100 Years Ago at the Village Board—January-February 1918

January 7
Bond sold related to the Drainage Sewer Refunding Bond Sinking Fund.
Dudley Toll Hill, Justice of the Peace of the Town of Glenville, who lives in Scotia, appointed Acting Police Justice of the Village [for year 1918].
Action related to Street Fund notes.
New filing cabinets for the Village Clerk to be purchased, not to exceed $55.
To be purchased for Village Hall: 4 new Four-in-One electric light fixtures, with installation.
The Sewer Committee will sell the items to be removed from the Pumping Station; proceeds will benefit the Village.
Matters related to the finances of the Third Street sidewalk.
Ellis B. Edgar has not lived up to the terms of his contract for constructing the outlet sewer and screening chamber. He will be responsible for any damage caused by his delay.
Joseph Clark finished the decorating of the Village Hall and will be paid $125.
Pay Ellis B. Edgar part payment of his sewer contract.
Payroll and bills to be paid; approved.

January 21
Action related to the payment of interest and principal on upcoming outstanding bonds.
List of taxes not paid for 1917 (mostly house lots), unpaid paving and curbing assessments.
Agree to share cost with the Town of Glenville ($30 each) to make a map of the plot known as Harwell in the Village, laid out and sold by E. Z. Carpenter.
Approval of payroll and bills.

February 5
Payments to the special Street Fund.
Pay Ellis Edgar on his sewer contract.
The reward of $10 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those breaking streetlights was claimed by William H. Barhydt and Bernard Mabee. They will split the reward.
Approval of payroll and bills.

February 18
Approval of payroll and bills.
WHEREAS Guy C. Hyde, an esteemed resident of our community and a member of our Village Fire Department has, while in the service of our beloved country, been called from our midst by his Maker, and
WHEREAS he is the first resident of our community to lose his life while in the service of our Country during the War for Democracy, and
WHEREAS, while we feel the loss of a resident of our community and an esteemed member of our Fire Department, we realize how much greater must be the loss to the immediate members of his family, therefore be it
RESOLVED, that we extend to the bereaved family of Guy C. Hyde our sincere personal sympathy and the sympathy of the Village we represent, and be it further
RESOLVED that these Resolutions be spread [sic] on the minutes of this Board and a copy of same sent to the family of the deceased.
The Board would prefer Mr. C. P. Sanders present his proposed proposition on paving through a petition signed by 25 taxpayers.

February 28
Payroll and bills approved.
Details related to reallocating surpluses from various departments to other parts of the General Fund.
Received a report from the Engineer about the outlet sewer. The Sewer Committee will report on the best method to complete the work.

Happy Birthday Scotia, plus Historic Marker #2

While the Village was incorporated in 1904, Scotia is also celebrating its 360th birthday this year.

Despite what it says on the marker (located on the edge of the Glen-Sanders Mansion parking lot), most sources agree that Alexander Lindsey Glen—who appears in Dutch records as Sander Leendertse—built his house on the Mohawk in 1658 and called it Scotia, Latin for his homeland of Scotland. He chose a fertile spot on the river, at the point where the Native Americans crossed over to the south side. He was the first European to settle on the north side of the Mohawk River.

When Schenectady was formed in 1661, Glen was one of the original proprietors, and is the only one whose gravesite is known. (It’s right on Ballston Ave.)

Because the first home site was prone to flooding—we just experienced this year’s version, as you can see in the photo—Alexander’s son, Johannes, rebuilt in 1713, up above the river.

We’ll be planning some fun events for our 360th year, and will be posting more about Alexander Lindsey Glen and his family. Now that so many more old Dutch documents have been translated by the New Netherland Institute, there is much new information to share.

If you are interested in more historical markers, try the book The Markers Speak by John J. Birch. It’s available at the library.

 

February Mystery Tool Answer

These are ox shoes. Since they are mismatched, part of 2 different sets. Oxen are commonly steers that have been trained to do work, usually in pairs. Since oxen are bovines they have cloven hooves, so they need eight separate shoes. Oxen provided power for farm work before engines were common, and still are working hard in many places today.

Two references you may like:

 

If the Shoe Fits, Wear it. Or in This Case, Wear 16!

 

 

High water in the Mohawk

Warm weather, cold weather, rain, ice jams. In front of the Flint House the flooded corn field is level with the “creek”. Some maps call it Reese Creek, and historical maps show it in a variety of shapes; today it is just part of the river as it goes between and around the islands and shore. And the Mohawk at the Scotia bridge is a jumble of ice.

Mohawk River (Historic Marker #1)

New York State began a historical marker program in the 1920s, and Scotia has several. This one is pretty basic—but then, how often have you travelled over a pretty large river and had no idea what it was? In my travel experience, pretty often!

Pizza & Wing Bowl January 25

Join the Glenville2020 committee from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 25 at Glenville’s inaugural Pizza & Wing Bowl. Sample pizza and wings from Scotia & Glenville restaurants and beer from the Wolf Hollow Brewing Company. There will be raffle baskets with gift cards and merchandise, and you can cast your vote for the best selections of the evening.

The event is at Mohawk Honda; tickets are $20 per person in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Glenville Town Hall and at Mohawk Honda.

For more information, including a list of the restaurants, see the announcement and flyer at https://glenville2020.com/events, or on the Glenville2020 Facebook page.

All proceeds go to the restoration of the Yates Mansion in Glenville, one of the oldest buildings in town!

One Hundred Years Ago at the Village Board

Scotia Village Board Minutes November-December 1917 (summary)

Nov 1, 1917

Financial matters related to the Special Street Fund.
The Building Committee instructed to purchase a new American flag for use at the Village Hall, and if money is available, to put a flag staff on the roof.
Schenectady County will be paid $333.13 in 1918 for repairs and maintenance of the State Highway within the Village (22,209 square yards). This will be included in the Village budget and tax levy.
Pay Ellis B. Edgar towards sewer work.
Payroll and bill payments approved.

Nov. 19, 1917

A meeting was set up for December 3 about the assessments for sidewalks on Third St. All interested parties to be notified 10 days in advance.
Discussion of payoff of Ballston St. improvement bonds from 1914.
Board to offer a reward of $10 to anyone supplying information leading to arrest and conviction of any person or persons breaking street lights in the Village of Scotia.

Dec. 3, 1917

Meeting opened with request for any complaints related to the Third Street sidewalk construction. No complaints were offered. Therefore the following amounts were payable by December 17. [A list of the lots, owners and amounts payable followed.]
GE has repaired the leak in the suction pipe on the new water pump installed by them at the Scotia Water Works. Therefore, pay balance due of $190.27.
Clerk to purchase another section of book case for the office, not to exceed $5.50.
Bids opened and read for decorating the inside of the Village Hall. Low bid of $125 from Joseph Clark accepted [range was $125-$295. The work to be done included paint and varnish.]
Pay Ellis B. Edgar for sewer work.
A petition from property owners on First St., headed by L.E. Dempster, about correcting the grade of a portion of the street. This is not possible now, but it will be looked at in the spring.
Payroll and payment of bills approved.

Dec. 17, 1917

Discussion of financial matters related to sewer bonds.
Transfer money from Street Fund to Special Street Fund to pay the Village part of the Third Street sidewalk.
Pay D. G. Belcher $170.44 for constructing the sidewalk.
Payroll and payment of bills approved.