Saratoga is home to the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery

Saratoga is home to the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery
We are really fortunate because the most sought-after project in the federal government is a national cemetery” said former U.S. Representative Gerald B. Solomon to the Saratogian (4 July 1999). “We’re fortunate the long battle to gain one for our area has been successful.”
We honor our veterans in the Town of Saratoga. The Town of Saratoga has seen a number of battles in the 18th Century including the Turning Point of the American War of Independence. At the close of the 20th Century (1999) we were honored to become the home of the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery which provides a dignified military funeral honors and cemetery to Veterans who have defended our nation. The Department of Veterans Affairs operates the cemetery as part of a system of national cemeteries. All told there is 351.7 acres of land in the Town of Saratoga devoted to the memorization of those who served this nation.
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OTD: Schuyler Hose Exempt Association Banquet

#onthisday in 1954, the the Hose Company Exempt Association had a banquet.
The Exempt Association is the social organization of the fire department. The Saratogian (13 Feb 1954) reported:
Schuylerville – Feb. 20 has been set as the date for the banquet for the Schuyler Hose Exempt Association which will be held at Joyce’s Log Cabin, Mechanicville. Those planning to attend are asked to have reservations in by Thursday with either William Smith, President, or Joseph Gamache. The group plans to leave St. jean Hall at 7 p.m. These plans were completed at a meeting of the association in St. Jean’s Hall Thursday night.”

On this day!

On this day, in 1792, the U.S. Postal Service was created. In 1895, a bridge was approved over the Hudson river near John Dix’s property (in Greenwich.) In 1909, there was a train washout at Gates station where a tender went over an embankment. In 1948, Nellie Russell deeded springs in Quaker Springs to community. In 1992, Story hour was first held at the Schuylerville Public Library. Today, story hour is offered a number of days a week. Find out more about story hour at SPL at http://ift.tt/2dYYY7C
On this day is a chronological timetable of events that occurred on this day in history around the Town of Saratoga. Discover what happened today in local history by subscribing to our blog at http://ift.tt/2czXtwq
(Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck for compiling this timetable.)

OTD: reorganization meeting of the Sons of Veterans was held

#onthisdate in 1917 and at this time there was a reorganization meeting of the Sons of Veterans.
The Saratogian on 10 February 1917 reported “The next Sons of Veterans meeting will be held Monday evening February 19. The Sons are reorganizing and considerable interest in the building up of the organization is being evidenced. All those who are eligible for membership are urgently requested to attend the next meeting and aid in the rehabilitating the Sons organization. An enthusiastic meeting was held Monday evening last at which time the officers were chosen. Other offices are to be appointed in the Sons are endeavoring to swell the membership roll so that a strong organization will materialize in the vicinity. Interest, it is said, ought to be evidenced at this time among qualified Sons who is patriotism is still on tap. There will be ample room to accommodate all those who wish to attend. The necessary qualification is one to be a son of a veteran.”
Sons of Veterans was a general term used in the United States at the turn of the 20th century for fraternal organizations of men whose fathers fought in the United States Civil War.

OTD: 82nd Airborne Division (which including Saratoga’s Traver) were victorious in the Battle of Bulge.

#onthisday in 1945, the 82nd Airborne Division (which including Saratoga’s Art Traver) were relieved from their successful efforts in the Battle of Bulge.
General James M. Gavin 82nd Airborne Division Commander said “Men fought, at times, with only rifles, grenades and knives against German armor. They fought with only light weapons in waist-deep snow, in blizzards, in near zero temperatures and in areas where heavy forestation and the almost total lack of roads presented problems that only men of stout hearts and iron determination could overcome.
During this “Battle of the Bulge”, the Traver’s Battalion was part of a successful effort to halt the German thrust and fired more than 18,900 rounds. It was for the success of their effort that the soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division were awarded the Fourragere 1940 by the King of Belgium.
Arthur Traver was born to a farm family living on Burke Road in the Town of Saratoga. His mother, Mary Morehouse Traver was described as “a person with high ideals for herself, her family, and her community” passed away when Traver was 6 years old. His father, Humphrey Travers raised him and his brothers and sisters while running the family farm. It is this early life experience of hardship and hard work that had an indelible impact on Traver’s commitment to his community and country.
Arthur Traver was drafted into the US Army. He served in the 320th Glider Field Artillery Battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division during WW II. He fought in Italy, Normandy D-Day, Operation Market Garden, and Battle of the Bulge.
When he returned home from the War, he married Marie Hutchinson. He joined the Quaker Springs Volunteer Fire Department. He served the community in the fire department for 64 years and held various positions including Fire Chief. After the War, Traver started a 25 year career driving a school bus for the Schuylerville Central Schools. You can learn about Arthur Traver by visiting http://ift.tt/299E8LC
Saratoga has been defined by the people who by choice or by chance make up this community. There are many individuals like Arthur Traver that help define this country, our region, and this community. It is the determination of our forefathers, in surmounting overwhelming odds that help define the American spirit – the will and ability to shape a better future. It is the people it is that define this community by choice or by chance have changed this country and even the world. That is why studying the people of Saratoga is integral to a good understanding of the condition of being human.

WW I FOCUS OF TALK AND BOOK READ

Matthew Zembo will provide an overview of WW I at a meeting of the Old Saratoga Historical Association on Thursday, February 22, at 7:30 pm at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall in Schuylerville.  Zembo, an Assistant Professor of History and Military History at Hudson Valley Community College and WW I reenactor, will bring WW I artifacts and firearms.

The historical association selected the 100th anniversary of the end of WW I as their theme this year.  The group will read A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith, a novel about Gold Star mothers invited by the US government to travel to France where their sons are buried.  The kick-off meeting for the book read is Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 pm at the Schuylerville Public Library, 52 Ferry Street, Schuylerville, NY.  The library will provide copies of the book.

Zembo is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London. His working dissertation title is “War From the Side of Canada: British Military Operations on the Northern Frontier, 1775-1783.”

OTD: Pieter Schuyler died

On this day in 1724, Pieter Schuyler died. (Yes, there is an error in the graphic)
Schuyler was among Saratoga patentees (1685). The original Saratoga patent embraced six square miles on both sides of the Hudson River. . Pieter Schuyler was the first Mayor of Albany and Commissioner for Indian Affairs. Pieter Schuyler served as acting Governor of New York in 1709 and from 1719 – 1720.
Pieter Schuyler was born in Beverwyck, New Netherlands (Albany, NY) on 17 September 1657. Pieter Schuyler was the son of Philip Pieterse Schuyler and Margarita Van Slichtenhorst, who were from Holland. Pieter Schuyler had 8 children with 5 reaching adulthood. His second marriage was to Maria Van Rensselaer. General Philip Schuyler was the great nephew of Pieter Schuyler. In his later life, Governor Schuyler managing still expanding real estate holdings (including properties in Saratoga), continuing to sit with the Albany Indian commissioners, serving on the Council and as a royal emissary, and presiding over Albany’s most important traditional family. He moved his family base of operations from Albany to the North into what became known as Schuyler Flatts in the current village of Menands. Peiter Schuyler died surrounded by extended family during the winter of 1724, just three months shy of his sixty-sixth birthday.
Saratoga has been defined by the people who by choice or by chance make up this community. The Schuyler family help defined this community. The village of Schuylerville in the Town of Saratoga is named after the Schuyler family. It is the determination of our forefathers including Governor Schuyler in surmounting overwhelming odds that help define the American spirit – the will and ability to shape a better future. It is the people it is that define this community by choice or by chance have changed this country and even the world political development. That is why studying the people of Saratoga is helpful in the understanding of the condition of being human.