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church Bernard Reynolds, late alderman of first ward, died, aged
37. James Wade, M.D., died in Watervliet, aged 79. Chauncey R. Brasee died, aged 33. Patrick Repell died, aged 91. Jeremiah Footman died, aged 19. Jane, widow of Abraham S. Thornton, died, aged 63.
22. Air, h.38,1.1 below zero Eliza, wife of Martin Fleming, died,
aged 38. Johanna, widow of Jeremiah Toomey, died, aged 83. Isaac Buckbee died in New York, aged 64.
23. Air, h. 7, 1. 10 below zero Great fire of John G. White's
malt house in Hudson street opposite Philip, loss $180,000, of which §80,000 was insured. The building was of six stories and nearly three hundred feet front, and is said to have contained 60,000 bushels of barley or malt Peter Gill died by his own hand.
24. Air, h. 4,1.4below zero Thomas Dohey died, aged 32. Dennis Collins died, aged 35. P. R. Harty died in New York, aged 31. Mrs. Catharine Enders died at Richmond, Va., aged 81.
25. Air, h. 10, 1. 3 Catharine, widow of Jacob Groesbeck, died,
aged 82. Mary Catharine Wyckoff, widow of Elliot Beecher Preston, died at Hartford, Conn. Charles Healey died, aged 52. Mrs. Anna McGown died, aged 37. Cornelius Van Rensselaer died at Greenbush, aged 74. Moses Van Buren died, aged 67.
26. Air, h. 18, 1. 14 Charles Sayles died, aged 60.
27. Air, h. 23, 1. 18 W. F. Bronck died, aged 70. Martha
Tuttle, wife of Benjamin Westervelt, died, aged 39. Frederick Neidlinger died, aged 48.
28. Ellen, wife of Mr. Dwyer died, aged 39.
29. Frances Barnard, wife of Henry Q. Hawley, died.
March 1. The Albany County Bible Society celebrated its fiftyseventh anniversary, the Rev. Dr. Elmendorf preaching the annual sermon. The election for officers resulted as follows: president, William Gould; first vice president, C. P. Easton; second vice president, John E. Page; corresponding secretary, Rev. D. Dyer; recording secretary, Stephen R. Gray; treasurer, Archibald McClure, Jr.
2. Great snow storm extending over the whole state, everywhere obstructing the rail roads, accompanied with wind and extreme cold
The common council changed the name of Van Schaik street to Monroe street. We have witnessed with surprise and regret the indifference of the citizens of Albany to the memorials and traditions of their fathers. Several mansions preserving the peculiar architecture of Holland, instead of being preserved, as they would have been in any city with sense, taste, or ancestral pride, were relentlessly demolished. Nor does indulgence in vandalism content them. They not only obliterate ancient monuments, but reject time honored names. There has been a long line of Van Schaiks in Albany, reaching back to its origin, after whom a street was named, but which, for what reason we are unable even to conjecture, has been changed! Why is it that the Albany of to-day is so anxious to efface the antiquities, destroy the landmarks, weaken the associations, and wipe out the memories of the past? Was there anything in the characters or habits of their ancestors of which they arc ashamed? Does the intelligence, enterprise, and prosperity of Albany show that her citizens are superior in these respects to their predecessors? Who among her lawyers, overshadow Abram Van Vechten, Ambrose Spencer, James Kent, John V. Henry, and John Van Ness Yates? What merchants of superior ability have taken the places of Dudley Walsh, William James, I. & J. Townsend, the Boyds, John T. Norton, Lewis Benedict, Rufus H. King. Indeed, without Erastus Corning, Thomas W. Olcott, and Ezra P. Prentice, who are among the few survivors of that class, Albany would be left to the illumination of lesser, but perhaps brighter lights, though we don't see it If, however, modern is really ashamed of ancient Albany, then her new common councilmen, the present city fathers, more enlightened and venerable, doubtless, than the Van Rensselaers, Van Vechtens, Ganesvoorts, Wendells, Bleeckers, Yateses, Ten Eycks, etc., etc., of Dutch origin, should go on with their reforms and sponge out all that links the present to the past. Veneering will give the city a fresh aspect. This will not, we admit, improve it in the estimation of old fogies, whose memory and whose affections go back to Albany, as it was half a century ago, when the Dutch and English languages were heard; when in summer afternoons, wives and husbands smoked their pipes on stoops; when every corner was vocal with the concerts of whistling negroes; and when the annual festivities of Pinkster Hill were next
to the Fourth of July, the event of the year—N. Y. Com. Adv
The work of demolition began on the old brick church corner of South
Pearl and Beaver streets, preparatory to the erection of Beaver Block
Jacob C. Koonz died, aged 36.
