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of the Chesapeake flotilla. In 1862, was transferred to the U. S. S.
Vermont, doing duty in the North Atlantic blockade. In 1863, was
allowed to resign his position, to accept an appointment as physician
in the Philadelphia U. S. Gen. Hospital, where he remained one year.

Monk. T . H., 10th N. Y.

Monk, George, N. Y. Regiment.

McCormick, John, enlisted 1862, Co I, 10th N. Y. Cavalry.

Mooney, Thos., 2d N. Y. Vols.

Notman, James, April 18, 1861, 2d N. Y. Militia; also Aug. 10, 61,
Cameron Dragoons.

Nugent, Thomas, engineer 52d Mass.

Nichols, A., Aug., 62, Co. I, 7th N. Y. V. Artillery.

Nelson, Nicholas, May, 1831, fo. A, 22d N. Y. Vols.

Nolan, John B., Sept. 17, 186S, 175th N. Y. Vols.

Nichols, Edw d, Aug., 1863, 21st N. Y. Gris^old Cavalry.

Naery, Peter, Sept., 64, Co. K, 91st N. Y. Vols.

Norton, Geo. H., Co. D, 30th N. Y. Vols

Norton, Hiram C., Co. H, 2d N. Y. Vols.

Norton, Wm. P., Co. C, 177th "

O Hare, Jas., Lieut., Aug., 1862, Co. I, 7th N. Y. V. Artillery.

O Brien, J., " " " " " "

O Day, Simon, 1

O Hearn, Timothy, Sept. 17, 1862, 175th N. Y. Vols.

O Donnel, Thos., " " "

O Hare, Hugh, U. S. Navy.

O Neil, John, May, 1861, Co. E, 2d N. Y. Vols.

Osterhout, Henry, 1 1861, Co. H, 10th or 177th N. Y. Vols.

Ostrander, Lorenzo, 1861, "

O Neil, Thus., 25th N. Y. Vols.



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1865. HISTORY OF COHOES. 169

O Brien, VN m , enlisted on field at Gettysburg, 93d Indiana, having
deserted from the rebel army.

O Brien, Patrick, 112th N. Y. Vols.

O Brien .Michael, 63d

Owen, Silas, U. S. Navy, went to sea in May, 1855, as third apprentice.
Ordered to the Memphis in 1861, and as master s mate, served
two years. Was promoted to be ensign in 1863, and was transferred
to the Potomac flotilla, having command of the Primrose. Dis-
charo-edNov. 25th, 1865, with the rank of acting master.

Parks/Robert, Aug., 1862, 76th N. Y. Vols,

Parks, James, " " " " "

Pindar, John, " " " " "

Plantz, Geo. H., Sept., 1864, Co. K, 91st N. Y. Vols.

Peck, Wm.,

Paisley, Thos., 5th Artillery, N. Y.

Paisley, John, " " "

Pynes, Thos., Co. D, 25th N. Y. Vols.

Porter, Jonathan G., May, 1861, Co. A, 22d N. Y. Vols.

Powers, David, Sept. 17, 1862, 175th N. Y. Vols.

Putnam, Lewis, Corporal, Co. I, 4th N. Y. Heavy Artillery.

Pulver, Wm. H., May, 1861, Co. E, 2d N. Y. Vols.

Pitcher, D., 1861, Co. H,10th or 177th N. Y. Vols.

Paxton, Thos., June 15, 1861, Co. E, 1st Long Island Reg t.

Potter, Lewis, June 4th, 1861, 2d Vet. N. Y. Cavalry.

Quinliven, Michael, 30th Reg t and in Aug., 1862, transferred to 76th
N.Y. Vols.

Ryan, James, 1st N.Y. Mounted Rifles.

Reed, Wm., May, 1861, Co. E, 3d N. Y. Vols.

Robinson, Joseph,

Rooney, Bryan,

Redmond, Michael, Serg t,

Russell, Joseph,

Reinhart, Harvey, Sept., 1864, Co. K, 91st N. Y. Vols.

Roberts, Henry, "

Rider, Earl D.,

Rider, Geo. H., " " " " "

Rafferty, John, 1 " u " "

Robinson, James, Aug., 1862, 76th N. Y. Vols.

Riley, Hugh,

Richards, Henry, "

Rollowine,Fred k, Co. H, 4th N. Y. Heavy Artillery ; also as substitute
in Albany.

