On this day – May 22

On this day in 1776, Congress votes to give General Schuyler authority to take any measures for supplying the troops in Canada with provisions; in 1942, the departed Puget Sound, WA (after repairs) for San Diego, CA; and in 1995 the USS Saratoga was taken to Philadelphia, PA to become part of the Navy’s inactive fleet.

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 https://historianatsaratoga.wordpress.com/

(Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck for compiling information for this timetable.)

May 22

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Veterans’ Color Guard is at the 1991 Memorial Day Parade

vetcolormempar1991.jpgThis photo of a Veterans’ Color Guard is at the Memorial Day Parade on 28 May 1990 in Schuylerville, NY.  This photo is from the Gamache Scrapbook Collection.
Gamache Scrapbook Collection
Leneta E. Gamache  (21 Nov 1928 – 24 Feb 2017) was born in Hudson Falls, NY and grew up in Bald Mountain section of Greenwich, NY.  She married Joseph Gamache on 7 July 1946 and moved to Schuylerville, where she lived for 60 years.   She was active in many church and community activities.  She was employed at the Oneida Markets in Schuylerville then the Mary McClellan Hospital in Cambridge, NY. Her family was very important to her and she loved large family gatherings and took numerous pictures of every occasion.  These 14 scrapbooks from 1986 to 2002 focus on her son’s Kim Gamache term as Mayor of Schuylerville. Many of the photos were taken by Joseph Gamache.
The Gamache Scrapbook Collection is part of the Town of Saratoga Historian’s collection. The collection is opened by appointment.  You may contact us by e-mail at historiantosaratoga@gmail.com

The vast majority of the collections with Town of Saratoga Historian have been donated by many generous individuals and organizations throughout our community. We greatly appreciate such generosity and continue to rely heavily on this support in order to continue building collections for future generations.  If you are interested in making a donation, contact us by e-mail at historiantosaratoga@gmail.com

1836, Tax Relief for the Saratoga Manufacturing Company

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Chap 404 AN ACT for the relief of the Saratoga manufacturing company

Passed May 21 1836

The People of the State of New York represented in Senate and Assembly do enact as follows

1. The board of supervisors of the county of Saratoga, at their next annual meeting. shall levy on the said town of Saratoga, in the county of Saratoga, the sum of seventy eight dollars and forty six cents, together with the interest on the said sum from the passage of this bill, and collector’s fees, in addition to the ordinary taxes of the said town.

2. The collector of the said town of Saratoga shall, when the said amount of money as aforesaid is collected, pay over the same to the president of the said Saratoga manufacturing company, for the use of the said company.

It is unknown what is the Saratoga Manufacturing Company.  The Saratoga Victory Manufacturing Company which operated the cotton mill in what is now the village of Victory was started in 1846.

Hudson River Speedway

The Hudson River Speedway was a 1950’s stock car track was located beside the Hudson River and US 4 at Garnsey’s trucking. The Paul Garnsey family owned and ran the speedway. The Hudson River Speedway is an important part of our community’s 1950s landscape. The race track was located outside of the villages. Automobiles were the entertainment and the form the transportation to this social destination. In the post war recovery years, optimism pervaded the national attitude. Sports car racing was very popular with many tracks in Eastern New York and nearby Vermont. It is not known why the track ceases operations but American tastes changed. In late 1950s’, television sets had become affordable and with it less people venture out of their homes for entertainment. Times were good and people traveled. Automobiles began to reshape patterns of tourism. Riverside cottages and campsites multiplied as tourists took their vacations in the family car. The thrills of auto racing are no longer part of our community. It was a moment in time that was well thought of by the participants.

Honoring Korean War Veteran Ardeen Joseph DeMarco Sr. 

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TOWN OF SARATOGA TOWN BOARD

RESOLUTION #18-71   DATE: 05/14/2018 

Honoring Korean War Veteran Ardeen Joseph DeMarco Sr. 