3. Thomas Hutchinson died, aged 57. Alice M. Gavit, wife of James S. Ostrander died, aged 45.
4. Rowland B. Lloyd, sexton of First Presbyterian Church, died, aged 52. Sarah Fowler died, aged 63.
5 The centennial anniversary of Master's Lodge, No. 5 of Free and Accepted Masons, was celebrated by a concert at Tweddle Hall, and a supper at the Delavan House. Oration by Dr. S. R. Vanderpoel
James Flood committed suicide by shooting himself, aged 35. Libbie A. Monaghan died, aged 27. Thomas Cleary died, aged 71.
6. Nicholas Redmond died, aged 44.
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8. Air, h. 44, 1. 37 Rev. Benjamin H. Pitman died, aged 79.
Elizabeth, wife of Cornelius Schouten died, aged 72.
9. Air, h. 44, 1. 28 Onions sold to day at $15 a barrel; the
highest price ever reached in Albany.—Ev. Post. Butter was 60 cts. a pound Henry Smith died, aged 55.
10. Air, h. 42, 1. 34 John B. Bigelow died, aged 37. Isabella
Howell, wife of George M. Barnes, died, aged 31.
11. Air, h. 38, 1. 34 Mary, wife of John Smith, died, aged 54.
Bernard Hogan died, aged 70.
12. Air, h. 35, 1. 19 The following persons were elected
officers of the Young Men's Association: president, Frank Chamberlain; 1st vice president, Jacob S. Mosher ; 2d vice president, John H. Crombie; 3d vice president, Matthew C. Clark; treasurer, Rufus H. King; recording secretary, Nathan Swartz; corresponding secretary, John H. Farrell; managers, Charles W. Lord, B. Lathrop, S. H. Van Sickler, G. A. Tremaine, G. D. Weidman, John N. Foster, S. James Ainsworth,
Jos. M. Lawson, Robert Headlam, David A. Teller Capt.
William Adams, an ancient North river skipper, died, aged 90. Deacon Adams (as he was more generally designated by his intimate friends), was a native of Massachusetts, and came to this city in his early manhood. He had " followed the water " from his youth up, and was one of the most energetic and successful of the many prominent sloop captains on the North river, long before steam navigation was known or dreamed of. Having accumulated a moderate competency, he retired from active business many years ago, and has since lived to do good. In this, as in all else, his life has been a memorable success. Deacon Adams, through the entire of his long life, was a zealous and devoted Christian, decided, but gentle, humble and devout. He was one of the few who constituted the original membership of the First Baptist church in this city, when it met in the building on the corner of Orange and Pearl streets. From that day to the day of his death, he followed his master with loving devotion, and held every personal interest subordinate to his religious duties. Until within a few months he was enabled to continue his daily exercise, and to receive the congratulations of his friends. But he " longed to depart," and this longing had grown upon him since, a few years ago, his venerable wife and beloved daughter passed to their rest. He has now gone down to his grave " like a shock of corn fully ripe;" but the recollection of his earnest and devoted Christian life will continue, as a delightful memory, with all who knew him.— Journal. Joshua Cleary died, aged 64. Eliza Schmidt, wife of Henry Waldbillig, died, aged 28. Robert Breckenbridge died, aged 32. Mary, wife of John Healy, died, aged 40. Wni. J. Nolen, aged 27, disappeared on the 29th Dec, last; his body was found in the river this day.
13. Air, h. 46, 1. 30 John Wickham died, aged 48. Mary Ford,
wife of John Feeley, died, aged 23.
14. Air, h. 43, 1. 36 About a thousand workmen on the Central
rail Toad, principally laborers, stopped work and made a demand for eight hours a day of work. Several hundred marched into the city in a body.
15. Air, h. 46, 1. 40.
16. Air, h. 54, 1. 40 Anna Margaret Thauer died, aged 77.
John Silman died, aged 70 The common council determined to
build a new market on South Pearl street, corner Howard The ice
broke up about midnight and passed away without doing much damage.
