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.

Happy Birthday, Village of Scotia

Welcome to the Scotia History Blog. It’s also the Village birthday, as the first Board Meeting was held on Feb. 10, 1904. It was the result of a long process that started in the fall of 1901, and we’ll look at that in future posts.

On Feb. 6 there had been an election for the first Village President, Trustees, Collector, and Treasurer. 281 votes were cast, and the winners are listed in the Board minutes below.

Scotia N.Y. Feb. 10th 1904

First meeting of Board of Trustees in and for the Village of Scotia N. Y.


Dr. H. V. Mynderse     President

Sanford C. Lovett         Trustee

Chas. H. Bevis               Trustee

Jas. C. Perham              Collector

Jas. E. Yates                   Treasurer

J.A. Hoyt                        Clerk

On motion of Mr. Bevis, J.A. Hoyt was appointed Village Clerk.

On motion of Mr. Bevis, Frank F. Bechtel was appointed street commissioner.

On motion of Mr. Bevis, the first Tuesday of each month and the hour (7:30) seven thirty P.M. was fixed for the regular monthly meetings of the Board.

On motion adjourned.

J.A. Hoyt, Village Clerk


[Some punctuation has been altered for clarity. Also, it’s Dr. Herman Mynderse; James Hoyt; Chas. means Charles; Jas. means James.]


You may also wish to check out Instagram (@scotiahistorian) and my Facebook page (Village of Scotia Historian).

Beverly Clark

Village of Scotia Historian


Blog posts will start on February 10

The Historian Blog will begin regular posts on February 10, our Village birthday.

Drop by to see what Scotians were talking about 112 years ago (the first blog topic), what’s coming up this spring, and how to find the new Facebook and Instagram pages.

Beverly Clark