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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Early Reports Relating to Construction of the Branch Line (Part II)

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Yesterday I published to the Historic Pelham Blog a posting entitled "Early Reports Relating to Construction of the Branch Line (Part I)". That posting included a news account published on June 1, 1870 detailing promises by residents of Pelham to tender rights of way to the railroad at no cost to encourage the construction of the Branch Line parallel to the Long Island Sound in the early 1870s. Today's posting provides an additional news account relating to the same topic from an early issue of the New York Herald. The account, which details the election of a number of directors including John Schuyler of Pelham and John Hunter, appears below.

"Financial and Commercial . . .

Railway Matters . . .

The stockholders of the Harlem River and Portchester Railroad Company have elected the following directors: -- N.A. Baldwin, of Milford, Conn., who was in turn elected president; Wilson G. Hunt, of New York; E. H. Trowbridge, of New Haven; Francis Morris, of Westchester; William E. Barnett, of New Rochelle; William D. Bishop, of Bridgeport; F. G. Clark of Greenwich; George N. Miller, of New York; John Schuyler, of Pelham; John T. Shelton, of Bridgeport; Joseph Park, Jr., of Rye; Abraham R. Van Nest, of New York, and John Hunter, of Westchester."

Source: Financial and Commercial . . . Railway Matters, N.Y. Herald, May 1, 1871, p. 9, col. 1.

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