Troy's One Hundred Years
1789-1889

To mark the centenary of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY, the book Troy's One Hundred Years 1789-1889 was published in 1891 by William H. Young of 7-9 First Street in Troy. Compiled by Arthur James Weise, M. A., the book marks the 100th anniversary of the granting of the first village charter in 1791. The village of Troy became the city of Troy when it received its city charter on 12 April 1816.

The book chose as the starting point for its 100 years of coverage the date 5 January 1789, on which date what previously had been informally called Vanderheyden [because it was the landing point on the eastern bank of the Hudson River of Vanderheyden's ferry] was renamed Troy. (See Origins of Place Names in Rensselaer County.)

Many thanks to Bill McGrath of Clifton Park, Saratoga County, NY, who has posted excerpts from the book on the Rensselaer County Mailing List and has kindly granted permission for us to reproduce them here for your benefit.

The list below shows the excerpts I intend to post here, and I'll upload them as I find the time. For now, you can click on those excerpts that are ready so far.

For a list of prominent citizens of Troy and Rensselaer County prior to 1925, click here.


Titles of Postings
Preface - Troy from the Very Beginning
Troy's Centennial Celebrations, 1889
G. V. S. Quackenbush & Co.
William H. Frear's Bazaar
Manufacture of Stoves
City Officials
Mayors of the City of Troy
Comptrollers of the City of Troy
Bank Officers
Old People's Homes
Churches
Introduction of Illuminating Gas
Troy Hospital
Marshall Infirmary
Saint Mary's Male Orphan Asylum
Troy Young Men's Association
Troy Young Women's Association
Citizens' Steamboat Company of Troy
Carriage Manufacturing
Volunteer Fire Companies
Steam Fire Engine Companies
Troy Cemeteries
Woodside Presbyterian Church
Troy Clubs
Physicians in Troy in 1890
Commissioners of Charities
Aldermen 1891-1892
Trustees of Troy Orphan Asylum, 1890
Troy Fire, May 10th, 1862
Local Organizations
Troy Female Seminary, Board of Trustees
Attorneys-at-Law in Troy in 1890
Grand Army of the Republic, Posts
Marshall Infirmary & Rensselar County Lunatic Asylum, Governors 1890
Independent Order of Odd Fellows
Pastors of the Roman Catholic Churches
Pastors of the Baptist Churches
History of Oakwood Cemetery
Oldest Hat and Fur Store
Postmasters of Troy
Recorders of the City of Troy
The Troy Railroad Young Men's Christian Association
The Troy Club
Bell Foundries
The Troy Laundry Machinery Company, Limited
W. H. Tolhurst & Son
Chief Engineers of the City Fire Department
Troy Savings Bank
Coal Dealers
Trustees of the Village Of Troy
Children's Home Society
Avalanche of Clay
Saint Patrick's Day Riot, 17 March 1837
Introduction of Sewing Machines
Chamberlains of the City of Troy
Tompkins Brothers-Knitting Mill Machinery
Samuel Wilson - "Uncle Sam"
Clothiers
Troy Citizens' Corps
Brewing of Beer
Rensselaer County Soldiers And Sailors' Monument Association



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