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!

100 Years Ago at the Village Board (plus a picture)

I found this picture of a GE gathering dated 1916–I’m not familiar with the abbreviated organization they are representing, however. If you know what the initials stand for, send me a message: historian@villageofscotiany.gov.


Here are the edited notes from the Village Board for September and October, 1916.

September 1, 1916

Payment to the Schenectady County State Highway repair fund ($305.53); a refund to a village resident for an incorrect tax assessment ($1.50); settlement of an assessment problem with the New York Central Railroad (assessment of property to stand at $180,000); and the usual list of monthly bills.

They also decided that a request be sent to the Town (Glenville) Board to have the Town Highway Commissioner confer with the Village Commissioner of Streets as to “the proper steps to be taken to improve the conditions of Reynolds St.”

They also reviewed the financials for the previous 6 months.

September 18. 1916

A request for water mains to be extended in Marcelis Ave. was referred to the Water Committee for the next year’s budget.

The hearing on Sacandaga Rd. paving opened at 8:30, no objections were made, and the hearing was closed.

Notice was received about a hearing on special franchise equalization to be held at Albany on Sept. 27. The Village Attorney was requested to attend and oppose “anything which may occur at said hearing detrimental to the interests of the Village of Scotia.”

Bills were presented and approved for payment.

October 2, 1916

Various routine financial matters were taken up, including payments on sewer contracts, and bills were presented and approved for payment.

The Water Committee was instructed to have the outside of the water tank painted with one coat of graphite paint at a cost not to exceed $60.

Rent to be paid on the safe deposit box at Schenectady Trust Company.

October 16, 1916

Pay the school tax on Village property.

Pay $50 for Fire Department inspection.

Pay James Bliss a reimbursement for sewer expenses on Holmes St., $29.55.

The usual bimonthly bills.

After investigation, it is determined that the sidewalk and pavement near the curb at the southwest corner of Mohawk and Ballston Ave. are not in the proper position. It needs to be corrected with the proper foundation.

Also attached to these minutes is a copy of a document requesting the State Highway Department to improve Sacandaga Road by paving it in concrete.



Scotia, Pennsylvania


We’re not the only Scotia in the U.S., and this summer I happened to drive by the one in Pennsylvania. It’s very close to the town of State College, in the central part of the state.

It was founded in the 1880s by Andrew Carnegie to mine iron ore. He named it after his native Scotland. The mining business ended in the 1920s, but was revived for a short while around WW2. It was abandoned and is now state land known as PA State Game Lands #173.

Above is what it looks like today.

To learn more, you might enjoy these articles:

A Ghost Town in Happy Valley

Scotia Trails and History Map


Save the Date

The Fall Open House at the Flint House will be on November 12.  I’ll post more info soon!

Sometimes after the corn is bent and cut it will send up a new stalk.


The next step

The broomcorn seeds are removed with a comb. It’s easy to do when they are freshly cut. Then the stalks are put on a rack to dry.