Hoosick Township Historical Society

Newsletter - January 2003

Editor: Phil Leonard
Louis Miller Museum (518) 686-4682

We Welcome the New Year
We accomplished many of our goals last year and have new exciting plans for 2003. Membership and donations have increased and this brought us new revenue. Charles Filkins has worked hard on updating our museum displays. With the help of Gwen and Gilbert Wright and Diane Davendonis our library display books are on the increase. Mike Barber is working with Charles to clean out the garage and set up a new display area. Phil Leonard has worked with others to produce new books about the history of this area. Over 250 books sold to date. Alex Brooks is taking care of our finances on the computer and works with Phil to keep us financially sound. Genealogy requests have increased and Charles and Diane have kept us current on the requests. Margaret Frazier and Nancy Kovage have the gift shop full. Thanks to Art Hyde for taking care of the outside area during the good weather. Our web site has over 200 hits per month. Gary Kjelgaard keeps the site recent, if we send him new information. We miss Marion Redden who is in Florida since she went through local papers weekly for file information. Also thanks to those that helped during open house and the Annual Sale. We can always use more volunteer help and would welcome anyone that would give us a few hours a week. There is much to do and it's fun! A special thanks to Upsy Daisy for selling our cards, note paper and books.

Membership 2003
We are starting our 2003 membership drive. We hope that this membership drive will bring us more revenue. This new revenue will help us make the museum even better. With interest rates and investments depressed we need the help of the public. Please support us. Membership registration forms are included with this newsletter. Your membership will also bring you our monthly newsletters.

Veteran Tapes
The State Military Museum in Saratoga is in the process of making copies of our 58 veteran tapes to be placed in the permanent State archives. Our museum had the largest amount of interviews in the area. We would be glad to tape other Vets if they call the museum or Phil Leonard.

Civil War - Medal of Honor
Private Harris S. Hawthorn received the Medal of Honor for capturing Gen. Custis Lee on April 6, 1865 at the Battle of Sailor's Creek, Va The General was the son of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Hawthorn was a member of Company F of the 12th NY Volunteers. Born in Salem, NY, he lived in Hoosick Falls after the war and is buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery.

Museum Visit
John and Jeanne Lurie and son recently visited the museum. John's father, Oscar, was the last Lurie to manage the store in 1957. Their great grandfather was Morris Lurie that founded the store in Hoosick Falls. Mrs. Lurie is doing a genealogy of the Lurie family. We were able to help with her research. They live in Marietta, Georgia.

From the Past
North Hoosick "Old Home Day" was held on July 4, 1946. They published an interesting booklet.
One section was entitled, "They Say". Part of that section is quoted:
  • "Baby Lane" received its name because at one time there was a baby in every house in the lane.
  • On Cobble Hill is a walnut tree which is said to have grown from a walnut held in the mouth of a Revolutionary soldier buried there.
  • "Dublin" received its nickname because so many Irish from Dublin, Ireland, settled there.
  • "Factory Hill" received its title because of the factories of which in the past so many were established along that road.
  • The "Bears' Den" is so called because a boy living on the farm owned by Braun on Cobble Hill was swimming there and was chased out by a bear.
  • "Cobble Hill" received its name because of the number of cobblestones found there.
  • "Codfish Flats" was as most other places named by Ed Allen. It was so called because of the codfish bought by the Irish who once lived in every house there.

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