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mentation and general construction, of superior ability, is sufficiently large to accommodate a considerable congregation, and is a most important addition to a populous locality. The architects were Nichols &
Brown of this city.—Argm Henrietta Josephine Bemis, wife of
John S. Gentry, died, aged 20. Elizabeth Street, wife of J. B. Plumb, formerly of this city, died at Niagara, Canada.
21. Air, h. 36, 1. 27 It was ascertained that there were 171
places where liquor was sold in the fourth police precinct; 245 in the third precinct; 449 in the first precinct, which includes the 1st, 2d, 3d and 4th wards; 51 in the villages of Greenbush and East Albany; 6 in North Greenbush; 18 in North Albany, and 21 in Watervliet, which included West Albany.
22. Air, h, 36, 1. 31 Samuel H. Cook died. Anna Frances,
wife of Philip H. Gilford, died, aged 22. Caleb N. Bement, died at Poughkeepsie, aged 78. Those of our readers whose memories can carry them back to the good times when De Witt Clinton was governor of this state will remember Caleb N. Bement. He kept a well ordered house in Green street, near State, which was the resort of all the leading politicians of that day, and where all the good things to eat and to drink were to be found. Quiet and unassuming, he was respected by all, and looked upon as a highly respected citizen. Several years since he left this oity and took up his residence in Poughkeepsie, where he has since resided up to the moment of his death, which occurred on the 22d inst., after a lingering illness.—Journal.
23. Air, h. 33, 1. 27 Jane, wife of William Moore, died, aged
77. Mary, widow of Grant Weed, died in New York. Elizabeth M. Ellison died, aged 76.
24. Air, h. 28, 1. 14 Martin White died, aged 26. Mary Ann
Conners, wife of Martin Fitzgerald, died, aged 19. James D. Burdick died, aged 19.
25. Air, h. 12, 1. 6 Marietta H. Brooks, wife of Andrew J.
Hutchinson, died, aged 32. James McCluskey died, aged 64.
26. Air, h. 20, 1. 11 The rail road ferry boat ceased running for
the season Michael Andrews died, aged 48. Daniel McGraw died,
27. Air, h. 19, 1. 0 Mary Townsend, widow of Gen. W. H. T.
Walker, died. Wm. B. Hall died, aged 67. Mary, widow of Francis McGuire, died, aged 65.
28. Air,h.22,l. 15 The ice dealers began to cut their annual crop.
The Hotalings had forty men at work. The ice was about eight inches in thickness,and of agood quality Isaac Vanderpoel died,aged 47. He was
the son of James Vanderpoel, judge of the third circuit, under the constitution of 1821; he was born in Kinderhook, but educated in Albany, whither his father removed in 1830. He graduated at Williams College, Mass., and soon after commenced the study of the law. The strong political convictions of his family, and the influence of his brother-in-law, John Van Buren, brought him actively into politics. But though generous and enthusiastic, his mild nature and fine instincts forbade him to indulge in any of the acerbity of partisanship. While quite a young man he was elected alderman and supervisor of his ward. In 1852 he was assistant adjutant general under Gen. Temple, and on his death succeeded
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him to the chief office. In 1862, on the incoming of Seymour's second administration, he was appointed engineer in chief, and the whole charge of the militia service of the state was assigned to his department. At the time of his death he was city attorney. He was agent of the Widows and Orphans Insurance Company in New York since its establishment. He was in the full possession of his faculties, and his life which had not been without vicissitudes of fortune,-seemed almost to be crowned with success. He was the centre of a happy home, and he held a position of honor and esteem among his fellow men.—Argus.
29. Air, h. 29, 1. 20 Catharine S. Mulland, wife of John Eller,
died, aged 26. Dorothea, widow of George Reuter, died. Rachel J., widow of James H. Westfield, died, aged 49 years.
30. Air, h. 32,1. 21 The last rail was laid on the Susquehanna
rail road, connecting Albany with Binghamton on the Erie rail road.
31. Air, h. 24, 1. 7 The following statement of the lumber business of the year, was published in one of the papers, but is said to understate the business of several firms:
42. W. H. Bloomlngdale, $68,511 70
43. Stimson & Henry 61,504 61
44. Jones&Co., 56,033 67
45. W. H. Roes & Sons, 52,150 11
46. Headlam&Sons, 34,635 66
January 1. Air, h. 23, 1. 6 The post office letter carriers made
their appearance to-day in a new uniform, consisting of blue gray coats
and pants trimmed with black, and a zouave cap A heavy and tedious
snow storm prevailed all day, with the thermometer ata low figure
Mary Hart died, aged 24. Rev. Francis T. Hanna died, aged 32.
