☞ The presumptuous upstart, “Young America,” by way of showing the difference between him and Mr. Old Fogy, defines the latter as one “who sits on the shirt-tail of progress, and cries -won!”
Lansingburgh Democrat. August 25, 1853: 2 col 5.
☞ The advantages of advertising—the person who found a watch and advertised in last week’s Democrat, has found an owner for the same. Also, the package of Sheriff’s papers have been recovered. So much for so much—let the old fogies who think money paid for advertising is all lost, put these facts in their pipes and smoke them.
Lansingburgh Democrat. October 5, 1854: 2 col 3.
—Gen. Burt says the new railroad from Saratoga to Troy will be completed and running through Lansingburgh by June. Now let all the old fogies and yelping curs of the Burgh either migrate to Podunk, simmer down or go into their hole. Hurrah for Gen. Burt and the steam iron horse with its iron hoofs, lungs of fire and smoking nostrils, which wake up sleepy hollow, the “garden” of the Hudson valley.
“Splinters and Chips.” Lansingburgh State Gazette. January 21, 1882: 3 col 1.
—Look for the locomotive soon; when the bell rings let the old fogies and lazy coots get up and get.
“Splinters and Chips.” Lansingburgh State Gazette. February 4, 1882: 3 col 1.
WATER, gas, increasing population, a progressive element entering into public affairs, the gradual dying out of old fogyism, and a wide-spread desire to introduce modern methods and improvements, promise an era of prosperity for Lansingburgh that should have had its birth long ago. Results will counteract complaints that may now seem well grounded.
Lansingburgh Courier. May 30, 1885: 3 col 1.
—If a little excitement is not a good thing for old fogyism occasionally?
Lansingburgh Courier. June 13, 1885: 3 col 3.
The project of establishing electric lighting in the village seems to be meeting with general favor, and our citizens generally are looking forward with pleasure to the time when the work named shall be consummated, and Lansingburgh shall be abreast with sister towns in this respect. Considering the vast increase in illuminating power which will be furnished by the proposed plan, and the increased area which will be affected by this great illuminating agent, the cost will be less than the present inefficient and old fogy manner.
The greater beauty and utility of the electric light should induce taxpayers to insist on the introduction of this improvement. Besides, there could be no other improvement which would do so much toward giving real estate and business generally a boom in this village. Taxpayers, who believe in progress and true economy, and enterprising citizens generally, should come to the front, and insist on having the electric light, and not permit the fogy element to again retard the progress of the village.
Lansingburgh Courier. December 31, 1887: 2 col 1.
—A few years ago the man who suggested that a Democratic trustee would be elected in the fourth ward would have been called crazy. But this year the Republicans admit that such a thing may happen. Verily “the world do move,” and old fogyism is gradually taking a back seat.
Lansingburgh Courier. March 2, 1893: 3 col 4.