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24. Air, h. 34, 1. 28 Hogan Gibbons died, aged 3f. Philip
Stein died, aged 49.
25. Air, h. 40, 1. 32.
26. Air, h. 42, 1. 39.
27. Air, h. 43, 1. 32. A telegraph line along the Susquehanna
rail road connecting Binghamton with Albany was completed this day. Louis Francois Alphonse Brun died, aged 44.
28. A meeting of citizens was held at the City Hall to consider the feasibility of removing Union College to Albany. Dr. Alden March presided, and Judge Clute delivered awritten address. Speeches were made by Hon. J. V. L. Pruyn, Dr. McNaughton, Win. Barnes, Mr. Cavert and Arthur Bott. Hon. Ira Harris, president^ro tern, of the college, spoke in reply to questions about the condition of the institution and the probable willingness of the trustees to treat for a removal. lie thought if the citizens of Albany would raise half a million of dollars the trustees would consider it advantageous to the institution to remove. It was held by the speakers that Albany would have a university soon, that all efforts to establish one at Schenectady had failed, and that two institutions so near each other could not succeed; and it was evident which would have to succumb, as Union had run down in scholarship from 330 to 140. A committee was appointed to confer with the trustees on the subject.
29. The German Catholics laid the corner stone of a new church, to be called Holy Queen of Angels, on the corner of Central avenue and Robin street. A procession was formed at the Cathedral, consisting of the prelates of the Catholic church, two brass bands, eight military companies and four civic societies. The foundation of the edifice had already been laid 150 feet long and 66 wide. The notice published, that the ceremonies would take place, and be attended with a grand procession, called out one of the largest crowds we ever saw on any similar occasion. The weather was cold and disagreeable, yet thousands of people patiently waited from about 2 p. M., until the close of the ceremonies, between 5 and 6 P. M. There could not have been less than six thousand people present to witness the exercises attending this imposing event. The procession that acted as an escort to the bishop and clergy, from the episcopal residence on Madison avenue, to the church site, consisted of Klein's and Freberthuyser's bands, eight military companies from the 10th and 25th regiments, and four civic socities, the Hibernian, St. Peter's, St. Joseph's and St. Francisquis. The bishop and clergy arrived on the ground at 4 P. M and immediately formed into procession for the purpose of dedicating the church, blessing the spot on which the altar was to stand, and lay the corner stone, all of which duties were performed with imposing ceremonies. The Right Rev. Bishop Conroy officiated in the exercises, assisted by the Very Revs. Father Wadhamsand Fidelis Dehm, Fathers liayjrd, Ludden, McGinn, Burk, Doran and Lowery, of this city, and Fathers Alphonse and Robert, of Utica, and about thirty acolytes. At the conclusion of the exercises, the clergy took a position on the platform arranged for the purpose, from which the Very Rev. Father Wadhams delivered an appropriate address to the occasion in English, and the Very Rev Father Fidelis Dehm in German. Owing to the lateness of the hour, these were short but very effective. At the close the bishop delivered a benediction, and the crowd dispersed. The new church is to be called Holy Queen of Augels, a very pretty title. Its pastor is Father Newbauer, of the order of 0. M. C, who was also present and took part in the ceremonies. The auditofluin will be 130 feet. The whole is to be of Romanesque architecture, and have a beautiful tower. The architects were Nichols & Brown. The builder is John McCabe. When completed it will be a splendid structure, and creditable to the German Catholics.—
Knickerbocker John Haswell died, at Bethlehem, aged 89. The
deceased was the eighth son of John Haswell, senior, who migrated from Northumberland, England, in 1774, with a family consisting of himselfj wife and eleven children (seven sons and four daughters), who landed in New York, came to Albany in that year, aud settled on the Patroon's Manor in Bethlehem, six miles south-west of this city, on the farm on which the subject of this obituary was born on first of January, 1780, and died aged 88 years, 10 months and 28 days. After the death of his parents, the farm was divided between three of the sons: Edward, John aud William. The latter is the youngest and the only survivor of fifteen children, and is in the 85th year of his age. The title of the farm still remains in the family. With the exception of an attack of fever and ague, more than half a century ago, the deceased has enjoyed uninterrupted health until the 19th instant, when the inexorable messenger entered his sick chamber to call him from earth to a better world. He was always an active member in society, taking a lively interest in state, town, school and church affairs, never failing to attend meetings called to promote the interest of either; and while he was an active politician he was far from being a seeker for political favors. He was, however, elected aud served as one of the members of assembly from this county, in the fall of 1826. With this exception he refused all other positions except as an officer of the church, school trustee, path master and quartermaster of the Bethlehem regiment of militia, and was never absent from duty on any occasion requiring his presence. During his life he lived in peace with all his neighbors, and highly respected by all who knew him, and departed this life without ever having had an enemy, full of years, and with an abiding hope of a glorious resurrection from the grave to eternal life
through the atoning merits of the Saviour Jane B., wife of Geo. S.
