100 Years Ago at the Village Board

100 Years Ago at the Village Board Meeting

[A monthly feature of excerpts from the Village Board minutes. A full transcription of all board minutes is digitized, and those wishing to see the complete records may contact the Historian or the Village Clerk.]

In 1916, the Village elections took place on March 21, and the Annual Meeting was on Marcb 27. Elected for the coming year: John E. Gillette, President (now called the Mayor); Trustees—Frank H. Field, Stanley E. Ford, Augustus H. Lasher, LeRoy R. Wood.

Nelson Toll was named Treasurer and E. Crosby Hoyt was Village Clerk.
Standing Committees were Finance, Water, Sewers & Buildings, Lights & Railroads, and Streets.

May 5, 1916

[Excerpts selected by the Historian.]

Four bids for Sanitary Sewer construction were opened and the President authorized to contract with Edward J. O’Brien. Bid was for $5133.30

This sewer was to run from the intersection of Sacandaga & Swan Street, through Swan Street to Lark, through Lark to Holmes, through Holmes to present sewer in Mohawk Ave.

The Village Treasurer was authorized to purchase a table for the Village Office, cost not to exceed $15.

George Keefer was appointed as driver of the Village team at $60 per month.

Two petitions were read—one for the improvement of Sacandaga Rd. between Mohawk and Toll, and one to improve Hawk St. with curbing. These to be considered at future meeting.

Approval for cost of material and construction of manhole in the sanitary sewer at 5th and Root.

A petition requested stops of the cars of the Schenectady Railway Co. at Mohawk & Ballston to be changed back to the old place—referred to the Railroad Committee.

The Building Committee will have the outside woodwork of the Village Hall painted.

As at each meeting, a list of bills to be paid was entered and approved.

Rhododendrons in Bloom

The Flint House finally has a little color! The azaleas and magnolia failed to bloom because of cold weather in early spring, but these did fine.


Flint House Garden

This year’s broomcorn and flax has been planted. The broomcorn is in rows, and the flax seed is spread to grow in one big patch. The plot is at the edge of the community gardens nearest the dog park fence, so be sure to check it out when you are over by the Flint House.IMG_1286XX1X

Open House May 15


Spring Open House at the Flint House is Sunday, May 15, from 1-4 pm. Take a tour with our volunteers, and let the kids make an origami flower garden with Barbara Bennett (Mrs. Red Shoes).
Since the new crop of broomcorn is in the ground, we can celebrate last year’s by making some brooms. With a short handle, you can decorate with them; with a long handle they are great for getting those annoying cobwebs up on the ceiling or in the corners of your house. You can also take home some broomcorn seed for your own yard.
I may be doing some flax processing you can help with as well. Flax is still an experiment here, so we’ll see how that goes.
Weather permitting (and it looks good so far), there will be artists painting or sketching outdoors. Bring your own easel and art supplies and join them if you’d like.
Hope to see you there!

April Mystery Tool Answer

This is a pre-electric toaster. One piece of toast goes on each side, so you can toast 4 pieces at once. I can also see, using my modern slice of bread, that these toasters, from the early 1900s (when this kind was popular), were made for much smaller slices. You can use this on a gas burner or even in the oven.



April Mystery Tool

If you have electricity you don’t need one of these!

Some of you will recognize it right away, especially if you are a camper.

Check back tomorrow for the answer.


Save the Date

The peonies around the Flint House believe it really is spring, and the azaleas are starting to leaf out. Only a month until the Spring Open House on Sunday, May 15, from 1-4. More information about activities will be announced soon!



Play ball

Baseball season started this week, so let’s go back over 100 years and take a look at the Village of Scotia team.


Back row, left to right: unknown, Martin Ferguson, Frank Berning, Richard Van Huysen, Ralph Hoyt, Alvin Spitzer

Front row, left to right: unknown, Edgar Eagnor, Arthur Jackson, Edward Beller

Here’s another article about early Scotia baseball, published in 1967.




To Broom Makers

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

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