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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Development of Manor Circle Area of Pelham Manor in September, 1886

The Manor Circle area of Pelham Manor just to the east of the branch line railroad tracks was first developed in the late 1880s.  I recently stumbled across a news item published in late September, 1886 noting that streets were being laid out east of the Pelham Manor Depot -- the Manor Circle area.  The entire article is transcribed below, followed by a citation to its source.


Mr. David Carll was quite ill the early part of this week.

The Pelham tax sales will take place on Tuesday next, at the Town House, Bartow.

Mr. M. Hogan has resigned the Bartow post-mastership, and Mr. Fred. Vickery has been appointed in his stead.  The office will probably be moved to the railroad depot.

Mrs. Jennings, wife of T. J. Jennings, of City Island, died last Monday morning of consumption.  The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the M. E. Church.

Robinson & Co., and Hawkins manage to keep busy on repair work.  On Tuesday last, each set of ways at both yards was occupied with a vessel, and the same condition of affairs has existed for months past.

The work of cutting down the hill near the railroad bridge at Pelham Manor will make a great improvement.  Now, if something could be done to make the Prospect Hill road passable, it would be another move in the right direction.  

Delay in the arrival of a boat load of small stone has caused delay in finishing the macadamized portions of the road from Bartow to the lower end of City Island.  The stone having arrived, the contractors hope to finish the work in a few days.  

Extensive improvements at Pelham Manor, east of the railroad track, are in progress.  Streets are being laid out and graded, and much of the low land is being filled in.  The improvement will be very decided.  The work is being done by the association. 

There seems to have been a sudden falling off of work at Piepgras's shipyard.  His own improvements are still in progress, and it will be some time before they are completed, but of outside work there is very little at the yard at present.  A few days ago, the working force at the yard was greatly reduced.

Last Monday night somebody entered the garden of Mr. Stephen Leviness and stripped the peach trees of all their fruit.  They also took nearly all the grapes from Mr. Stephenhoefer, and picked all of Mr. W. H. Scofield's quinces.  There are strong suspicions of certain parties, and they may yet get into trouble."

Source:   Pelham and City Island, The Chronicle [Mount Vernon, NY], Sep. 28?, 1886, p. ?, col. 2 (the date and page number are not printed on the newspaper page, but a text reference lists unclaimed mail as of Sep. 27, 1886; this was published shortly thereafter).

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