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Houses of Ill Fame

THE TRUSTEES OF THE VILLAGE of Lansingburgh do enact and ordain as follows: All persons who shall keep a house of prostitution, or a house for the resort of prostitutes. All persons who shall keep a house or let the… Continue Reading →

Our Horse Railroads—Interesting Facts (1868)

OUR HORSE RAILROADS—INTERESTING FACTS. In the Lansingburgh Gazette of yesterday, appeared as exceedingly interesting and exhaustive article, in reference to that origin, management, and importance of the Troy and Lansingburgh and Troy and Cohoes Horse Railroads. We copy the following… Continue Reading →

“There was an old man of the ‘burgh” (1879)

Popular poetry: There was an old man of the ‘burgh, Who carried a nice little jurg; And he sipped from it frequent, Wrote things most indecent ‘Bout the people who lived in the ‘burgh. “Village Notes.” Lansingburgh Courier. January 24,… Continue Reading →

Batestown Museum 1855

☞ A museum has been opened at Batestown. The collection consists of ‘a mammoth beet’ belonging to Francis of the Troy Times, and a ‘pair of buckskin suspenders’ worn by the man who built the overslaugh. Admission twenty-five cents. Children,… Continue Reading →

“Lansingburgh Man Plays in New Role” (1944)

LANSINGBURGH MAN PLAYS IN NEW ROLE — Carl O’Bryan Has Appeared in Several Movies. Carl O’Bryan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry O’Bryan of 40 124th Street, who has appeared in several moving pictures, plays the part of a soldier… Continue Reading →

Grave blankets

Requiescat in Pace BY K.D.S. Written For The Troy Times. These lines were suggested by the myrtle covered graves, protected with boughs of evergreen from the cold of winter, To-day as I wandered through Oakwood, Where we lay our loved… Continue Reading →

Sweet Potato Coffee (1861)

In 1861 Our Little Paper of Lansingburgh reprinted a recipe for a coffee substitute possibly taken from the American Agriculturalist magazine, as the latter credited it to a reader while the former (otherwise verbatim) did not. The Troy Daily Whig… Continue Reading →

Fair Warning on Fair Use

☞ If the Gazette continues to copy Lansingburgh Items from the Troy Times, its editor will wake up some morning and find himself famous. The last Gazette contained more local news obtained from that source, than has appeared in its… Continue Reading →

A Handful of Coffin Nails

A gentleman at Lansingburg, N. Y. has discovered that tobacco can be so cultivated there as to be equal to the best cultivated in Cuba for segars, simply by pulling off the leaves when only partly grown. The Genius of… Continue Reading →

“Guiltless Poverty No Disgrace” (1854)

For the Lansingburgh Democrat. GUILTLESS POVERTY NO DISGRACE. Ponder it well O ye, who blessed with store, Regard with score the abject, suffering poor; In tattered garb what though thy brother be, No shame to him pertains, but rather thee;… Continue Reading →

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