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Schoharie County Miscellany

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Joseph R. Brown Jr.
transcribed and submitted by Roger Smith

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 The following are excerpts from an unpublished hand typed manuscript found at the Cobleskill Public Library. There is no date for the compilation. Roger Smith

Political Parties

Schoharie Town Elections: - A gentleman of veracity and intelligence from Schoharie informs us, that the recent elections for the town officers in that county were contested on political grounds, that in seven out of eight towns the Republican ticket succeeded; and that in the eighth town they have a majority, but lost their decision from local causes. Middleburgh gave a federal majority in November of 169, and now gives a handsome Republican majority.
Schoharie remembers the tender mercies of Britain and her allies in the Revolution, and judges rightly that the only way to prevent conflagrations and murders by the same foe is to rally round the Government of their country.
Albany Argus, March 9, 1813

At the late election in Blenheim, in this county, the anti-Masonic candidate for supervisor was defeated. This is the first defeat the antis have experienced in that town. Blenheim was the first, and for some time the only anti-Masonic town in the county. The result of the late election gives the assurance that it will no longer be under the influence of the blessed spirit .
(Schoharie Republican)
Albany Argus, May 11, 1832

Signs in Old Schoharie: - At a farm raising in the town of Blenheim, on the 24th inst., there were present 41 voters. A vote was taken for President, and following was the result:
For Van Buren 39
Harrison & hard cider 2
At a shed raising at Mr. Jacob Hanes, in the town of Fulton, on the 25th inst., a vote was taken for President, and resulted as follows:
For Van Buren 40
Harrison and hard cider 0
At a shed raising at J.J. Kniskern, in the town of Fulton, on the 26th inst., a vote was taken for President, and resulted as follows:
For Van Buren 15
Harrison and hard cider 0
Daily Albany Argus, June 29, 1840

Federal Coon Skin Nominations: Schoharie County - Marcus Sternberg, of Schoharie, for Sheriff; Wm. H. Holton, of Schoharie, for Clerk and Samuel P. Shibley, of Carlisle, and Mr. Hoffman, of Summit, for the Assembly.
Daily Albany Argus, Oct. 9, 1840

The Democrats of the town of Seward, and adjacent towns, assembled, six hundred strong at Hyndsville on the 20th ult., Peter Hynds, Esq., in the chair, and Abm. Osterhout and Abm. Sternburgh, secretaries. Notwithstanding the rain, and the busy season for farmers, the attendance was very large and enthusiastic. Resolutions were adopted by acclamation, responding to the nominations of Polk and Dallas, expressing an exalted appreciation of the character and services of Mr. Van Buren, and a warm approval of the administration of Gov. Bouck. The assemblage marched in procession to the grove, where they were eloquently addressed by the Hon. S.S. Bowne, of Otsego. Judge Goodyear, and the Hon. Jacob Houck, Jr. In front of the staging (says the Schoharie Republican) sat 8 or 10 soldiers of the Revolution, whose gray hairs did honor to the occasion and the cause. The turn-out shows what the response of democratic Schoharie, albeit benighted as our federal neighbor once thought, will be at the polls.
Albany Argus, August, 2, 1844

The Congressional Convention which met at East Worcester on the 4th inst., have put in nomination the Hon. Charles Goodyear of this village for the office of Representative in Congress from the 21st district.
Judge Goodyear is a highly respected and honorable citizen, and if elected, will no doubt be found faithful in the service of his constituents.
Schoharie Republican, Oct. 8, 1844

All hail the town of Sharon! The Democratic ticket elected over Whig and Short Boy by decided majorities!
To the Argus, dated Sharon, Feb. 23, 1854. Our town meeting came off on Tuesday last, and the Adamantine ticket is elected throughout with the exception of our Whig constable. Isaac Loucks, Esq., the Whig champion, headed their ticket. Never was there a town meeting so warmly contested by all parties as the one which has just passed off. The vote for Supervisor was as follows: M.N. DeNoyelles, Democrat, 288; John D. Hiller, Barnburner, 98; Isaac Loucks, Whig, 162; and the ticket throughout received about the same vote.
The Barnburners have claimed a majority in the town since the election of 1848, and heretofore the tickets have been made promiscuously of Democrats and Barnburners; but at our late town meeting the line was drawn, and the gratifying result above, shows that the Old Guard of Sharon is as firm as the rock of adamant.
So much for the putty heads of Sharon. We have shown that we can give a decided majority over Whigs and putty combined. The vote taken on Tuesday was the largest ever taken in this town.
Yours truly,
Daily Albany Argus, February 27, 1854

Postmasters & Post Offices

The name of the new post office in Middleburgh is Franklinton, and not Frankfort, as stated. John P. Plank, p.m.
Schoharie Republican, March 2, 1830

Hiram Baxter has been appointed postmaster at North Blenheim in the place of R.D. Lathrop, resigned.
Schoharie Republican, June 28, 1831

Freeman Stanton has been appointed Postmaster at Middleburgh, in the place of George Danforth, deceased.
Schoharie Republican, April 17, 1832

John F. Mattice has been appointed postmaster at Byrneville, in Fulton, Scho. Co., in place of Arby Ash, removed.
Schoharie Republican, June 11, 1833

The name of the post office in Broome, Scho. Co., has been changed to Conesville; being the name of the new town erected from Broome and from Durham, Greene county, at the present session. A. Richtmyer is the postmaster.
Albany Argus, April 8, 1836

A post office has been established at Waldensville, Scho. Co., and Hiram Walden appointed postmaster.
Daily Albany Argus, Sept. 11, 1839

Almerin Gallup has been appointed postmaster at Schoharie C.H. in the place of Jabez W. Throop, removed.
(Schoharie Republican)
Daily Albany Argus, May 26, 1843

John S. Tuttle has been appointed postmaster at Gilboa, Scho. Co., in place of John Reed, removed.
Daily Albany Argus, Jan. 22, 1845

The name of the Post Office at Punchkill has been changed to that of East Cobleskill.
Schoharie Republican, May 20, 1846

Isaac Netherway has been appointed postmaster at Barnerville in place of Jacob Russel, resigned.
Schoharie Republican, Feb. 2, 1847

John H. Angle has been appointed postmaster at Carlisle, Scho. Co., in place of Minard Harder, resigned.
Daily Albany Argus, April 6, 1848

A new post office has been established in this county called Eminence. It is located in a section of the county heretofore called Dutch Hill in the town of Summit. Minard Harder, postmaster. Communications from this place intended for Eminence Post Office should be sent via Jefferson.
Schoharie Republican, March 13, 1849

A new post office has been established in this town called the Barton Hill P.O. and Jacob Barton has been appointed postmaster.
Schoharie Republican, Oct. 9, 1849

Minard Harder, post master at Eminence, Scho. Co., has been removed and Henry A. Cleaveland appointed in his place. This removal under all the circumstances, is one of the most contemptible operations of the No-Party Administration in this county. Mr. Harder has been to considerable trouble and expense in getting a route established from Jefferson to Eminence and agreed to make up any deficiency of the office to meet the expense of carrying the mail from Jefferson to that place, six miles.
The office has barely paid the expense and in several instances fell short of the amount necessary, which deficiency he was compelled to make up besides giving his services free merely for the accommodation of the neighbors. Mr. Harder is a merchant and the office was always open for the accommodation of those who called. Mr. Cleveland has taken the office to a private house and must necessarily be absent much of the time. Nearly all who were in the habit of getting letters and papers at the office have directed them to be sent in future to Jefferson Post Office. Surely the Whigs must be greedy for the honors and emoluments of the office when they will stoop to such manners.
(Schoharie Republican)
Daily Albany Argus, May 17, 1850

A new post office has recently been established at Engellville, Schoharie County, and Peter Becker, Esq., appointed post master.
Daily Albany Argus, Aug. 28, 1850

A new post office has been established in this county called West Richmondville, and Samuel Wilt is appointed post master.
Schoharie Republican, Oct. 5, 1853

Robert S. Conyne has been appointed post master at Gardnersville in place of N. Ottman, resigned.
Schoharie Republican, June 21, 1854

Capt. Simeon Morgan, Democrat, has been appointed postmaster at Gallupville, in place of Lyman Baker, Know Nothing, removed.
Schoharie Republican, March 6, 1856

Dr. Jacob Nellis, Know Nothing, has been appointed postmaster in this village in place of Wm. N. Gallup, resigned.
Schoharie Republican, April 24, 1856

A new post office has been established at Connersville, Scho. Co., N.Y.
Schoharie Republican, April 16, 1857

A post office has been established at West Conesville, now known as Strykersville, and Horace Graham, a well known and efficient Democrat, appointed post master.
Schoharie Republican, April, 23, 1857

Tobias Mann, the present popular and efficient Supervisor of Richmondville, has been appointed post master at Warnerville in place of W.B. Borst, resigned.
Schoharie Republican, May 7, 1857