2. Air, h. 23, 1.6 Eleanor M. Skinner, wife of WinslowS. Keith,
died, aged 30. Mary Lynch died, aged 42.
3. Air, h. 26, 1. 21 Mrs. Ariettah Jadwin died, aged 83. Sarah,
widow of John Weaver, died, aged 77. Ann, wife of David Davenport, died, aged 66.
4. A January thaw set in Margaret V. Kiely died, aged 25.
5. January thaw continued Patrick Murphy died, aged 77.
7. Jane Mynders, wife of George M. Frame, died, aged 57.
8. Ann K. Lavender, wife of Thomas F. Hallett, died, aged 29.
9. Nancy Green, died, aged 58. Catharine Dowdol died, aged 85.
10. Samuel Solomons, formerly of Albany, died in New York, aged 61. He was a son of Levi Solomons, a leading tobacconist in Albany in the first quarter of the present century, formerly of the firm of Caldwell & Solomons.
11. Air, h. 37,1. 22 The ice which gave way in the upper Hudson
and Mohawk on the day previous, broke up above the city about 11 o'clock this day, and damming up at the Hudson river bridge, threw a vast volume of water through the upper cut into the canal basin, doing immense damage to the grain warehouses on the pier. A row of brick stores of five and sis. stories in height was damaged to the amount of half a million of dollars. There was also great destruction of boats moored in the
basin Bernard Hagan died, aged 62. Mrs. Alida Pangburn died,
12. Air, h. 30, 1. 25 The Susquehanna rail road was opened,
throughout its entire length to Binghamton. The project of a rail road connecting Albany and Binghamton had been discussed for many years; but it was not until April 19th, 1851, that an organization was effected, with Edward C. Delavan as its first president; and during that year individual subscriptions to the stock of the company amounted to one million of dollars. In 1852 an act was passed by the legislature authorizing the city of Albany to loan the road its credit to the amount of one million of dollars, and in April of that.year its citizens voted to make the loan. In the fall of 1853 the entire work was let to Morris, Miller, Baker & Co., to be completed at a cost of seven millions of dollars, they agreeing to take the individual subscriptions, the city loan and the balance of their pay in the bonds of the company. These contractors worked upon various portions of the route until they had expended about fifty thousand dollars, when, in the spring of 1854, they were forced, by the Schuyler frauds on the New York and New Haven rail road, and the consequent loss of public confidence in all rail roads, to suspend operations. In 1855, the subject of bonding the towns along the route was discussed, and a bill authorizing the issue of such bonds was passed by the assembly that year, but defeated by the senate. In 1857 the bill passed the legislature and became a law, and town subscriptions to the amount of nine hundred thousand dollars were obtained by this means. This amount having been exhausted, it was resolved to apply for aid from the state. Arguments were used to the effect that the portion of country through which the road was to pass had, for many years, paid its proportion of taxes for the canals, without deriving a corresponding benefit therefrom; and that the resultant benefit to the state, in the increased valuation of taxable property and increased productions, justified the measure upon grounds of public policy. In 1859, a bill appropriating $250,000, in aid of that portion of the road lying between Albany and Schoharie, passed the legislature, and was vetoed by Gov. Morgan. In 1860, a bill appropriating $1,000,000 for the whole line of the road, in installments of $250,000 each as the road progressed, the last installment to be paid upon its completion, passed the legislature and was vetoed by Gov. Morgan. In 1861 a bill, leaving out the appropriation for the western half of the road, and appropriating $500,000 for the completion of that portion lying between Albany and Oneonta, passed the legislature, and was vetoed by Gov. Morgan. In 1862, this bill again passed the legislature, and was again vetoed by Gov. Morgan. In 1863, the same bill passed the legislature, was signed by Gov. Seymour, and became a law. This bill provided for an appropriation of $250,000 when completed to Cobleskill, and the same amount when completed to Oneonta. With the aid thus furnished it was opened for transportation to the following points, at