Joseph R. Brown Jr.
transcribed and submitted by Roger Smith
The following are excerpts from an unpublished hand typed manuscript found at the Cobleskill Public Library. There is no date for the compilation. Roger Smith
The Schoharie Hotel formerly owned and occupied by John Schoolcraft, Jr., was sold last week to Tobias Bouck, of this village. Sheriff Bouck will take possession on or about the 20th inst.
Schoharie Republican, April 1, 1851
Ex-Sheriff Bouck has sold the Schoharie Hotel to Ex-Sheriff Durand and Capt. O. Root. This hotel is one of the oldest and best located stands in the county, situated as it is, directly opposite the Court House.
Schoharie Republican, Aug. 9, 1853
N. Bennett announced he had taken over the Mansion House a Sloansville, N.Y., Dated February 1, 1854.
Adv., Schoharie Republican, Feb. 15, 1854
George Dimmick, who kept a public house on the Western Turnpike for many years has purchased the old stand at Rockville.
Schoharie Republican, March 8, 1854
T. Durand has sold his interest in the Schoharie Hotel to Jacob N. Hager, formerly a resident of this county, but recently returned from California. Mr. Hager was on board the boat on Lake Nicaraugua, when she capsized and so many of the passengers were drowned. He had a very narrow escape.
Schoharie Republican, May 3, 1854
Elisha Brown was proprietor of the Summit House, Summit.
Schoharie Republican, June 5, 1856
J.H. Low, late of Jersey City, has purchased the hotel property in Middleburgh known as The Rosseter House.
Schoharie Republican, Nov. 13, 1856
A paper mill and distillery, near the Bridge in Schoharie, was consumed by fire on Saturday night last loss estimated at $10,000.
N.Y. Advertiser, Jan. 9, 1822
The valuable parsonage house belonging to the Dutch Reformed Church, in the vicinity of Schoharie village, was entirely destroyed by fire, on the 11th inst.
Albany Daily Advertiser, August 23, 1823
We learn that the building occupied as a whiskey distillery by Mr. Peter Mann, in this town, was destroyed by fire in the course of the last night. We have no further particulars.
Schoharie Republican, March 13, 1832
Fire destroyed tavern house of Cyrel Gillet of Esperance June 19th. Loss estimated at $2,500 part of the property having been insured.
Schoharie Republican, June 26, 1832
On Saturday night last, between 10 and 11 o’clock, our citizens were aroused from their slumbers by the cry of fire. The fire originated in a small building attached to the tavern house of Alexander Vroman, and consumed that, together with the tavern, barns, sheds, etc. At one time the destruction of the greater part of the village seemed inevitable, but it was fortunately prevented by the favorable wind and the exertions of the people collected. The roofs of the law office of Mr. Houck and store of Messrs. Bouck and Orcutt, were burnt. The goods of Messrs. Bouck & Orcutt were principally all removed from the store, and many of them considerably damaged. A woodshed on the premises and occupied by Dr. Foster, together with a quantity of wood, were also consumed. A portion of Mr. Vroman’s furniture was saved. Mr. Vroman’s buildings and furniture were insured to the amount of $2,500.
Schoharie Republican, Oct. 1, 1833 (Tuesday)
A dwelling house owned by P. M. Snyder and occupied by Mr. Warwick, situated near Fox’s Creek, about three miles from this place, was consumed by fire a few nights since. The fire caught in the basement and such was the progress made by the flames before they were discovered that the family, including six children, had barely time to escape losing their furniture and clothing. Mr. And Mrs. Warwick’s feet were frozen by exposure to the cold.
Schoharie Republican, Jan 14, 1834
The Tavern, barns, sheds, etc., of Samuel S. Smith, were destroyed by fire on Tuesday night last. The fire was first discovered in the loft of a shed in which hay was stowed. It is not known how the fire was communicated as no one had been in the loft with a light for two months or more. In addition to the destruction of the buildings, Mr. Smith lost all his furniture, with a few trifling exceptions, together with wagons, sleighs, and a large quantity of hay, oats, between 2 and 300 bushels of wheat, etc. A fine ox was burnt, and another very much injured. A tobacco and candy peddler, each had their wagons and goods burnt. The loss by this calamity may be 3 or $4,000, there was no insurance upon any of the property. The store of O. H. Williams, opposite the scene of conflagration, caught fire several times, but by great exertion it was extinguished, and the store and dwelling saved. We understand that Mr. Smith intends to rebuild.
Schoharie Republican, Feb. 11, 1834
The brewery of Thomas L. Butler, in Cobleskill, was destroyed by fire on Friday night last. About 60 barrels of beer, and a quantity of malt, were also lost. Loss 10 to 15 hundred dollars.
Schoharie Republican, April 18, 1834 (Tuesday)
We forgot to mention last week that the extensive Leather Factory, near Gallupville, owned by Mr. Conklin, was consumed by fire in the night of the 19th inst.
Schoharie Republican, Dec. 31, 1839
The house of Mr. Abraham Tripp of this town was destroyed by fire on Friday night last and his daughter aged 13 and a grand daughter about 9 months were burned to death.
Schoharie Republican, March 17, 1840
The girl, who had taken the child in her arms with the intention, no doubt, of leaving the house, mistook the door which led into the rooms where the flames were raging most violently, for the outside door, and no one discovered the fatal error until they heard them scream, when, also, no human power could save them.
Daily Albany Argus, March 26, 1840 (Thursday)
The store of Isaac Schoolcraft of Gallupville in this town was destroyed by fire on Monday morning about 3 o’clock. The alarm was given by the explosion of a keg of powder. The goods, a large stock, just laid in, were entirely destroyed. No insurance. This is a severe loss to Mr. Schoolcraft, who was a young man of industrious habits and had invested his all in the
Daily Albany Argus, June 21, 1843
The Ashery of C. Watson in Fulton was consumed on Wednesday night last.
Schoharie Republican, Oct. 29, 1844 (Tuesday)
The barn of Peter P. Shafer, of Cobleskill, was, on Sunday night last, consumed by fire, together with a large quantity of grain, hay, farming utensils, wagons, harness, etc. This is the second time that Mr. Shafer’s barn has been burned, having at each time sustained a heavy loss.
Schoharie Republican, Nov. 5, 1844 (Tuesday)
On Friday evening last, at about 7 o’clock, the barn of John Schoolcraft, Jr., of the Schoharie Hotel. The loss was considerable, but the buildings were insured for $700.
Schoharie Republican, Jan. 6, 1845
A barn belonging to Philip Coons in the town of Broome was destroyed by fire on Monday the 20th inst. The fire was communicated to the barn by burning a fallow.
Schoharie Republican, June 17, 1845
Schoharie Court House Burnt: The Court House and Jail of this county was totally destroyed by fire, which broke out about half past 11 o’clock on Saturday evening last. It was set on fire by a prisoner, who was confined in one of the prison rooms in the third floor of the building, on a charge of stealing a wagon and harness in Sullivan County, a few weeks since. His name
is William Burton, a young man whose parents reside in this town. The prisoner attempted to effect his escape by burning a hole the through the door. Not having the means of controlling the fire he had kindled, he became alarmed for his personal safety, and commenced pounding on the door, and was heard by Sheriff Brown, whose residence is in the lower part of the building. Mr. Brown on hearing the noise, instantly went up to the prisoner’s room, when he found the door and the ceiling
above on fire. Not having the key to the door with him, he immediately returned below, woke up his family, and made and alarm. He returned to the prisoner’s room and with the assistance of Mr. Lee, his brother-in-law, got him out and secured him.
The alarm now having generally spread, our citizens hastened with alacrity to the scene of the conflagration. By this time the flames had bursted out of the roof, and were rapidly spreading to every part.
To save the building was now hopeless, and every exertion was now necessary to prevent the fire from extending to the adjacent buildings. This very fortunately - or we might say providentially, was effected, after 3 or 4 hours of exertion, in which our citizens generally, and inhabitants in the vicinity of our village, displayed great coolness and energy in well-directed efforts to prevent the further destruction of property. But this could not have been effected had there been a breath of air stirring.
The principal part of the Sheriff’s furniture, etc., was saved. As the mails are closing, we have no time for further particulars this morning.
Daily Albany Argus, July 2, 1845
The Schoharie Patriot extra, of the 2d inst. 10 P.M. gives the particulars of a fire which occurred there that evening. The barns and sheds of the Schoharie Hotel, owned by Mr. J. Schoolcraft, and the warehouse connected with the dry goods store of J. G. Gebhart, Jr., & Co., containing merchandise of various descriptions, belonging to the same firm, were destroyed. Mr. Schoolcraft upon whom the loss chiefly falls, was insured partially in the Saratoga company.
Albany Argus, Jan. 15, 1846
The dwelling of Isaac Dennison, near Huntersland, was last week, consumed by fire.
Schoharie Republican, Oct. 20, 1847
A large barn well filled with grain, hay, etc., and several outbuildings belonging to Henry Mattice, were destroyed by fire yesterday about 12M. Loss estimated at about $1,500.
Schoharie Republican, Dec. 8, 1846
The home of William Dietz, the residence of the widow of Philip Dietz, in this town was destroyed by fire of the 16th inst.
Schoharie Republican, Dec. 22, 1846
The inhabitants of the village of North Blenheim were aroused from their slumbers on the night of the 15th inst. by the cry of fire. It proved to be in a building belonging to Maj. H. Dickerman and occupied by a man named Augustus Holdridge and his family. The mother was seen outside of the building, after some of the inhabitants arrived, with a small child aged about 5 years, and it was supposed that the rest of the family were out. The father and a girl aged about 16 and the child brought out by the mother were all that were saved of the family. It is supposed the mother in her eagerness to save the children rushed back into the flames and perished with the five who were still in the house.
The girl that escaped was badly burned - her clothes having been entirely consumed. When she awoke and discovered no chance of escape she thought of getting between the straw and feather bed but she found tow others there and then struggled against a window or door which gave way and let her fall into the street.
Of those burned one was a daughter aged 23 years, a son aged 21, and the others between the ages of 6 and 19.
We have not yet learned how the fire caught. It is said by some that the father came home intoxicated and made a large fire and it caught from the stove pipe. Others say the young people had been out to attend a lecture and in putting away their things they must have left a spark in the clothes press.
The family happened on that night to be all together, a circumstance which had not occurred in some time as the young people worked away from home.
Schoharie Republican, March 23, 1847
The house of Ahaz Cole, of Conesville, was burned on Tuesday afternoon last. A small girl, aged about 15, had been left in charge of two little children, one quite small. While she was milking near the house, she discovered the flames and rushed to the door and saved the two little infants unharmed.
Schoharie Republican, March 23, 1847
The Woolen Factory, Grist Mill, Dwelling house and other out houses of Henry Hynds & Co., in Hyndsville, were consumed by fire on the morning of the 12th inst. at about 7 o’clock A.M. A flax mill near the residence of John and Peter Hynds was much burnt though the buildings were saved. The whole amount of loss was estimated at about $10,000 or $11,000.
Schoharie Republican, June 30, 1848
The furnace and blacksmith shop belonging to Robert M. Van Schaack, in the town of Seward was destroyed by fire on Friday night last. The building was new and not entirely finished, consequently was not insured. The loss is a heavy one for Mr. Van Schaack, who had invested a considerable portion of his means in the building and in making preparation for business. Mr. Henderson Pollock and Mr. Cornelius B. Eckerson, carpenters, of Central Bridge, had their tools in the
building and were unable to save them.
