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Tag 1851

New Year’s Day confectionery (1851)

To Tom Mills. Here’s a health to thee, Tom Mills— May your shadow never be less; Long may you scatter SUGAR PILLS, Through this Western wilderness. When the air is keen and my nose is cold, Along State Street I… 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 →

Lansingburgh School District 1 “Colored Department” (1847-1851+)

For a period of time, in compliance with a state law enacted in 1847, there was a “colored department” or “colored school” in School District 1. Here again is a relatively little-explored topic. It seems possible that such a school… Continue Reading →

“The Batestown and Ball Mountain Railroad” (1851)

The Batestown & Ball Mountain Railroad. The Directors of this magnificent enterprise are pushing it on towards completion with an activity commensurate with their means. Already has a single line of rail been laid from the Troy Water-works to the… Continue Reading →

“Village Improvements” (1851)

Village Improvements. It is truly gratifying, during an evening ramble, to see with what rapidity our village is spreading in all directions. Nowhere can you turn your steps where neat and comfortable dwellings, in progress of erection will not meet… Continue Reading →

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