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Thursday, December 10, 2009

More 19th Century Baseball and Firefighting References

Regular readers of the Historic Pelham Blog know that I routinely post items concerning 19th century baseball and 19th century firefighting in Pelham.  Today's posting combines both.  Baseball and firefighting references appeared in a news article published on July 14, 1894 in the New Rochelle Pioneer.  The entire article is quoted below.

--Ex-Assembly Moebus of the Annexed District, paid this place a visit last week.

--Dr. Thomas McCrossen, who has been on a two weeks cruise to New London, returned home this week.  The Dr. is looking as brown, and is as chipper as ever.

--Bay View Hotel is filled with boarders and so great is the demand at this popular house that the genial proprietor has been compelled to refuse a good many applicants.

--Happy Ward, of the Ward Vokes Combination Co., Charles E. Huntley, Edward Burke, Ned Heffernan and Olie Grant, well known actors of the Casino, New York, are at the North End, spending their vacations.

--Charles E. Huntley, is busily engaged in preparing a new spectacular extravaganza, which will be produced in the early part of September at one of the theatres on Broadway.  Mr. Burke is engaged in composing the lyrics and music for the same.

--Pierre Lorrillard, the well known owner of race horses, has secured the barn situated at Von Liehn's Hotel, and has now six fine specimens of horse flesh, which he will keep there all the summer.  Mr. Lorrillard also has at anchor in the harbor his yacht Carmlen off Von Liehn's.

--A new base ball club has been organized here.  The name of it is the Pelham B.B.C.  It is under the management of Mr. T. J. Jordan of the Pelham Park House.  Its batteries are Joseph Smith and William Barton.  They have secured the grounds on Locust Point, and will play all uniformed clubs.  Good guarantees will be given competitors.

--A grand reception was tendered to the newly organized Hook and Ladder Company to be known under the title of the Island City Hook & Ladder Co., No. 1, by the Minneford Engine Company on Tuesday evening.  The attendance was exceedingly large and a most auspicious evening was spent.  This company we understand is organized as an independent one, and the Town Board is now considering the question as to whether the new Company shall be recognized by the Town in preference to the 'Indians' a company organized three years ago, which is under the foremanship of William Baylis, whose brother George is the head of the Island City Company.  There is reason to believe that as the Island City is necessarily equipped to aid the engine Company that the Board will recognize them as the official company.

--A familiar face to be seen about the Island is that of John F. Ahmuty the Herald's representative.  Jack reminds us a good deal of the Irishman's flea.  He is here, there and all over when any news is about, and nothing of importance occuring on the Island, or in fact in the neighboring towns of Bartow, Pelham and New Rochelle escapes him.  Our citizens ought to be proud of such a man.  As one of them said this week, 'I honestly believe that if anyone threw Ahmuty overboard to drown him that in a short period of time you would see him about again, and then you would see a column article in the next day's Herald written by him under the caption of 'My Experience of Drowning.'  It is impossible to get rid of him.  As the gentleman made this remark, several greeted it with 'Rats, Jack, Rats!'


--Lulu Mabel Hogan, aged 13 years who died at the residence of her parents on July 5th, was one of the brightest little scholars in Grammar School 57, New York City.  Out of a class of fifty scholars she was awarded a solid silver medal for proficiency in studies.  She never missed a day from her school during its term.  The whole anticipation of her life was to have become a teacher.  Her funeral took place on Saturday last and was largely attended, many of her schoolmates being present.  The interment was in the family plot in Greenwood Cemetery."

Source:  Along the Sound, New Rochelle Pioneer, Jul. 14, 1894, p. 2, col. 3.

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