17. Air, h. 52, 1. 43 The Hudson River and Central rail road
lines were obstructed by high water, which covering the tracks at certain points prevented the passage of trains. The river was open before the city, but the ice was firm at many places below. The unusual length and severity of the winter had formed ice of great thickness and strength, and the frost had penetrated the earth to the depth of three or four feet, congealing the water in the city aqueducts where it had never before done
so Vina Lawyer, wife of Alexander H. Wells, died, aged 26.
Mary Ball died, aged 79.
18. Air, h. 57, 1. 42 Jeannie A. Gallagher, widow of H. C. Fin
negan, died, aged 26. Maggie J. Brown, wife of Wm. M. Stevens, died, aged 30.
19. Air, h. 47, 1. 27 John S. Van Rensselaer died, aged 76. He
was the eldest son of Killian VanRensselaer, the lineal descendant of the brother of the first patroon of Rensselaerswick, who became the proprietor of the Claverack patent. The deceased thus fully inherited the characteristics of the early Dutch settlers of our city and the couutry hereabouts, and whose impress still, to some extent, gives tone to our character as a people. He was born in 1782, and received an education quite fully up to the standard of his day; graduated at Union College: studied the law, and for some years pursued its practice. His youthful ardor and patriotism led him to take part in the war of 1812. He was commissioned as a lieutenant, but for the most part of his term of service was attached to the staff of the general commanding the northern division of the state, whose field of duty was in the vicinity of Lake Champlain. Mr. Van Rensselaer held but few public offices, his ambition not leading him in that direction. He has been an alderman of the city, and in that capacity evinced his public spirit, his prudence and wisdom; also judge of the county court.—Journal. In the death of General John S. Van Rensselaer, Albany loses a citizen who has been conspicuous in its society during a long life-time—a representative of one of the old Dutch families that founded our city and state. His father, Killian K. Van Rensselaer, represented this county for five successive terms in the house of representatives. Three of his uncles served in the Revolutionary war. Nicholas Van Rensselaer was an aid to Gen. Schuyler, Philip was quartermaster, and Henry K., colonel. Gen. John S., just deceased, though a young man, not yet of age, served in the war of 1812 as aid on the staff of Gen. Brown, and rendered some valuable services. His identification with this period of our national history made him in later years the representative and champion of the surviving veterans when their claims for services came before the country. He was military secretary and confidential aid of Gov. De Witt Clinton during his administration. He was educated to the bar, and was appointed judge of the county, but he did not closely pursue the profession of the law. For a while he edited the Albany Daily Advertiser, an influential paper; and took a prominent part in the political struggles of the day. But he was never led by party attachment to forget his obligations to the country. He was a warm-hearted patriot, and loved the constitution and government of his fathers, and dreaded the perils to which they were exposed, and allied himself to those who defended them. He was a public-spirited citizen, and warmly identified himself with whatever would add to the fame or progress of Albany. •» He had in his composition none of the phlegm, which is supposed to characterize the people of Holland; but was remarkable for vivacity of expression and manner, and a generous impulsiveness. His well-stored mind, and his wide communion with men and active participation in events, made his conversation as instructive as agreeable. And he retained to the close of his life the animation, and
joyous and gallant spirit of his youth.— Argus William V. Hackett
died, aged 30 Mary Turner, wife of William Grey, died, aged 43.
20. Air, h. 38, 1. 30 Mrs. Mary Murphy died, aged 67. Margaret
Cullen died, aged 70.
21. Air, h. 40, 1. 30 A snow storm began at 7 A. M. and continued throughout the day, and obstructed the rail roads in all directions.
22. Air, h. 32, 1. 26 The propeller John Taylor, arrived to-day
practically demonstrating what had before been in doubt, that the river was open to navigation Jeunie Hutson died, aged 21.
23. Air, h. 30, 1. 24 Mary, widow of John Turner, died, aged 91.
24. Air, h. 42, 1. 29 Capt. Richard W. Sherman, who commanded the. De Witt Clinton steam boat on the river, died at Vergennes, Vt. He was an excellent disciplinarian. Simon Relyea died.
26. Air, h. 38, 1. 28 Eleanor Conroy died, aged 71. Eliza Duff
died, aged 66.