On this day

On this day in 1804, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, vice president of the United States, met in Weehawken, New Jersey, where Burr shot and wounded Hamilton in a duel; in 1864, the 77th New York Volunteer Regiment under the command of Colonel French lost 6 men killed or mortally wounded and 12 men wounded, and 1 man missing in the Battle of Fort Stevens in Northwest Washington, D.C., as part of the Valley Campaigns of 1864; in 1895, the New York State Bankers’ association visited Schuylerville via special train from Saratoga Springs (they were at a convention in the city); in 2018, the Schuylerville Village board discussed the format and content of the Waste Water Treatment Plant monthly report; and in 2019, the Saratoga Paddle Club opened for the first time on Fish Creek.
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July 11

We commemorate Saratoga!

We commemorate the very spot where American Independence was made a great fact in the history of the world.   This photo was from the 225th Anniversary of the Battles of Saratoga in 2002 which was the largest of the most recent commemorations. But there has been an annual commemoration for years.
The commemorations take different forms but they all recognize that “until the surrender of the British army under Burgoyne, the Declaration of Independence was but a declaration. It was a patriotic purpose asserted in bold words by brave men, who pledged for its main tenance their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. But here it was made a fact, by virtue of armed force. It had been regarded by the world merely as an act of defiance, but it was now seen that it contained the germs of a government, which the event we celebrate made one of the powers of the earth. Here rebellion was made revolution. Upon this ground, that which had in the eye of the law been treason, became triumphant patriotism,” according the Governor Horatio Seymour in 1877.  
There is no doubt, this Victory at Saratoga is worthy of commemoration. We also have commemorate the over 500 casualties in the battles, skirmishes and siege that make up the Battles of Saratoga.
The importance of this victory was explained in the New York Times Magazine (9 May 1999) in that “it launched two centuries of revolution elsewhere, it marked the beginning of the end of the British Empire and it breathed life into the United States of America.”  
The best way to explain why we commemorate the American Victory at Saratoga, was done by Governor Seymour. “these celebrations have tended to make our people wiser and better. It is to be hoped that they will be held on every battlefield in our country. They will not only restore the patriotism of our people but they will teach us the virtues of courage and patient endurance.”  
We welcome those that wish to participate and contribute to the commemorations. Join in the pride, and you’ll appreciate the sense of community that’s been at the foundation of Saratoga for centuries. There are many ways you can help. To learn more contact historiantosaratoga@gmail.com  
(Pictured in this photo from left to right: Actor Howard Burnham, Re-enactor Paul Loding portraying General Burgoyne, (Loding 17 Aug.1949 – 10 Nov 2016 was the recreated Lieutenant Colonel of the 53rd Regiment of foot in North America for 35 years, Hudson Falls and Kingsbury town historian, Commissioner on NYS 250th Anniversary of the French and Indian War Commemorative Commission, and Saratoga National Historical Park volunteer.) Re-enactor Chris Petronis dressed as a British engineer.)  

OTD: Miscreants threw eggs at the Victory Band

#Onthisday in 1899 it was reported that
The David Nevins Engine company, of Victory Mills, victors at Fort Edward, came down Monday night, headed by the Victory band. They marched through the principal streets of the village and made a fine appearance. They were everywhere royally welcomed with cannon salutes, fireworks, colored fires, etc. The best of feeling was manifested and everybody was pleased. The Nevins machine was trimmed with brooms and was drawn by a team of horses. Everything passed off nicely until the parade was passing up Burgoyne street, when a shower of eggs hit several members of the band. The parade halted at once and a search was made for the miscreants who threw the eggs, but they could not be found, luckily for them. All citizens of this place are loud in their denunciation of the perpetrators of this cowardly act, and are sorry such a despicable act could be committed in our village. Minds so little and contemptible which could conceive and execute a deed of this kind, could wander throughout eternity on a pin head and never come in contact with each other.
This was reported in the Schuylerville Standard 12 July 1899.

On this day – July 10

On this day in 1895, granulated sugar was sold at just three cents a pound at John McLindon’s store in Victory Mills; in 2010, Harrison E. Miner, 78, a resident of Route 29, Schuylerville, passed away after a long illness, born Dec. 12, 1931, in Corinth, he was the son of Horace and Elizabeth Perkins Miner Sr, he was a graduate of Corinth High School, a veteran of the Korean War and a heavy equipment operator for Operating Engineer Local No. 106 in Albany, he was a charter member of the General Schuyler Emergency Squad and served as a director of their first Board of Directors, in addition he was a former assistant Cub Master and a communicant of Notre Dame-Visitation Church, his hobbies included hunting, NASCAR, wrestling and making macramé chairs and in 2018, the Nicolette B. Willard, 23, of Mini Bennett Road, passed away at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, with her loving family by her side, she has been residing with her fiancé, Kenneth Sherman, in Schuylerville for the past two years, Nikki enjoyed fishing, coloring with the kids, four-wheeling and just being a mom and the Village of Victory board voted to approve the $400.00/year fee paid to JEG Design, which would include updates, plug-ins, and security of the Village website.
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July 10