Riley, James, Aug., 1862, Co. I, 7th N. Y. V. Artillery,

Roberts, Wm., " " " " " "

Redmond, J., " " " " " "

Rignor, Alfred, May 19, 1861, Co. A, 22d N. Y. Vols.

Riley, Lawrence, Aug., 1863, 21st N. Y. Griswold Cavalry.

Reynolds, John.

Riley, Jeremiah, Co. F, 30th N. Y. Vols.

Russell, James, Serg t, May, 1861, Co. B, 2d N. Y. Vols.

Russell, John, Pioneer Corps.



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HISTORY OF COHOES.



1865.



Syms, Thos. J., Aug. 18, 1862, Co. I, 7th N. Y. V. Artillery.

Shannon, Wm., Captain,

Scully, M. H.,

Shipley, Geo. 1

Stevens, John,

Shaughnessy, John,

Scofield, Joseph,

Swartz, John B., 1st Serg t, May 19, 1861, Co. A, 22d N. Y. Vols.

Shaffer, Fred,

Spain, Roger, " " "

Stevenson, Geo., " " "

Simpson, Clark, Co. H, " " "

Skinkle, Wm. L., May, 1861, Co. E, 2d N.Y. Vols. ; also in 4th Heavy

Artillery.

Smith, John H., May, 1861, Co. E,2d N. Y. Vols.
Scully, John H., " "
Stapleton, John, " "

Seaport, Christian, " " " " " "
Scovill, Chas, Co. H, 4th N. Y. Heavy Artillery.

Shortsleeves, Joseph, " " " also 10th or

177th N. Y. Vols.

Shortsleeves, John, Co. H, 4th N. Y. Heavy Artillery.
Stevens, James K., 1 "
Shaw, Christopher, "
Shaw, Isaac, "

Sitterly, Martin, Co. I,
Sitterly, Henry, "
Sitterly, G., "
Stacy, D. H.,

Shepard, Chas., " "

St Onge, Treffle,

Sager, Staats A., Aug., 1862, 76th N. Y. Vols.
Sheridan, Bernard, " " "
Snell, Joseph, " " " " "

Shaw, Albert,

Sitterly, Abram, " " "

Sharp, A., 1861, Co. H, 10th or 177th N. Y. Vols.

Shields, Thos. , " " " " "

Safely, A. F., M.D., 1 " " "

Shepard, Joseph, Sept., 1864, Co. K, 91st N. Y. Vols.
Scott, Wm., " " " "

Steenberg, Marvin, Aug., 1862, Co. H, 115th N. Y. Vols.
Smith, A. W.,

Smith, Michael, Aug. 1st, 1862, 125th or 192d N. Y. Vols.
Scott, Roger, " " " " " " " "
Shields, Peter, Sept. 17, 1862, 175th N. Y. Vols.
Shields, John, Aug., 1863, 21st N. Y. Griswold Cavalry.
Sager, Alexander, U. S. Navy.
Storer, Chas., 169th N. Y. Vols.
Slater, James, U. S. Navy.
Shannon, Richard, 12th N. Y. Cavalry.



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HISTORY OF COHOES.



171



Silcocks, John E., Nov. 1st, 1861, 93d Regt. N. Y. Vols., Nov. 1st,
1863, transferred to U. S. Signal Corps ; re-enlisted in 192d N. Y.
Vols.

Smith, Martin, Co. E, 7th N. Y. Regt. Heavy Artillery.

Tuthill, Clarence, Aug., 1862, Co. I, 7th N. Y. V. Artillery.

Tuthill, Edward, " " " " " "

Tuthill, Daniel D., 1 " " " " " " promoted to

Sergt,

Turner, Adam, 1 " " " " " "

Travis, Chas. S., Sept., 1864, Co. K, 91st N. Y. Vols.

Tompkins, Monroe, " " " " " "

Tracy, Pat k



Tracy, John,

Trull, Stevens V., Quartermaster, Aug.,



62, 76th N. Y. Vols.



10th or 177th N. Y. Vols.



Taylor, Ammon,

Torongeau, Louis, 1

Tourville, Chas.,

Tompkins, Wesley, 1

Taylor, John H.,

Tripp, Wm.,

Taylor, Jacob A., 1

Taylor, Alonzo, " "

Tapler, Alonzo, " " " "

Torrey, Geo. W., 3d Corporal, May, 61, Co. A,22d N. Y. Vols.

Telfair, Wm. H.,

Troy, John. Co. H, 4th N. Y. Heavy Artillery.

Tobin, Rob t,

Taylor, Robert, 1 Sept. 17, 1862, 175th N. Y. Vols.