Hamilton Becker has been appointed post master at Middleburgh in place of N.T. Rosseter, resigned.
Schoharie Republican, April 8, 1858

Seneca Bergh has been appointed postmaster at Sharon (Moak s Hollow) in place of Abram Karker, deceased.
Schoharie Republican, Sept. 23, 1858

The post office at West Conesville has been discontinued.
Schoharie Republican, August 15, 1861

James H. Crandall has been appointed postmaster at Sloansville, and Egbert M. Gaige at Shutter s Corners.
Schoharie Republican, April 23, 1863

South Jefferson is a new post office established in the town of Jefferson. Lucy Franklin, postmaster.
Schoharie Republican, May 8, 1866

Ananias P. Jump, Democrat, has been appointed postmaster at Summit, vice T. Ferguson, removed. (Ferguson a Republican).
Schoharie Republican, July 2, 1868

Daniel R. Gallup has received the appointment of postmaster at Esperance.
Schoharie Republican, April 15, 1869

County Buildings

Schoharie County Public Buildings: - A very large and respectable meeting was held at Cobleskill village, at which measures were taken to obtain a full expression of the people upon the question of locating the future county buildings for Schoharie. According to the census of 1840, Cobleskill constitutes or affords a central position for about twenty-five of thirty two thousand inhabitants. The next census now being taken will increase the ratio of its popular centrality. Geographically considered, it is equally favored in point of location, and considering also the facilities of inter and cross communication now afforded, and which will be increased, it is probable that Schoharie and Middleburgh will find in their sister town a rather formidable rival.
Daily Albany Argus, July 10, 1845

County Officers

George Mershall, of this village, has been appointed an assistant to the Marshall of the northern district of New York for taking the census (U.S.) for 1830 of the county.
Schoharie Republican, May 5, 1830

Charles Goodyear, of this village, has been appointed Master in Chancery in place of H. Bouck, deceased.
Schoharie Republican, Jan. 24, 1832

It will be seen by a reference to the legislative proceedings, that the name of Alexander Crookshank, member of Assembly from Schoharie County has been changed to Alexander C. Gibson.
Albany Argus, April 5, 1832

Appointments made by the Senate on the nomination of the Governor, Tuesday, April 3:
Schoharie George Lawrence, James McMillan and Daniel Adams, auctioneers.
Robert McClellan, Esq., of Middleburgh, has been appointed District Attorney for Schoharie County in place of Jacob Houck, Jr., resigned.
Albany Argus, June 17, 1836

Appointments made yesterday, by the Senate, on the nomination of the Governor: Military, Cornelius Alystine, of Schoharie county, major general of the 16th division of infantry, vice George Morrell, resigned.
Albany Argus, June 28, 1832

Henry Mann, Jr., of Cobleskill, was appointed Sheriff of this county on the 1st inst. Mr. Mann was qualified and entered upon his duties on the 7th inst. Mr. Orson Root, of this village, has been appointed Under Sheriff, and David B. Danforth, of Middleburgh, Deputy. Jacob H. Lawyer, of this village, is to take charge of the jail.
(Schoharie Republican)
Daily Albany Argus, July 26, 1842

William A. Sternberg, Esq., has been appointed by the Court of Common Pleas, District Attorney for Schoharie County. The Schoharie Republican speaks in terms of warm approval of the appointment.
Albany Argus, Oct. 17, 1844

The Schoharie Republican states that Peter S. Danforth, Esq., of Middleburgh, was last week appointed District Attorney in the place of William A. Sternberg, Esq., who has been compelled to resign on account of ill health.
Mr. Danforth is a young man of good abilities, industrious habits, and will give good satisfaction to all who may have occasion for his services, in behalf of the good people .
Daily Albany Argus, June 13, 1845

The Liberty Convention of Schoharie County have nominated Philip Lawyer, of Summit, for Sheriff, and James Mereness, of Sharon, and Peter M. Borst, of Fulton, for members of Assembly.
Daily Albany Argus, Oct. 18, 1845

Ex-Governor Bouck appointed to new and important office of Receiver of the public money at New York, by President.
Albany Argus, Aug. 15, 1846

John S. Frost, of Esperance, and Robert F. Queal, of Richmondville, have been appointed loan commissioners for this county.
Schoharie Republican, April 11, 1855

We learn that Gov. King has appointed Rinaldo D. Chase, a Justice of the Peace for the town of Middleburgh, to fill vacancy occasioned by the death of H.R. Briggs.
Schoharie Republican, Dec. 10, 1857

Schoharie County Officials - 1844

Charles Goodyear (first) Schoharie
John Westover, Cobleskill
Robert Eldridge, Sharon
Martines Mattice, Middleburgh
Jonas Krum, Fulton

Sheriff: John S. Brown, Schoharie
Under Sheriff:
Tobias Bouck, Middleburgh
Clerk: Thomas McArthur, Schoharie

Members of Assembly:
John Spickerman, Fulton
Seth Eldredge, Sharon 

John G. Mann, Schoharie
Calvin C. Covill, Broome
Volney Danforth, Middleburgh
Loren Thompson, Cobleskill 

Surrogate: Thomas Smith, Cobleskill
Treasurer: Ralph Brewster
Deputy Superintendent of Common Schools: J.H. Salisburg, Argusville
District Attorney: Benoni Spafford, Middleburgh 

Masters in Chancery:
Wm. Mann, Schoharie
P.S. Danforth, Middleburgh
Wm. A. Sternberg, Schoharie 

Examiner in Chancery: Wm. A. Sternberg 

Commissioners of Loans:
Hezekiah Manning, Middleburgh, (under Distribution Act)
Jacob Becker; under the late Distribution Act: Henry Mattice, Fulton, Ab m Mereness, Sharon 

Superintendents of County Poor:
William I. Borst, Middleburgh
Hezekiah Manning, Middleburgh
Hermanus Vroman, Fulton 

Clerk to Supervisors: A.H. Marcellus, Middleburgh 

Jedediah Miller and Thomas Smith, Cobleskill
John C. Wright and John S. Frost, Esperance
Peter S. Danforth, Lyman Sanford and Benoni Spafford, Middleburgh
Robert R. Menze and S.W. Jackson, Gilboa
Ralph Brewster, William H. Davis, Jacob Gebhard, Charles Goodyear, Henry Hamilton, Elias Holliday, Jacob Houck, Jr., William Mann and Wm. A. Sternberg 


Thomas Machin s letter on railroads - Reprinted from Schoharie Republican of September 24, 1828.
Schoharie Republican, May 30, 1867 

Report of the surveys of a route for the Canajoharie & Catskill Railroad with an estimate of the cost.
Schoharie Republican, Sept. 13 and 20, 1831 

Canajoharie & Catskill Railroad by Justice in Catskill Recorder in Schoharie Republican, May 21, 1839, May 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23 and Aug. 20, 1839.
A meeting of the citizens of the county of Schoharie and adjacent counties, in favor of the speedy construction of the Catskill & Canajoharie Railroad through the valleys of the Schenevus and Cobleskill creeks, to intersect the above mentioned road, convened at the Court House in the village of Schoharie on the 4th of July, 1839. Henry Hamilton was appointed President; Ralph Manning and David Phelps were appointed vice-Presidents, and William M. Holton and John Beakley were appointed secretaries. An account of the meeting in the Schoharie Republican, July 9, 1839.
Railroad meeting at Seward to select delegates to attend the Railroad convention at Oneonta, April 2, 1851.
Schoharie Republican, March 25, 1851 

Meeting at Cobleskill for same purpose.
Schoharie Republican, March 25, 1851 

Meeting at Summit for same purpose.
Schoharie Republican, April 8, 1851 

A large meeting was held in Summit at the home of William T. Moak on March 20, 1851 to choose delegates to represent the town at the Railroad meeting to be held at Oneonta on April 2. Peter E. Minor, John Snook, Thomas W. Lamont and Isaac W. Baird were appointed delegates.
Messrs. J.O. Williams, of Central Bridge, and J.W. Taylor, of this village, were the first merchants in this town to have the honor of having freight for their stores consigned to them. They together secured one car and loaded it with 12 tons of all sorts of merchandise. Our merchants and business men are awaiting for the opening of the road so as to procure cheap transportation.
Schoharie Republican, Sept. 3, 1863 

The formal opening of the A & S RR took place Sept. 15, 1863. Two trains consisting in all of 9 cars, drawn by locomotives E.P. Prentice and E.R. Ford left station at Church and Lydius Sts. At 9 o clock AM. Wm. G. Gardner was the conductor. The western terminus was the Schoharie Creek.
Schoharie Republican, Sept. 17, 1863 

There are two express companies on this road (A & S), the American and Susquehanna. The former is an old corporation, managed by Wells, Butterfield & Co.; the latter managed by the railroad company, though first owned by Messrs. Courter and J.R. Herrick.
Schoharie Republican, April 14, 1867

