Old view of the Flint House #1

This is the earliest picture we’ve found of the Flint House. It appeared in the Utica Saturday Globe in May 1901, as part of a long article about the murder of the owner, David Reynolds. He had been killed out back in one of the many barns, and, while several arrests were made, no one was ever tried for the crime.

You can see the house had a very ornate (and likely Victorian) porch, and it had a long ell in the back, nearly the size of the front part of the house. Also note the interior chimney–Lillian Flint moved the chimney to the outside of the house and rebuilt the fireplace when she lived there.

The Historian’s office has very few historic photos of the Flint House. If you have any (from any period up to about 1990) among your personal photos, I’d love to see them! Contact me through the village office, or email historian@villageofscotiany.gov

February Mystery Tool Answer

The tool is a snow knocker or snow hammer.

In the winter, snow and ice can get packed under a horse’s hoof, turning into a solid mass of frozen material. Walking on this can cause tripping and sliding, and even serious injury, so it needs to be removed. Thus this handy little tool.

(From A Museum of Early American Tools by Eric Sloane)

Here’s the team that assisted in the above photo, providing sleigh rides at the Hanford Mills Museum Ice Festival on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. It’s a great event–you can actually go out and cut some ice blocks yourself.


100 Years Ago at the Village Board

100 Years Ago at the Village Board, January & February 1917

Jan. 5, 1917

Action on Sewer Bonds.

Dudley Toll Hill appointed Acting Police Justice of the Village for the year 1917.

Resignation of James Bliss, Village Assessor, accepted, effective March 1.

Bills submitted and approved for payment.

Jan. 15, 1917

Financial matters related to:

Special Street Fund

Bonds related to various funds

State, County, and Town tax on the Village Water Station & Sewer Disposal Plant

Sewer bonds

List of the names, addresses, and amounts of those with unpaid Village taxes and unpaid assessments for paving and curbing; a list of those deemed uncollectable that will be sold for back taxes.

Village Clerk authorized to purchase additional steel filing units for the Village office, not to exceed $60.

Bills submitted and approved for payment.

Feb. 2, 1917

Payments approved for 2 street funds (one includes paving for Mohawk and Schon-o-we [sic]).

A proposition for a new pumping unit to replace the current pump #2 was received from the General Electric Company. It is to be placed on file, the amount needed included in the 1917 budget, and the next board can have the work done.

The Village Attorney is to interview the State Board of Health in regard to the operation of the Sewer Disposal Plant.

Bills submitted and approved for payment.

Feb. 19, 1917

The Village Attorney and Engineer reported on their conference with Mr. Horton of the State Health Department. The Engineer is to see if it is practical to dispose of sewage without the cost of pumping, and to submit this plan to the Health Department.

Bills submitted and approved for payment.

Feb. 28, 1917

Bills submitted and approved for payment.



Flint House Elves

Lillian Flint (the previous owner of the Flint House) took up photography in 1967. Most of her pictures involved small handmade elves (about 4 inches tall) which were imported from Denmark. Miss Flint also had in the back part of the house a small shop to sell various items imported from Scandinavia–many of you will remember it. She posed the elves with natural materials in a variety of charming ways. Here’s a fun winter scene. (I’m guessing many of you are wishing there was snow enough to ski right now.)

And here’s a single elf.




Village Board Meetings, November and December 1916

These are edited by the Historian; additions and comments are in brackets.

Scotia Village Board

Nov. 3, 1916

The board dealt with various items related to street fund loans and financing.

The State Highway Department informed the board that the amount to be raised by village taxes is $305.53, to go to Schenectady County for repairs and maintenance of 20,369 square yards [I was surprised to see this unit of measurement in this context.]  of State highway for 1917. It will be added to next year’s budget.

A requisition will be issued for Schenectady Illuminating Company to install one new 40-candlepower street lamp on Washington Rd., 500 feet east from light #151.

A petition was submitted by W. G. Husten [sic] and 51 others that street signs be placed at street corners and house owners be requested to place numbers on their houses. Clerk will get data so the issue can be taken up for the 1917 budget.

List of bills submitted, to be paid.

Nov. 20, 1916

Edward J. O’Brien to be paid for completion of contract to construct sewers.

Village Engineer to prepare a plan and estimate of cost of construction of surface sewer in Sacandaga Rd. and also the sanitary sewers needing to be constructed before paving.

List of bills submitted, to be paid.

Undated—follows above minutes:

Resolution Requesting modifications and changes in the Plans prepared for the Schenectady-Scotia bridge affecting the approach in the Village of Scotia.

Width of main approach on the Village side to be increased from 56 to 60 feet.

Ornamental balustrade to be continued beyond the Scotia abutment to the intersection of the main bridge approach and Schon-o-wee [sic] Ave.

Dec. 4, 1916

Clerk to purchase 2” Keystone Water Meter for Sanders Ave. School.

Lists of bills submitted, to be paid.

Dec. 18, 1916

Report received from the Engineer of the State Health Department and order of State Commissioner of Health dated December 5th, 1916 relative to the disposal of the Village Sewage. [Details not entered in the minutes.]

Village Engineer will prepare plans in accordance with the report and order, and provide estimates of cost.

The bill from the New York Central Rail Road for refund of excess taxes was referred to the Finance Committee.

As the property owners on Hawk St. have constructed curbing, in order to protect it and prevent dirt from washing into Mohawk Ave., the village should construct stone gutters and cover the street with a coating of gravel. Resolved: in the 1917 budget funds should be allotted. The Village team [horses] will install the cobblestones on hand and the Clerk will order additional stones to be delivered in the winter.

Discussion of various issues related to sewer bonds.

List of bills to be paid.


Save the Date–June 3, 2017


It’s a cold, windy day with a tiny dusting of snow, but imagine the green grass, leaves on the trees, plants in bloom, and warm breezes and save the date–June 3, 2017. The Musicians of Ma’alwyck will be presenting a special free performance outdoors at the Flint House at 6:30 pm. Excerpts from The Ship’s Captain: an 1817 Vaudeville and other works will celebrate the musical history of America.

Bring a picnic supper to this one-hour concert while you enjoy a beautiful summer evening. Under tent seating will be available as well.

More information will be coming in the spring!

Fall Open House on November 12

Come to the Open House at the Flint House on Saturday, November 12, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Tours this fall will focus on the history of the house. A poster exhibit will illustrate various views of the house and how it has changed over the years; maps of the area in different periods; statistics about the farm and the Reese family in the mid-1800s; and renovations made since the village owned the house.

Dr. Steve Jones will display artifacts and diagrams from past archaeological digs and explain what they can tell us about the history of the house and land.

Barbara Bennett, Mrs. Red Shoes, will be offering two craft projects for kids (and adults, too)—a fall centerpiece to go around a votive candle, and a simple quilled ornament. The quilling is reminiscent of the Scandinavian decorations that Miss Flint used to sell in her shop at the house, as quite a few of you will remember.

The Flint House, at 421 S. Reynolds Street, is one of the oldest buildings in Scotia.

Stop by to learn about the house and village, and to meet me, your village historian Beverly Clark.

November is New York State History Month, and there are many historical sites and events to explore!