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Lansingburgh suffragist Emeline Smith Hicks (1816-1903)

Emeline Smith Hicks (1816-1903) Oakwood Cemetery section F lot 142 grave 2 MARRIED, In Ghent, Columbia County, on the 1st instant, by the Rev. Mr. Lester, Mr. Martin W. Hicks, of Troy, to Miss Emeline Smith, of the former place…. Continue Reading →

Popcorn, Lemon Beer, and Root Beer: Refreshments and Reproachments

If circumstances were wanted to furnish proof of the littleness of Troy, it can be found in the fact that its citizens got a law passed by the last legislature allowing them to tax the county to raise their Recorder’s… Continue Reading →

Bad Ghosts

Today being Halloween, a horror anthology film comes to mind in connection with the below news items. In Grim Prarie Tales (1990), James Earl Jones and Brad Dourif chew the scenery in the anthology’s wraparound segment as two men in… Continue Reading →

Lansingburgh Halloweens 1900s-1970s

LANSINGBURGH. — […] Halloween Parties […] —A masquerade will be held at Powers’ Opera House to-morrow evening by members of the N. E. H. Club. The affair is in charge of the Misses Willard, Brady, Lettrick and Hayner. […] —A… Continue Reading →

Ransom Steam Street Car (1877)

The Ransom Steam Street Car, invented as an alternative to horsecar street cars – trolleys – had received an early trial in Lansingburgh. Lansingburgh was also the home of the Vice President of the Ransom Steam Car Company, Elias F…. Continue Reading →

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 →

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