The contract for building a passenger and freight depot at Cobleskill has been let to McHench & Co. for $8,000. The building is to be made of stone, a slate roof, and 110 feet by 30 feet. Jacob Smith, of Sharon Springs, does the mason work. The Depot has been located on the grounds of Messrs. C. Courter and M. Sternbergh.
Schoharie Republican, March 3, 1864


Gilboa, July 24, 1844
Mr. Gallup:
I saw the largest rattlesnake today that I ever saw in this part of the county. It was killed about a mile and a half from this place by Mr. Jacob Sax and son, in the harvest field. It had twelve rattles and measured five feet and four inches.
These venomous reptiles are frequently killed by our farmers while engaged in harvesting, especially between the high ledges of rock and the creek, west of this village. We saw one killed on the Island west of this village which had 14 rattles and measured six feet, and last summer by Mr. Smith, of Central Bridge killed one five feet and six inches long. As often as these reptiles are found in this vicinity, it is perhaps somewhat remarkable that no one has been bitten by them. We have not known or heard of a single case in ten years. Dogs are sometimes bitten.
Schoharie Republican, July 20, 1844 

Schoharie Lyceum 

The first public meeting of this institution will take place on Wednesday evening the 16th inst. at early candle light at the new school house. All who are in favor of success in this institution are earnestly invited to attend.
Jacob H. Lawyer, Secretary
Schoharie Republican, October 15, 1839 

The Lyceum will meet on Wednesday evening the 13th inst. at early candle light in the new school house.
Question for Discussion: - Ought females to be liberally educated? The public is invited to attend.
H.M. Robertson, Secy.
Schoharie Republican, Nov. 12, 1839 

Question for Discussion: - November 27th, 1839: Were the allied powers of Europe justified in banishing Bonaparte to the Island of St. Helena?
Wm. A. Sternberg, Secy.
Schoharie Republican, November 26, 1839 

Question for Discussion: December 25th, 1839: Is it probable that the Union of the United States will be dissolved?
Wm. H. Underwood, Secy.
Schoharie Republican, December 24, 1839


Question for Discussion: January 15, 1840: Is there any conclusive evidence (aside from divine revelation) that all mankind descended from the same parents?
Schoharie Republican, January 14, 1840 

Question for Discussion: - January 29, 1840: Ought infidel publications to be prohibited by law?
S.M. Lasell, Secy.
Schoharie Republican, January 28, 1840 

Question for Discussion: - Ought Senators in Congress to obey the instructions of their respective legislatures? For Feb. 12, 1840
C.B. Lasell, Secy.

Question for Discussion for February 19, 1840: Would it be expedient under any circumstances to increase the territory of the United States by the annexation of Canada or Texas?
C.B. Lasell, Secy.

Question for Discussion for February 26, 1840: Ought Abolitionists to form a third political party?



Carlisle Seminary 

Carlisle Seminary will open Nov. 3, 1853. Rev. John C. Van Liew, Principal. Dedication opening. First term Nov. 3rd; second term January 5th.
Schoharie Republican, Oct. 5, 1853 

Exercises at Carlisle Seminary.
Schoharie Republican, August 23, 1854 

For 15 years past there has been a legal controversy between the Trustees of the Carlisle Seminary, in Schoharie County, and the subscribers to its stock. The amount of subscriptions failed to complete the building and inaugurate the institution. A majority of the Trustees thereupon, without the consent of the stockholders, borrowed a considerable sum of money upon their individual liability to meet the demands of the case. It was then supposed that the Seminary would be a profitable enterprise. It is also alleged that the Trustees expected, in the event of such success, to make a handsome speculation out of their loan. But like many other enterprises of pith and moment, the result did not support the promise. The institution was peculiarly a failure.
The Trustees then prosecuted the stockholders to compel them to contribute their share of the claim, and for fifteen years the suit has been dragging its slow length along with the law s delay. At every point, however, the Trustees have been beaten, till finally the Court of last resort, that of Appeals, has finally and definitely decided that the Trustees must bear the burden of the debt, and pay the cost of the litigation.
Schoharie Republican, April 23, 1868 

New York Conference Seminary, Charlotteville 

The Hon. Jabez D. Hammond will deliver an address at the New York Conference Seminary on the 8th day of November next at 10 o clock P.M. This institution has been erected, completed and furnished at an expense of $5,000 by the enterprise of the inhabitants of Charlotteville within the past year.
Schoharie Republican, October 25, 1850 

This address was delivered on the occasion of the dedication of the Seminary and was published in the Schoharie Republican, June 17, 1851
Account of the fire and rebuilding of the Seminary in the Schoharie Republican, June 7, 1854 

Exhibition of the Athens Society: There are four societies connected with the Seminary, two composed of ladies and gentlemen, one of gentlemen, and one of ladies, which held its third exhibition on Friday evening, August 8th.
The President, Miss Carrie Hathaway, Newton, N.J. presiding.
Exercises opened by prayer by Rev. J.H. Champion, M.M.
Salutatory Address by Miss Amelia L. Woodruff, of Washington, D.C.
Oration: - Time s Triumph, by Miss M.A. Brown, Newark, N.J.
The Laureola First part, Miss Jennie M. Archer, Hemlock Lake, N.Y. (a paper sustained by original contributions from the ladies of the Society).
Dialogue: the Indian s Passion Misses Kate D. Lane, New York City, May A.
Brown, Newark, N.J., Phebe K. Rall, Rahway, N.J.
The Laureola Second Part by Miss Maggie Esmay, New York Mills.
Poem - The Three Shrines by Miss Bell Van de Warber, Troy, N.Y.
Valedictory: Miss Kate D. Lane, New York City.
Schoharie Republican, August 14, 1856 

By the burning of the Charlotteville Seminary, Solomon Sias, A.M. the Principal, loses (besides the loss of his school, which we trust will be but temporary), $1,000. His private library ( a valuable one) was burned. He also lost $200 in ready money and about everything else besides the clothes on his back and a well earned reputation. A carpenter just starting in the world who loses his chest of tools, is, for the time, undone, but his stout hands are left. So with a man in Mr. Sias position. His library, his knowledge, his training constitute his capital stock. He has lost the first. But the good people of Charlotteville should see to it that he has another chest of tools.
Schoharie Republican, August 22, 1867 

Jefferson Academy 

Next term begins April 30th, 1834
Number of scholars the past term, 70 belonging to 14 different towns. Number from abroad, 32. Number of young gentlemen, 19, their average age, 18. 13 young ladies, average age, 17.
Number of teachers, 2.
Studies next term: Spelling, reading, penmanship, English Grammar, Emerson s arithmetic, Mate Brun, Willard & Woodbridge s large geography, with mapping, Jameson s rhetoric, algebra, Watts on the Mind, Latin, Greek, composition, declamation, etc. A course of lectures on Botany, gratuitous to the school may be depended on.
Reading Books: - Bible Brief Remarker, etc. etc.
Schoharie Republican, April 22, 1834 

Next term begins September 3, 1834.
Number of pupils the past terms, 62.
Number of young gentlemen and ladies from out of town, 29.
The average age of 20 of these is 19.
The Latin class has numbered 18.
The Greek class, 2.
Day s Algebra, 8.
Jameson s Rhetoric, 8.
English Grammar 20.
W. & W s large geography 9.
X. Watts on the Mind 10.
Y. Malte Brun s geography 14.
Z. Emerson s arithmetic 20. 

A Lyceum (with a library) finishing a regular course of lectures to the students and its other members is in successful operation.
By the generosity of the patrons of the school abroad, a select academy library has been commenced, the enlargement of which, together with the procuring of more apparatus, is intended to be effected the present vacation.
John Avery, Secy.
Schoharie Republican, August 14, 1834 

The next term of fourteen weeks will commence on the 14th of January instant. The number of students from out of town, who attended this institution during the past term was 24. The studies pursued were spelling, reading, writing, Coburn, Emerson & Daboli s arithmetic, Malte Brun and Olney s geography, Latin, Greek, Watts on the Mind, bookkeeping, composition, declamation, etc. Tuition, for classical scholars $4; for English branches from $3 to $1.25 per quarter, according to the age of the pupil. Pupils can enter, if circumstances demand, for any length of time agreed on at the time of entrance, though it is desired that if possible, they should enter for a time not less than twelve weeks. Parents who desire it, can place their children under the immediate guardianship of the Preceptor and Preceptress.
For further particulars as to the arrangement of the school, see the New York Observer of August and September last, and also the Handbill - or inquire of the Trustees.
Jefferson, Schoharie Co.,
January 1, 1834
Eli Boies, President
John Avery, Secretary.
P.S. Pupils to be under the care and guardianship of the Preceptor and Preceptress must bring with them their bed and bedding, a chair, towels, etc. Testimonials of good moral character are expected from students from abroad, and the payment of their tuition in advance. It is desirable that pupils should enter at the opening of the term.
Schoharie Republican, January 14, 1834 

