Monthly Archives: May 2013

Whitehall in 1815 – 1816

This map of Whitehall came from the National Archives in Washington. It was drawn by John Anderson and Isaac Roberdeau, U.S.A. in late 1815, early 1816. It was a year before the Champlain Canal was started here in 1817, long before the … Continue reading

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When Did They Die? 85 Years Plus

Obituaries are interesting reading when read as a source of information on industries and events of earlier days. It would seem that women are the hardier of the sexes as their numbers reaching the 85-plus outnumber males. These entries, taken at random … Continue reading

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How Not and How to Choose a Mate

A woman with a sudden nervous gait – whose feet turn in – when on a trot she interferes with both feet, as well as interferes with everybody’s bizziness — whose countenance looks as if she washes it every morning with vinegar … Continue reading

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Anniversary Dates

A collector of some years ago wrote down Whitehall events in day by day entries. Here are some anniversaries: In April, 1803, the congregational rector, Rev. Cornelius Jones, died, he was the pastor of the White Church and was buried in the … Continue reading

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June 1881 Obituary of John Brown

In the obituary of John Brown, 1813-1881, is additional information of personnel of lake boats. Mr. Brown was commander of sloop Industry and pilot at times on Saranac, Francis Saultus, Canada, America, Montreal and United States. He married Lucinda Burt and their daughter … Continue reading

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Marriages & Obituaries 1870’s – 1920’s

Ways of expression and description change with generations. What was quite ordinary at one time becomes quaint at another. These are some wordings I have culled from a scrapbook of obituaries and marriages given to the Historical Society by Mrs. Ursula Pray. The … Continue reading

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Weddings in the “Old Times”

Home weddings were different from the usual stylized church ones. This was the case when Florence S. Dale of Poultney Street was married to Edward Clark of Poultney. Florence was the daughter of Frederick S. Dale who brought the silk industry to Whitehall. … Continue reading

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War of 1812 Ships

From many sources we learn that the story of the ships of the War of 1812 in East Bay has spread over the United States, south to Florida and west to California. Capping the experience is the telephone call received from London … Continue reading

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War of 1812 (September 1876)

An odd bit — the Battle of Lake Champlain, September 11, 1812, was observed in the village (but little was done for the national centennial to observe the building of the first naval fleet in our harbor in 1776) with 7,000 people, … Continue reading

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Benedict Arnold’s Fleet

Have you looked at the framed piece of wood in the National Commercial Bank? The plaque reads “Part of oak rib of one of the last three vessels of Benedict Arnold’s war fleet, which were scuttled in Skenesborough Harbor (Whitehall) July 7, … Continue reading

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