OTD: HP Hood Ice Run from Saratoga Lake

“January 25, 1916 at a meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Saratoga was held in the town clerk’s office in the village of Schuylerville on January 25, 1916 for the purpose of acting upon a bond presented by HP Hood and Sons for the purpose of constructing an ice run crossing above the highway at Saratoga lake in such other businesses this may come before the board. Due notice for the same having been given, The bonds of HP Hood and Sons having been presented with Greenleaf K Bartlett and Charles H. Hood as securities it was resolved that they were accepted and approved.

(The motion) carried Motion by Wilson second by Palmer that the clerk is by authorized to hire the same room as used last year for the town clerks office with the same privileges as previously for the consideration of $60 dating from January 1, 1915 to January 1, 1917 that motion carried. “

These are the town board records of 1916 made by Town Clerk Paul August Hespelt.(1 Mar 1890 – 1945). Paul A. Hespelt (his parents were born in Germany) was a pharmacist at Miller’s pharmacy. The Town offices was rented from C.J. Miller (who ran the pharmacy). Hespelt was a tall, slender man with brown hair who married Elizabeth Coffinger in November of 1911. They had three children named Harold, Marie, and Howard.
The Town Clerk’s Office is the official repository for all ordinances, resolutions and official documents related to the Saratoga town government. The own Clerk office is historical in its traditions, having served as a direct link between the residents and their local governments since the beginning. While town clerks are generally credited with issuing licenses, that is only a small part of this complex job. Many duties are mandated by state and town laws, but many more go well beyond those mandates as town clerks also serve as a major source of information to all. One of the most important roles is as the Records Management Officer. The Town Clerk is the custodian of all town records, responsible for active files, storage and position of inactive records, and the careful maintenance of archival material.
The bond for the ice run crossing with HP Hood and Sons is very interesting. HP Hood and Sons is well known as a Massachusetts based dairy company established in 1846. In 1916, the President and Treasurer of the HP Hood and Sons dairy was bond security, Charles H. Hood according to the Salem Massachusetts City Directory.
The HP Hood and Sons had operations in upstate New York in the 1910s. They ran milk trains from Eagle Bridge, NY to the Boston area. Eagle Bridge is a hamlet in Rensselaer County which was along the Boston & Maine Railroad. At Eagle Bridge the train intersected with the Delaware & Hudson Co which provided transportation of milk from Poultney, Rupert, and West Pawlett ,Vt and Cambridge, Granville, Middle Granville, Salem, and Shushan NY.. The demand for milk in Boston grew between 1911 and 1921 from 90 to 180 million quarters with just under 70% delivered by rail.
I believe but I have not found definitive evidence that the dairy company was harvesting ice to support these milk trains.
There is a very nice senior thesis on Transportation And The Commodification of Milk in New York State Moving Milk by Holly Rippon-Butler focused on our area available at http://ift.tt/2k40LKo
More information on milk trains can be found at http://ift.tt/1Md1SyI

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