Schoharie Republican, Dec. 5, 1848 (Tuesday)
Fire at Esperance: Some evenings since, the Saw and Grist Mill of Mr. Henry Brown, near the bridge, was discovered to be on fire, and both, with about 2,000 bushels of grain, and some valuable timber were entirely consumed. Loss some $10,000. Insurance $4,000.
The bridge of the Great Western Turnpike Company was damaged to the amount of about $100, and it is probably owing to the well directed efforts of the inhabitants of the village, that it escaped with trifling injury.
Daily Albany Argus, Jan. 10, 1850
Destructive Fire: Richmondville Seminary in ashes - Loss about $14,000
We received the sad news of the loss of the Richmondville Seminary by fire, by stage yesterday morning. The fire was first discovered about 1 o’clock on Monday morning, in the upper part of the building, and the alarm at once created the utmost consternation among the 300 students therein - but owing to the presence of mind of the teachers and villagers, not a soul was injured by the flames, and but little of the clothing, etc., belonging to the inmates was lost. The building cost about $10,000, and the furniture must have cost many thousand more. We learn that there was an insurance of $8,000 on the building and furniture. A considerable amount of furniture was saved.
Schoharie Republican, Dec. 14, 1852 (Tuesday)
We learn that the Charlotteville Academy was totally destroyed by fire on Wednesday last. The fire originated in one of the upper rooms - from a stove pipe. At the time of the fire, there were between 400 and 500 students in the building - all of whom escaped without injury. The fire was discovered while the students were in the chapel at prayer. The building was
a large one, of wood, and we have no information as to insurance.
Albany Daily Argus, June 2, 1854
See also Albany Daily Argus, July 17, 1854
The large Steam Tannery belonging to Messrs. Korn & Baare was entirely destroyed by fire on Friday night last. The property was known as the "Peter Mann Tannery," and had been recently enlarged and extensively improved with the view of transacting a large business, and the loss will fall heavily upon Messrs. Korn & Baare. The loss is variously estimated at from $8,000 to $12,000. Insurance, of almost $3,000 in Cobleskill and New York companies.
Schoharie Republican, March 14, 1855
On Wednesday last between 9 and 10 o’clock P.M., a Tannery belonging to Ralph Earl, near East Cobleskill, was consumed by fire. Not long since a Brewery belonging to Mr. Earl was burnt about the same hour of the night. Both fires are supposed to be the work of incendiaries.
Schoharie Republican, May 23, 1855
We learn that Faulkner’s Mills, house, barn, etc., (situated on the Schoharie Creek, about 6 miles below Esperance) were entirely consumed by fire on Friday night last. The loss is estimated at $30,000.
Schoharie Republican, Feb. 26, 1857
Fire at Middleburgh: On Tuesday afternoon, the 24th, fire was discovered in the roof of the Tannery of Richtmyer & Mattice in this village, and in a few minutes, the flames were under full headway through all the upper part of the building. The steam whistle at Wells & Chase’s Paper Mills sounded the alarm with such effect that but a brief period elapsed from the first
discovery of the fire until at least a hundred active and willing men were at work to save the stock, and if possible the building. (The fire was gotten under control). The loss of Richtmyer & Mattice is estimated at about $200. They will continue their business without interruption.
Schoharie Republican, Feb. 26, 1857
On Sunday morning last, about 9 o’clock, our citizens were aroused by the cry of fire, and it was soon ascertained that the upper story of the Steam Leather Factory, belonging to Messrs. Korn and Baare, situate a short distance east of this village was enveloped in flames. The fire was put out after the roof and upper story were consumed. A quantity of leather was also
consumed. This is the second loss which the proprietors have sustained by fire. The first of which occurred about two years ago and consumed their entire building and its contents.
Schoharie Republican, May 7, 1857
On Wednesday morning, the 27th ult., a 1 o’clock, the Agricultural Implement & Manufactory of Spencer Moore & Co., at Central Bridge, was entirely consumed by fire. The lose is estimated at $2,000. No insurance. Some of the machinery was comparatively uninjured, and new buildings will soon be erected, causing but little, if any, interruption to the business operations of this enterprising firm.
Schoharie Republican, May 5, 1859
Large leather factory at North Blenheim belonging to Hezekiah Dickerman was destroyed by fire June 15, 1861. Loss estimated at from $8,000 to $15,000.
Schoharie Republican, June 20, 1861
On Saturday night, the 7th inst., Patrick’s Clover Mill in the vicinity of Brayman’s Factory, in the town of Cobleskill, was entirely consumed by fire. Upwards of 200 bushels of clover seed is said to have been in the mill at the time, none of which was saved.
Schoharie Republican, Dec. 19, 1861
The grist mill, barns, carriage house and sheds of Geo. Manning, near Middleburgh, together with most of their contents, were destroyed by fire on Friday evening last, 10th inst.
Schoharie Republican, Nov. 23, 1865
The Flouring Mill owned by George B. and William Passage, Barnerville, was destroyed by fire on the night of the 14th inst. Total loss $7,000. Insurance $4,000.
Schoharie Republican, June 21, 1866
The Schoharie Hotel, for nearly three years under the popular management of Jacob N. Hager, has been purchased by Benjamin H. Borst, of Cobleskill, by whom it will hereafter be kept.
Schoharie Republican, January 8, 1857
Cornelius and David Murphy, of Fulton, have recently purchased the large hotel at Gilboa, now occupied by B. Waldron.
Schoharie Republican, January 29, 1857
Abram Van Tuyl, for several years last past, the proprietor of the Eagle Hotel, in this village, has sold the same to Mr. Parrott.
Schoharie Republican, Feb. 12, 1857
John H. Shafer, formerly of the Rosseter House, Middleburgh, has purchased Henry Warner's tavern stand at Richmondville.
Schoharie Republican, April 2, 1857
Pleasure seekers should call at the Mineral Springs Hotel, kept by H. France, Cobleskill Centre. He has recently made many improvements in his hotel and grounds, and erected a neat and convenient Bath House, where you can enjoy a shower or dip bath.
Schoharie Republican, July 9, 1857
Abram Van Patten well and favorably known throughout this and adjoining counties, has taken the Railroad House in Cobleskill.
Schoharie Republican, Many 20, 1858
A.J. Freemire has leased the Pierson Hotel at Middleburgh which he will open for the accommodation of guests on May 1st.
Schoharie Republican, April 4, 1859
J.H. Low, of Middleburgh, has recently sold his hotel at that place, known as the Pavilion, to S. Smith Mitchell.
Schoharie Republican, Nov. 1, 1860
Mr. Bissell, of Sloansville, has sold his hotel and retired from business.
Schoharie Republican, February 7, 1861
Abram Van Patten has sold his tavern stand in Cobleskill to Thomas Byrne, of Fonda.
Schoharie Republican, Nov. 26, 1863
Austin Becker, on the Plank Road near Gallupville, has disposed of his tavern property to J.C. Becker, of the town of Wright.
Schoharie Republican, Nov. 26, 1863
Judge Westover's new and beautiful brick hotel at Richmondville, has been leased to Austin Becker. This house is probably the best built tavern in the county. The finish throughout - the stables and other buildings - are all of the first class workmanship.
Schoharie Republican, Nov. 26, 1863
Le Ray Eldredge has sold his hotel property, Congress Hall, Sharon Springs, to Oswald Ottendorfer for the sum of thirty thousand dollars. Real estate at this popular summer resort has more than doubled in value within the past six years.
Schoharie Republican, February 11, 1864
Marcus Sternbergh has sold his valuable Hotel property and farm in Cobleskill to Le Ray Eldredge, late proprietor of one of the principal Hotels at Sharon Springs. Mr. Sternberg received for the property sold, $20,000.
Schoharie Republican, March 21, 1864
John Herron has sold his Mineral Springs Hotel property at Cobleskill Centre to Simeon Deyo. Possession is not to be given before the first day of November next.
Schoharie Republican, July 14, 1864
The Mansion House, in this village, occupied by Geo. Hutton, was sold at public auction on Wednesday of last week. The property was purchased by Cornelius Murphy, of the Schoharie Hotel for $5,500. Mr. Murphy, we understand, takes possession on the first day of April, at which time he gives up the Schoharie Hotel to Mr. Green.
Schoharie Republican, March 2, 1865
The largest Dog in the State: Mr. John Schoolcraft, of the Schoharie Hotel, of this village, now owns the celebrated dog "Trouble". He is four years of age, and weighs one hundred and sixty and a half pounds. Who can beat this?
Daily Albany Argus, March 24, 1843
Apples Baked By The Sun: During the extremely hot weather, last week, W.S. Gates, of this village, found apples on his farm on the west side of the creek, completely baked in the sun as far as the surface of the apples were exposed to the rays. The apples were lying on the ground under the trees.
Schoharie Republican, Sept. 13, 1854
In August, 1826, a Mr. Robert Martin, of Blenheim, in this county, ate a quantity of Plums and under the impression that they would be less liable to injure him, swallowed pits and all. He was shortly after taken ill, and has been out of health ever since, until about two weeks since, when he took a powerful emetic, and singular as it may seem, he vomited up thirty Plum Pits, which must have remained on his stomach from the period of his having eaten the plums in 1826, to that time, about 18 months. Doct. Wheeler, who related to us the above facts, left in our possession several of the pits; they appear to have shrunk a trifle, and are very hard. Mr. Martin's health is improving. A man that will eat Plum Stones ought to have the digestive powers of an Anaconda.
Schoharie Republican, April 23, 1828
Schoharie Mutual Insurance Company: A meeting of the Schoharie Mutual Insurance company will take place on the 21st June next, for the purpose of choosing officers for the company, and of adopting such regulations as the organization of the company may require. We are not aware that a similar company exists in this State. The plan upon which it is to be organized and upon which it will conduct its operations, is after what is known as the Hamburgh plan. The company was incorporated at the late session of the Legislature; as soon as we can procure a copy of the act of incorporation, we shall give a more enlarged detail of the manner, etc., in which the concerns of the company are to be conducted.
Schoharie Republican, May 31, 1831
James Bennett, of Esperance, has been appointed Agent of the Saratoga Mutual Insurance Company.
Schoharie Republican, June 4, 1839
It is the intention of Charles Courtner, Alonzo Ferguson, Henry Smith, Japhet Kilmer, Daniel D.L. McCullock, John Westover, Martin Swart, Nicholas Russell, Adam P. Mattice, Henry Tibbits, Seth B. Wakeman, John H. Munford and Thomas Smith, to form a Company to be entitled The Schoharie County Mutual Insurance Company for the purpose of transacting the business of insurance on dwellings, houses, stores, and all kinds of buildings and upon household furniture merchandise, and other property against loss and damage by fire, and the risks of inland navigation and transportation, pursuant to an act entitled "An Act to provide for the incorporation of Insurance Companies." Passed April 10, 1850. The business of said company to be carried on and conducted in the village of Cobleskill. Dated Cobleskill, Sept. 25, 1850
Schoharie Republican, Oct. 15, 1850
David D.W. France, Cobleskill, obtained Agency of the New York Protection, and the Washington Fire Insurance Companies.