1880’s map of the Village of Victory c. 1988

Faces and Places: Town of Saratoga Historian’s Photographic Archives
Title: 1880’s map of the Village of Victory c. 1988
The images contained in this digital Faces and Places collection document Town of Saratoga’s past through its villages, buildings, and events. They are drawn from the Town of Saratoga Historian’s Collection. The majority of these photos were taken by former Town Historian Thomas N. Wood or Deputy Historian Veronica Wood. The images on Faces and Places collection are part of the Town of Saratoga Historian’s Photographic Archives. They are the property of the Town of Saratoga, which retains all right thereto. No publication or reproduction, electronic or otherwise, is allowed without the expressed permission of the Town of Saratoga Historian’s Office. 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

1891 DeLong’s Bazaar Sale in Schuylerville

In July of 1891, the Schuylerville Standard had an advertisement that M.H. DeLong’s Bazaar was “closing sale” and had a sale at cost of straw hats both trimmed and untrimmed. The business was at 128 Broadway in Schuylerville. However, in 1893, DeLong’s was still at the same location selling Ladies Furnishing Goods. Based on the current street numbers, this property would be near the Sonn Building.

On this day – July 9

On this day in 1777, the remains of the American Army (that was at Fort Ticonderoga) Is now in Fort Edward, being joined by fresh American troops and British troops are clearing the road to Fort Anne and the water route along Wood Creek of fallen trees, sunken stones and other obstacles; in 1850, Vice President Millard Fillmore is sworn in as the 13th president of the United States after President Zachary Taylor had died the day before, five days after falling ill with a severe intestinal ailment on the Fourth of July (Mrs. Abigail Powers Fillmore, wife of 13th president was born just south of the town in Stillwater); in 1918, Michael F. Nolan was born, he was a resident of Pearl Street, and a Schuylerville mayor and Town of Saratoga supervisor, he died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006 at the age of 88, he was the son of Michael and Theresa Gavin Nolan of Mechanicville and was one of six children, during World War II, he served his country with the United States Army, he was a member of the first graduating class at Siena College, Mike was a language teacher for the Schuylerville Central School where he taught French and Latin for 27 years, he also worked at the Saratoga Racecourse for more than 40 years during the summer months, during his 10 years serving as mayor of Schuylerville, his accomplishments included establishing the water commission between the villages, cleaning the canal, and building the new fire house; in 1966 Saratoga Performing Arts center opened; in 1968, the USS Saratoga departed Mayport, Florida for her ninth Mediterranean deployment and during this deployment a Soviet surface force and a “November”-class submarine passed in close proximity, en route to Cuba, in 1999, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Togo D. West Jr. was the keynote speaker for the grand opening and dedication ceremony at the Saratoga National Cemetery and in 2018, the Assessor processed 14 sales. 8 sales were valid and 11 were non-valid sales in the past month and Nashua Alexander, Chief Operating Officer at Wilton Emergency Squad, reported for the month of June, they answered 15 calls in Schuylerville, 1 call in Victory Mills, and 27 calls for the Town Saratoga and Schuylerville Athletic Director John Bowen presented a 2017-18 Athletic Department Review to the Board of Education that highlighted participation – 54 teams – 913 roster spots, 22 NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Teams, 9 Individual/Team Sectional Champions/State Qualifiers, 2 Individual State Champions – Orion Anderson and Hannah Klingbeil, 1,000 point career girls basketball player Emily Vallee and Section 2 single game and single season scoring boys lacrosse record for Justin Carte.
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://ift.tt/2czXtwq
(Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck and Town Supervisor Thomas Wood for compiling information for this timetable.)
July 9

Broom making at 18th Century Day

This photo from the Gamache Scrapbook of the 1991 18th Century Day at the Schuyler House. 18th Century Day is always the 2nd Sunday in August. It is hosted by the Old Saratoga Historical Association. It is an opportunity to step back in time at the historic Schuyler House as the grounds come alive with 18th-century activities.  Many of the activities include puppet shows, chair caning, candle dipping, rope making, beer brewing, spinning, dyeing, quilting, tinsmithing, broom making and more!  The 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

On this day – July 8

On this day in 1777, the Battle of Fort Anne continued all day, delaying Burgoyne’s advance and resulting in Continentals suffered 15 soldiers killed and wounded, and captured 3 or 4 prisoners while Burgoyne stated that the British captured thirty prisoners, provisions, and the 2nd New Hampshire regimental colors however many of the American prisoners may have been the sick or wounded who were unable to continue to Fort Edward and the official British record of loss listed thirteen killed, twenty-two wounded, and two captured; in 1862, Andrew B. Deuel and George H. Hammond were discharged from the 77th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment Company K; in 1917, Neville G. Clothier, Sr. was born in the town of Saratoga, he passed away on 30 January 2002; he was the son of the late Earl and Ruth Wilber Clothier and attended Saratoga Public Schools; he was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers #106 for 50 years, as well as a member and past Master of the Montgomery Lodge #504 in Stillwater and many other Masonic organizations, Mr. Clothier was an Army Air Corps Veteran serving from 1942-1946 as a flight engineer and waist gunner, flying the B24 Liberator, and serving in Europe and North Africa, Mr. Clothier received six bronze stars, he was the husband of the late Helen J. Russell Clothier, who died in 1984 and in 2008, Commissioner Whitney Colvin was appointed the Schuylerville Victory Board of Water Management Board Chairman.
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July 8