Temple, Frank, May 1861, Co. E, 2d N. Y. Vols.

Taylor, John, 2d N. Y. Cavalry.

Travers, Michael, Dec., 1853, Co. D, 7th N. Y. H. Artillery.

Upham, Willard, Sept., 1864, Co. K, 91st N. Y. Vols.

Upham, Geo. W., 1 "

Van Denberg, Wm. H., 1 1861, Co. B, 10th or 177th N. Y. Vols.

Van Dermark, Jas., " " " " "

Van Vliet, Geo. E., 1 " "

Vincent, Hiram, May 19, 1861, Co. A, 22d N. Y. Vols.

Van Der Werken, James, " " " " " " "

Van Der Cook, John H., Aug., 1862, Co. H, 115th N. Y. Vols.

Van Der Cook, Geo., " " " " " u

Verrnilyea, Le Roy, Sept., 64, Co. K, 91st N. Y. Vols.

Vanlouven, Nathaniel, " " " " " "

Van Benthuysen, Myron, Aug., 1862, 76th N. Y. Vols.

Van Benthuysen, James, " " Co. I, 7th N. Y. V. Artillery.

Van Steenberg, W., Oct., 1861, Ass t Surgeon, 1st N. Y. Vols. ; pro
moted Oct. 62, to be surgeon, 55th N. Y. V. ; transferred March,
63, to 120th N. Y. V.

Van Hagen, Jesse, 1 Co. K, 34th N. Y. Vols.

Westover, J., Aug., 1862, Co. I, 7th N. Y. V. Artillery.

Wormwood, C. F., " " " " " " "

Warhurst, Samuel, " " " " " " "



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1865.



Walker, Isaac, Aug., 1862, Co. I, 7th N. Y. V. Artillery.

Welch, Michael, " " Co. E, " " "

Welch, John, 1 " " " " " "

Weidman, Malachi, May 19, 1861, Co. A, 22d N. Y. Vols. ; promoted

to be adjutant, 1863.

Weidman, Wm., May 19, 1861, Co. A, 22d N. Y. Vols.
Wood, Giles B., " " "

Whitney, Sheldon," " " Co. H, " " " also 2d N. Y. V.
Winters, John, Aug., 1862, 76th N. Y. Vols.
Wood, John, 1
W hippie, Madison, "
Whitney, James, "
Whitney, Geo., "
Waterhouse, Job, "
Welch, Nicholas, "

Westover, Chas. E., 1 Co. H, 4th N. Y. Heavy Artillery.
White, John, 93d N. Y. Vols.
Wall, J., Co. I, 4th N. Y. Heavy Artillery.
Wilcox, Alexander, May, 1861, Co. E, 2d N. Y. Vols.
Welton, Fred k, " " " "

Wands, Jas. B., 10th N. Y. V., also 25th.
Welch, Michael, Sept., 1864, Co. K, 91st N. Y. Vols.
Wilson, James, 1 Aug., 1862, Co. H, 115th N. Y. Vols.
Woollmer, Fred k., Aug., 1863, 21st N. Y. Griswold Cavalry.
Wickham, Joseph, 1 118th N. Y. Vols.
Walters, Thos. Lieut., 1 Co. C, 97th N. Y. Vols.
Welch, John, prisoner.

Wildricks, Thos., Dec., 1863, flag ship Hartford, U. S. Navy.
Young, James, 1 Aug., 1862, Co. I, 7th N. Y. V. Artillery.
Yates, J. L., Captain, May, 1861, Co. A, 22d N. Y. Vols.



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IX.

1861 TO 1865.

.LOURING the early years of the rebellion the local
columns of the Cataract recorded few events of importance
aside from those connected with the war. The feeling of
uncertainty and apprehension which prevailed among busi
ness men prevented large investments of capital in new
enterprises, and until 1863, there were but slight signs of
progress in the place.

During 1861, especially, there were few notable local
occurrences. Afire on the morning of March 25th destroyed
the picking room of the Harmony Mills, which had been
burned two years before. By the exertions of the fire
department, assisted by Hudson Hose Company of Water-
ford, the flames were prevented from communicating to
the other buildings. The damage to stock, etc., was
$10,000, insured. Another fire, July 15th, destroyed the
saw mill of Wm. Burton & Co., at a loss of $8,000. En
gines from Lansingburg and Waterford and the Ranken
steamer from Troy were in attendance and prevented the
destruction of the adjoining veneering mill.

