Author Archives: MBennett

First Year of Concerts in the Bandstand 1892

The second band concert was enjoyed by the audience which turned out in great numbers so great that North Williams street was crowded. Both bridges were filled and hundreds stood opposite the stand on Canal Street. So many were next … Continue reading

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Ninth Separate Company Military Band – 1891-92

In the winter of 1891-92 the Ninth Separate Company of Whitehall organized among its members a military band. The 20 pieces consisted of five cornets, two clarinets, three tenors, three altos, one saxophone, one baritone, one tuba, snare drum, bass … Continue reading

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Ninth Separate Company Military Band – 1891

In December of 1891 another band, a brass one, was organized in Whitehall and called the Citizens Band. The conductor was Professor W.W. Howe of Whitehall Union School and the leader, M.L. McIntyre. A month later the Citizens Band became … Continue reading

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Whitehall Cornet Band

Whitehall Cornet Band, with A. C. Hopson leading it, was reorganized. New members were being added and new instruments secured, as old ones were worn out or had disappeared as they were private property. Doris B. Morton, Town Historian – … Continue reading

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Bits and Pieces in 1922

On 6 October [1922] the Italian Military Band held a band concert and dance in Rush Hall, the Iron Front. Mrs. Guy Walker and Louis L Cameron rendered solos and duets. There was dancing from 10 p.m. till 2 a.m. … Continue reading

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This Week in Whitehall – October 31st, 2010

This week we’ve seen continued NYWorks progress at the former Martel’s Auto on Poultney Street.  Excavation continues as new or treated soil fills in the trenches.  Loading of the soil begins very early in the morning and continues through the … Continue reading

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Bears – Wolves – Panthers 1775

What a contrast in viewing wild animals in 200 years. This past month [August / September 1975] a bear family has provided entertainment and some trepidation for a family with apple trees north of here. Of course the bears do not … Continue reading

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From the first Town Record Book 1805

In 1805 the town evidently had troubles with animals running loose. By-laws established that stallion colts, one year or older, should not run at large under penalty of $2; that rams should not run at large under penalty of $2; that hogs, … Continue reading

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(Title Unknown) November 1880

Affection can be held for a favorite automobile but it cannot match that for, an animal which saw long service to man. George Brett’s sorrel Tom died at the age of 15. He was a Hambletonian colt raised by Columbus. … Continue reading

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N.Y. State Agricultural Society, Vol. 1848 & 1849

From the story of Tryphena Wright and the sheep she kept at night in a hollowed tree, it is known that Whitehall early settlers raised sheep. One learned article on sheep declared that it was profitable to raise 100 animals on 100 … Continue reading

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