OTD: Town Board bonded bridge over the Hudson River

#onthisday in 1916, there was a meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Saratoga was held in the town clerk’s office in the village of Schuylerville. 
Meeting was called to order by Supervisor Lohnes, they were present George H Lohnes, Supervisor; Paul A Hespelt, Town Clerk; Joseph N Wilson, Justice of the Peace; Charles O. Hemstreet,Justice of the Peace; Charles H Palmer Justice of the Peace; Augustus G. Barrie, Justice of the Peace; MIchael Hanehan Town Superintendent Highways; and the Honorable W. S. Ostrander, Counsel to the Board The Third day of March 1916 the town board gathered for the purpose of considering and if correct, of approving a bond proposed to be given by the Supervisor of said town in the sum of $10,000 conditioned for the faithful performance of his duties in issuing certain bonds in the amount of $9,500 and interest to pay and indebtedness of said town incurred in erecting, rebuilding, and constructing jointly with the town of Easton, Washington County, New York of a highway bridge over the westerly channel of the Hudson River as required and directed by an act of the Board of Supervisors of Saratoga County.”
 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 pharmacy was also the location of the Town offices (rented from C.J. Miller for $60 a year). 
The town Supervisor was George Henry Lohnes (20 Feb 1878 – 1 Feb1963) whose first marriage was to Harriet A (Hattie) Shepard Lohnes (1877 – 22 April 1922). They had 3 daughters: Dorothy H (1903), Ruth M (19040, and Margorie (1907). His second marriage was to Marian L. Smith Lohnes (4 Jul 1903 – 5 Feb 1990). He was postmaster in Quaker Springs from 6 May 1904 to 22 May 1908 and then Wayville from 10 April 1901 to 22 Sept 1916. In 1905, he was paid $103.97 to be the postmater. He served as Supervisor in the Town of Saratoga from 1916-1920. He was a merchant and owner of the Quaker Springs general store (also called the Banner Store) in Quaker Springs and worked on a farm. 
His funeral notice was in the Saratogian on 4 Feb 1963 : 
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Funeral service s for George H. Lohnes, 84, of Quaker Springs, former supervisor of the Town of Saratoga, who died Friday night at the Saratoga Hospital, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Kark and Tunison funeral home. Rev. Frank B. Brandon Jr., pastor of the Quaker Springs Methodist Church, will officiate. MR. LOHNES WAS born on Feb. 20, 1878 in the Town of Saratoga and was the owner and operator of the Quaker Springs general store for 30 years. He sold the business in 1936. He was an assistant clerk of the board of supervisors for 20 years, and a member and former trustee of the Quaker Springs Methodist Church. He was a director of the Saratoga County Mutual Fire Insurance Co. for 46 years and secretary-treasurer for 29 years. He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Marian L Smith; two daughters, Mrs. Lester Osgood, Albany and Mrs. Marjorie Kirkpatrick, Quaker Springs; a brother, Lewis S. Lohnes, Quaker Springs, and a granddaughter, Mrs. Kenneth Zeller, also of Quaker Springs. Burial will be In Stillwater cemetery.”.

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