Among the new business establishments of the year was
the brewery on Saratoga street below the state yard pro
perty, which afterwards was conducted by Tighe & Robin
son and John Tighe. In the latter part of the year, the
paper mill of Chas. Van Benthuysen, on the site of Fuller s
bedstead factory, was completed and commenced operations
in Jan., 1862. It was entirely destroyed by fire Feb.
15th, at a loss of $25,000. The cause was the spontaneous
combustion of some cotton waste stored in the fourth story.
Mr. Van Benthuysen at once made arrangements for rebuild
ing, but not on so extensive a scale as before.



174 HISTORY OF COHOES. 1862.

In February a bill incorporating the Cohoes and Troy
Horse Rail Road Company was introduced in the legisla
ture by a number of Troy capitalists. John A. Griswold
was elected president and O. H. Arnold vice president of
the company. Considerable opposition to the project was
at first manifested in Cohoes, the citizens believing that the
trade of home merchants would suffer largely, and also that
the laying of track through the streets would lower the
value of property along the route. The friends of the bill
had a hearing before the trustees, who appointed J. F.
Crawford to appear in their behalf before the legislature.
Mr. Crawford prepared several important amendments, which
were accepted by the incorporators, and were probably
satisfactory to Cohoes people, for no further remonstrance
was made.

Another matter, which received considerable comment in
the Cataract during the summer, was a dead lock in the
board of trustees, which prevented the transaction of any
public business from April 28th to Oct. 6th. The board
was evenly divided in politics, and several members absented
themselves so that a quorum could not be obtained.

A new knitting factory was established during this year
by L. W. Mansfield, who rented the building now known as
the Empire Mill and put in operation three sets of machin
ery. Mr. Mansfield s establishment in the tobacco factory
building on Courtland street, passed into the hands of Alden
Frink and Bingham.

In January, 1863, the Cohoes Skating Association, the first
institution of the sort in the place, was organized with
the following officers : Winsor Stone, president ; Rodney



1 As a matter of interest in the history of this mill it may be mentioned that mid
day union prayer meetings were held in its seaming rooms for nearly two jears,
with an average attendance of forty persons. In the winter of 1865, a course of
Bocial singing was inaugurated, at each evening of which from three to five hun
dred persons were present.



1863. HISTORY OF COHOES. 175

Wilcox, vice-president ; A. T. Becker, secretary ; P. D.
Niver, treasurer ; Daniel McElwain, Edward Shepard,
Joseph Chadwick, Peter Manton, Levi Dodge, directors.
A lease was obtained of the pond north of Simmons s dyke,
and suitable buildings and enclosures were erected. 1

This year was marked by a number of changes in Cohoes
business firms, and several important additions to the manu
facturing interests of the village.

In January, Geo. Campbell, formerly of the firm of Gage,
Campbell & Gage of Waterford, with John Clute as partner,
leased the building formerly occupied by Jeremiah Clute s
bedstead factory, and established a machine shop therein.
In March, the property at the corner of Ontario and Rem-
sen streets was purchased by Messrs. Joseph Chadwick and
Geo. Warhurst, who converted it into a knitting mill.- In
June, the erection of C. H. Adams s mill on Ontario street,
one of the most complete in the place, was commenced. It
is of brick, four stories high, and 50 by 100 feet. The firm
of C. II. Adams & Co. was dissolved, S. D. Fairbank
retiring on account of ill health, and Mr. Adams continued
the business alone.- 3 The Watervliet mill, which he vacated,
was leased for 10 years by Alden Frink & Weston, who
had also become proprietors of the Halcyon Mill in the
early part of the year. Another enterprise in which this
firm became engaged was the manufacture of axes. The
factory belonging to Jonas Simmons, near the rolling mill,



1 A skating park was established two years later on Oneida street, between Van
Rensselaer and Saratoga streets, which remained for some time in successful ope
ration. Mr. McElwain was principally interested in its management. The latest
institution of the sort was established in December of the present year, by A. Paul.

2 Mr. Warhurst retired in 1867, his interest being bought by Wm. N. Chadwick.
P. R. Chadwick was subsequently admitted to partnership, and the present firm of
Chadwick & Co., formed.

3 The present proprietor, John Wakeman, succeeded Mr. Adams in January, 1870.



176 HISTORY OF COHOES. 1863.

was purchased by them, and the firm of W. J. Ten Eyck
& Co. organized, in which they held the controlling interest.

A new knitting mill, Wm. Conliss and John Carter pro
prietors, was also started in the building formerly used by
Wightman & Youmans as a wheel factory.

