OTD: Governor Dongan Died

On this day in 1715, Royal Governor Thomas Dongan died in London, England.
Governor Dongan issued the original Saratoga Patent in 1684 or 1685. The original patentees included Colonel Peiter Schuyler, Robert Livingston, Dirck Wessels, Esq., Jan Jan Bleecker, Esq., Johannes Schuyler, Esq., and Cornelius Van Dyck. The original Saratoga patent embraced six square miles on both sides of the Hudson River. The condition of the first patent was that there would be a tax of twenty bushels of wheat paid annually to the Crown. Governor Dongan was a Roman Catholic and a member of a royalist family, Dongan was exiled after the English Civil Wars (1642–51) and served in an Irish regiment of the French army. Recalled to England in 1677, he served as lieutenant governor of Tangier from 1678 to 1680. As governor of New York (1682–88), he called the colony’s first representative assembly, issued a “Charter of Liberties” providing for religious toleration, and pursued a policy of cooperation with the Iroquois Confederacy against the French. Dongan returned to England in 1691 and succeeded his brother as Earl of Limerick in 1698.
Saratoga has been defined by the people who by choice or by chance make up this community. There is no individual who defined this community more than Royal Governor Thomas Dongan. It is the determination of our forefathers, including Governor Dongan 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 integral to a good understanding of the condition of being human.
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On this day

On this day in 1777, Congress names Brigadier General Thomas Conway as the Inspector General; in 1780, Alexander Hamilton married Elizabeth Schuyler at the Schuyler mansion in Albany; in 1799, George Washington dies at Mt. Vernon, Virginia after five decades of service to his country, his last words reportedly were: “I feel myself going, I thank you for your attentions; but I pray you to take no more trouble about me, let me go off quietly, I cannot last long,” Washington was sixty-seven years old and he visited Saratoga and the Schuyler House in 1783, in 1978, Court Stella Maris held Christmas Party; in 2004,the City of Saratoga Springs conducted a final hearing on the Environmental Impact Statement regarding the use of Saratoga Lake as a source of water for the city of Saratoga Springs, of particular concern is the portion of this document that calls for the creation of a Saratoga Lake Watershed Management District, for fears such a district would place severe restrictions on possible uses of the land in the town of Saratoga that falls within the watershed, ultimately the Lake was not used as a source of water.

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December 14

On this day

On this day in 1777, in response to the “Conway Cabal,” an action by the followers of Brigadier General Thomas Conway, (a group of senior Continental Army officers, in late 1777, who aimed to have George Washington replaced as commander-in-chief of the Army,) Congress establishes the Inspector General Department in the Continental Army; in 1862, the 77th New York Infantry Regiment fought in the Battle of Fredericksburg in Virginia, between General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and the Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by Major General Ambrose Burnside, as part of the American Civil War, the Union Army’s futile frontal attacks against entrenched Confederate defenders on the heights behind the city are remembered as one of the most one-sided battles of the war, with Union casualties more than three times as heavy as those suffered by the Confederates, for the 77th they captured two cannons, the Colonel of the 18th Mississippi Regiment and their colors, however the 77th colors were mutliated and 83 men lost their lives; in 1864, Lieutenant-Colonel French and Major N. S. Babcock of K Company (recruited in Schuylerville) were mustered out of the army; and in 1978, the High School Christmas concert was held.

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 following our twitter account @historysaratoga

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

December 13

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.
* Readers of this blog do enjoy auto racing in our neighboring community of Malta that still enjoys a race track.

On this day

On this day in 1745, a court of inquiry was established at Albany to ascertain the reason for the loss of Saratoga in the raid in November by French officer Marin and his force of “22 officers, 23 cadets, 6 volunteers, 235 inhabitants, 90 Abenaki, 100 Iroquois-equal number from the Sault [Caughnawaga] and the Lake [Lake of Town Mountains]- 23 Nisissings, 16 Huron” for a total of about 520 men; in 1873, there was a claim by George Strover vs. the State of New York, regarding the enlargement of the Champlain Canal in the spring included twenty one trees and a stone wall; in 1927, Malcolm Drew was born, he would serve as a Seaman Second Class in the US Navy during World War II; in 1982, Harry J. Hughes passed away, he served as a Captain in the US Army in World War II; in 2002, the Schuylerville Village Board conducted a meeting at which Mayor John Sherman reports that valuable archeological artifacts had been found at the water filtration plant near the boat launch, approval was given to pay C. D. Perry for engineering and construction on the new dam on the old Champlain Canal, and Drug Risk Solutions was given permission to place a second trailer adjacent to the old school on Spring Street; in 2007, the Quaker Springs Fire District conducted the annual Fire District Commissioner election and a vote on a bond resolution authorizing the issuance of Serial Bonds in an amount not to exceed $600,000 for the construction of a fire sub-station on Route 9P; and in 2013, archeologists from Hartgen made a site visits to the Saratoga study area (along Route 4 south of the Schuyler House) to study the topography and identify natural and man-made landscape features.

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 following us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/historiantosaratoga/

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

December 11

On this day

On this day in 1745, a court of inquiry was established at Albany to ascertain the reason for the loss of Saratoga in the raid in November by French officer Marin and his force of “22 officers, 23 cadets, 6 volunteers, 235 inhabitants, 90 Abenaki, 100 Iroquois-equal number from the Sault [Caughnawaga] and the Lake [Lake of Town Mountains]- 23 Nisissings, 16 Huron” for a total of about 520 men; in 1873, there was a claim by George Strover vs. the State of New York, regarding the enlargement of the Champlain Canal in the spring included twenty one trees and a stone wall; in 1927, Malcolm Drew was born, he would serve as a Seaman Second Class in the US Navy during World War II; in 1982, Harry J. Hughes passed away, he served as a Captain in the US Army in World War II; in 2002, the Schuylerville Village Board conducted a meeting at which Mayor John Sherman reports that valuable archeological artifacts had been found at the water filtration plant near the boat launch, approval was given to pay C. D. Perry for engineering and construction on the new dam on the old Champlain Canal, and Drug Risk Solutions was given permission to place a second trailer adjacent to the old school on Spring Street; in 2007, the Quaker Springs Fire District conducted the annual Fire District Commissioner election and a vote on a bond resolution authorizing the issuance of Serial Bonds in an amount not to exceed $600,000 for the construction of a fire sub-station on Route 9P; and in 2013, archeologists from Hartgen made a site visits to the Saratoga study area (along Route 4 south of the Schuyler House) to study the topography and identify natural and man-made landscape features.

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 following us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/historiantosaratoga/

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

December 11

On this day

On this day in 1775, American Generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold set up a battery of artillery 700 yards from the walls of Quebec, they lack proper siege mortars and by this time the ground is frozen – they have to thaw snow to entrench the guns in ice, the guns did little damage, and Arnold’s men are starting to desert, since their contracts end at the end of the month; in 1844, the USS Saratoga is decommissioned in Norfolk,Va. after demonstrating the determination and ability of the United States to maintain American honor along the coast of Africa, being generous with friend and firm but fair with enemies; in 1886, there was moonlight coasting on Pine Street in Victory; in 2010 Bob Stickle was noted in the newspaper for operating a family-run shop, Schuyler Sweet on Broad Street; and in 2016, James L. Gorham Jr., of Mennen Rd. passed away, he was the Tax Collector for the Town.

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

December 10