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Friday, January 29, 2010

News of Pelham, City Island and Pelhamville Reported on September 5, 1884

The September 5, 1884 issue of The Chronicle, published in Mount Vernon, New York, included news columns reporting on developments in Pelham and City Island and in Pelhamville.  The two news columns are transcribed below, each followed by a citation to its source.


Mr. William Vickery, accompanied by Mr. John Bowman, went to Mattewan, back of Newburgh, last Tuesday.  Mr. Vickery is in poor health, and thinks a change of air will do him good.

The third annual summer-nights hop of the Bartow Association, will take place at Secord's pavilion, on Tuesday evening, the 23rd inst.  The names of the officers of the association, Mr. M. Hogan being president, should be quite a sufficient guarantee that this will be a recherche affair.

John A. Reiley, a compositor on the New York Star, while walking along the old Boston road through Pelham Manor, on Tuesday last, was overcome with the heat when opposite the residence of Mr. James Morgan.  Reiley was picked up unconscious and cared for by Mr. Morgan.  He recovered consciousness in about two hours, when he was taken to the depot and put on board a train for New York.

The disaffection produced in the Democratic ranks on City Island, last spring, appears to be having an effect now.  The two factions, although pronouncing themselves solid for Cleveland and Hendricks, will not unite in the organization of a club.  Several attempts have been made, but with no result.  If the City Island democrats do not hurry up, Bartow will capture the honors, for a club is to be organized there the latter part of this month.

Mr. John B. Colford is making haste slowly with the preparations of the Country Club's race-course, near Bartow.  Fences have been removed in some instances, and raised in others; hedges and ditches are being prepared and the grand stand is nearly completed.  There seems to be, at present, no doubt but that everything will be in readiness by the time fixed for the opening of the races, October 1st next.  The members of the Country Club will soon return from their summer tours, after which polo will be the attraction every Monday and Saturday.  The indications are that this place will be exceedingly attractive this fall.

A party of about 35, who left City Island with the Trinity M.E. Church excursionists, on the 3rd inst., had quite an experience before they got back to their homes.  While sight seeing at Coney Island it did not occur to them to consult their timepieces; the consequence was that when they arrived at Locust Grove, where they were to take the boat for home, they were left, by just five minutes.  Thinking that with steam and horsecars, they could overtake the boat at Pike street, New York, the attempt was made, but proved a failure.  The elevated and Harlem River Branch roads brought them finally to Bartow where another disappointment was in store.  There was only one stage at the depot, and the majority of the party had to tramp through the dust and over stones and hillocks, to City Island."

Source:  Pelham and City Island, The Chronicle [Mount Vernon, NY], Sep. 5, 1884, p. ?, col. 2 (no page number or issue date is printed on the single newspaper page that is available, but textual references strongly suggest the page was published on Sep. 5, 1884).


Mr. William Braidwood, Jr., is about to erect a house in Pelhamville.

A sidewalk is to be laid from the railroad depot to the school.  It was begun yesterday.

Through the energy of Mr. Delcombie, four more lamps are to be added to those already erected.

Mr. Henderson has purchased a lot from Mr. George Pearson, and commenced the erection of a house thereon. 

Four new houses in addition to those now in course of erection, are to be constructed next spring. 

Mrs. O'Maley has sold several acres of land, to two gentlemen from New York, and they contemplate putting up several dwellings.

Mr. I.C. Hill has sold his house and lot, to Mr. Buxton, of Stamford, and has commenced the erection of a house, on Third avenue, corner Second street.  The new building will be 22x23 feet, with six-foot extension.

Colonel Richard Lathers has generously agreed to donate to the Pelhamville Improvement Association, a sufficient number of shade trees to set out along all the streets and avenues, where needed.

On Tuesday evening next, a concert will be given, in the Union Chapel, Pelhamville, for the benefit of the Church of the Redeemer of that place.  Admission, 35 cents.  A quartette of young ladies known as the Meiggs Quartette, will sing, as will also Mrs. Abbott the soprano and Prof. C. L. Praeger will play the zither.  The milke train will stop at Pelhamville on that evening.

Since the erection of street lamps in Pelhamville, the place has taken quite a boom.  Other improvements are making daily, and to the Pelhamville Improvement Association should the credit be given.  A few live men in any community can start a boom, and once started it will keep going.  This place has now got a boom and will undoubtedly keep on untill [sic] it ranks favorably with its sister villages."

Source:  Pelhamville, The Chronicle [Mount Vernon, NY], Sep. 5, 1884, p. ?, col. 5 (no page number or issue date is printed on the single newspaper page that is available, but textual references strongly suggest the page was published on Sep. 5, 1884).

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