the dates named below: to Schoharie, 35 miles, September 16, 1863; to Cobleskill, 45 miles, January 2, 1865; to Richmondville, 50 miles, June 1, 1865; to Worcester, 62 miles, July 17, 1865 ; to Schenevus, 67 miles, August 7,1865; to Oneonta, 82 miles, August 28, 1865. In 1866, a bill waB passed giving the road an additional half million of dollars, payable in two equal installments, upon reaching Harpersville and Binghamton respectively, and was vetoed by Gov. Fenton. In 1867, a bill was passed and became a law, appropriating $250,000 for that portion of the road from Oneonta to Harpersville. With this aid, the building of the road was continued as follows: Otego, Otsego county, 90 miles from Albany, Jan. 23, 1866; Unadilla, Otsego county, 99 miles from Albany, March 21, 1866; Sidney, Delaware county, 103 miles from Albany, Oct 22,1866; Bainbridge, Chenango county, 108 miles from Albany, July 10, 1867;. Afton, Chenango county, 114 miles from Albany, Nov. 11, 1867; Harpersville, Broome county, 120 miles from Albany, Dec. 25, 1867. In 1868 a bill was passed giving the additional $250,000 to complete the road from Harpersville to Binghamton, and was vetoed by Gov. Fenton. A temporary loan of $550,000 was then effected on the second mortgage bonds of the company, which loan matures during the present year. With this aid the road was opened to Binghamton, the last rail having been laid in December last. The road is now open for business, but it can hardly be called completed. Although it is safe in all its parts for present use, much expensive work remains to be done. The temporary tressle work at the western end is to be replaced by permanent embankments, and a large amount will be required to complete the arching of the extensive tunnel in Colesville. The road is 140 miles in length, and its total cost up to Sept. 30, 1868, was $6,387,455.94. At that date the total amount of funded and floating debt 'was $3,362,000, and its total earnings and expenses for five years were as follows:
Now that the road has formed a through connection with the west by means of the New York and Erie rail road, and is about to tap the coal regions of Pennsylvania, it may confidently be predicted that its earnings will henceforth steadily and rapidly increase, and prove a permanent source of revenue, as will the road itself a permanent blessing to the
locality through which it passes, and to the whole state.—Argus
Bridget McGonnell died, aged 34.
13. Air, h. 29, 1. 19 Henry MoCotter died, aged 27.
14. Air, h. 27, 1. 22.
15. Air, h. 30, 1. 26 Mrs Harriet Moore Allen, wife of Dr. C.
Devol, died. Wm. Burns died, aged 30. Mrs. Cynthia (Pemberton) Rote, died at Lawrence, Kansas, aged 28.
16. Air, h. 34, 1.22 Theodore S. Lord died, aged 54. Mary
O'Brian died, aged 50.
17. Air, h. 26, 1. 18 Wm. Ryan died, aged 73. Jane Raem,
wife of Wm. Hess, died, aged 22. Ann Quinn died, aged 76. Patrick Lynch died, aged 63. John J. Kenny died, aged 18. Elizabeth Graham, wife of Peter Spawn, died, aged 47.
18. Air, h. 26, 1. 15 Bernard Mahar died, aged 82. Thomas
Mooney died at Bennington, aged 22. Michael Conlon died, aged 50.
19. Air, h. 18, 1. 16 Terrence Brady died, aged 29. Margaret
Cameron died, aged 20.
20. Air, h. 25, 1. 21 Elizabeth Maguire died, aged 46.
21. Air, h. 32, 1. 16 Hattie R., wife of Allen Whitbeck, died,
aged 28. Dennis Beck died, aged 26.
22. Air, h. 66,1. 7 Gertrude Tebbits, wife of Erastus Corning,
Jr., died. Mrs. Corning was highly esteemed for her many virtues and rare qualifications, and her death was deeply felt by our community. With the poor, to whom she was always a generous and a reliable source of comfort, her death fell with crushing weight. Andrew Dunphy died, aged 57. John M'Cambly died, aged 45. Mrs. Conlan, whose husband was killed by the train a few days before, died of grief. Mary Agan died, aged 63.
23. Air, h. 9, 1. 0 Rosanna Gunn died, aged 81.
24. Air, h. 25, 1. 16 Ella M. Hand, wife of Thomas C. Jeffers,
died. John Kenny died, aged 65. Owen Curran died, aged 44.
25. Air, h. 34, 1. 17 Mary Hickey died, aged 44.
26. Air, h. 20, 1. 9 Mrs. Mary Coleman died, aged 68. Anna
Ross, wife of Moses Fisher, died, aged 30.
27. Air, h. 20, 1. 19.
28. Air, h. 24, 1 20.
29. Air, h. 35, 1. 25 James H. Chipman died in Brooklyn.
Rebecca Bunting died, aged 75. Thomas Fox died, aged 33. John Gano died, aged 89.