Lansing, died, aged 39.
30. Hannah, wife of Wm. M. Wilbur, died at Saratoga, aged 29.
December 1. Samuel Spooner died, aged 60. Richard Bedell died, aged 68. Caroline Papen died, aged 68.
2. The delegates of the new Diocese of Northern New York met in St. Peter's church. Forty seven of the ninety six parishes were represented at the opening. Rev. Dr. Coit of Troy was elected president; the Rev. J. H. Brown, secretary, and John H. Van Antwerp, treasurer. 'Rev. Wm. Croswell Doane, rector of St. Peters, was elected bishop of the diocese William P. Norton died, aged 30.
3. Cellie A. Keeler died, aged 22.
4. Bridget Farrell died, aged 57.
5. Samuel S. Mull died, aged 30.
6. Elizabeth Gourlay, wife of Robert Whitlock, died, aged 65. Jeremiah Lansing, Jr., died. Mrs. Lemira Roberts died, aged 82.
7. The river was thought to be closed by a heavy snow storm, and the
boats were hauled off Anna Mariah Williams, wife of Thomas Craik,
died, aged 26. Susan, wife of John Canary died, aged 47.
8. A change in the temperature renewed the activity of the shippers, and a large tow left for New York, arfd the steam boats ware put in
active motion Edward M. Tobey died, at St Cloud, Minnesota,
9. The last steam boat left for New York.........James Mulhearn died,
aged 28. George demons died in New York, and was brought up for burial. John Doran died, aged 60. George Edee died, aged 70.
10. The thermometer indicated 10° above zero, and the river was frozen over, and no boat attempted to reach this point, although the ferry boats continued to ply.
11. Mary Jane Kane, wife of James H. Briety died, aged 26. James Cullen died, aged 25.
12. Air, h. 18,1. 8. Mary, widow of Seth Hastings, died at Brainerd's Bridge, aged 79.
13. Air, h. 25,1.20 George Reuter died, aged 56. Samuel
Gardner died, aged 62.
14. Air, h. 28, 1. 17 Daniel W. Wood died, aged 32. Bridget,
wife of Henry W. Keenan, died, aged 26.
15. Air, h. 26,1. 21 Thomas D. Bennett died, aged 56 years, and was
buried from the Friends' meeting house. John W. Jenkins, Jr., died, aged 67.
16. Air, h. 27 1. 12 Mrs. Catharine Bake died, aged 54. Daniel
Cahill died, aged 34. Lucia M., widow of John Marvin, died, aged 89. Stafford Spencer Benne died, aged 21. Catharine Glevin died, aged 75.
17. Air, h. 22, 1. 18 The excavation going on for the new Capitol presented the most extraordinary spectacle ever seen in Albany of the kind. About 400 men were employed in loading 200 teams, which formed a continuous procession in close rank from morning till night, passing
up Washington avenue to the dumping ground, and returning
William Pye died, aged 50. Ann, wife of Patrick Lynch, died, aged 46. Margaret Mesick, wife of Rev. B. F. Romaine, died by her own hand at Columbus, O.
18. Air, h. 36, 1. 27 Caroline M. Burgess, wife of John Elmen
dorf, died, aged 36.
19. Air, h. 34, 1. 4 An unusual number of buildings were being
erected, for the time of year. A few years ago it was thought hardly possible to erect brick buildings in the winter, and masons, carpenters and painters were out of employment three or four months. It had been discovered that the difficulty of frost could be overcome, and the lack of sufficient tenements for the peoplo during the coming year, was an additional'inducement to push forward with all possible celerity during the winter Margaret McNurtney died, aged 48. Joel R. Reed died.
20. Air, h. 18, 1. 10 Rain fell during the day, and the streets
were slippery with ice and water St. Anne's Catholic church, in
Nucella street, was dedicated, with the customary ceremonies. This church is, undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful specimens of ecclesiastical architecture in our city, already famed for its elegant churches. Its exterior is novel in outline and finish, and the entire design will bear critical examination, and can hardly fail to be admired by architects and connoisseurs, as something far beyond ordinary brick and mortar vagaries. The interior is especially beautiful, and the church may be justly considered a gem. It gives evidence in its proportions, interior ornamentation 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.—Argus 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, I. 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 Green bush 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 II. Gilford, died, aged 22. Caleb N. Bement, diedatPoughkeepsie, 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 city 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. 1,2, 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. 22,1. 15 The ice dealers began to cut their annual crop.
The Hotalings had forty men at work. The ice was abouteightinchesin 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: