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At the Herman Melville House

Caroline Gilkey Rogers, presidential elector for Belva Ann Lockwood (1888)

Caroline Gilkey Rogers was a suffragist who lived in Lansingburgh; for some more information about her beyond the below, see “A New Historical Marker for Lansingburgh!” The Courier. March 2017. 4. A SPINSTER FOR GOVERNOR. — LINDA GILBERT NOMINATED… Continue Reading →

“Automobile Sunday” (1929)

AUTOMOBILE SUNDAY. — Unusual Service Planned by Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. Automobile Sunday will be observed next Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church [now ]. All members of the congregation who owns cars will drive them to… Continue Reading →

Early automobile history (1900-1918)

—Last evening a horse driven by Bedford Perry became frightened by an automobile and ran away. At [One Hundred] Twentieth Street and Fifth Avenue the carriage was overturned and the occupant thrown out without being injured. The horse was captured… Continue Reading →

629 Third Avenue

Another Troy Times art section photo of a Lansingburgh home circa 1907.

124 Fifth Avenue Lansingburgh NY

The Troy Times ran photos of many nice homes in Lansingburgh within a few years of the City of Troy having annexed the Village of Lansingburgh. At the time, Trojans were trying to rename Lansingburgh as “Upper Troy,” which never… Continue Reading →

Wing Sing (abt 1856-1892?)

—Wing Sing, an experienced laundryman from Cohoes, has opened a Chinese laundry at No. 628 Second avenue, this village, and invites all who want first-class work done at low prices to give him a call. Lansingburgh Courier. October 9, 1890:… Continue Reading →

“Black ice cream is a new fad” (1890)

—Black ice cream is a new fad. It is colored by the addition of charcoal and the juice of Turkish prunes. Now is the golden opportunity for some one to have an ebony lunch and serve black coffee, black charcoal… Continue Reading →

“Rare Francis Scott Key Fourth of July Oration Given to State Library” (1942)

Rare Francis Scott Key Fourth of July Oration Given to State Library By ARTHUR POUND, State Historian A notable addition to New York’s famous collection of Fourth of July orations has recently been made by the Hon. Jesse Merritt, historian,… Continue Reading →

Radio operator Wendell Jones (1916)

Two months after the United States entered World War I, a 20-year-old college student started working as a machinist in Building 23 at General Electric Co.’s sprawling industrial campus in Schenectady. His name was Wendell King, and by all accounts… Continue Reading →

Captain Edward C. Williams’ South Sea Whaling Voyage (1863, 1866)

The blog Melvilliana noted that Captain Edward C. Williams‘ “South Sea Whaling Voyage” presentation tour had at least one newspaper praising Herman Melville’s whaling scene, something apparently narrated by Capt. Williams. Pages 10-11 and 21-22 of Williams’ book quote passages… Continue Reading →

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