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At the Herman Melville House

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Roasting the chestnut “Beautiful Snow” over an open fire

Once I was Pure. — Oh! the snow, the beautiful snow, Filling the sky and the earth below! Over the house-tops, over the street, Over the heads of the people you meet, Dancing, flirting, skimming along; Beautiful snow, it can… Continue Reading →

Benjamin Van Tyle

HOOSICK FALLS.—[…]—The house of a colored man named Benjamin Van Tuyl was burned last night. Loss small. Troy Daily Times. February 14, 1866: 3 col 5. —A feature of the Republican parade of Monday evening at Hoosick Falls was a… Continue Reading →

“Joseph D. Faucher Succumbs in His Houseboat Home” (1936)

JOSEPH D. FAUCHER SUCCUMBS IN HIS HOUSEBOAT HOME — Heart Ailment Fatal to Carpenter Who Lived on Boat at Foot of 114th Street. Joseph D. Faucher, 57, a carpenter, who lived alone on a house boat at the foot of… Continue Reading →

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 →

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