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From: David Minor <>
Subject: NYNY 1873-1876
Date: Sat, 7 Jun 1997 10:54:36 -0500
<fontfamily><param>Geneva</param>Previous years will appear in a new
home on the Web this summer. More on that later.
I'm sneaking this post in early (for the benefit of New York History
list subscribers) to get it in before next week's scheduled listserv
Rochester's Genesee River floods, inundating downtown's Crossroads
area, undermining a city building under construction and killing two
people. Several other people fall into the river.
<italic>Variety</italic> founder-publisher Sime Silverman is born to
banker Louis Silverman, in Cortland.
Brooklyn physician, writer and lecturer Rizq [Risq, Rizk] (Georger)
Haddad is born in Judeida, Marjayoun, Syria (now Lebanon).
Broadway librettist Otto Hauerbach (Harbach) is born in Salt Lake City,
Broadway bass and composer John Rosmaond Johnson is born in
The New York Warehouse and Security Company goes bankrupt.
The brokerage house of Jay Cooke and Company fails.
Wall Street trading shuts down.
The New York Stock Exchange reopens.
The steam-powered canal boat <italic>William Newman </italic> sets a
record on the Erie Canal - Troy to Buffalo, in four days and 22 hours.
General Charles Graham maps lower Manhattan. ** Gustave Lening's
<italic>Dark Side of New York Life</italic> is published. **
Quakers form the Young Friends'Aid Association, to help children.
The office of State Commissioner in Lunacy is created, to oversee the
state's insane asylums. ** New York City expands its limits,
gaining three miles of Hudson River shoreline, as well as eight miles
from the Harlem River and Spuyten Duyvil Creek, and approximately 18
milesfrom Long Island Sound. ** The Troy Gas Light Company's
Gaholder House is completed. ** Chicago industrialist John
Coonley buys Wyoming's Hillside, gives it to his wife, the poetess and
society leader Lydia Coonley, daughter of the previous owner. **
The U. S. House of Representatives censures Democrat James Brooks for
corruption. ** Black former freedman Henry Flipper is nominated
to West Point.
Albany decides to use the Hudson River as its sole source of water.
The Vincent Place bridge, across the Genesee River, is completed. **
Construction begins on City Hall, on Broad Street.
Former U. S. president Millard Fillmore dies in Buffalo at the age of
Phineas Taylor Barnum's Great Roman Hippodrome opens at Madison Avenue
and 27th Street. The site will later become the home of the first
Madison Square Garden.
The New York <italic>Sun</italic> is the first to use the expression
'face a pitch', meaning to come to bat.
Twelve followers of John Wilcox leave Chicago to start a community on
Lake Champlain's Valcour Island.
Democrat Samuel J. Tilden is elected governor.
Humorist, illustrator and essayist Clarence Day is born in New York
Three-time New York City mayor William Frederick Havemeyer dies in
office. S. B. H. Vance completes his term.
Democrat William H. Wickham defeats Republican Salem H. Wales and
Independent Oswald Ottendorfer to become mayor, serving 1875-1876.
** The Young Men's Hebrew Association is organized, with Lewis May
as president. ** The Social Democratic Workingmen's Party is
State ** The Lake Ontario steamboats <italic>Abyssinian
</italic>and <italic>Athenian</italic> are sold to a St. Lawrence River
company. ** Painter William West Durant is summoned home from
Europe by his father, railroad tycoon Thomas Clark Durant, to help in
promoting the Adirondacks as a tourist attraction. ** James
William Towner and twelve followers from a failed community at Berlin
Heights, Ohio, join the community at Oneida. ** Macedon's Erie
Canal Lock 60, is converted to a double lock. ** The Cohoes Music
Hall is built. ** Dr. Annie Cheyney (-Spofford) is born in
Franklinville. ** The Chautauqua Institution is founded by Lewis
Miller and Bishop John H. Vincent. ** Grand Army of the Republic
(GAR) Post #68, named for Lieutenant ColonelAugustus I. Root, is formed
in Batavia. ** Italian stonemasons begin construction on a house
at Whitehall for State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Potter. **
John Dellinger establishes the Dellinger Opera House in Batavia.