On August 15th the corner stone of the new St. Bernard s
church, the site of which had been purchased by Father
Keveney in 1861, was laid by Bishop (now Cardinal)
McCloskey, with imposing ceremonies.

On August 1 7th Hurst s woolen mill on Mohawk street
was destroyed by the most disastrous fire with which Cohoes
has ever been visited. It caught in the picking room,
located on the first floor near the stair case, and owing to
the combustible character of the contents of the mill and a
high wind which prevailed at the time, spread rapidly from
floor to floor, cutting off almost every means of escape.
Within five minutes after the alarm was sounded the entire
east end of the building, containing the only stair case, was
a sheet of flame. The stairs were very narrow, so that but
few were able to pass down, and the only means of exit was
by jumping from the windows, in doing which many sus
tained severe injuries. Three of the operatives, Margaret
Downey, Anna Lyons and Catharine Donnelly, were unable
to escape, and perished in the flames. The death of the
latter was one of the most terrible features of the fire ; she
attempted to escape from a third story window, but her
clothing became caught on the steam pipe under the window
sill, and all efforts to free her being futile, she was burnt to
death in the sight of hundreds who were powerless to aid
her. Some twenty of the operatives were seriously injured.



i On the failure of Alcten Frink & Weston. in 1866, the Ten Eyck MTg Co. was
organized with the following officers : David Cowee, president ; Geo. R. Seymour,
treasurer; R. H. Thompson, secretary ; W. J. Ten Eyck, superintendent. This
company suspended in 1872, and in the following year the factory was taken by
Williams, Ryan & Jones. Their successors have been, Sheehan, Jones & Co. ,
Jones & Ryan, and (July 1st, 74), M. H. Jones & Co.



1863. HISTORY OF COHOES. 177

The firemen, aided by four companies from Waterford and
Lansingburg, and the Ranken steamer from Troy, succeeded
in preventing any serious damage to adjoining buildings.
Mr. Hurst s loss was $27,000 of which $18,000 was insured.
This calamity gave rise to a great deal of inquiry and news
paper comment in regard to the means provided for escape
from our factories in case of such disasters, and had the good
result of causing the erection of adequate fire escapes in all
the mills of the place.

During this summer the horse rail road was in process of
construction. It was the original intention of the company
to have the Cohoes terminus located at the Cataract House,
but this was abandoned, as not being feasible. The rails
were laid as far as the junction on the 10th of October, and
an excursion car was run over the road on that day. In the
following week Mr. Simons disposed of his interest in the
omnibus line to the company. He had been engaged in the
business for fifteen years, and under his management the
Troy stage became an institution of great convenience, 12
round trips daily having been made since 1859. The com
pletion of the road was thus spoken of in the Cataract :

" It is one of the most important events that mark the
progress of our village in the career of improvement. We
know of no good reason why it may not be made advanta
geous to the place. True, it may tend to divert trade to
the city, but it will also bring the patrons of our manu
factures nearer and create a condition and feeling of intimacy
between the business men of the two places, that has not
hitherto existed."

The road was well patronized and soon took precedence
over other modes of conveyance. Ever since the completion
of the rail road running from Albany to the junction, the
trains had entered the village of West Troy by means of a
Y track, and stopped at the depot, a short distance from
the ferry. The establishment of the horse railway, however,
so far diminished their business that the railroad company
discontinued the practice of backing down the Y after Dec.
23



178 HISTORY OF COHOES. 1863.

21, 1863. The track was torn up, but has recently been re-
laid for the accommodation of the Albany and Troy locals.

The objections to street rail roads seem to have been
speedily overcome, and the example of the Troy capitalists
was contagious, for in the same year the Waterf ord and Co-
hoes Horse Rail Road Co. was organized by gentlemen
from Cohoes and Waterford. The Cohoes representatives
on the board of directors were Hugh White, Wm. F. Carter,
Wm. G. Caw, Isaac Quackeubush and Wm. M. White. The
stock, amounting to $25,000, was soon taken, articles of as
sociation were duly filed, and the right of way obtained
from the village trustees. Another company, composed,
with the exception of T. G. Younglove, of capitalists from
Troy and Lansingburg was organized the next year, which,
said the Cataract, " proposed to at once commence active
operations." Nothing more definite, however, resulted than
a quarrel between the two companies, which ended the con
sideration of the project for the time being.