Schoharie Republican, February 12, 1850
P.G. Gardner, of Goodyear Brothers & Durand, 18 Broad St., New York City, formerly of this county, but for a number of years engaged both in this country and in Europe in the rubber business, and now largely interested in gold and silver mining. He invented three different machines for breaking, crushing and pulverizing gold or silver quartz. For description see-
Schoharie Republican, Feb. 2, 1865
Messers. R. & M. Harder, Cobleskill, have taken the contract to thresh the Saints and clean out the Augean stables of Mormonism. At least we judge so, one of their combined Threshers and Cleaners having been shipped hence for Utah.
Schoharie Republican, May 20, 1869
C. Shelmandine, of Summit, has received a patent for a shingle machine.
Schoharie Republican, July 31, 1871
Harder's Threshing Machine received Fist premium against eight of the leading machines at the State Fair in Elmira in October, 1860. It also received First Premium at the County Fair held at Cobleskill in October.
Schoharie Republican, November 15, 1860
David W. Seeley, of Carlisle, has recently secured a patent for one of the most valuable improvements of the age. It is for connecting the fore Axle, and wheels to the bolster or body of the wagon, in a firm and substantial manner, and dispensing with the use of the old fashioned bounds, block tung, sway-bars, and sand board; and doing away with the necessity of boring the Bolster and Axle for the King bolt. It will save at least five dollars in the ironing of wagons to which it is applied.
The ingenious inventor is George Brown, a wagon maker of Carlisle village.
The coupling is effected by the use of two metallic circular plates, the one bolted to the bolster and perch, the other to the axle, and these firmly connected by a cast iron bolt so peculiarly constructed as to make it impossible to separate the fore axle from the bolster or body of the wagon without first removing one of the fore wheels and placing the axle in a position, at right angles with its working position, which, it will be seen, brings one arm of axle directly under the perch.
S.H. Mix, Editor of the Schoharie Patriot, exhibited on the grounds of the late State Fair in the City of Albany, a large Plank Road Car, with an improvement on the ordinary wheel centre, termed the "Oscillating Roller Axle." The improvement consists in the eye of the wheel being removed from the dead centre and thrown out towards the rim or tire, increasing the power by doubling the lever. It is also an anti-friction combination, very ingeniously devised and attracted great attention and interest by its novelty and plausibility. The car is built for two horse draught, and it is intended to carry an immense load. A Silver Medal and Diploma was awarded to the inventor. Success to our young and enterprising brother of the craft.
(Chenago Free Democrat)
Schoharie Republican, Oct. 1, 1850
We were shown a few days since, a very ingenious and useful Neck-Yoke, patented by Briggs and Talbot, of Sloansville. The invention consists of extensive rods inserted in the ends of the yoke, and moving upon sections of screws fastened in the bar of the yoke, so that the rods may be readily secured in different positions, so as to make one short and the other long, or both ends short or long, as required for service. The advantages of the invention are evident to the most casual observer; on bad roads, or in cases where one horse is stronger than his mate, we think it will work admirably.
Schoharie Republican, Oct. 4, 1854
Paten Lamp: For burning Tallow, Lard, or Oil. L.A. Butler has just received a general assortment of these newly invented lamps, which he offers for sale at the manufacturer's prices. Lard or tallow in these lamps will give a better light at less than half the expenses of oil.
Adv. Schoharie Republican, Oct. 3, 1843
Lard Lamps: Mr. W.S. Gates of this village has an excellent article of Lard Lamp for sale. Those who wish to economize in "light" matters will find it to their advantage to call and examine them. We have used one for some time and can recommend it.
Schoharie Republican, Nov. 7, 1843
Kerosine Oil Lamps: Messrs. A.M. & E. Root offer for sale a fine assortment of Kerosine Oil Lamps, the first introduced in this county. Kerosine Oil has been in use a sufficient length of time to satisfy the most incredulous that it is really a public blessing - a brilliant light at trifling cost - and we are glad to learn that our citizens are adopting it. Eight cents worth of Kerosine Oil will burn twelve hours, giving more light than a four burner Fluid lamp and four spermaceti candles. Its light is brilliant, but soft and agreeable to the eyes, and peculiarly pleasant to sew or read by. Add to this fact that it is not explosive - not a mine of combustibility; that you can sit down to read or sew in perfect security, and do not tremblingly view the tottering approaches of "the baby", or the roguish rough and tumble of "the ten year old" as Guy Fawkes demonstrations upon your lamp and safety, and you are convinced that Kerosine Oil I a fourth-proof institution.
Schoharie Republican, May 13, 1853
Breach of Promise suit of Abigail M. Hunt vs. Calvin Stevens at Schoharie Court of Common Pleas, February 6 and 7, 1844. Attorney for Plaintiff - R.R Menzie and Mitchell Sanford, of Catskill; For Defendant: L. Termini and Algerian Marks, of Green County. Judge Goodyear. Verdict of $200 for Plaintiff.Schoharie Republican Feb. 13, 1844
Arrested on Charge of Forgery
A young lawyer, named Peter B. Kromer, was arrested in New York City by Police Constable Maloy, and brought to this city at a late hour Sunday night on a charge of forgery. On or about the 22d of February, it is alleged, the accused furnished Maurice McGraw and John Kinney a paper purported to be a lease to the premises No. 51 Quay Street, at present occupied by McGraw and Kinney. The name of A. E. Brown, agent, was signed to the paper. The parties gave Kromer One Hundred Dollars for his services in procuring a lease. On Saturday last the occupants received notice from Mr. Brown, the agent, to the effect that he had leased the premises to other parties. Mr. McGraw thought this rather strange, and produced what he had supposed to be a lease which had been given to him by Kromer. On seeing it, Mr. Brown pronounced it a forgery. It was known that Kromer had recently enlisted, and was stationed in the vicinity of New York. Mr. McGraw therefore caused a warrant to be issued, which was placed in the hands of officer Maloy. That officer left here Saturday night, and on Sunday, after a diligent search succeeded in arresting Kromer. He was brought to this city and locked up in the station house over night. Yesterday morning he was examined before Justice Cole, and admitted to bail in the sum of Two Thousand Dollars, to await the action of the Grand Jury. John M. Nelson, appeared as counsel for the prisoner.
Mr. McGraw read a brief note from Kromer yesterday, saying that the lease was all right, although there might be some trouble about it. This note was dated "Fort Hamilton, NY Harbor;" and as Kromer was not stationed there, his object in indicting it is apparent.
Young Kromer originally hailed from Cobleskill, where his parents now reside.
About ten years since he was a clerk in the store of Peter Osterhout, Senior, in
this village. Leaving here he went into some store in Albany or New York and
thence entered a law office.
Schoharie Republican, April 14, 1864
R. Brewster, of this village, was admitted Attorney and Counselor at Law at
the last term of the Common Pleas of this county.
Schoharie Republican, Oct. 22, 1844
R.R. Brewster, of this village, has been admitted as Counselor of the Supreme
Court at the present term.
Schoharie Republican, July 16, 1844
David Taylor was admitted as Attorney and Solicitor of the Supreme Court at
the present term.
Schoharie Republican, July 16, 1844
Mr. Cyrus P. Hiller, of this county, was on the 17th, admitted as an Attorney
of the Supreme Court of this State.
Schoharie Republican, January 21, 1845
N.T. Rossiter, of Blenheim, has been appointed one of the Judges of the Court
of Common Pleas in this county, in place of Hon. Judge Krum, whose term has
Schoharie Republican, March 18, 1845
Justin Lawyer, Attorney of the Supreme court, Solicitor of the court of
Chancery; was admitted as Attorney and Counselor of the Schoharie common Pleas,
this present term of February, 1846.
Schoharie Republican, Feb. 10, 1846
John E. Mann, of this village, was, on the 18th inst., admitted as an
Attorney at Law at the July term of the Supreme Court, held at Utica.
Schoharie Republican, July 21, 1846
Seymour Boughton, of Summit, was admitted as an Attorney and Counselor at Law
at the late session of the Supreme Court at Albany.
Schoharie Republican, Feb. 10, 1852
Jacob Houck, Jr., formed a partnership with N.P. Hinman of Middleburgh.
Schoharie Republican, May 10, 1854
Mitchell Sanford, of Hudson, formerly of this county, has removed to Troy,
and formed a partnership with John Pierson.
Schoharie Republican, Jan. 15, 1857
At the General Term of the Supreme court, held at Albany, last week, on
motion of Hon. Amasa J. Parker, H.C. Page, of Sharon, was duly admitted to
practice in all the courts of this State. Mr. Page is now the Legislative
correspondent at the State Capitol, of the New York Daily Sun.
Schoharie Republican, March 12, 1857
At the General Term of the Supreme Court at Albany, on the 5th inst.
Cornelius L. Bailey, of this place, was examined and admitted to practice as
Attorney and Counselor in the several courts of this State.
Schoharie Republican, May 7, 1857
John B. Strain, of Richmondville, late District Attorney of this county, left
on Thursday last, for his new home in Wisconsin.
Schoharie Republican, May 28, 1857
Romeyn Lawyer, of Cobleskill, was, on Thursday, the 6th inst. admitted by the
General Term of the Supreme Court to practice as an Attorney and Counselor in
all the Courts of this State.
Schoharie Republican, Dec. 13, 1860
Guerdon M. Sanford and Roger D. Wells admitted as Attorneys and Counselors of
the Supreme court at Albany last week.
Schoharie Republican, Dec. 16, 1858
E.O. Scott, who has recently been engaged in the practice of law at
Charlotteville, has removed to Richmondville, and now has his offices with W.C.
Lamont, at that place.
Schoharie Republican, 7, 1861
T. Banks Mayham, of North Blenheim, was admitted as an Attorney and Counselor
of the Supreme Court of this State, at the December General Term.
Schoharie Republican, Dec. 15, 1862
Messrs. N.P. Hinman and William B. Murphy have formed a co-partnership for
the practice of law, and have opened their offices next door north of Murphy s
Hotel in the second story of the building formerly occupied as a law office by
the late Jacob Houck.
Schoharie Republican, April 30, 1863
Nathan P. Hinman, of this village, was admitted to practice in the Circuit
Courts of the United States at the present term now being held in Albany.
Schoharie Republican, Oct. 29, 1863
At the recent term of the Supreme Court held at Albany, John Van Schaick, of
Sharon, was admitted as an Attorney and Counselor of the various Courts of this
State. We wish him success.
Schoharie Republican, May 12, 1864
N.P. Hinman accepts a position in Washington, D.C. indirectly connected with
the War Department.
Schoharie Republican, Jan. 12, 1865
N.P. Hinman has resigned the position held for the last three months in the
special agency of the War Department, and assumed his law practice in this
village as the senior partner of Hinman & Bailey.
Schoharie Republican, March 30, 1865
Julius Rowley has opened a law office in the Court House
Schoharie Republican, Nov. 28, 1867
Daniel E. Miller, of Cobleskill, was at the General Term of the Supreme
Court, admitted to the practice of law in the various courts of the State. Mr.
Miller read law in the office of W.H. Young, Dist. Atty. and intends to practice
law in Cobleskill.
Schoharie Republican, May 14, 1868
Masonic Lodge At Summit
A Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons, called "Summit Lake Lodge"
was instituted on the 25th day of December last, at the Summit House, in the
town of Summit.