Abolitionist Frederick Douglass is defeated in his attempt to gain a
seat in the local assembly. ** The Ebenezer Watts house goes out
of the family. ** Work begins on a municipal water system. **
The Genesee Yacht Club is organized at Charlotte. ** North Street
and North Avenue switch names. ** Andrew Jackson Warner's Broad
Street City Hall building is completed. The bell from the second County
Court House dome is moved here. ** The city annexes parts of the
town of Brighton, Gates, Greece and Irondequoit, bringing its total
area to 16.98 square miles.
Batavia's Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Post #68 is disbanded.
Broadway producer Lee Shubert is born in Syracuse.
The first use of New York's City Hall Park Post Office.
The mortgage is foreclosed on Wilcox's Valcour Island community.
Quakers form the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Henry Bergh is named president. ** Henry James winters in the
city, writing <italic>A Passionate Pilgrim and Others Tales,
Transatlantic Sketches</italic>, and <italic>Roderick Hudson</italic>.
** Contentious Long Island Railroad (LIRR) president Oliver
Charlick is removed from office and replaced with Conrad Popenhusen.
** Sheldon and Company publishes George Armstrong Custer's
<italic>My Life on the Plains</italic>, compiled from a series of
articles he wrote for New York City's <italic>Galaxy
The state takes over the operation of Seth Green's fish hatchery in
Caledonia. ** Former Seneca County surrogate judge J. K. Richardson
dies. ** President Grant visits the Chautauqua Institute, the
first U. S. president to do so. ** The American Bankers'
Association is organized, at Saratoga Springs. ** The stone house
at Whitehall for Justice Joseph Potter - Skene Manor - is completed.
** New York army captain Willard Glazier begins preparations for a
coast-to-coast trip on horseback.
The city begins getting water from Hemlock Lake. ** The city now
has 30 Italian immigrants. Young Italian immigrant Antonio Pesole seeks
protection of the police, claiming he is regularly beaten by his
Italian sponsor (padrone) and the man's wife. ** The Rochester and
Lake Ontario Navigation company is organized. ** The Genesee
River Glen House-to Charlotte excursion steamer <italic>Falling Waters
</italic>burns and is replaced by the <italic>Estelle</italic>. **
Builder John Canfield moves to Alexander Street.
William Hurlbert and Morgan G. Bulkeley form the National League of
Professional Base Ball Clubs from the National Association, in New York
City. The member teams are Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford,
Louisville, New York, Philadelphia and St. Louis.
Martha Hulz Wickham, widow of Watkins peach grower William Wickham, Jr.
dies. $4400 in gold and silver is found in a trunk after her death.
The American Chemical Society is founded to promote chemical research,
in New York City.
The Fifth Avenue Conference, to reform the Republican Party, is held in
New York City. Little is accomplished.
The Greenback (Independent) Party holds its first national convention,
in Indianapolis and nominates New York's Peter Cooper and Ohio's Samuel
F. Carey. Their platform calls for the resuming the use of paper
A Centennial Express train arrives in San Francisco, having made the
trip from New York City in a record 83 hours nd 39 minutes.
The Republicans nominate Ohio's governor Rutherford Birchard Hayes and
New York's William A. Wheeler.
The Democrats nominate New York governor Samuel Jones Tilden and
Indiana's Thomas A. Hendricks.
The New York <italic>Herald</italic> publishes two accounts of the
Custer massacre, based on yesterday's dispatches from Salt Lake City.
The first aerial crossing between towers of the uncompleted Brooklyn
Bridge is accomplished.
The adultery trial of the Reverend Henry Beecher in Brooklyn ends in a
Juliet Corson starts the first cooking school in the U. S. in New York
New York City's William Marcy "Boss" Tweed , convicted of fraud, is
returned to New York from Spain after being apprehended there.
A fire in Brooklyn's Conway Theatre claims 300 lives.
Central Park opens. ** John Draper takes the first photograph of
a solar spectrum. ** A warehouse is built at 213 Water Street. It
will one day become the Museum Gallery of the South Street Seaport
Museum. ** Democrat Smith Ely, Jr., a merchnt, defeats Republican
John Dix to become mayor, serving 1877-1878. ** Philadelphia and
New York are expelled from baseball's National League for not
completing their final western road trips. ** Whitman's <italic>A
Death Sonnet for Custer </italic>appears in the New York
Wiard Plow Company moves from East Aurora to Batavia.
Antonio Nucci and Paul Regali become the first Italian immigrants in
the city to gain full citizenship. ** The municipal water system
is completed. The city begins getting some of its water from Hemlock
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