Richmondville Seminary

Report of committee of examinations.
Schoharie Republican March 29, 1854 

Destruction of the Richmondville Seminary: - this spacious edifice at Richmondville, Schoharie county, was totally destroyed by fire Friday evening. It is the second time the buildings have been burned down, and the manner in which the fires have originated, warrant the belief that in each case it has been the act of an incendiary. It originated in the belfry.
Albany Argus, July 4, 1854 

One of the students attending the Richmondville Seminary has been arrested with having been concerned in setting fire to that institution. The result of the examination has not transpired.
Albany Argus, July 7, 1854 

The Schoharie Republican relates the following incident of the late fire which destroyed the Richmondville Seminary: - There are many interesting incidents which occurred during the fire, among which we recall hearing the following: A young girl, aged 15 years, daughter of Mr. Henry Warner, living near the Seminary, was at the school when the alarm of fire was given. Knowing her parents to be absent, she immediately ran home, and from the excessive excitement, fainted when she reached the house. She soon rallied, however, and slipping off her shoes and stockings, gained access to the roof of the house, where she directed her little brother to pass up water. Here, amid the smoke and cinders which were constantly falling on the roof, she continued to fight the fire, passing from one part of the roof to another, where stout hearted men would shrink to venture, until the danger was over, and her father s building saved from the flames. Such a girl is worthy of a good husband, if she lives to get married, and her good sense will undoubtedly lead her to make a proper selection. Mr. Warner may well be proud of such a daughter.
Albany Argus, July 8, 1854 

The Fire at Richmondville Seminary: the Schoharie Sentinel of last week, gives the following facts on an examination, in relation to the firing of the Seminary at Richmondville:
It is now clearly ascertained that the burning of the Richmondville Seminary was the work of incendiaries.
A young man who had been dismissed, and whose conduct subsequently by threatening to be revenged, led to suspicions that he knew something of the fire, was apprehended on Friday last, and in his examination, facts were elicited which authorized the arrest of several others, whose examination has been going on since Monday last. We learn by a respectable gentleman who was present at the examination of these person, before J. Westover, Esq., on Tuesday afternoon last, that the testimony obtained from them, had authorized the arrest of four young lads, who were pupils of the Seminary. Their names were Wood, McDonald, Lamb and Palmer. The three first named were from New York - the last named from Oriskany, Oneida county. One of the boys apprehended, freely relates all that he knew in relation to the origin of the fire. His testimony shows that young Wood was the principal mover in the atrocious transaction. The burning of the Seminary had been secretly contemplated for some time. On the day of the fire, two attempts had been made to fire the building, which did not take effect. In the room occupied by Wood, they had twice crowded a quantity of shavings through a hole where the plastering had been broken off from the lath, and after each time set fire to the shavings, they went down into the street. After waiting some time and no alarm having been made they went back to the room, and found the fire had gone out without doing any harm.
They finally filled their pockets with shavings, which they took up into the attic, and there kindled a fire between the lath in the partition, which had not been plastered. After hastening down into the street, the alarm was soon made, and they with others were busily engaged in saving the furniture and property in the building from destruction.
Report says that one of the students at Richmondville, had admitted that he is in possession of some facts in relation to the cause of the burning of the Seminary building at Charlotteville, and that an investigation will be made of the matter in a few days.
Albany Argus, July 17, 1854 

The stockholders and officers of the Richmondville Seminary, at a recent meeting, voted unanimously to rebuild of brick.
Schoharie Republican, Sept. 20, 1854 

James M. Wood, aged 15 years, one of the four boys charged with the burning of the Richmondville Seminary last summer, after his cause had been submitted to the jury, made a full confession of his guilt, and was sentenced to the House of Refuge.
The trial of Benjamin McDonald, aged 14, another of the party above mentioned, took place on Wednesday. The jury, after being out some time, came into Court with a verdict of Not guilty.
The other boys (Palmer and Lamb) were not brought to trial.
Schoharie Republican, June 6, 1855

Wainwright Institute, Middleburgh

Wainwright Institute, designed for youth, of both sexes, Rev. G.W. Porter, Rector and Principal, at Middleburgh.
References: Rt. Rev. Bishop Potter, Hon. A.J. Parker, Hon. Lyman Sanford, Hon. N.T. Rosseter and Hon. W.H. Engle, et al.
The first term opened May 27, 1857
The trustees of the Wainwright Institute, Middleburgh, have secured the services of John Scribner, Jr., of Union College, who will open the school on Monday, the 29th inst.
Schoharie Republican, Nov. 25, 1858

Schoharie Academy:

Henry Gallup, A.M. Principal
Miss J.A.E. Gallup, Preceptress of Female Department
Schoharie Republican, Sept. 1842

Prof. A. Briggs, formerly of Waterville college (Maine) engaged as Principal.
Schoharie Republican, Oct. 10, 1843

Select School:

In accordance with the urgent solicitation of numerous friends and patrons, who are dissatisfied with the proceedings of the board of Trustees of the Academy, in dissolving the connection of the late Teachers, we have consented to open a Select School , in two departments, at the house of the principal. The school will open on Wednesday the 11th inst.
Henry Gallup, October 10, 1843
Schoharie Republican, Oct. 10, 1843

The Male department will be conducted by Mr. E.M. Guffin, a graduate of Union college.
J. Houck, Jr., President
Summer term to open May 10th.
Schoharie Republican, May 10th, 1854

Empire Union Seminary and Female Institute will open for the reception of Students on November 2nd, 1853. Horace Burchard, A.B. Principal; Mrs. A.J. Dolson, Preceptress.
Schoharie Republican, October 12, 1853

Report of the Examining committee Schoharie Republican, Sept. 27, 1854
The Institute opens its fall term on the 12th of October with a full Corps of Teachers and ample facilities for improvement. Experienced and able teachers are employed in all the solid and ornamental branches, special attention being given to Modern Languages and Music, both of which departments are under the charge of gentlemen eminently qualified to give instruction to these studies.
Expenses per quarter of 11 weeks, Board, Washing, Fuel, Room, Rent, incidental expenses, and tuition in common English branches&.$20.00
The same with higher branches&&$22.00
Modern Languages, each&&..$5.00
Piano Music&&&&.$10.00
N.B. - Applications should be made early. For further information address the Principal, A.J. Jutkins, Warnerville, N.Y.
Adv. In Schoharie Republican, Oct. 11, 1854


Mrs. J.L. Hawes, of Cobleskill, has opened a boarding school for young ladies. Mrs. Hawes is a lady well qualified to take the responsibility of such a station and with her experience in teaching and her superior literary attainments, she cannot fail to give good satisfaction. The number of pupils is limited to 25 and the next term will commence on the 26th of January, 1852.
Schoharie Republican, Nov. 25, 1851

Mrs. Hawes School at Cobleskill has been discontinued for the want of patronage sufficient to sustain it.
Schoharie Republican, August 10, 1852

Select Female Seminary at Cobleskill, Rev. P.A. Strobel, Principal. To open second Monday of July, 1857.
Adv. In Schoharie Republican, June 18, 1857

The county Superintendent of Schools, J.H. Salisbury, called a meeting of the Town Superintendents at Middleburgh, Nov. 25, for the purpose of adopting some suitable measures that will secure a united effort for the advancement of schools in said county.
Schoharie Republican, Nov. 7, 1843

Meeting of the Schoharie County Teachers Association will be held at Middleburgh, Friday, December 29th at 10 o clock and will be continued on Saturday. Question: - How can we most efficiently interest parents and guardians in the great cause of popular education."
J.C. Sellick, Pres.
Schoharie Republican, Dec. 19, 1843

Teachers Convention: J.A. Salisbury, Chairman.
Resolutions were adopted declaring that That the Physical education of youth is a subject which should employ the attention of the community, as well as that of mental and moral culture.
The following text books were recommended:
Towns Spelling Book, Towns Analysis
Sanders Series of Readers
Colburn s Intellectual Arithmetic
Kirkham s Grammar
Olney s Geography
Comstock s Natural Philosophy
Comstock s Mineralogy
Comstock s botany and Physiology
Webster s Dictionary
Hale s History of the United States
Colburn s Algebra
Schoharie Republican, May 7, 1844

A meeting of that unfortunate class of persons, denominated by some of the more highly favored, as Poor Devils, convened at the Eagle Tavern, on the evening of the 30th ult., to make suitable arrangements to insure, if possible, the erection of a school in District No. 3, comprising the rich and highly favored village of Schoharie C.H. Cyrus Smith was called to the Chair, and Capt. Orson Root was chosen Secretary.
Peter Mix, John S. Brown and Warren S. Gates were appointed to a committee to nominate suitable persons to be supported at the ensuing election of District officers.
Nominated for Trustees, Wm. H. Gallup, Orson Root, Thomas McArthur.
For Clerk - Warren S. Gates
For Collector - David Hale
For Librarian - John Gebhard, Jr.
This large and wealthy village is now and has for many years been destitute of a District School House.
Schoharie Republican, April 2, 1844