The following are the officers: Isaac Mann, W.M.; Seymour Boughton, S.W.; Edwarrd Kinnicutt, J.W.; Thomas B. Van Alstyne, Secy.; John Westover, Treasurer.
Schoharie Republican, Jan. 31, 1856
Wanted Immediately: A Tin and Sheet Iron Smith, to whom liberal wages will be
paid, none but a first rate workman need apply. -- Schoharie Court House, Oct.
Schoharie Republican, Oct. 23, 1832
L.A. Butler has lately purchased of the American Fur Company several gallons
of Pure Bear s Oil, in its natural state. The above article will be perfumed and
sold in quantities to suit purchasers. - Adv. Dec. 26, 1842.
Schoharie Republican, Jan. 10, 1843
D. & H. Becker, Middleburgh advertise for good clean oats at 26 cents per
bushel and Dried Apples for $1.00 a bushel.
Schoharie Republican, February 13, 1844
Ashes HO! The subscriber will pay One Shilling per bushel (in goods) for good
House Ashes, delivered at his New Ashery on the Brick Yard, at the lower end of
the village. A. Gallup.
Schoharie Republican, April 2, 1844
Military Elections: On the 17th inst, David Lamont was elected Colonel of the
104t5h Regiment, 28th Brigade of Infantry, in the place of Col. Daniel Hager,
Jr. resigned. J
Schoharie Republican, July 27, 1830
Medicines - Proprietary
Brandreth s Pills for sale by Peter Osterhout, Senior, Schoharie; Lawrence & Gordon, Gallupville.
Phelps Compound tomato Pills for impurities of the blood, Dyspepsia, Scrofula and all chronic diseases; also a substitute for Calomel as a Cathartic in Fever and all Bilious affections.
Pease & Son s Clarified Essence of Hoarhound Candy for Whooping Cough, Croup and Scarlet Fever.
Messrs. Pease & Son
Gentlemen: You will pardon me for the delay in replying to your letter of the 17th ult., and acknowledge the receipt of a box of your Clarified Essence of Horehoud Candy.
Allow me to thank you for this kind respect and to express the hope that you will be liberally patronized in your efforts to the public. The article is got up in beautiful style, and is highly recommended by those who have had occasion to use it.
Your ob t Servt.
Wm. C. Bouck
Schoharie Republican, January 7, 1844
Buchan s Hungarian Balsam of Life for colds, coughs, asthma and consumption. Large bottles $1.00
Millspaugh & Co., Schoharie C.H.; D. & H. Becker, Middleburgh; F. Norwood, Livingstonville sell "The Great Remedy for Consumption and Liver Complaints" - Dr. Larbor s Extract of Lungwort."
Wright s Indian Vegetable Pills - Rheumatism, Consumption, Sore Throat. Pain in the Side, Liver Complaint, asthma.
Dr. Taylor s Balsam of Liverwort - pulmonary consumption, or any affection of the Lungs, Liver of Chest.
Dr. Sherman s Cough Lozenges, Worm Lozenges, Camphor Lozenges and Poor Man s Plaster.
Dr. Wright s Vegetable Pills for sale by:
Gebhard & Orcutt, Philip Snyder, Schoharie; F.T. Richtmyer, Conesville; John Howe, Cobleskill Centre; Rickey & Stevens, Strykersville; P.H. Warner, Richmondville; A.C. Bogardus, Gilboa; A. Van Tuyl, Summit; David Smith, Blenheim; Pratt Sanford & Co., Blenheim; P.W. Becker, Breakabeen; Henry Best, Fultonham; J.P. Bellinger & Son, Middleburgh; O.H. Williams, Central Bridge; John Snyder, Grosvenors Corners; James Howie, Charlotteville; Sam l P. Shibley, Carlisle; C.H. & H. Cromwell, Carlisle; D.Z. Mosher, Sharon; C.H. Amerman, Sharon Center Schuyler & Becker, Leesville; William Beekman, Sharon; Robert Eldredge, Sharon; D.B. Gardner, Gardnersville; G.G Hynd, Hyndsville, Charles Courter, Cobleskill.
Other remedies advertised:
Lin s Celestial Balm of China
Kolmstock s Vermifuge of Worms
Wister s Balsam of Wild Cherry.
During the Year of 1844.
Gebhard & Orcutt - Cash and Credit Store - opposite Eagle Tavern.
J.S. Bonney - Tailor in Arcade second story.
William Winter and Nelson Van Camp - Carriage, Wagon and Sleigh making shop, directly opposite Lutheran Church.
Clinton W. Eaton - Gallupville, Cabinet ware, Coffins, etc.
Warren S. Gates - Tin, sheet Iron, Copper & Stove Store - one door north Eagle Tavern.
P. Osterhout, Senr. - Dry Goods and general merchandise.
Sally Ann Mount - New Millinery Establishment.
Mrs. Best - New Millinery Goods.
A. Gallup - Agent for Saratoga Mutual Insurance Co.
P. Millspaugh & Co. - Dry Goods - Wants 333,444 bushels of Ashes.
Gebhard & Orcutt - Wagons for sale; cut and wraught nails, fresh raisins, bleached winter sperm and refined whale oils.
P. Millspaugh & Son - Dry Goods - took over store of A. Gallup at Schoharie C.H.
Pancake Timber: Millspaugh & Co., adv. "A superior article of
Buckwheat Flour, just received and for sale"
Schoharie Republican, February, 11, 1845
Among the new advertisments of this week will be found that of H.S. Barney
& Co., of Schenectady. One of the firm is H.H. Swart, of Cobleskill, who was
for a long time the head clerk in the store of Mr. Osterhout in this village.
Mr. Swart says: "We have a store equal to, if not better, than any Dry
Goods Store in Albany. I am on hand to do the fair thing with all my Schoharie
friends who may call on me."
Schoharie Republican, April 17, 1862
Coal - It is said that coal similar to the Lehigh has been discovered by Mr.
Russell on his farm in the town of Cobleskill in this county.
Schoharie Republican, August 2, 1831
John Van Alstyne, at a Court of Oyer and Terminer held at the court house in
Schoharie, on Tuesday last, at which Chief Justice Spencer presided, was tried
and convicted of the murder of Sheriff Huddleston, and sentenced to be executed
on the 19th day of March next.
Daily Advertiser Albany Argus, February 23, 1819
Van Alstyne was executed pursuant to his sentence on Friday last, March 19th
at Schoharie. The rope broke the first time he was turned off. He ascended the
ladder, and spoke some minutes.
The Albany Argus, March 23, 1819 (Tues.)
A man by the name of Davis at a training in Sharon, Schoharie County, the
week before last, was eating some meat off a bone, another man whose name we
have not heard, was passing by him, and pulled it out of his hands. Davis in an
angry manner, as we are informed, picked up a stone and threw it at him, but
instead of hitting the man who pulled the bone out of his hands, the stone
struck Mr. Joseph Angle, of Sharon, on the head and bruised it. Mr. Angle
survived nine days and died of the injury thus received. We have not heard of
the arrest of Davis. Mr. Angle left a wife and family.
Cherry Valley Gazette Albany Argus Daily City Gazette, September 21, 1827
Levi Watson, a farm hand, and at the time at work on the farm of Owin Brazee,
father of Under Sheriff, Jacob O. Brazee was murdered about 9 o clock on Tuesday
morning the 22d inst. about two miles west of Franklinton, in the town of
Broome. The murdered man leaves a wife and child. He is about 35 years old and
bore a good character as an industrious man. Carpenter is a farmer, owning a
farm, and a neighbor of Watson. There was jealously existing between the two,
the particulars of which we do not know, only the fact that "there was a
woman in it." Carpenter is about 45 years of age and has a wife and five
children. His name is George Carpenter. (For full details see Schoharie
Republican, Aug. 24, 1876) Carpenter gave himself up. Death resulted through a
quarrel. Held for Grand Jury in October.
Schoharie Republican, Aug. 31, 1876
The trial of John Burnett for the murder of George Sornberger, (of Davenport, Del. Co.) on the 24th of March last, at the town of Middleburgh, was brought on for trial on the 20th of May last at the May circuit held for the said county, Hon. Amasa J. Parkier, presiding.
P.S. Danforth, District Attorney and Hon. John Van Buren, Attorney General, counsel for the people.
Sanford, R.C. Martin and J. Houck, Jr., attorneys for the prisoner.
David Shell of the town of Wright
Elijah Scovil of the town of Conesville
Peter W. Ferris, Carlisle
Nicholas L. Mattice, Broome
Matthew Ottman, Sharon
Henry Warner, Cobleskill
James B. Russell, Carlisle
Ferdinand Getter, Schoharie
Alonzo Brand, Conesville
Uriah Rider, Middleburgh
Aaron Rifenbergh, Summit
William Saddlemire, Wright
Found guilt and sentenced to be executed July 14th next.
Schoharie Republican, May 27, 1846
We yesterday morning saw the father, mother and sister of Burnett, who is to
be executed at Schenectady to-day, on their way to the place of execution with a
coffin to bring the body home in. What must be the feelings of these parents.
The sister is a little girl aged about five years.
Schoharie Republican, July 14, 1846
The sentence of the law, was on Tuesday, the 14th inst. executed on John
Burnett, within the yard of the Schenectady Jail. But whether the execution was
conducted in conformity to the statute in such case provided, may well be
questioned. (The article quoted 2d vol. Rev. Statutes, p. 448 Paragraph 27.)
Schoharie Republican, July 21, 1846
I commenced the publication under circumstances very flattering, but I have
been disappointed in my calculations of success. Those persons who gave me
assurances of support have nearly all thrown their weight in the scale against
me my subscription list has dwindled to a mere trifle my advertising is reduced
to a scanty pittance and those indebted have been extremely dilatory in making
payment. With these prospects before me, after having ruined my health, I am
compelled to withdraw from the field, with an expensive family dependent upon my
labor for support. I have published the paper nearly five years, and have
endeavored to maintain the character of an honest and consistent politician, and
to render my paper interesting and useful to my subscribers. I now request all
those who have heretofore patronized me to give their support to Mr. Cuthbert,
editor of the Republican. I now retire from the turmoil of politics and shall
probably never again consent to engage in any political contract. To my
subscribers and friends I wish happiness and prosperity.
Solomon T. Baker in the Schoharie Observer, Oct. 2, 1823
From: The Country Printer p. 48 by Milton W. Hamilton, 1936
In Schoharie was the "Evangelical Luminary" (1824), Lutheran, followed by the "Lutheran Magazine" (1827).
From: History of Schoharie County by W.H. Roscoe p. 81, French p. 603, Milton W. Hamilton - The country Printer p. 77 1936
The Editor of the Schoharie Republican, pleading an excuse to his readers,
stated that the editor, proprietor, printer, foreman, and oldest apprentice
(TWO) in all, were sick, and the whole concerns of the office had been left in
charge of the devil.
Poughkeepsie Journal, April 8, 1829
From: The country Printer, p. 48, Milton W. Hamilton, 1936
Schoharie Sentinel started by Hiram C. Paige - first noticed in Schoharie Republican, Jan. 27, 1852
Charles H. Cleaveland, last week assumed the editorial charge of the
Schoharie County Sentinel. Mr. H.C. Paige retires to the honorable station of
compositor with the modest assurance that he will occasionally enrich the
columns of the Sentinel with the "public warblings of Harry Halcyon."
