OTD: Sautelle’s ten and twenty cent show was in Schuylerville

#onthisday in 1893, Sautelle’s ten and twenty cent show was in Schuylerville The Schuylerville Standard reported on 12 July 1893 that “—SauteIle’s ten and twenty cent shows made its appearance here last Friday and Saturday, and was seen by large and delighted audiences. The band discoursed delightful music on our streets as well as the orchestra under the canvas. The four performances well paid Mr. Sautelle for coming here and be well deserves to succeed, as his show is an interesting one, and worth double the admission fee.-—Republican, Lyons, N. Y. June 22, 1892. Sig. Sautelle’s shows will exhibit in Schuylerville, on Saturday, July 15, 1893.” The Schuylerville Standard reported on 19 July 1893 the “Sautelle’a circus exhibited on the flats last Saturday, to large audiences. This circus always is popular here, and gives one of the best shows for the price of any company on the road.” The Sig Sautelle circus was founded by George Satterly, who later changed his name to Sig Sautelle.   George Satterly, the son of a shoemaker was born in Luzerne, NY in 1848. After the outbreak of the Civil War young George persuaded his father to allow him to join the Union Army (18th New York Volunteer Infantry), young Satterly served as a drummer boy. As it turns out this event was the beginning if his circus career. In the army he made the acquaintance of a ventriloquist who began teaching Sig the art.  His first show on the road, a Punch-and-Judy affair. The surname “Satterlee” didn’t have quite the requisite theatrical ring to satisfy George, so he adopted a more exotic name, Signor Sautelle. The public soon dubbed him “Sig.”  In 1876, Sautelle married Ida Belle Travers of Fort Edward, New York Sautelle worked on the side shows as a magician, a ventriloquist and a puppeteer. In the 1880s, Sig set out to form the Sig Sautelles Circus. Sautelle’s plan was to tour his circus on a flatboat, (the “Belle” named after his wife Ida Belle) along the Erie Canal. He had special wagons build with short spoked wheels to lower the height so the wagons would pass under the bridges of the canal. This idea was very successful, and after a few seasons Sig purchased a second boat , (the “Kitty”) to accommodate the growing circus.  By 1891, he left the canals and according to John C. Kunzog’s book Tan Bark and Tinsel, “(Sautelle) had 225 people on the payroll, boasted two elephants, 14 cages of animals and 150 head of horses and ponies.” The circus business was good to Sautelle and he became a very wealthy man. In 1900 he moved to Homer, NY where he purchased two hotels which he used to house his employees The circus grew in size and eventually became a railroad circus showing the eastern United States. Sautelle and his wife are buried in the Union Cemetery in Fort Edward.    There are many pages on the web devoted to Sautelle however I enjoyed https://ift.tt/2a8AO5M as it has many mentions of our neighboring communities.  ——– Saratoga has been defined by the people who by choice or by chance participated in our community. It is the determination of our forefathers, including the performers who travelled the circuit including Schuylerville 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. That is why studying the people of Saratoga is helpful in the understanding of the condition of being human. . ——– Thank you to https://ift.tt/2ad3P3q and https://ift.tt/2a8AaVW  for providing much of the information for this blog. 
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OTD: P. Schuyler arrived in Boston after visiting Queen Anne

On this day in 1710, Pieter Schuyler arrived in Boston returning from visiting Queen Anne with four Native American leaders.
The four Native American leaders visited Queen Anne in 1710 as part of a diplomatic visit organized by Pieter Schuyler, mayor of Albany, New York. They were received in London as diplomats, being transported through the streets of the city in Royal carriages, and received by Queen Anne at the Court of St. James Palace. They also visited the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
In addition to requesting military aid for defense against the French, the chiefs asked for missionaries to offset the influence of French Jesuits, who had converted numerous Mohawk to Catholicism.
Schuyler was among Saratoga patentees in 1685.
Saratoga has been defined by the people who by choice or by chance make up this community. The Schuyler family help defined this community. The village of Schuylerville in the Town of Saratoga is named after the Schuyler family. It is the determination of our forefathers, including Governor Schuyler 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 helpful in the understanding of the condition of being human.

OTD: 1989 Dedication of the Old Champlain Canal Towpath


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On this day and at this time, there was a the Dedication of the Old Champlain Canal Towpath on Town of Saratoga Day on 15 July 1989 that took place at 10 am in Schuylerville, NY. There was a balloon release by school children behind the old Saratoga Town Hall on Ferry Street.  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

OTD: British General Burgoyne’s army confronted an American Rattlesnake

#onthisday in 1777 part of British General Burgoyne’s army was in Fort Anne, NY. Brunswick Surgeon and diarist Julius Wasmus wrote: All of the wounded of the army as well as the wounded Rebels were carried onto bateaux and take to the hospital at Ticonderoga. Many Canadian horses, designated for the artillery in our army and as pack horses, arrived here. The first rattlesnake was killed in front of our line today; it was almost 4 feet long and had 7 bells [rattles] at its tail. Before biting, it first makes a noise with the bells so that everyone coming too close can take heed. It was brownish black on the back, beautifully covered decorated in various colors and with an unusual pattern of scales. It was yellowish-white under the belly and shone as if a ring had grown here against the top of it. As beautiful as its body was, its head and eyes were terrible. The head was broad and similar ot that of a large toad, the teeth very sharp, crooked and pointed like fishhooks, with which it can do harm when it jumps [on its victims].
In our community in the autumn of 1777, an American forces met, defeated and forced a major British army to surrender. This crucial American victory in the Battles of Saratoga renewed patriots’ hopes for independence, secured essential foreign recognition and support, and forever changed the face of the world.
Saratoga has been defined by the people who by choice or by chance participated in the Battles. It is the determination of our forefathers 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 including our adversaries is helpful in the understanding of the condition of being human.
To learn more about the image above and the story of the Rattlesnake in early America to the War of Independence visit https://ift.tt/2upE5cl

On this day – July 15

On this day in 1777, German Surgeon Wasmus with Burgoyne’s Army in Fort Ann describes “the first rattlesnake was killed in front of our lines today, it was almost 4 feet long and had 7 bells (rattles) at its tail”, in 1895, A. C. Meader commenced to build a barn for George Hathaway; in 1958, aircraft from USS Saratoga and USS Essex flew air cover support the landing 1,800 Marines on the beach near Beirut, Lebanon, to support the Lebanese government and to protect the lives of U.S. citizens, this situation was stabilized within a few days, without untoward incident; in 2002, the Schuylerville DPW Foreman announced his retirement; and in 2012 Expressohuis opened on Ferry Street.

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.)

July 15

Montreal Connection Day

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This photo is of the 1996 ‘Montreal Connection Day” in the Village of Schuylerville on 15 July 1986. Schuylerville welcomed a voyageur canoe expedition with cheers and musket fire.  The expedition was led by two 26-foot Indian war canoes as part of the Albany Tricentennial celebration.  The canoeist retraced the trail of French-Canadian fur traders from Montreal to Albany.   The canoeist which included citizens from the United States, Canada, and the Mohawk nation were welcomed by Mayor Pat Geruso and Trusteee Kim Gamache.  The voyageurs spent the night camping at Fort Hardy (where Burgoyne’s army that invaded from Canada surrendered in 1777).  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

On this day – July 14

On this day in 1914, the contract to build Notre Dame Rectory was let for $8,070 and in 1983 the town court was held on Ferry Street.

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.)

July 14