Offered by Supervisor Thomas Wood    

Seconded by Councilman Charles Hanehan

At a regular meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Saratoga, County of Saratoga, State of New York, held on May 14, 2018 the following resolution was made as indicated above,

WHEREAS, Ardeen Joseph DeMarco Sr. was the son born to Angelo and Theresa (Tonetta) DeMarco on January 26, 1930, in Schuylerville, NY; and

WHEREAS, his siblings were sisters Carmella DeMarco, Jean DeMarco, Mary DeMarco Stevens, and brothers Peter DeMarco, William DeMarco, Valentino DeMarco and Frank DeMarco; and

WHEREAS, he was raised and worked at his family’s home on Canal Street in the Village of Schuylerville; graduated from Schuylerville High School class of 1948, where he was a member of the school Athletic Club and had perfect attendance in his senior year and his senior year motto was “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”; and

WHEREAS, he entered in the Army in Albany, NY on February 6, 1951; and

WHEREAS, following Basic Training he was trained and assigned as a Radioman in Germany; and

WHEREAS, he served in active duty for two years; and

WHEREAS, following active duty he transferred to the Army Reserves on February 3, 1953; and

WHEREAS, he was honorably discharged from the Army Reserves on September 17th, 1956; and

WHEREAS, he married Margaret Sheehan in Stillwater, NY on December 3, 1953 and together they had four children Donna DeMarco Brickley, Ardeen DeMarco Jr., Frank DeMarco and James DeMarco; and

WHEREAS, he worked for a total of 35 years for the New York State Department of Transportation serving as General Foreman; and

WHEREAS, he was an active Member and Commander of Post 278 of the American Legion in Schuylerville, holding many other offices including Vice Commander, Finance Officer and serving on several committees including Boys State Committee, Legion Color Guard and served as Saratoga County American Legion Commander from 1998 –  1999, was a member of the Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard, was a Saratoga County Custodian of Election Machines, was Chairman of the town of Saratoga Democratic Committee and was a member of the Notre-Dame Visitation Church in Schuylerville and was a Boy Scout Troop 13 Fund Drive Chairman; and

WHEREAS, he was a loyal and dedicated servant to his family, community and country, always giving and serving everyone in any capacity that he could; and

WHEREAS, he died unexpectedly at his home on Spring Street, in Schuylerville, at the age of 74 on December 4th, 2004; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Town of Saratoga extends our belated condolences to all of the family and friends of the Ardeen J. DeMarco Sr.; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Saratoga does hereby recognize and honor to the highest degree possible Ardeen J. DeMarco Sr. for his patriotism, devotion, service and sacrifice for his county; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Town of Saratoga will never let his name and the sacrifice that he made for his country be forgotten and that he will always be held in the highest esteem and remembered as one of the Town of Saratoga’s best.

Roll Call: Supervisor Thomas Wood – aye, Councilman Gary Squires – aye, Councilman Charles Hanehan – aye, Councilman Michael McLoughlin – aye, Councilman James Jennings – aye.  Carried 5 – 0

Honoring World War II Veteran Peter DeMarco

18-70TOWN OF SARATOGA TOWN BOARD

RESOLUTION #18-70, DATE: 05/14/2018

 Honoring World War II Veteran Peter DeMarco

Offered by Supervisor Thomas Wood    

Seconded by Councilman Michael McLoughlin

At a regular meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Saratoga, County of Saratoga, State of New York, held on May 14, 2018 the following resolution was made as indicated above,

     WHEREAS, Peter DeMarco was the son born to Angelo and Theresa (Tonetta) DeMarco on May 14, 1922 in Schuylerville, NY; and

     WHEREAS, his siblings were sisters Carmella DeMarco, Jean DeMarco, Mary DeMarco Stevens, and brothers Ardeen DeMarco, William DeMarco, Valentino DeMarco, and Frank DeMarco; and

