning. This is his story.

The young people scattered May baskets profusely round the town Tuesday evening.

Edward Quackenbush and family have moved in to the Robbins house on Church street.

Two strolling players discoursed sweet music with harp and violin on our street to-day.

Antoine Dupuis is reported to be quite a little better, and hopes are entertained of his complete recovery.

Mrs. Anna Patterson Goodsell Smith, whose funeral took place last Wednesday, at Painted Post, was born in Saratoga, March 15, 1794.

The Salvation army had a large gathering at the Barracks Tuesday evening. Soldiers from all the surrounding villages were present.

John Burns, pathmaster of district No. 58 in this town, and John Wood had a misunderstanding concerning the law last Saturday. Mr. Wood has preferred a charge of assault against Mr. Burns, and the case will be tried before Justice Bennett, Saturday.

The stable in the rear of the hotel at the corner of Glen and Canal streets, Glens Falls, was totally destroyed by fire, Sunday afternoon. The property was owned by T. D. O’Sullivan, and his loss was $800. A barn on South street, in the same place, and owned by W.H. Arnold, was burned Monday morning. Loss $1500.

Frank Stevens, a plumber, has pleaded guilty and been held to the grand jury on the grand larceny chare of stealing diamonds from Mr. and Mrs. Archibald Eldredge, of Saratoga. Stevens stole the diamonds while employed at plumbing repairs in the house. The diamonds were not missed for several days. Stevens had taken the precious stones to a jewelry store to have them reset, when the discovery was made. The plumber had heretofore borne a good reputation.

(did not transcribe misc. data on pages 3-4)

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