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On this day in 2001, John Sherman defeated Kim Gamache by a vote of 306 to 95 for Schuylerville mayor and George Sullivan was elected mayor of Victory by defeating Stephen Pivonka by a vote of 95 to 36. In the trustee races Schuylerville”s Daniel Blake defeated Ben Shaw by a vote of 293 to 91. In the Village of Victory Mayoral race George Sullivan In the Village of Victory trustee race Agatha White defeated Patti Jolie-Zotzmann by a vote of 94 to 37.
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 http://ift.tt/2kLifwt
(Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck for compiling this timetable.)
March 20

OTD: Civil War Soldier George Potter participated in the Battle of Bentonville

#Onthisday in 1865, Civil War Soldier George Potter participated in the Battle of Bentonville
George W. Potter was the last surviving Civil War veteran in the Town of Saratoga. At the age of 19, he enlisted for a year in the Company A, 123rd New York Volunteers, from Washington County. He was involved in Union General Sherman’s March to the Sea and the Campaign of Carolina in 1865. The Battle of Bentonville was part of the Carolina Campign, the final campaign in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. In winter of 1865, Union Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman advanced north from Savannah, Georgia, through the Carolinas, with the intention of linking up with Union forces in Virginia. The Battle of Bentonville was fought March 19, 1865, in Bentonville, North Carolina, near the town of Four Oaks,. The Confederates had not held up the Union Army as long as they had hoped. As a result of the overwhelming Union strength and the heavy casualties his army suffered in the battle, Johnston surrendered to Sherman little more than a month later at Bennett Place, near Durham Station. Coupled with Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender earlier in April, Johnston’s surrender represented the effective end of the war.
Potter was married on 9 December 1869 to to Miss Hattie Pennock of Schuylerrville. His profession was as a mason and built many buildings in Schuylerville. In 1919, he was the custodian of the Saratoga battle monument for New York State and was paid $600.
Saratoga has been defined by the people who by choice or by chance make up this community. There are many individuals like George Potter that help define this country and our community. 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 is integral to a good understanding of the condition of being human.

OTD Town Board Meeting in 1917

#onthisday in 1917, 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 “Notice having been given that it was the intention of the State to suspend a temporary bridge across the Hudson River between Ferry Street and the town of Easton it was resolved that the Town Superintendent act with the Town Superintendent Thompson of Easton in resurface the Schuylerville Easton bridge at their earliest convenience.” “The Town Clerk having been served with notice of claim brought by Stephen Barton through his attorney Leary and Fullerton against the town for $10,000 alleging damages for personal injuries caused by the neglect of said town or its offices brought the matter before the board for consideration as the Supervisor was not present it was moved to adjourn the meeting until Thursday, March 22, 1917 at 1 o’clock. These are the town board records of 1917 made by Town Clerk Paul August Hespelt.(1 Mar 1890 – 1945). Paul A. Hespelt (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 Clerk’s Office is the official repository for all ordinances, resolutions and official documents related to the Saratoga town government. The Town 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 issue of the bridge over the Hudson River was a complicated one. In 1916 the Town issued a bond to restore the bridge for $9.500 for “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.” The details are here – http://ift.tt/2llBVaC In March of 1917, the State let a contract, after long delay to Michael Fitzgerald company for $39,630 to reconstruct the bridge. http://ift.tt/2lYrbLw It was also reported in the Saratogian on 20 March 1917 that “it is said that a temporary structure is to be built across the Hudson river on the site of the old eastern portion of the Schuylerville-Easton bridge, the contract for the building of which has been let or that a ferry will be used until the permanent structure is completed.” The issue of the suit made by Mr Barton was reported on 20 March 1917 “Stephen Barton, whose address in Saratoga Srpings, R.F.D. 1 has brought suit for $10,000 against the town of Saratoga for personal injuries alleged to have been received Jan. 10, 1917, when a willow tree on the main highway across Stafford’s Bridge, from Wagman’s Ridge to the Schuylerville-Saratoga state road, fell on him. he alleges that the attention of the town authorities had been called to the condition of the treee, which he declares was rotten.” The town records showed in 1917, it paid $799.93 as a result of a judgement in this case.

On this day

On this day in 1942, Victory formed a new defense class; in 1963, all the Democrat incumbents for office won reelected in Schuylerville; in 1964 the Schuylerville Student Council raised $418.50 for President John F. Kennedy memorial and in 2003, President George W. Bush ordered the start of the war on Iraq, declaring: “On my orders, coalition forces have begun striking selected targets of military importance to undermine Saddam Hussein’s ability to wage war.”

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 this timetable.)

March 19

We do history in Saratoga!