Schoharie Republican, March 23, 1852
Gallup and J.B. Hall publish the Schoharie Republican. The first number under their direction was April 23, 1853.
Schoharie Republican - Published on Wednesdays by A.A. Keyser Vol. 10 No. 1 January 6, 1830 to August 24, 1830 No. 34. Subscription $2.00 payable at the expiration of the year. Advertisements inserted for first time at 50 cents a square and 25 cents for each after insertion.
H.C. Wadhams succeeds George F. Palmer as publisher of the Cobleskill
Schoharie Republican, Jan. 25, 1854
Wood Wanted: - Those of our subscribers who intend to pay for their papers in
wood are respectfully notified that we are ready to receive it.
Schoharie Republican, Dec. 27, 1831
Abm. A. Keyser, late of Schoharie, a young gentleman of capacity and
integrity, has recently purchased the Schenectady Reflector.
Daily Albany Argus, Feb. 8, 1841
The Schoharie Republican, a well conducted democratic press, appears in a new
and handsome dress. It deserves, as these indications show, that it receives,
the support of the democracy of Schoharie and the adjacent counties.
Daily Albany Argus, February, 16, 1843
Charlotteville Journal is the title of a weekly newspaper devoted to
literature, science, art and general intelligence to be published at
Charlotteville, NY by Frown & Furman. $1.00 per annum.
Schoharie Republican, Sept. 13, 1854
N.T. Rosseter & J.B. Hall buy Schoharie Republican and call it the Democratic Republican; first issue under new management was December 6, 1854
The Charlotteville Journal - By John Brown and S.W. Furman. The above is the
title of a paper published at Charlotteville, in this county, the first number
of which is on our table. It is in point of typographical execution "well
got up," and well filled with reading matter. We know nothing of the
gentlemen proprietors, and therefore cannot speak knowingly of their talents or
ability to conduct a public journal.
Schoharie Republican, Sept. 28, 1854
H.C. Wadhams and P.W. Kniskern have purchased the Sentinel establishment of
Messrs. Lawyer, Holmes, Ramsey & Smith.
Schoharie Republican April 19, 1854
Hon. N.T. Rosseter and J.B. Hall take over the Schoharie Republican from W.H.
Gallup. In editorial Rosseter states "a residence of more than 12 years in
Schoharie Republican, Dec. 2, 1854
The editor of the Journal (Cobleskill) in his last number bids an
affectionate farewell to his patrons, and the scenes of his former greatness.
Schoharie Republican, May 8, 1856
We have read a copy of the Dansville Herald, Livingston Co., now edited by an
old friend, H.C. Page, formerly editor of the Cobleskill Sentinel.
Schoharie Republican, May 7, 1857
Matt. Parrott, recently of Schoharie, has become one of the editors and
proprietors of the Weekly Eureka, at Anamosa, Jones Co, Iowa.
Schoharie Republican, Jan. 21, 1858
With the last issue of our paper closed the labors of Nathan T. Rosseter, the
associate Editor and Publisher of this paper.
Schoharie Republican, June 3, 1858
Signed J.B. Hall
J.C. Campbell assumes proprietorship of the Schoharie Republican with the May 10, 1860 issue.
A.B.F. Pond transfers his interest in the Schoharie Republican to Messrs. Brinley D. Sleight and Alex. A. Hunt on Monday, April 17th. They had been editors of a newspaper at Sag Harbor, Suffolk Co, Mr. Sleight was a graduate of Yale College. Mr. Hunt was a practical printer. They took possession on August 19, 1861.
William H. Gallup published Marshall County, Oowa, Times in 1862, formerly of
Schoharie Republican, Feb. 6, 1862
J.C. Wells, formerly of Middleburgh, has dissolved his connection with the
Wayne, Pa., Citizen, on account of chronic disease of the eyes, aggravated by
the duties of the profession.
A.B.F. Pond succeeded J.C. Campbell as Editor and Publisher of the Schoharie Republican.
The Patriot was sold by Peter Mix to H.E. Abell. Name to be changed from Schoharie Patriot to Schoharie Union. Abel was one time editor of the Franklin Visitor in Delaware Co., Mr. Mix was 73 years old.
Newspapers: Editors & Publishers
From: - The Country Printer by M.W. Hamilton, 1936
Solomon Baker - Schoharie Observer, 1819-1823 (with Fish 1820-1822 p. 257)
Lemuel Cuthbert, 1802-1829, Printer, Schoharie Republican 1823-29; Schoharie Evangelical Luminary, 1824; Schoharie Lutheran Magazine, 1827. Died Schoharie. p. 267
Duncan McDonald: Editor, Schoharie Free Press, 1830-1832; Esperance Sentinel and Schoharie and Montgomery Reported, 1832 - 1835/6.
Peter Mix: Born Half Moon, Saratoga Co.; apprentice Utica, 1808; printer Johnstown Republican, 1825-36 (office burned, 1834); Schoharie Patriot, 1838-1860 (later with S.H. Mix); died Schoharie. p. 286.
Thomas M. Tillman: Schoharie True American, 1809-1810.
A small sail boat called the Drum was capsized yesterday afternoon near the
Quarantine, Staten Island. There were five men on board and three were drowned.
Orison Blood and Edwin B. Bonney were saved by Capt. Ketltas. The survivors were
NY Mer. Adv. April 8, 1833
Edwin B. Bonney, mentioned in the preceding paragraph, is the son of John S.
Bonney of this village.
Schoharie Republican, April 16, 1833
Cyril Gillett, formerly of Esperance, has taken the Washington Hall, first
door north of the Theatre, South Pearl, St., Albany. He has a stable attached to
Adv. In Schoharie Republican, Jan. 28, 1840
Hon. J.C. Wright has purchased the residence and office formerly occupied by
Henry Hamilton, deceased, in this village and intends to move his family to this
place about the 1st of April.
Schoharie Republican, February 9, 1847
J.H. Ramsey, of Lawyersville, was seriously injured by being thrown from a
carriage on Friday last. He fell on his left shoulder and head, and the left ear
was nearly torn off from the head. Although suffering severely, it is supposed
that he will recover.
Schoharie Republican, Sept. 13 (Wed.), 1854
Major P.B. Borst, left Schoharie, a few years since. The "Valley
Democrat" of Harrisburgh, Virginia, reports: "Major Borst has sold his
Pass Run farm of $13,500, after having taken off of it $4,000 worth of lumber.
The same cost four years since $7,384.
Schoharie Republican, May 22, 1856
Oldest Schoharie Post Boy Livery: - On the borders of Summit Lake we recently
formed the acquaintance of the Rev. Harvey Brown, now of New York City, who
informed us that he had been a Post Boy for Dr. Tyler, who commenced the
publication of the Schoharie Observer in 1808 or 1809 in this village. Mr. Brown
s route was from Schoharie to Cobleskill, via Middleburgh, Breakabeen, Fulton
and Summit, which he accomplished in two days. Mr. Brown is yet apparently in
the hey-day of life, possessing unimpaired mental and eminent social faculties,
and speaks of his early life in this section with much pleasure not only to
himself, but to the edification of his listeners.
Schoharie Republican, Aug. 5, 1858
We learn from the Brooklyn Eagle that Gen. Walden, an old and highly
respectable Democrat of Schoharie County, who represented his district in
Congress, who was a member of the State Legislature, and for several years a
member of the Board of Supervisors of the County and President of the Board, was
removed from the position of warehouse clerk in the Custom House a day or two
ago, and a class leader in Beecher s church appointed in his place.
Schoharie Republican, August 8, 1851
Doct. James Ferguson, formerly of North Blenheim, has been elected President
of the village of Glens Falls, by the Board of Village Trustees.
Schoharie Republican, April 3, 1862
During the late riots in New York, Wellington Wells, attorney at law of that
city and son of Doct. Wells, of Middleburgh, was beaten and robbed of his watch
and money by a mob in Fifth Ave.
Patriot Schoharie Republican, Aug. 6, 1863
Peter Keyser, who has been accountant in the office of the Comptroller for 34
years, through all the changes of politics, was notified that he must vacate his
position on the 1st inst. Mr. Keyser has always voted the Democratic ticket, and
this fact now disqualifies him to fill the position he has so long faithfully
occupied. Mr. Keyser, we believe, was born and raised in Schoharie. His father
was Sheriff on the county, many years since, and his father, Abram A. Keyser,
for a long time was Editor and Publisher of the Schoharie Republican, and about
the year 1834 was chosen Clerk of the County.
Schoharie Republican, February, 4, 1864
Charles A. Goodyear, late Cashier of the Schoharie County Bank, and now doing
a Commission business at 49 Front St., New York, is well-known to the citizens
of this county.
Schoharie Republican, June 2, 1864
Ensign S. Hubbard, USN attached to the steamer Saratoga is the son of Senator
Paul Hubbard, of Columbia, Boone Co., Missouri., formerly of Schoharie County.
Schoharie Republican, March 21, 1867
Gen. Marcus Simpson, of Gen. Hancock s Staff, was in town yesterday, looking
the very picture of health. The General is a native of this county, having been
born in Sloansville. He was educated at the Schoharie Academy and graduated at
West Point. He has seen no little service, having passed through the Mexican War
and the Civil War. He was present with Gen. Scott at the surrender of Mexico,
and was complimented for his bravery by America s great soldier.
Schoharie Republican, Aug. 27, 1874
Edward Gebhard, of New York, formerly of this place, has been appointed to
the position of Assistant Commissary General under General Palmer of Gov. Fenton
Schoharie Republican, Oct. 19, 1865
Engle Law Office above store of Stanton & Danforth, Middleburgh in 1844.
F. Getter opened his Tailoring Establishment in a shop in the building formerly occupied by Lawrence & Kibbe as a grocery store, in 1844.
Letter from the President of the Rome & Oswego Road.
Schoharie Republican, April 16, 1850
The Rome and Oswego Company occupy the old road, have not altered the road
bed essentially, except where there were heavy hills requiring to be newly
graded. We have reduced the grades on this part of the route to a maximum ascent
of one in twenty in approaching Rome, and in one foot in a rod in the other
direction. We do not exercise great care in bringing the road bed to regular
grade in long distances, but pass over moderate inclinations following the
undulations of the surface.
We have taken the old road about as we found it, but where we have found a new road we have made it, I think about 20 feet with laying plank so as to leave about two foot between their ends and the nearest ditch.
Water must never be allowed to settle under the plank or stand upon the road.
Our road was laid and the ordinary grading done by the day, under the superintendence of engineers and no specifications were drawn. The principal things to be attended to are to break up and pulverize the surface before the planks are laid, so as to give the planks an even bearing on the surface of the earth and to provide fully for drainage.
All those (stringers) used in this vicinity so far as I know are 4 by 4 hemlock scantling and seem to be sufficient; and the stringers laid so that they can settle as much as the plank. Our planks are universally 8 feet in length and but 2 stringers are used.
We employ no person permanently except gate keepers.
We pay gate keepers from $90 to $150 per annum depending upon the amount of business done at the gate.
Our toll gates are usually half toll gates and are located at intervals of about five miles. Our rates are fixed by the directors at something less than our charter allows us to recover. Stage coaches pass us at 2 ½ cents per mile.