The first movement of importance towards the incorpo
ration of Cohoes as a city was made in Jan., 1864. A meet
ing was held in the trustees room on the 22d, of which L. S.
Parsons was chairman and S. Hayward, secretary. Re
marks were made in favor of the project by Wm. G. Caw,
and on motion of Sherebiah Stiles, a committee of fourteen
was appointed to ascertain the feelings of the citizens in re
gard to the matter, and the steps necessary to be taken. The
citizens were evidently not favorably inclined, for no further
mention of the project was made for some time.

The following notice of the destruction of an old house
was published in the Cataract of Jan. 30:

" The building known as the Old Junction House below



1 Still another company was organized Oct. 24, 1871, with the following directors :
C. II. Adams, D. J. Johneton, U.S. Bogue, Murray Hubbard, E. L. Stimson, Jas.
P. Crawford, Henry Brockway, J. W. Himes, Jas. B. McKee, N. W. Frost, C. F.
North and John Wakeman of Oohoes, A. J. Griffin, of Waterford. The capital
stock was $25,000.



1864. HISTORY OF COHOES. 179

this village, formerly owned by Alfred Phelps, Esq., took
fire about 7 o clock last Sunday evening, and was totally
destroyed. It had recently been purchased by the Horse
Rail Road Co., and was undergoing repairs preparatory to
being converted into a residence for their employes. Loss
$1,000, and no insurance. The building was one of the
oldest land-marks in this neighborhood, and had a wide
notoriety as the scene of operation of the Junction Banking
Association of years ago."

Numerous improvements in the manufacturing establish
ments attested the good condition of business during the
year. Mr. Van Benthuysen commenced the erection of an
addition to his paper mill, south of the first building, 60 by
100 feet in size. The Troy M f g Co., who had become pro
prietors of the Bailey Mill, built an addition 50 by 125 feet,
and four stories high, having a front of 50 feet on Ontario
street, and thus doubled the capacity of their factory. The
axe factory of Ten Eyck & Co. and Jonas Simmons s rolling
mill were also materially enlarged. The latter establish
ment had never been in complete running order until this
season. Mr. Simmons took Edward N. Page as a partner
and commenced operations in the spring, employing 40 men,
and manufacturing five tons of iron per day.

The Harmony Company built an addition to the Ogden
Mills, 60 by 80 feet, and five stories high, connecting the two
original buildings. They also erected a cotton house 40 by
150 feet on Mohawk street.

The manufacture of paper boxes, which has since become
quite a prominent branch of Cohoes industry, was com
menced in July, by L. R. Dubuque & Co. in the second
story of Egberts s Hall. On Aug. 1st, a similar establish
ment was started by Manning & Clute in the building on
Remsen street now occupied by Targett & Co. 2



1 In March of the following year Mr. Simmons s interest was purchased by Messrs.
Morrison & Colwell of Troy, who organized the present firm of Morrison, Colwell
& Page.

9 After one year this firm sold to L. R. Dubuque & Co. who continued until the
spring of 1867, and then sold to Isaac Clute, the present proprietor.



180 HISTORY OF COHOES. 1864.

It had for some time been the intention of Mr. Egbert
Egberts, to whose public spirit Cohoes is indebted for a
number of substantial improvements, to found an academy
here which should be the leading educational institution of
this vicinity. To this end a bill was introduced in the leg
islature, which was passed May 24, to incorporate Egberts
Institute. The trustees of corporation were to be the pas
tors of the Protestant churches in Cohoes, the following
being named in the bill as first trustees : Chas. 1ST. Waldron,
J. H. Hobart Brown, Fred k W. Flint, Henry L. Starks,
Wm. H. Maynard. Provision was made in the bill for en
dowment of the institution by Mr. Egberts to such amount
as he might see fit. At the first meeting of the trustees,
held May 18, Rev. Dr. Waldron was elected president, and
committees were appointed for selection of a principal and
preparation of a course of studies. Deeds were received
from Mr. Egberts conveying to the Institute the building
on White street, east of Egberts Hall, which had been com
pleted some time before, and the property on Remsen street
just north of the hall, which had formerly belonged to W.
Twichell. The Institute, under direction of Rev. A. B.
Bullions, was opened for the reception of scholars Sept. 8th.

The publication of the Cataract was discontinued from
Jan. to Aug. 1865, and the only means of learning the local
events during that time is from out of town papers. There
appear to have been few occurrences of importance, how
ever, aside from the rejoicings and excitement attending
the close of the war.

A fire on June 1st, destroyed Conliss & Carter s knitting
mill near Ontario street, and several small buildings adjoin



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