Sharon Springs

Ex-President Van Buren is now at Sharon Springs and will probably remain there several days.
Schoharie Republican, August 2, 1844

All who are in search of health or pleasure should bear in mind that Mr. Landon, the accomplished host of Congress Hall, Albany, is now one of the landlords of the Sharon Springs Pavilion. They may rest assured that this hotel will be found not inferior to any in the State.
Daily Albany Argus, June 20, 1845


A curious instance of prolonged somnolency, or suspended consciousness, is related in the last Schoharie Republican - which approximates, if not in duration, the case of Rip Van Winkle. A Mrs. Sidney, living near that village, fell asleep in her chair soon after tea on the 18th ult. - was carried to bed (it being found impossible to wake her), where she slept soundly and quietly until the 24th, when for the first time she appeared to notice what was passing. During all that time (six days) she took no food.
Daily Albany Argus, July 11, 1837

Sporting Events

A Foot Race: - On the 3d inst. there was a foot race at Middleburgh, Scho. Co., (a town which uniformly goes ahead at the rate of about 300 democratic majority) for a purse of twenty-one dollars. There were four competitors - all residents of the town and all Jackson men - but who, having so often triumphed at the polls, determined on a trial of speed among themselves. The course was a road called Middleburgh Lane, distance one mile and a chain. Wm. Marcy, (a host in himself) came in ahead, and performed the distance in four minutes 56 seconds, the second in about five minutes, the third in five minutes 2 seconds, and the fourth in five minutes and 4 seconds.
Albany Argus, July 8, 1835

Fenton Harvey or Strong Back ran from Schoharie to Albany and completed the 20 miles in 4 hours 23 minutes, including stops.
Schoharie Republican, June 10, 1858

Prize Fight at Esperance between James Elliot of New York and Bill Davis, of California for championship of America. - That didn t come off.
Schoharie Republican, Nov. 23, 1865


McDonald, Harris & Osterhout & Co.
Schoharie C.H. October 25, 1853

Time Table

Lv. Albany @ 8 A.M. Lv. Charlotteville @ 6 A.M.
Knowersville 10 Richmondville 7
Gallupville 12 M Cobleskill 8
Schoharie 1 P.M. Schoharie 10
Richmondville 4 Gallupville 11
Summit 5 Guilderland 1 P.M.
Ar Charlotteville 6 Ar Albany 3 P.M.
Schoharie Republican, November 2, 1853

Old Stone Fort

We understand the work of repairing the Old Stone Fort in this town, (recently purchased by the State for an Arsenal) will be commenced as soon as the weather will permit. In this connection, we would state that the appropriation of $1,000 for that purpose was mainly secured through the influence of Hon. Barna R. Johnson of Delaware, who was recently re-elected to the Assembly.
Schoharie Republican, March 8, 1860

The Old Stone Fort, now the property of the State, but formerly owned by the Dutch Reformed congregation of this place, has had, - all through the summer and fall - floating from its flag staff a most miserable specimen of our national colors. It gives us a pleasure to say, that there now floats above the Old Fort a flag of real bunting, which was hoisted by Mr. Lucian Vroman on Tuesday. Mr. Vroman procured the flag for that purpose of Jacob N. Hager, of Albany.
Schoharie Republican, January 2, 1862

Albany and Oneonta Mail Line - Post Coaches

A Post Coach will leave Albany every Wednesday and Friday mornings at eight o clock, passing through Guilderland, Knox, Gallupville, Schoharie, Punchkill, Cobleskill, Richmondville, Worcester, Jacksonboro, Maryland, Colliersville, and arriving at Oneonta the following morning at ten o clock.
Returning: Leaves Oneonta every Wednesday and Friday at 2 o clock P.M. and arriving at Albany the following day at 4 o clock P.M. in time for the Steamboats for New York.
An additional trip will be made between Albany and Schoharie weekly during the above time, leaving Albany every Monday morning at eight o clock for Schoharie C.H. and will leave Schoharie every Tuesday morning at 8 o clock, and arrive at Albany at 3 o clock. At Oneonta this line connects with the Catskill and Ithaca Line, also a line for Unadilla, Bainbridge, etc. All baggage at risk of owner.
O. Root & Co. Proprietors.
Schoharie Republican, April 18, 1839

Canajoharie & Catskill Stages

The mail stage will leave Canajoharie every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 2 A.M. passing through Spraker s Basin, Root, Sloansville, Schoharie, Middleburgh, Livingstonville, Preston Hollow, Oak Hill, Durham, Cairo, and arriving at Catskill, at six o clock P.M., in time for the Steamboats for New York, which leave Albany at 5 o clock P.M.
Returnings: Leave Catskill every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 4 o clock A.M. and arriving at Canajoharie at 7 o clock the same evening, in time for the Railroad cars or Packet boats.
O. Root & Co, Proprietors.
Adv. Schoharie Republican, April 18, 1839

We are authorized by Mr. O. Root, Proprietor of the Schoharie and Albany Stage Route, to announce that the fare between Albany and Schoharie will hereafter be reduced to One Dollar. Three cheers for the Captain! Who will avoid the stage at this price?
Schoharie Republican, Sept. 14, 1852

Daily Package & Express Line

From Albany to Schoharie, Middleburgh, Charlotteville, Oneonta and intermediate points.
The express leaves Albany daily, Sundays excepted, at 6 A.M. by the subscribers mail line 4 horse Post coaches, and Oneonta daily at 2 A.M.
O. Root & Others.
All mailable matter is strictly prohibited and will not be taken.
Schoharie Republican, July 21, 1853

First Snow Storms in Schoharie Valley

1855 October 12
1856 October 21
1857 October 20
1858 November 6
1859 October 31
1860 October 14
1861 October 24
1862 November 7
1863 November 29
1864 November 13
1865 October 27
1866 October 26
1867 November 6
1868 October 17
1869 October 20
Schoharie Republican, October 28, 1869


Tornado: - The towns of Cobleskill, Summit, Blenheim and Broome, in Schoharie County, were visited by a tornado last week, accompanied with hail, which prostrated the crops, fruit trees, etc., etc., within a space of three miles in width. In one house in Cobleskill, 100 panes of glass were broken by hail, and in Summit a horse was killed by lightning.
Daily Albany Argus, July 21, (Fri.), 1837

Snow: - It commenced snowing in this region about 3 o clock P.M. last Friday and continued falling more or less until Saturday evening. We have not ascertained the exact depth, but it cannot be far from two feet. Several small buildings in this vicinity were crushed on Friday night by the immense quantity of snow that had lodged on the roofs during the afternoon and evening, and many larger buildings would probably have shared the same fate if the roofs had not been cleared.
Schoharie Republican, December 31, (Tues.), 1839

Since the great storm of March, 1846, we have had nothing to equal in quantity of snow and violence of wind, this of Sunday night and Monday morning last. The snow has fallen to an average depth of two feet.
Dec. 6, (Wed.), 1854


We learn that a young man belonging in Middleburgh, committed suicide a few days since. He left home in the morning, for the purpose of getting wood, but not returning as soon as was expected, his family became alarmed, and in searching for him, found him in the woods, suspended from a tree. The motive that led to this act is not known.
Schoharie Republican, Feb. 21, 1832


The Atlas & Argus says that A. Kennedy, Auctioneer, sold at the Board of Trade rooms, $3,000 worth of bonds issued by the town of Esperance for 98 @ 100. The bonds were issued at the rate of 7 percent per annum.
The town of Schoharie issues her bonds for $20,000 to aid in the construction of the Susquehanna road. The par value of the whole issue was paid and the bonds taken by the Schoharie County Bank.
Schoharie Republican, October 8, 1863

The village of Cobleskill was incorporated by an Act of the Legislature passed April 3, 1868. The Trustees for the present year are: Charles Courter, William B. Calkins, David Frasier, Charles H. Shaver, Charles Holmes, William H. Young, and Henry Smith. An organization was had on the 17th inst. as follows: President, Charles Courter; Clerk, Sanford J. Thatched; Treasurer, William Shafer; Collector, David Lawyer; Street Commissioner, James Bloodroot; Police justice, John S. Pander, Police Constable, John Leggier; A. Douglas, A.R. Bell.
Schoharie Republican, April 23, 1868

Travels in Schoharie County: References to

A Trip to Schoharie Scho. Rep. July 23, 1863
About Early Sloansville Scho. Rep. Aug. 16, Sept. 3 & Oct. 29, 1863
Schoharie Cave Schenectady Reflector, Feb. 24, 1835
Silliman s Journal of Science.
J.S. Bonney, of Schoharie Schdy Reflector, Mar. 10, 1835
A Visit to Howe s Cave
by Arion, Cobleskill,

Aug. 18, 1845 in Scho. Rep. Sept. 2, 1845 (Mentions Lown s Beer, made in Esperance).
A Trip to Howe s Cave Daily Saratogian, July 30, 1855