It is not of any use to spike or nail down the plank, if these are hemlock or any wood that does not warp badly.
We have no office of Superintendent permanently. We engage a man to pass over the road occasionally with a team and make repairs as they are necessary.
The road is about 62 miles long. (not quoted in full)
It is single track. (not quoted in full)
It is well to have length of the plank - 8 feet - increased on any sharp curve in the track.
Apparently no inconvenience attends a single track. Ordinary grading, that is, the preparation of the road way where no deep cuts or high embankments occurred, together with the expense of laying down the plank, would be covered by one dollar per rod, or $380 per mile.
Yearly repairs are not high.
Amount of yearly receipts not known road not in operation for a year. Stockholders have been paid 7% from the date of the payments up to May, 1848 have been 6% in November last, reserving a handsome surplus, and are preparing to make a second dividend in May.
Hemlock is universally used in this vicinity, and is the only kind with which we have any experience. The Canada roads are built of timber of various kinds such as Oak, Beech, Pine, Hemlock, etc.
Cost of our timber was from four to six dollars per M. But a small portion of it exceeded five dollars per M.
The track is usually laid upon one side of the graded roadway, and in approaching a team the right hand side of the road is taken, thereby enabling the greatest number of loaded teams to keep the plank when passing other teams. The ends of the planks are not lain to a uniform line, but offsets of about three inches should be made each way, at distances two or three apart so that if a wheel runs off it may easily rise again on the track by catching up on the corner of the plank, and in this way the danger of cutting a rut at the side of the road is obviated.
Schoharie And Albany Plank Road Company
Notice: - To Stockholders of the Schoharie and Albany Plank Road Company. The Directors, at their last meeting, made a (?) upon stockholders, for 5 percent on the amount of stock subscribed, payable to Treasurer or President of the Company on or before the 15th day of January, 1850 and a further call of 10 percent, payable as above, on or before the 15th day of February next.
Ralph Brewster, Sec y
Dated Schoharie, Dec. 20, 1849
Schoharie Republican, January 15, 1850
Notice is hereby given that an election of Directors of said company will be held at the house of Christian Houck in the town of Guilderland, on Wednesday, the 8th day of May next at 1 PM.
Dated April 15, 1850
Ralph Brewster, Sec y
Schoharie Republican, April 16, 1850
At annual election of this company held at the house of Christian Houck, in
the town of Guilderland, on Wednesday, the 8th day of May, 1850, the following
persons were duly elected Directors, viz.; Samuel S. Peck, James Ridd, Richard
T. Grant of Albany; George Batterman, Guilderland; Benjamin Lee, of Knox;
Jonathan D. Wood, Wright; Samuel B. Stevens, Jacob Vroman and Ralph Brewster,
James A. Tremere, Henry Slack and George H. Warner were chosen Inspectors of Election.
At a meeting held subsequent to the election on the same day
James Kidd was chosen President,
Ralph Brewster, Secretary
John G. Gebhard, Jr., Treasurer
On motion of Mr. Peck
Resolved, That a call for 20 percent be made upon the stockholders payable to the President or Treasurer on the 15th day of May instant and a further call of 20 percent be made, payable as above, on the 15th day of June next.
Resolved, That a social meeting of the board of Directors be held at Schoharie on the 25th day of June next.
On motion, the Board adjourned.
R. Brewster, Sec y.
Schoharie Republican, May 14, 1850
The Plank Road from this place to Albany is rapidly progressing and if the
Plank continue to come down the Schoharie as they have done for a few days past,
in two weeks from this time will be completed to Gallupville and Central Bridge.
Schoharie Republican, May 14, 1850
The work on the Schoharie and Albany Plank Road is progressing rapidly. The
only difficulty seems to be in furnishing Plank as fast as they are needed, but
this difficulty will be remedied soon as the Plank commence coming down the
River. On Saturday last about 15,000 feet were thrown in the River near
Breakabeen by Judge Krum, as an experiment, but owing to some deficiency in the
Boom thrown across the stream at this place, he didn t deem it necessary to
force them down and they were allowed to lodge in a cove. They are now engaged
at the Boom and will be ready for the Plank in a day or two.
Schoharie Republican, April 30, 1850
The Schoharie and Albany Plank Road is progressing rapidly. An immense
quantity of Plank have been taken out at the Boom during the past week, and it
is anticipated that there will be no lack of plank again during the progress of
Schoharie Republican, June 11, 1850
The Schoharie and Albany Plank Road is now completed from the Schoharie and
Central Bridges to Lyman Winter s in the town of Knox, and the company will
continue to lay down Plank as long as the weather will permit. There remains
some 8 or 9 miles to be planked when the road will be completed from this place
to Albany, and all that prevented it from being done the present season was the
want of plank.
There is a good road from the termination of the Plank Road to the Old Albany Road and consequently the Plank Road is already drawing a large percent of travel that has heretofore taken other routes to Albany. People who have traveled the road are surprised at the ease with which they gain the summit of the Helderberg and the descent is equally a matter of surprise.
Schoharie Republican, Nov. 19, 1850
The contractor has commenced operations on the Schoharie and Albany Plank
Road and it will be completed below the hill in a few weeks.
Schoharie Republican, April 8, 1851
The Schoharie and Albany Plank Road is progressing and will be completed
probably during the summer.
Schoharie Republican, July 22, 1851
The Plank Road from Gallupville to Bern is now completed.
Schoharie Republican, August 3, 1852
At the last annual meeting of the stockholders of the Schoharie and Albany
Plank Road Company, at Knowersville, the following persons were chosen Directors
of the Company for the coming year:
John Armstrong, of Wright; Benj. Lee, Knox; John Batterman, Guilderland; Jacob Houck, Jr., Philip Snyder, and Smith B. Couch, Schoharie; Richard J. Grant, Archibald McClure, and Alexander Davidson, Albany.
At a meeting of the Directors, Jacob Houck, Jr., of Schoharie, was chosen President, and Richard J. Grant of Albany Secretary and Treasurer. Inspectors of election were: Geo. H. Warner, Eliakim Chesebro and David H. Ogsbury.
Schoharie Republican, May 22, 1856
At the annual election of the Schoharie and Albany Plank Road held on the 7th
inst., James D. Wasson, Anthony M. Strong, Charles Van Benthuysen, Charles R.
Lyman, John M. Batterman, David Dietz, A.B.F. Pond, Elisha Lawyer and O.B.
Throop were elected Directors for the ensuing year. At a subsequent meeting of
the Board of Directors, James D. Wasson was re-elected President and O.B.
Throop, Secretary and Treasurer.
Schoharie Republican, May 15, 1862
Middleburgh - Schoharie Plank Road Company
The Middleburgh and Schoharie Plank Road Company is about to be organized and all who wish to subscribe for stock can do so at D. Becker s and A. Jones Stores or at James McDonald s.
Dated Middleburgh, Feb. 25, 1850
Schoharie Republican, March 5, 1850
Middleburgh is waking up on the subject of Plank Roads, and a considerable
amount has already been subscribed for the construction of a Road from that
village to this. A meeting will soon be called to organize a company and choose
directors. This road cannot fail to yield a handsome percent to those who choose
to invest their money in it.
Schoharie Republican, March 5, 1850
The following named persons have been appointed Directors of the Middleburgh
and Schoharie Plank Road Company:
Samuel B. Wells
John P. Bellinger
Peter Z. Swart
Nathan T. Rossiter
Peter Borst, Jr.
President - Hezekiah Manning
Treasurer - Lyman Sanford
Secretary - R.S. Danforth.
The whole amount of stock has been subscribed.
Schoharie Republican, December 3, 1850
Notice is hereby given that the Directors of the Middleburgh and Schoharie
Plank Road Company have designated the office of P.S. Danforth in the village of
Middleburgh, Scho. Co., as the office of the said company.
Dated Nov. 18, 1850
P.S. Danforth, Sec y of said company
Schoharie Republican, Dec. 3, 1850
The Middleburgh and Schoharie Plank Road is now completed.
Schoharie Republican, July 22, 1851
The citizens of this village and all interested in the speedy construction of
a Plank Road from this village to Middleburgh are requested to meet at the Hall
of A. Van Tail on Saturday afternoon the 13th inst. at 1 o clock PM to adopt
some measures to insure if possible the completion of said road during the next
summer and fall.
Dated April 1, 1850
Schoharie Republican, April 2, 1850
The building of the Middleburgh Road has been taken by Messers Turner and
Eigabraadt at $445.00 per mile; plank to be delivered on the line of the Road.
Schoharie Republican, March 4, 1851
Cobleskill Valley Plank Road Company
At a meeting of Directors of the Cobleskill Valley Plank Road Company held at
the house of Aaron Van Dreser in the village of Cobleskill on the 21st day of
March last, and on examination of the books of the company it was ascertained
that some $12,000 of the stock of the company was not yet taken whereupon the
Directors resolved that they would not take any steps toward laying out a
building of the said road until the whole amount of the Capital Stock was taken,
and that they would make a last and public appeal to the inhabitants along the
line of the road, and those who feel any interest in the success of this
enterprise to come forward and take up the balance of the stock.
In conformity with which resolution a meeting will be held at the house of Abraham Mann, at Warnerville on the 20th day of April next at one o clock PM when it is hoped there will be a general attendance, and the balance of the stock will be taken so that this road in which all our citizens are so much interested may be commenced immediately.
By order of the Directors of the Cobleskill Valley Plank Road Company.
Dated Cobleskill, March 27, 1850
Schoharie Republican, March 27, 1850
At Warnerville, in Richmondville, on Saturday the 20th instant the
inhabitants of this vicinity attending appointed Nicholas Russell, Chairman, and
D. Lawyer, Secretary. J. Westover, C.G. Clark and D. Lawyer, Esqs. addressed the
meeting, and successfully awakened the people from their lethargy in this part
of the county. The sum of $1,400 was subscribed, and promises good for at least
$2,400 more. The speakers respectively acquitted themselves with much credit for
many new views in relation to the route to market. They commended the spirit
abroad in other parts of the county that a rival project to this, but a natural
desire of that company to intersect the great avenue through the county in the
most feasible half way point, as nearly as central as possible, which might
direct them to Warnerville, if not at the Churches in Cobleskill. It was quite
D. Lawyer, C.G. Clark and John Westover, Esquires, were appointed a committee to present resolution.
A committee of twelve persons were then selected along the route, to invite subscriptions for the residue of the cost.
The following gentlemen were appoint along the line of the road:
Central Bridge - Samuel Smith, Levi Totten, Jacob Mowers; Barnerville - A.B. Rile, William Canada, David Hilts; Cobleskill - Marcus Sternbergh, Marcus Borst, John C. Shutts; Richmondville - Abram Mann, David W. Lawyer, John H. Mumford.
The following resolutions were reported by the committee and were unanimously adopted by acclamation:
Resolved, That one of the most important accomplishments for the improvement of this part of the county is the project denominated the Cobleskill Valley Plank Road Company. That in view of the great and paramount interests of this enterprise that we deem it of the utmost importance to secure to the company the right to bridge the Schoharie River at Central Bridge.
Resolved, That right wrongs no man, and in view of the private interests of the stockholders in Central Bridge, we are in favor of indemnifying them to the extent of the actual value of their bridge. That whenever the exigency of the Plank Road requires it measures should be adopted to render the bridge stockholders satisfaction, by a tender of its appraised value, or as an equivalent the acceptance of Plank Road Stock.