We do history in Saratoga!
This photo by Walter Ardzieuice of the 2005 Surrender Day at Fort Hardy park along the Hudson River. Each year visitors get to witness the recreated surrender of British General Burgoyne to American General Gates. There is the singing of patriotic songs with Schuylerville and Salem school children. Everyone gets to drink 13 original toasts to the American Victory! This event is sponsored by the Village of Schuylerville and Town of Saratoga.
It is a long local tradition and we try to celebrate close to October 17 (we make some modifications to allow the school children to participate.) What makes this event unique is that it is at the historical ground where the British forces surrendered and laid down their arms on October 17, 1777, bringing to an end the Battles of Saratoga.
We do history in Old Saratoga. Whether you call us Saratoga, Old Saratoga, Schuylerville, Victory Mills, Clark’s Mills, Northumberland, Easton, Greenwich, we are all part of a community with so much history and so many traditions. It’s hard to find a month in the year that doesn’t have an remembrance, event or festival!
A variety of local organizations ensure that the Earth Day, Memorial Day, Turning Point Parade, 18th Century Day, Candlelight Tour, Veterans Day, Dutch Christmas and more brings visitors, neighbors and friends out to enjoy the music, remembrances, costumes and heritage.
The Town of Saratoga is proud be a part of these efforts. The Town works with a wide range of partners to help promote and participate in many other events like Saratoga National Historical Park, Old Saratoga Historical Association, Hudson Crossing Park, Lakes to Locks Passage, Friends of the Battlefield, Saratoga PLAN, Historic Hudson-Hoosic Rivers Partnership, Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County, Schuylerville Area Chamber of Commerce, villages of Schuylerville and Victory, and the Turning Point Parade Committee ….and more.
Remembering, commemorating, and celebrating together fosters community ownership and neighborliness, develops more volunteers that work together to create positive changes for our community and encourages visitors to get to know us better. It is how we do history. Join in the fun, 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 care for Old Saratoga, from one-time to reoccurring volunteer opportunities for youth, families, groups and individuals. To learn more about volunteering contact historiantosaratoga@gmail.com

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On this day in 1766, British Parliament passes the American Colonies Act 1766, aka the Declaratory Act, to justify the repeal of the Stamp Act and save face. The act stated that Parliament’s authority was the same in America as in Britain and asserted Parliament’s authority to pass laws binding on the American colonies “in all cases whatsoever.”
In 1780, John Adams wrote to Horatio Gates from Paris, “I don’t know to whom I can give him a Letter with more Propriety than to the General of Saratoga. I should be proud to return any Civilities you may show him to any of your Friends, who may travel to Paris. I want very much to know, what Scope the Enemy have from New York, what supplies of Provisions, &c. they do and can derive from New Jersey, New York or Connecticut. If you can find Leisure, to inform me you will much oblige, sir your Friend and humble sert. John Adams.
In 1815, Thomas Jefferson wrote to author Louis H. Girardin on this day from Monticello. “Your messenger finds me to the elbows in the dust of my book-shelves. I received my Catalogue, last night, and have begun the revisal of the shelves today. from this small specimen it seems as if it would take me three weeks very laborious work.—I send you 2d Toulongeon, and return your Cahier, with approbation of every thing except as to the detention of the Convention troops, where altho’ I am on your side, yet I think the grounds of the conduct of Congress should be stated.” The British and Hessian soldiers who surrendered on 17 Oct. 1777 at the Battle of Saratoga were known as convention troops, and under the terms of surrender they were to be returned to Britain after promising that they would not serve in America during the remainder of the Revolutionary War. In the concluding volume of History of Virginia, Girardin explains the decision of the Continental congress to detain these prisoners in the vicinity of Charlottesville; uses Jefferson’s own papers as source material; and quotes Jefferson’s correspondence with some of the imprisoned officers.
In 1978, Schuylerville’s Eric Stover led the Schuylerville High School’s Black Horses Basketball Team to a thrilling triple overtime victory over Bloomfield to win the Class B State Championship title.
In 2009, Edward Stillman Boyce, 87, a resident of Green Street, passed away at his home after a brief illness. Born Oct. 17, 1921, in Schuylerville, he was the son of the late Spencer J. Boyce Sr. and Loretta (Cox) Boyce. He was a lifelong resident of Schuylerville. Mr. Boyce was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific as a pharmacist second mate. He was a retired employee of the New York State Department of Parks and Recreation. He was employed as caretaker of the Saratoga Battle Monument for 23 years. He was also a retired employee of Local No. 157 Laborers Union in Schenectady. During summers, he was employed as a Pinkerton at the Saratoga Race Course. He was also a member of Old Saratoga Post No. 278 American Legion in Schuylerville.
In 2011, Charles D. “Cha” Wood, Sr., passed away. He was born 19 March 1944 in Schuylerville, he was the son of Doric and Monica Johnson Wood, Sr. Cha had been employed for several years by the Department of Public Works in the Village of Victory. He had also owned and operated Wood’s Mobile Manor in Schuylerville.
In 2017, Heritage Hunters met at the Town Hall with novelist Gloria Waldron, on research.
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
“People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors,” wrote Whig statesman Edmund Burke (12 January 1729 – 9 July 1797) in Reflections on the Revolution in France.
March 18

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On this day in 1766, Britain repeals the Stamp Act; in 1776 British forces evacuate from Boston to Nova Scotia due to the cannons from New York which passed through Saratoga in the last days of 1775; in 1898 600 men marched in St. Patrick’s Day parade in village of Schuylerville; and in 1966, Ernie Sharpiro opened modern department store in old Glass Restaurant on Broad 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 http://ift.tt/2kLifwt
(Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck for compiling this timetable.)
March 17