Visit to Howe s Cave
By N.T.R. Scho. Rep. Aug. 22, 1855


On Friday night last we had a severe frost. Many garden vegetables were entirely destroyed. The fruit was not materially injured.
Schoharie Republican, June 3, (Tues.), 1845

The dam across the Schoharie Creek at Esperance was carried away by the freshet on Wednesday last. It is estimated that it will cost at least $1,000 to repair the damage besides the suspension of business caused by its loss.
Schoharie Republican, Feb. 9, 1847


It is estimated there has been planted in this town, the present season, nearly 30 acres of tobacco, and in the county about 50 acres. If these 50 acres produce, on an average, 1,500 pounds of tobacco, we shall have as the gross product of this county, 75,000 pounds. This, at 12 cents a pound, a low figure, will net the sum of $9,375.
Schoharie Republican, Sept. 24, 1863

It is estimated that not less than 15,000 pounds of tobacco have been put up and sent to New York, from this immediate vicinity within the past 10 days. It was all of last year s growth. The tobacco grown in this valley is perhaps hardly equal to the quality grown in Connecticut. Much of it, however, is fully its equal, and one, grown in a particular locality, we are told, was found to be far superior to any tobacco known to have been grown in Connecticut. Most of the tobacco sent forward from here was consigned to C.A. Goodyear, 49 Front St., New York City.
Schoharie Republican, May 5, 1864


New Town: - The town of Sharon has been divided, and the new town we are informed is to be called SEWARD!! Some think that it would have been as well to have christened it Sewardiana in commemoration of the momentous event that took place in one of Gov. Seward s visits to Schenectada (sic).
Schoharie Republican, Feb. 18, 1840

One of the last acts passed by the Legislature was that granting the new town of Richmondville from a part of Cobleskill.
Schoharie Republican, April 17, 1849

At the first town meeting held on the 24th ult. In the new town of Richmondville, the following officers were elected:
Supervisor, Peter H. Warner, Democrat. Majority 32
Town Clerk, Henry Mann, Jr., Whig majority 5
Justices, Edward Kinnicut, Democrat, majority 101
John E. Moore, Whig no opposition
Superintendent, Isaac Mann, Democrat, no opposition
Overseers of Poor. Henry Warner, Whig no opposition
Peter P. Shafer, Democrat no opposition
Commissioner of Highways, William Tingue, Whig
Constables, John G. Hilts, Democrat
M.D.L. Wiltsie, Whig.
Schoharie Republican, May 8, 1849

A Relic Of By-Gone Days

A curious circumstance occurred on the farm of Mr. Vroman Swart near this village about forty years since, which is still fresh in the minds of some of our old inhabitants. The circumstances, as related to us by one of the family, as near as we can recollect, as follows:
About 40 years since, the father of Mr. Swart had plowed and sown a field with winter wheat, which had just begun to come up, when Mr. J.L. Swart saw several hogs in the field, and proceeded to drive them out. As he was driving them along, they suddenly disappeared, and on reaching the spot he found that a piece of ground some 10 or 15 feet square had sunk some 20 feet and entirely disappeared, and the hogs were struggling in the water. He also discovered, about 20 feet below the surface and about 3 feet above the water which covered the bottom, a kind of block work of hewn timber, enclosing a space of about 8 square feet. Although partly filled with water at the time, the place was usually dry. The same spot had been plowed and harrowed over many times, and the father of Mr. Swart cleared the field in which it was found. The place was visited by the inhabitants far and near at that time, but the oldest among them could not account for the singular discovery.
No attempt has yet ever been made to give any additional light on the subject, and all is still a mystery. We hope some efforts will be made to open this cavity, which has become filled with earth and if possible gain some knowledge in relation to it. A curious piece of silver, which bears no resemblance to any coin we ever saw, was found near the place a few years since.
Schoharie Republican, March 25, 1851

Schoharie Village

An application will be made to the Board of Supervisors at the next Annual Session to incorporate the Village of Schoharie. Measures will be taken to have a complete survey made and the necessary steps taken to comply with the law previous to making the application.
Schoharie Republican, April 2, 1850

Meeting held at Schoharie village to adopt some measures to protect this village against fire and to prevent firing of powder-crackers, rockets and other fireworks in the streets.
Schoharie Republican, June 26, 1850

Schoharie Cold Spring Aqueduct Association: An Act to incorporate an Aqueduct Association in the town of Schoharie in the county of Schoharie. Passed April 9, (1819). (?) 1849.
Jabez W. Throop, Wm. W. Enders, John Bond, Benjamin Miles, Chester Lasell, Abraham Keyser, Jr., John Lawyer interested in the association.
Schoharie Republican, Nov. 19, 1850

The quarterly meeting of the Schoharie County Anti-slavery Society was held in Richmondville, May 25, 1840. Thomas B. Van Alystine, Pres., J.A. Boyd, Secy.
Schoharie Republican, June 9, 1840

Extract of an Address in Commemoration of Thanksgiving Day at Cobleskill Centre, Nov. 24, 1853 by Henry H. Tator.
Schoharie Republican, June 14, 1854

Historical Oration by Hon. Henry Smith at Centennial Celebration at Cobleskill, July 4, 1876.
Schoharie Republican, July 13, 1876

Letter from Ed. D. Wood, member of the Seventh Cavalry, to his father, Francisco Wood, of Schoharie, telling of a fight with Sioux Indians on July 17, 1876.
Schoharie Republican, August 24, 1876

Notice: An Application will be made at the next Legislature to form a new town from part of Middleburgh and Broome to be named in honor of David Williams.
Schoharie Republican, Nov. 30, 1847

The arrest of Rev. Mr. Francis T. Hanna of Cobleskill, while attending the annual session of the Troy Conference of the M.E. Church at Fort Edward. Wm. Calkins said to be one of the instigators but he denies it.
Schoharie Republican, April 30, 1863

Bristles Wanted: The subscriber will pay from 25 to 75 cents per lbs. in cash for Ten Thousand Pounds, clean, combed Hog s Bristles, delivered in any quantity at his Brush Factory, No. 453 South Market Street, Albany. N. Tarbell.
Schoharie Republican, Sept. 13, 1831

Paper Making in Schoharie

Newspaper account of paper mill price in Schoharie in 1821. See: The County Printer, By Milton W. Hamilton, 1936 p. 18.

List of Wills and Letters of Administration for 1868
Schoharie Republican, Jan. 21, 1869

Copy of Road Warrant for Vroman s Land District in 1788 School Register of first English School in Schoharie County. Furnished by John Gebhard, Jr.
Schoharie Republican, Feb. 10, 1859

Hezakiah Entermar, late of Leesville, town of Sharon, died on or about the 23d of September, from the effects of intoxication and disease of the heart. He had recently volunteered and was accepted. In October 1863 he was drafted, but upon examination was found unsound and discharged. At the time of his death he was on his way home on a furlough. Being charged 10 cents for a glass for his whisky at a tavern he said he would have his money s worth. He received a Death Warrant.
Schoharie Republican, Oct. 13, 1863

James Tanner

Last fall this boy, then but 16 years of age, enlisted from the town of Richmondville in the 87th N.Y. State Volunteers, Company G. Our readers will remember his letters signed J.S. as they appeared from time to time in this paper. On Tuesday of this week, the mother of this brave young fellow called at our office and informed us that one of the sad casualties of war had befallen her son. Both legs were shot off at Centreville on the 30th of August. He is now lying at Fairfax Seminary Hospital, Virginia.
Schoharie Republican, Sept. 25 (Thurs.), 1862

Corporal James Tanner, of the 87th N.Y.V., whose legs were both shot off in one of the battles in the last of August, passed through this place in charge of his brother, a few days since, on his way to his home in Richmondville. We have before spoken of this boy - but 17 years of age, - whose letters, as published in this paper, were read with much interest. Poor boy! O, the pains of war! We will not give expression to our thoughts as we saw him stretched, helpless in his carriage.
Schoharie Republican, Oct. 30, 1862

James Tanner, of West Richmondville, has received the appointment of Assistant Post Master to the Assembly. The first year of the war he enlisted in the 86th (we think) N.Y.V. and after passing through many battles unharmed, he at last fell a victim to a cannon shot of the enemy which compelled the amputation of both legs below the knees. Young Tanner is only about 20 years of age.
Schoharie Republican, Feb. 11, 1864

Mr. James Tanner, of West Richmondville, who lost a leg in the late war, and who has since that time been employed in the Ordnance Bureau of the War Dept., Washington, has resigned his position and returned home. He intends to locate at Albany.
Schoharie Republican, Republican, Jan. 4, 1865

James Tanner, of West Richmondville, who lost both legs at the Second Battle of Bull Run, has been appointed to a clerkship in the Ordnance Department, Washington.
Schoharie Republican, Jan. 19, 1865