Resolved, That we consider it to be for the best interests of this Company, and that the public will be more essentially benefited by locating the road upon a route leading through the principal villages and settlements, between the termini of the road.
Resolved, That we do not consider the building of a Plank Road from Schoharie Court House westerly to intersect with the Cobleskill Valley road a rival project, and we do most cordially concur with those desirous of extending that branch of their road, on the advantage which will be thereby afforded to the public when completed.
Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be published in the county papers.
Nicholas Russell, Ch n.
D. Lawyer, Sec y.
Schoharie Republican, April 26, 1850
Schoharie and Warnerville
Plank Road meetings are the order of the day. The meeting at Warnerville, on Saturday last, was well attended and the right kind of spirit seemed to prevail. Mr. Geo. Tator was called to the Chair and Isaac Mann was appointed Secretary. The meeting was addressed by R.C. Martin, Esq., after which the following persons were appointed a committee to procure releases of land and solicit subscriptions:
Warnerville - J.W. Courter and H. Warner
France s Corners - Jeremiah Bauer and Henry France, Jr.
East Cobleskill - Robert R. Earlls and John Frydendall
Schoharie - W.S. Gates and Samuel B. Stevens
The meeting was then adjourned until Saturday, the 9th of February next, at
the house of Phineas Lawyer, in France s Corners, to receive the report of the
committee and organize a company.
Schoharie Republican, January 15, 1850
At a meeting convened agreeable to previous adjournment, at the home of
Phineas Lawyer, at France s Corners, for the purpose of forwarding the project
of constructing a Plank Road from Schoharie Bridge to Warnerville. The meeting
was organized by calling Abraham Mann, of Warnerville, to the Chair, and Albert
Brown, of Schoharie, was chosen Secretary.
After due deliberation, on motion of W.S. Gates, seconded by Jonas Kilmer, it was Resolved, That on the 8th day of March instant, the books be opened at Warnerville, France s Corners, East Cobleskill and Schoharie.
The following gentlemen were appointed to receive subscriptions, viz.,
At Warnerville - Abraham Mann; at France s Corners, Henry France, Jr.; at East Cobleskill, Isaac Van Wie and Philip Frydendall; at Schoharie, Tobias Bouck and Jonas Kilmer. It was further resolved that the subscribers for said stock meet at East Cobleskill on the 6th day of April next and to organize and elect Directors of said Plank Road Company.
It was further moved that the proceedings of this meeting be signed by the Chairman and ordered printed in the Schoharie papers and that the notice of the opening of the books and the time and place of the next meeting be continued in the papers.
On motion, the meeting adjourned.
Abraham Mann, Ch n.
Albert Brown, Sec y
Schoharie Republican, March 5, 1850
The Schoharie and Warnerville will probably be built by another season. It
will be perceived by the proceedings of a meeting in today s paper, that the
books have been opened, and a company will probably be formed at the adjourned
meeting on the 6th of April.
Schoharie Republican, March 5, 1850
NOTICE: Books will be opened for the subscription of stock to construct a
Plank Road from the Schoharie Bridge to Warnerville, at the store of Peter
Osterhout, Sen., in the village of Schoharie, on the 9th day of March, 1850, and
will continue open until sufficient stock is subscribed for the construction of
said road. Dated March 5, 1850
Schoharie Republican, March 5, 1850
The stockholders of the road met in the house of Isaac Van Wie in the town of
Cobleskill, on the 22nd inst., pursuant to previous notice. Joseph W. Courter,
Esq., presiding and chairman.
Article of association were adopted and the following named persons chosen as Directors: Benj. Pond, Ralph Brewster, Tobias Bouck, and Jonas Kilmer, of Schoharie; Ralph R. Earll and George Tator, of Cobleskill; Henry Warner of Richmondville.
The road will commence at the East end of the Schoharie Bridge and end at Warnerville, in the town of Richmondville, being 9 ½ miles in length.
The capital stock of the company is to consist of $18,000 which includes the purchase of the Schoharie Bridge. The majority of the Stockholders have consented to sell at 60 cents on the Dollar.
The articles of Association were subscribed by all present and the subscriptions to the stock increased nearly $2,000. We are informed that the amount now subscribed to the articles of association is about $10,000.
The able Board of Directors, known to be men of strict business habits, has given confidence to the stockholders and most of them have increased the amount of subscription on signing the articles. Every obstacle to the construction of this road has been gradually removed, and we predict its speedy construction.
The Directors are now daily adding to the subscription for stock and on the 12th day of June they will meet and decide whether to commence the road the present season or not. The only obstacle will be the difficulty of procuring plank.
Schoharie Republican, May 28, 1850
A meeting of the Directors and stockholders of the Schoharie and
Richmondville Plank Road Company was held at East Cobleskill on Saturday last
and a considerable amount to the subscription of the stock was added. It was
found on examination that there remained only about $1,800 to be raised, to take
the whole amount of stock and it was concluded not to make contracts for Plank
until the whole amount was raised. The meeting was accordingly adjourned until
Saturday next by which time it is hoped the necessary amount will be added to
the articles of association.
Schoharie Republican, Dec. 3, 1850
The contract for building the Schoharie and Richmondville Plank Road has been
taken by Mr. Henry Spawn at $615.00 per mile - the plank to be delivered on the
line of the road.
Schoharie Republican, March 4, 1850
The contractor on the Schoharie and Richmondville commenced operation this
Schoharie Republican, April 8, 1851
It will be seen by referring to an advertisement in another column that the
Directors of this company (Schoharie and Richmondville Plank Road) have made
another call of 20 percent on the Capital Stock to be paid 15th of May next. The
contractor has commenced work on this road strong handed and from present
appearances the directors intend to complete it as rapidly as possible.
Stockholders will therefore see the necessity of paying the calls punctually.
Schoharie Republican, April 15, 1851
Schoharie and Richmondville Plank Road Company: Notice is hereby given that
the fifth and last installment on the Capital Stock of the above company of 25
percent will be payable at the office of the Treasurer on the 10th day of
A punctual payment of the same will be required. By order of the Directors.
J.A. Lintner, Treasurer
Schoharie, August 6, 1851
Schoharie Republican, Sept. 2, 1851
Schoharie and Richmondville Plank Road Company: - The Directors of this
company at their meeting the first day of June inst. declared a semi-annual
dividend of 8 percent, payable (to stockholders who shall have paid their
installment) at the office of the company at Schoharie on or before the 1st of
R. Brewster, Sec y
Dated Schoharie, June 2, 1852
Schoharie Republican, July 13, 1852
Notice is hereby given that an annual Election of Directors and Inspectors of
Election of said company will be held at the house of Hamilton Myers, at East
Cobleskill, on Wednesday, the 18th day of May next, at 12 o clock M.
Ralph Brewster, Secretary
Schoharie, April 25, 1853
Schoharie Republican, May 17, 1853
People who have occasion to travel at this season of the year, cannot fail to
see the value of Plank Roads. We recollect a few years since that a team with an
empty wagon could hardly pass on the road from this village to Foxes Creek
Bridge, but now hay, and other heavy materials, can be seen at all times passing
with ease. Those who are now so fond of traveling on good roads, should not be
so ready to desert them when the common roads are in a better condition, to save
the paltry sum of 4 to 8 cents. Every man should cheerfully pay the small amount
of toll, to encourage such improvements.
Schoharie Republican, March 4, 1851
PLANK ROAD ACT of 1849: Subdivision 5, Section 2
Persons living within one mile of any gate shall be permitted to pass the same at one half the normal rates of toll, excepting persons going to or coming from their work on their farms, who shall go free, when not employed in the transportation of persons or the property of other persons.
Schoharie Republican, April 8, 1851
At a meeting of the Directors, held this day at the Mansion House in
Schoharie, a semi-annual dividend of 6% was declared, payable at the office of
the Company in Schoharie, on and after the 10th inst.
Dated Schoharie, December 6, 1853
Schoharie Republican, Dec. 7, 1853
Notice is hereby given that an annual election of Directors and Inspectors of
Election, of said company (Schoharie and Richmondville Plank Road Co.) will be
held at the house of Hamilton Myers, at East Cobleskill, on Wednesday the 17th
day of May next at 12 o clock M.
Ralph Brewster, Secretary,
Dated April 20, 1854
Schoharie Republican, April 26, 1854
Central Bridge to Great Western Turnpike
Engineers are now surveying a route for a Plank Road from Central Bridge to
the Great Western Turnpike. A company has been formed to construct a road from
Central Bridge to the Otsego County line and we are informed that a considerable
amount of the stock has been taken.
Why is there nothing said about a road up the valley of the Schoharie? Now is the time to be doing, while the excitement is up. A road in that direction is needed.
By way of encouragement to the friends of Plank Roads, we annex the following statement of the directors of some roads already built:
The Waterville & Utica Road, 19 miles long and costing $34,000, has declared a dividend of 10 percent.
The Utica & Bridgewater road, 20 miles long, and costing $40,000, pays 25 percent regularly.
The Booneville road pays 22 percent.
The Watertown pays 35 percent.
The Forea and Johnson, 4 miles and costing $8,000, pays regularly 50 percent.
Schoharie Republican, Jan. 15, 1850
At a meeting of the citizens of Schoharie and Cobleskill held at the Central
Bridge Hotel, Nov. 8, 1851, Geo. Westinghouse was chosen President and John G.
Resolved, That we proceed to construct a Plank Road from or near Central Bridge to intersect the Western Branch of the Schoharie turnpike road at or near Shad Point, in Cobleskill.
Resolved, That Charles Rich, Jacob Mower, Benjamin Borst, Dennis Kilmer, Abraham Steever, together with the Chairman and Secretary, be and are appointed a committee to solicit subscriptions for said road.
Resolved, That the proceedings of the meeting be adopted, and published in the Schoharie Patriot and Republican.
Geo. Westinghouse, Ch m.
John G. Caryl, Sec y.
Central Bridge, Nov. 1, 1851
Schoharie Republican, November 11, 1851
Warnerville & Hyndsville
At a meeting of the stockholders of the company (Warnerville & Hyndsville
Plank Road Company) held at Z.W. Ostrum s in Hyndsville on Saturday the 21st
inst., James Vaughn, Jacob D. Warner, Peter Brewster, John Hynds, Philip P.
Hilton, Andrew Hynes and Peter Hynds were chosen Directors.
Schoharie Republican, Feb. 24, 1852
Central Bridge to Carlisle
The adjourned meeting of the citizens of Carlisle was held at D.D.L.
McCulloch s, at Grosvenors Corners, April 19th, 1850. The object of the meeting
was to take efficient measures for the speedy construction of a Plank Road from
Central Bridge to Carlisle village.
On motion Andrew Guffin was chosen Chairman and William S. Clark, appointed Secretary.
The committee chosen at a former meeting made a brief report in favor of the proposed road, and recommended the appointment of a committee, to execute the wishes of the meeting; whereupon the following committee was unanimously chosen: William Taylor, David D.L. McCulloch, David W. Seeley, Samuel P. Smith, Charles G. Kenyon, George Westinghouse, John G. Caryl.