     WHEREAS, he  was raised and worked at his family’s home on Canal Street in the Village of Schuylerville; he attended Schuylerville High School where he was the only 8th grader to receive a minor letter for activity participation, he ran varsity track in 7th grade,  had perfect attendance in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th grade, worked as an apprentice baker and at the Schenectady Army Service Force Depot prior to induction; and

     WHEREAS, he entered in the Army in Albany, NY on November 6, 1942; and

     WHEREAS, following Basic Training he was assigned to Battery A of the 387th Field Artillery Battalion as a Canoneer 864, was a marksman with the M1 Rifle, and Marksman Carbine; and

     WHEREAS,  he performed service in the European  Theater of Operation of Operation specifically serving at Northern France, Central Europe, and the Rhineland; and

     WHEREAS, after serving 3 years, 2 months and 5 days he was honorably discharged on January 10th, 1946, from Fort Lewis, Washington; and

     WHEREAS, he received The World War II Victory Medal, The American Theater Service Medal,  the  European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, the Victory Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal; and

     WHEREAS, following his discharge from the Army he married Mary Scipione in Albany, NY  on October 6, 1946 and together they had four children: Anna Marie DeMarco Welfley, Virginia Lee DeMarco Andrews, Theresa Mae DeMarco Ognewchuk and Peter Joseph DeMarco; and

     WHEREAS, he worked for a total of 33 years at the United Board and Carton Paper Mill  from 1947 to 1971 and the Stevens and Thompson Paper Mill from 1971 to 1980, never missing a day of work in all of that time; and

     WHEREAS, he was an active member of Post 278 of the American Legion in Schuylerville, holding the offices of Vice Commander and Sergeant-at-Arms and served on the Firing Squad, Entertainment Committee, Concession Committee, Veterans Day Dinner Committee, Publicity Committee, and was a Color Bearer, he joined the Schuyler Hose Fire Department in 1946, was Assistant Scout Master of Troop 13,  participated in the 175th Anniversary Pageant Celebration of the Battles of Saratoga, was an active bowler bowling at least once every week, and was a member of the Notre Dame Visitation Church in Schuylerville, and

     WHEREAS, he was a loyal and dedicated servant to his family, community and country, always giving and serving everyone in any capacity he could; and

     WHEREAS, he died at the age of 58 on January 31st, 1980 at the Boston Veterans Administration Hospital in Boston, MA; now, therefore, be it

     RESOLVED, that the Town of Saratoga extends our belated condolences to all of the family and friends of the Peter DeMarco Family and; and be it further

     RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Saratoga does hereby recognize and honor, to the highest degree possible, Peter DeMarco for his patriotism, devotion, service and sacrifice for his country; and be it further

     RESOLVED, that the Town of Saratoga will never let his name and the sacrifice that he made for his country be forgotten and that he will always be held in the highest esteem and remembered as a member of the greatest generation and one of the Town of Saratoga’s best.

Roll Call: Supervisor Thomas Wood – aye, Councilman Gary Squires – aye, Councilman Charles Hanehan – aye, Councilman Michael McLoughlin – aye, Councilman James Jennings – aye.  Carried 5 – 0

On this day and evening – May 21

On this evening of 1864, the 77th New York Infantry made a “flank movement was made, which brought us, after thirty hours marching, on the north bank of the North Anna, and near Jericho Ford” before the Battle of North Anna (a series of small actions in central Virginia); on this day in 1871, a sewer line was laid under Broad Street in Schuylerville; in 1971; the Schuylerville Drum and Bugle Corp, the Green Sabres perform at NYS Lions meeting in Syracuse; in 2001, the second meeting on the Town of Saratoga Comprehensive Land use plan was held at the Quaker Springs Fire House and in 2002, residents of the Schuylerville Central School District pass an annual budget of 22.4 million dollars by a vote of 516 to 213 and approved funding of the Schuylerville Public Library and Sara Osborne won reelection to a five year term on the Board of Education.

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 https://historianatsaratoga.wordpress.com/

(Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck and Town Supervisor Thomas Wood for compiling information for this timetable.)

May 21