James Tanner, of this county, has received the appointment of Asst. Postmaster to the Assembly.
Schoharie Republican, Jan. 11, 1866

James Tanner has been appointed Assistant Door Keeper of the Assembly.
Schoharie Republican, Jan. 10, 1867

James Tanner has been elected 2d Assembly Door Keeper in the Assembly.
Schoharie Republican, Jan. 21, 1869

James Tanner has received an appointment in the Naval Office in New York.
Schoharie Republican, June 10, 1869

James Tanner has been transferred from the 3d division New York Custom House to the 7th division, and promoted to a chief clerkship.
Schoharie Republican, Aug. 3, 1871


David B. Danforth and David Beekman, late of Middleburgh, have removed to Taberg, Oneida Co., where they have purchased a valuable property, and will carry on the Tanning business.
Schoharie Republican, May 22, 1856

Temperance Societies

Town Temperance Society formed at Schoharie, March 9, 1830. Hermanus Bouck acted as President and John Budd as Secy. Hermanus Bouck elected President. Meeting for forming County Temperance Society held at C.H. on Friday next.
Schoharie Republican, Mar. 10 (Wed.), 1830

Anniversary of American Independence to be celebrated at Gilboa by a Temperance celebration. Dinner to be furnished by A.B. Henman at Temperance Hotel in Gilboa. - D.E. Chichester, Chmn.
Schoharie Republican, June 25, 1844

At a meeting of the inhabitants of this town, yesterday, for the purpose of organizing a Town Temperance Society, Hermanus Bouck, acted as President, and John Budd, as Secretary. The meeting was addressed by the Rev. Paul Weidman and Henry Hamilton, Esq. A Constitution was presented and adopted and was signed by 127 persons. The following gentlemen were elected officers of the society: Hermanus Bouck, President; Rev. G.A. Lintner, Rev. Paul Weidman, Messrs. Henry Becker, Peleg Nethaway, J.C. Wright, Benjamin Pond, John Zimmer, David Warner, Vice-Presidents; John Budd, Recording Secretary; Charles Goodyear Corresponding Secretary; Thomas Penfield, C.H. Van Dyck, Robert Forsyth, Robert Coats, J.S. Bonney, Executive Committee.
A meeting for organizing a County Temperance Society will be held at the Court House in this village, on Friday next, at 11 o clock, A.M. which it is expected will be addressed by Benjamin F. Butler, of Albany, and Robert McClellan, of Middleburgh.
Schoharie Republican, March 10, 1830

The Schoharie Temperance Society auxiliary to the New York State Temperance Society was organized with 207 members. Hermanus Bouck, President.
Schoharie Republican, April 21, 1830

David Williams

The Surviving Captor of Andre: - We rejoice that our children have seen the venerable patriot, the last of the celebrated three, to whose fidelity, not our country alone, but the holy cause of liberty, owes an incalculable debt of gratitude. With a wholesome emulation, they will remember the honest and amiable countenance of the veteran of 77 winters, with what grace fidelity can grow old, and how dear to our hearts is the fame of the fathers of independence.
Mr. Williams having been to New York to attend the late celebration, and where he formed one of the principal attractions, arrived in this city on the evening of the 17th, accompanied by his friend, Mr. Campbell of the Ninth Ward, who was kindly escorting the aged warrior to his home in Broome, Schoharie county. He had letters from his friends in New York, to several of our citizens. On the evening of his arrival, he was introduced by his hospitable host, Mr. Cruttenden, to the Governor, by whom he was received with the usual urbanity and kindness of his Excellency. The next day he called on our Postmaster, a younger son chivalry. They dined together; and successfully calling up the visions of days gone by, fought all their battles o er again. In the evening he was waited on in his free quarters, at mine host s on the hill by Capt. Watson, at the head of his patriotic company of Republican Artillery, to escort him to the theatre. When they marched in fine military style into the long room, with a prompt proffer of their service, the grateful old veteran was duly affected by the compliment. When able to give utterance to his emotions, he thanked them in a plain, but handsome manner, for their politeness, and consented to the arrangement. At the theater, the story of the capture was read by Mr. Duff, and responded to by a deafening roar of applause by the delighted audience.
He has returned to his rural home, with grateful feelings and many solid proofs of the interest which his tour has excited. May his few remaining days be peaceful and happy, as the past has been useful and honorable.
Albany Argus, Dec. 22, 1830

Monument to David Williams: - Report of the Select Committee on the bill for the Erection of a Monument to the Memory of David Williams.
Committee: N.B. Mattice, G. Denniston, T.D. Bailey, John Lovett, Chas. Holmes.
Schoharie Republican, April 24, 1856

To David Williams
The Surviving Captor of Andre
They have fell all around thee, thou art left
Alone, the sole survivor of that three
Of friends and young affection s buds bereft,
All, but they our cherished liberty.
They have all gone before thee to the rest
The sole boon worthier such a heart as thine.

Then thy own country s weal which stood the test
Of all the tempting glitter which the mine
Yields earth to purchase souls with and with them
Soon shall thy country give thee what outweighs
Out values and outlasts a diadem
A quiet grave, and an enduring praise.

Yes, go thy way, thou incorruptible
And fearless guardian of a fearful hour,
Faithful to justice, as our annals tell,
So may a God of mercy greatly shower
Upon thy ripening time the dews of love,
Till that art gathered to thy rest above.
From Catskill Recorder.
Albany Gazette, August 7, 1829

Died: At her son s residence, in Coeymans, on Saturday, June 2, Sarah, relict of the late David Mead, aged 90 years. Mrs Mead was sister of the late David Williams, one of the captors of Major Andre.
Daily Albany Argus, June 9, 1849

Died: On Sunday, the 22d inst., in the town of Coeymans, David Mead, a soldier of the Revolution, and brother-in-law of David Williams, one of the captors of Major Andre.
Albany Argus, May 26, 1836

Notice: - An application will be made to the next Legislature to form a new town from part of Middleburgh and Broome to be named Williams in honor of David Williams.
Schoharie Republican, Nov. 30, 1847

Schoharie County Men In Western States

J. Livingston Stryker, formerly of Strykersville, has for some years been a resident of St. Paul, Minn., and has acquired not only a handsome fortune, but the respect and esteem of his fellow citizens.
Schoharie Republican, May 22, 1856

Wm. J. Osborn, of Wyandott, K.T. and formerly of this county, has been appointed by Hon. John Calhoun, Surveyor General of Kansas and Nebraska, Deputy Surveyor of the public lands of those territories.
Schoharie Repbulican, Nov. 13, 1856

At a recent election in Utah for Territorial and County offices, the Democrats of Fort Bridger precinct of Green River county, elected their entire ticket by a majority of over 100, upon which W.J. Osborn, formerly of Schoharie county, was their nominee for Representative in the Legislature. Mr. Osborn will be the only Gentile member of the next Legislature. Mr. Osborn was employed in the department of the Secretary of State, under the late Gov. Marcy, which position he left to assume the editorial control of the first newspaper published in Kansas; some time later he officiated as Deputy Surveyor General of Nebraska; but, upon the departure of the troops for Utah, he kept face with the march of Empire.
Schoharie Republican, Sept. 16, 1858

Wm. H. Crowe, ex-member of the Assembly, an honorable and genial gentleman, and a sterling Democrat withal, has left us with the intention of locating permanently in Minnesota.
Schoharie Republican, April 12, 1860

J.S. Tripp, formerly of this county, who read and completed his law studies in the office of Goodyear and Martin, has been elected to the Wisconsin Legislature from Sauk County, in that State. His, and his colleagues election are Democratic gains. Last year Sauk County chose two Republicans. Mr. Tripp has always enjoyed an unblemished reputation.
Schoharie Republican, Dec. 5, 1861

Isaac A. Spawn, late Collector of this town, and M. Wait, of Gilboa, left Schoharie County this week to locate in Illinois; the former is making his home at Roscoe and the latter at Dixon.
Richard Wallace, for many years a resident of this village, left Monday for Minnesota.
Charles Bartholomew, of the town of Fulton, has gone to Little Rock, Arkansas.
Schoharie Republican, Feb. 21, 1867

Milton F. Simmons, a former resident of Schoharie county, is now a member of the Missouri House of Representatives.
Schoharie Republican, Feb. 24, 1870

John Daly, formerly of Schoharie, lived in Sacramento, Calif., in 1870.
Schoharie Republican, Sept. 9, 1870

L.J. Barton, formerly of this town, but now of Storm Lake, Iowa, paid us a visit one day last week. Mr. Barton erected the first building in Storm Lake about 18 months since. It is now quite a large village and growing rapidly.
Schoharie Republican, March 28, 1872

