To Broom Makers

Old newspapers are always interesting! This is from Freedom’s Sentinel, Schenectady, 1837. It comes from the NYS Historic Newspapers Project,

The Flint House was formerly the home of D. F. Reese, broomcorn grower and broom manufacturer.

March Madness

As many are following basketball right now, here is a photo of the 1918-19 Scotia team. They would have attended the first Scotia High School, built in 1905 on First Street (where the St. Joseph’s parking lot is now).


A note on the back reads:

Date: c. Jan. 1919

Left to right: William Gillespie, Lewis Dunn, Hiram Cornell, Joseph Howard, Leland Campbell, Adrian Tracy, Carlos Grundhoeffer

And, to tell a little about the team, here are a couple of newspaper clippings. (They are from, a site with many old newspapers you can search.)

From the Schenectady Gazette, Jan. 18, 1919


And a follow-up from the Schenectady Gazette, Jan. 20, 1919


View across the creek from the Flint House

When the leaves are down, you can see across Reese Creek to the Hook farmland beyond. The first European to farm here was Claas DeGraff (various spellings of this) before 1690, and Native Americans likely either farmed the land or had hunting and fishing camps before that. The creek dead-ends here in front of the house, but it used to continue through to the Mohawk. For more about the complex geography and history of these plots of land, you can read the Flint House Archaeological Report (from 2002-03), by Dr. Stephen Jones, which is available online at
The History section details extensive research into the various deeds and several maps are included at the end.