After the adoption of the following resolutions, the meeting by motion adjourned:
Resolved, That the committee take such steps as in their judgment will be favorable to the construction of a Plank Road from Central Bridge to Carlisle village, as a continuation of the Schoharie and Albany Plank Road.
Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be published in the Schoharie papers and Albany Argus, and Journal.
Andrew Guffin, Ch n.
William S. Clark, Sec y.
Schoharie Republican, April 20, 1850
Richmondville and Summit
We published last week a communication from Richmondville in relation to this
Road in which an error occurred. We stated that two thousand dollars had been
subscribed when it should have read Ten thousand, making a material difference
in the appearance of things. We are pleased that our attention was called to the
error and also in being able to state that $1,000 has since been added to the
amount, making it now $11,000 in all.
Schoharie Republican, June 17, 1851
NOTICE: Is hereby given to the subscribers of stock in the Richmondville and
Summit Plank Road Company to pay to Peter E. Minor, Treasurer of said company,
at Summit Four Corners, 25 percent by the first day of August, and 25 percent by
the first day of September, and the balance by the first day of October next. By
order of the Directors..
Summit, May 1st, 1852
S.J. Lake, Secretary.
Schoharie Republican, September 14, 1852
Albany, Schoharie & Rensselaerville Plank Road Company
At a meeting of the stockholders of this company, held on Monday in this
city, the following gentlemen were elected Directors for the ensuing year:
David H. Cary, Oscar Tyler, Henry Jenkins, Abram Rosa, John I. Slingerland, Jacob Settle, Joseph Hilton, Weidman Domminick, Franklin Frisbee.
The following gentlemen were at the same time elected inspectors of the next election:
Lyman Chapin, George Cary, Samuel Patten.
At a subsequent meeting of the Directors, Oscar Tyler was chosen President, and Henry Jenkins, Secretary. Some 12 miles of road is already completed, and it is the intention of the Directors to complete the entire road at a very early date.
Daily Albany Argus, April 23, 1851
At a meeting of the stockholders of this company, held on the 21st inst., the
following gentlemen were elected Directors and inspectors for the ensuing year:
Oscar Tyler, David H. Cary, Abram Koonz, John I. Slingerland, Joseph Hilton, Jacob Settle, Weidman Domminick, Franklin Frisbee and Henry Jenkins.
At a subsequent meeting of the Directors, Oscar Tyler was elected President, David H. Cary, Treasurer, and Henry Jenkins, Secretary.
Daily Albany Argus, April 22, 1852
Cobleskill, Jan. 31, 1850
Messrs. Editors: The improvement of the thoroughfare from the valley of the Susquehannah, through the valley of the Cobleskill, to Albany, has been long talked of along the line of the road, but there has not been until lately any very efficient action in the premises.
There has recently been organized a company, with a capital of $32,000, for the purpose of building a plank road from the Otsego County line to the Central Bridge, a distance of about 16 miles. Most of the stock of this company has been taken.
A meeting was held on the 26th inst, at David Cole s Hotel in Richmondville, Joseph Mosher, presiding, and Peter S. Ten Eyck acting as Secretary. The meeting was addressed by John Westover and Thomas Smith, Esquires; after which several thousand dollars of stock was subscribed by the inhabitants in that vicinity. The road will doubtless be built at an early period.
Daily Albany Argus, February, 4, 1850
At an election for the directors of the Albany, Schoharie &
Rensselaerville Plank Road Company, held yesterday, resulted in the election of
the following gentlemen: Joseph Hilton, Charles M. Jenkins, Arnold Wood, Abram
Koonz, Joseph Cary, Bradford R. Wood, James W. Eaton, George Cary and Derrick
Albany Argus, April 27, 1852
Heavy rains during the latter part of last week raised the streams higher than they were ever known to be by the oldest inhabitant.
The Schoharie Creek overflowed its banks, carrying fences, timber, saw-logs, wood, etc., in large quantities. The Bridges across the streams, as far as we have been able to learn, have sustained no injury.
The Albany & Schoharie, Schoharie and Richmondville and Middleburgh and Schoharie Plank Roads were all more or less damaged, but on Monday hands were engaged in repairing and relaying the planks and by this time they are probably in a favorable condition.
Schoharie Republican, May 3, 1854
Middleburgh & Stamford Turnpike
Meetings to be held at Stamford on the 12th; No. Blenheim on the 13th; Breakabeen the 14th; Fultonham the 15th and Middleburgh the 16th inst.
The distance from the head of the Delaware to Albany by the route will be 56 miles, of which 36 can be accomplished over plank roads already constructed. The saving distance over the old route, via Catskill, will be nearly 50 miles.
Schoharie Republican, February 7, 1855
A letter from Wm. R. Beckly calls attention to the advantages of this road in Schoharie Republican, Feb. 15, 1855
The meeting at Middleburgh in aid of this prospect, called for the 16th, was largely attended, and much interest manifested in the success of the enterprise. Gen. G.E. Danforth having been called to the Chair and E.D. Atchinson, Esq., appointed Secretary, Mr. S.L. Maham was called upon, and addressed the meeting at considerable length. Mr. Maham gave a careful and (doubtless) description of the locality of the proposed road, and a lucid and eloquent exposition of the beneficial result of its construction, etc.
The book of subscription of the capital stock of the company was opened, and shares taken to the amount of $1,300. This is scarcely what Middleburgh is entitled to. As the terminus of the road, that town is deeply interested in its construction, etc.
Schoharie Republican, February 21, 1855
Notice: A meeting of stockholders of the Blenheim, Jefferson & Harpersfield Turnpike Road Company, will be held at the home of Reuben Merchant, in the town of Jefferson, in the county of Schoharie, on Thursday the 12th day of December next, at one o clock in the afternoon, for the purpose of choosing directors of the said company.
Dated Nov. 12, 1833
Schoharie Republican, December 3, 1833
Notice: Is hereby given, that a meeting of the stockholders of the Cooperstown, Schoharie and Durham Turnpike Company will be held at the house of R.C. Wetmore, at Summit Four Corners, on the 27th day of February next, at one o clock P.M. for the purpose of choosing directors of said company.
Gordon W. Merrick
Isaac W. Baird
John F. Mattice
Philip Bergh, Jr.
Schoharie Republican, February 18, 1834
Notice of meeting of the Gilboa & Jefferson Turnpike Company to be held February 15 at the home of Ira H. Rose, Gilboa, for an election of nine Directors and to form a company to manage the concerns of said company agreeable to the act of incorporation.
Schoharie Republican, January 9, 1844
Notice: An election to choose Directors and Inspectors for the Schoharie - Duanesburgh Turnpike Road Company, will be held at the toll House of the Middleburgh Bridge Co., on the 10th of September, 1853 at 5 o clock P.M.
By order of the Directors
Thomas P. Danforth, Treasurer
Schoharie Republican, July 26, 1853
Died: - On the 11th of August inst., in the 27th year of his age, after a few days illness of the typhus fever, Doct. Joseph Frisbie, of the town of Rhinebeck, son of Mr. Noah Frisbie, of Cobleskill. He was a young gentleman of science and skill in his profession, and his usefulness was fully appreciated by an extensive practice. He has left a disconsolate widow and an infant son, with a numerous circle of friends, to lament his death.
The Albany Gazette, August 29, 1814
February 2, 1836: Regents of the University conferred the degree of M.D. on David Hess, of Schoharie county, a graduate of the College of Physicians & Surgeons of the Western District. His inaugural dissertation was on Scarlatina.
Albany Argus, February 4, 1836
The honorary degree of M.D. was conferred on Dr. John C. Moeller, of Schoharie by Geneva College at the 1843 commencement.
Daily Albany Argus, Aug. 15, 1843
Dr. Swart announced that he had resumed the practice of medicine in Schoharie and had formed a co-partnership with Dr. J.A. Crounse. Had been unable heretofore to attend to all calls on all occasions because of ill health, but by their connection and his own better health, all calls can be attended to.
Schoharie Republican, 1844
Doct. J.A. Crounse, a graduate of the Albany Medical College, respectfully announces to the citizens of Schoharie and its vicinity that he has opened an office in the Arcade, 2d story, and is prepared to attend to all business in his profession, that may be entrusted to his care. Having pursued his medical studies with several eminent physicians, both in the city and country, and assisted in a very extensive practice in the city of Albany, he flatters himself that the advantages a sufficient recommendation to the public confidence and patronage. Dr. Crounse designs to make Schoharie his permanent residence.
Schoharie Republican, May 7, 1844
E.P. Walker M.D. announces that he has opened an office in Central Bridge. He is a graduate of the Medical College at Geneva.
Schoharie Republican, June 11, 1844
Dr. J.A. Crounse, graduate of Albany Medical College, opened an office at Arcade, 2d story, for practice of medicine.
Schoharie Republican, June 11, 1844
The subscriber would respectfully inform the citizens of Schoharie, that he has opened an office at Central Bridge, where he will at all times hold himself in readiness to attend the calls of those who may require his professional services.
Having had superior advantages of a thorough medical education at the Medical College of Geneva, of which he is a graduate, and of more than two years practice, he flatters himself as well qualified to practice medicine and surgery as any Physician in the county.
Central Bridge, May 10, 1844
E.P. Walker, M.D.
Schoharie Republican, Sept. 10, 1844
Married: - In the town of Carlisle on the 16th inst., by the Rev. C. Spaulding, Dr. Roderick R. Green, of Cobleskill, to Miss Catharine Van Alstine, of Carlisle.
Schoharie Republican, Oct. 26, 1847
Doctor James Ferguson is the Treasurer and Doctor A.I. Sternbergh is the Secretary of the Warren County Medical Society. They both formerly resided in this county.
Schoharie Republican, Feb. 4, 1864
Schoharie County Medical Society
Annual meeting held at Keyser s Hotel, Schoharie, Oct. 7, 1823
Dr. Henry Green was elected President
James Van Gasback, Vice President
D. Budd, Secretary
C.H. Van Dyck, Treasurer
Justin Rice, Librarian
Dr. C.H. Van Dyck
Schoharie Republican, October 15, 1823
The annual meeting of the Medical Society of Schoharie County was held in this village on the 2d inst. The following persons were elected officers of the society for the ensuing year:
Dr. Joel Foster, President
Dr. Julius Rowley, Vice President
Dr. Hiram Baxter, Secretary
Dr. Samuel B. Wells, Treasurer
Censors: Drs. Joel Foster, Cornelius Van Dyck, Peter S. Swart, Samuel B. Wells, John Van Gasback.
Dr. Cornelius H. Van Dyck, delegate to the the State Medical Society.
Schoharie Republican, October 9, 1832
Annual meeting held at the Court House the first Tuesday of October, 1843.
Officers elected: President, Eli Boice; Vice President, John C. Benham; Secretary & treasurer, Cornelius V. Van Dyck; Censors: C.H. Van Dyck, Daniel H. Kibbe, Peter S. Swart, Julius Rowley, John C. Benham.
$1 was voted to be levied upon all delinquent members of this society for non-attendance; so to remain until satisfactory excuse be rendered to the Society for such neglect.
Adjourned to meet at the Mansion House, Schoharie, on Tuesday of Court week in May, 1844.
Papers to be prepared and read before the; next semi-annual meeting by Drs. Kibbe, Covil, Williams, L. Wells, J.C. Benham and J. Ferguson.
Schoharie Republican, October 17, 1843
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