Wisconsin, Schoharie County Men In

Saux City,

March 17, 1855
Some years since a Mr. Reed, formerly a resident of old Schoharie County commenced the erection of a saw-mill on the present site of Reedsburgh, than a wilderness, inhabited only by wild Indians. Now it contains about 300 inhabitants. (Reedsburgh is on the Baraboo River).
Here the Baraboo furnishes a most excellent water-power, which drives a sawmill with numerous saws, a large gristmill, and other machinery, all of which are under the management of that indefatigable Gilboa lawyer, Joe Mackey, have been thoroughly repaired during the past winter. This is the residence of Mr. Giles Stevens (son of Capt. Stevens), who, although in the State but a little over a year, was last fall elected County Surveyor, a lucrative office, over a strong and popular opponent.
Schoharie Republican, March 28, 1855

Letter signed by T.S.J.
We are gratified to learn by the Madison (Wisconsin) Argus, that our friend Cyrus P. Hiller, late of Schoharie County, has been appointed Assistant Secretary to the Legislative Council of the Territory of Wisconsin by that body. Mr. Hiller took up his residence in Wisconsin last spring at the village of Sheboygan. He is a young man of much energy, fine and commanding talents, and a thorough democrat.
Fonda Sentinel
Daily Albany Argus, Feb. 16, 1846

Schoharie County's Forty-Niners and Others Who Went To California

Capt. Joseph Buckbee, of Esperance, has resumed his old position on the California line, that of Through-Baggage-Master between New York and San Francisco.
Schoharie Republican, Feb. 2, 1865

Joseph Buckbee recently arrived in New York from his first trip to California on the steamer Ocean Queen, on which he is employed, and paid a flying visit to his home in Esperance. We are glad to learn that "Uncle Joe is hale, hearty and happy as ever, and that he fell in with appreciative friends in the Golden State as will be seen from the following, which we clip from the Stockton Daily Record:
A Visitor - Joseph Buckbee, for many years a pilot on this river, in the San Francisco trade, both before and since the organization of the California Steam Navigation Company, returned to this city on a visit, after an absence of nearly ten years, by the Paul Pry on Saturday night. He is in the employ of the Atlantic Mail Steamship Company and plies his vocation on the great highway of the world. Full of anecdote and humor, he kept his old friends in a roar of laughter all the time he stayed here. We think it a bad idea that Joe ever left this moral city, because when he got to New York he fell into bad company and they elected him to the Legislature. He left on the Paul Pry this afternoon and goes East again on Wednesday - Washington s Birthday - on the steamer Sacrament.
Mr. Buckbee sailed for California on the 22nd instan.
Schoharie Republican, March 9, 1865

(He was a Member of the Assembly in 1861)

Dr. Lorenzo Hubbard has been appointed resident Physician at San Francisco, by the Legislature of California. Dr. Hubbard was formerly a resident of this village, and we rejoice in his gaining a situation which he is eminently qualified to fill, and which cannot fail to be profitable.
Schoharie Republican, June 11, 1850

Dr. Hubbard, formerly of this village, died at Camp Bidwell, California, recently.
Schoharie Republican, Dec. 7, 1871

William Osterhout returned from California last week, after an absence of about a year.
Schoharie Republican, January 21, 1851

At California, on the morning of the 30th of October inst. James Madison Jones, son of Augustus Jones, formerly of Middleburgh, died.
He left about two years ago. The disease with which he died was cholera. George Bonney, who was with him during his last illness writes, that Jones had not been well for some days, but that he had continued to transact business until Sunday, the 27th of October, when he called in Dr. Rice, formerly of Canajoharie, who remained with him all night. He continued to grow worse, and on Monday the symptoms of cholera appearing, the Doctor called in consultation another skillful physician, but all efforts were unavailing.
Schoharie Republican, January 7, 1851

Nelson Van Camp, a young intelligent and enterprising mechanic of this village, for several years a partner with Mr. Winter, in the carriage manufactory, left for California this morning. On Friday last the members of Schoharie Lodge, of which Mr. Van Camp is a member, and the young men generally united in giving a complimentary supper to Mr. Van Camp at the Mansion House. The supper was got up in good style and the company did ample justice to the many good things furnished for the occasion. After the removal of the cloth, J. Gebhard, Jr., was appointed chairman and S.H. Mix, Secretary.
Schoharie Republican, January 16, 1849

Schoharie And Rio Gila Military Expedition

North Blenheim, Jan. 29, 1849
Dear Sir: - A meeting was held here last evening, at which it was resolved to commence preparations for a visit to New Mexico and California, for Exploring and Mining purposes. It is the intention of this company to organize a band of mounted men, fully armed and equipped, with a regular uniform, to make the overland journey, via., Independence and Santa Fe, to leave the frontier at the Kansas landing about the 1st of May next. Sixteen members are already enrolled, when the number reaches One Hundred, a muster will be made and officers elected; the estimated expense to the Pacific is $150, each man.
Men of standing and character are engaged in the enterprise and it is bound to go on; the plan is to explore the headwaters of the Rio Gila in New Mexico. All the information we have leads us to believe that the tributaries of this river are rich in gold, the geological formation of the country is identical with that of the Sacramento valley, and gold has already been found at the source of the San Carlos and Azul, distant from Santa Fe only 800 miles and about forty days march from the Missouri river. Each member of this company will be required to furnish his own horse, arms and equipment, and to be subject to strict military law while with the company.
Persons wishing to visit California by a sure, safe and economical route will find it to their advantage to join immediately.
Address, Postpaid The Rio Gila Military Expedition , North Blenheim, Schoharie Co., N.Y.
Schoharie Republican, February 6, 1849

We copy the following from the Pacific News, a California newspaper of the 29th September last: Mr. Shell was formerly a resident of this county and highly respected by all who knew him. The honorable manner in which he was acquitted shows that he was blameless.
Our California correspondent, whose letter appears on the first page of this paper notices this unfortunate affair and states the manner in which the encounter originated.
The case of Mr. A. Shell, under indictment for killing a man by the name of Robinson, at the embarcadero of San Jose, on the 13th inst. was called for trial last Tuesday, and resulted in the entering of a nolle prosequi by the District Attorney, the prosecution having no testimony to offer in behalf of the people. Mr. Shell was therefore discharged, completely exonerated from all blame, in the unfortunate occurrence which resulted in the death of the fellow creature. On the part of the defence appeared several of the most eminent legal gentlemen in California, among whom were Mr. Van Buren, of Albany, nephew of Martin Van Buren, and Col. Russell, who volunteered their services and refused all compensation. There were in the Court all the persons present, or having any knowledge of the affray, and their testimony was stated to be entirely in favor of Mr. Shell, and the counsel appeared anxious for the closest investigation. A friend of ours, who was a fellow passenger of Mr. Shell, and attended the trial, informs us that the innocence of the accused was clearly established, the act being on of necessary self defence. The whole proceedings were marked with the highest degree of order and decorum and several of the speeches of counsel impressive and eloquent.
Schoharie Republican, Nov. 20, 1849

From a letter of Byron Gallup, San Francisco, Sept. 25, 1849
Mr. Shell, of the firm of Wiedman & Shell, is reported here to be in jail at Puebla, under a charge of murder. The report is that he was in a boat with some ladies, and in landing he picked up a board near by for them to step on, and in getting out he was ordered by the owner to put it back, and on refusing he was struck, when he drew a knife and stabbed the man who expired almost immediately.
Schoharie Republican, Nov. 20, 1849

Price of Flour in 1839

Flour is now selling in the New York market at $6.88 and dull at that price.
The Rochester Republican says: The price of Flour seems to have rapidly taken a downward tendency. It will probably continue. We are of this opinion from personal knowledge in our possession, in regard to the condition of the Western States on the Lakes. In 1837-8, the tide of immigration was so great in some of those States, and in Michigan, in particular, that bread stuffs were imported from Ohio. In consequence the farmers of that State got all the lands they could spare for that purpose in to wheat. We have seen hundreds of acres of far famed openings, with the trees merely girdled, fenced into one great field, and waving with ripe grain. But when the immense crops were harvested, the high prices of the preceding year were not realized, and the farmers retained them on hand. Since that time the millions of Michigan have been constantly exporting flour to the New York market but have so completely engrossed the contract of the grain market in Michigan, that the supplies hitherto thrown into the New York market have been so judiciously managed as not to affect it sensibly. Now, however, the farmers of the West begin to appreciate the necessity of disposing of their grains, and are rapidly shipping it East. The large quantities then coming into the market must affect it, and it is from these premises that we predict that the fall of the grain market will continue.
Schoharie Republican, June 11, 1839

Wheat Crop In Schoharie in 1819

The Gazette of yesterday states the surplus produce of Schoharie at 100,000 bushels of wheat and between 2 and 300,000 bushels of rye and corn.
The Albany Argus, Nov. 16, 1819

Pretty Good For Eleven Months: - Silas C. Stratton, of Sloansville, Scho. Co., harvested from a piece of ground containing 56 rods, in August, 1842, sixteen bushels of good barley; and in July, 1843, from the same ground, sixteen bushels of first rate wheat.
Daily Albany Argus, August 31, 1843

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