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Albany, Albany, New York, USA
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Albany, Albany, New York, USA
Albany is the capital of the State of New York and the county seat of Albany County. Albany is 136 miles (219 km) north of New York City, and slightly to the south of the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers. The city has a population of 93,963 (July 2006 est.).
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As the passengers by the noon train were about landing from the Boston on the bridge at the foot of Maiden lane, it gave way, by which several persons were more or less injured. GEORGE EUGAN, a hand on board of the Boston was seriously if not dangerously injured. The accident was caused by the crowding of the bridge by runners and hackmen, by which the timbers through which the chain passed, were broken off, which cause the bridge to full to the water's edge.
Albany Evening Journal, Albany, NY
18 Aug 1848
APPALLING CONFLAGRATION! 500 BUILDINGS BURNED!! $3,000,000 Property Lost!!
Fire, though a good servant, is indeed a fearful master! And fearfully did this mad element rage yesterday! Our city is desolate! The ruin is appalling! The spirit sinks and the heart sickens, in contemplating such frightful losses – such side-spread ruin. Painful, most painful, is the task of gathering up the afflicting details.
Most of the commercial portion of the city, with fifteen or twenty densely populated squares, is a black and smouldering (sic) ruin. From Herkimer st., where the Fire broke out, to Columbia st., where it was arrested, in distance, is MORE THAN HALF A MILE And all that work of destruction was accomplishes in FIVE HOURS There could, therefore, have been little time to snatch property from the rapacious flames.
Amid all this suffering, there is much cause for gratitude. When the conflagration was at its height – when more than half the city was threatened, and when no human arm could save, a kind Providence interposed! The wind suddenly changed from South to N West, and this change brought with it abundant and continued rain. Fires that had extended to several buildings in the vicinity of the burnt district, were providentially extinguished by the rain.
The great loss, superadded to the large sums swallowed up during the winter and spring. By kindred calamities, has impaired the fortunes or wealthy people, unpoverished hundreds of the middling class, and utterly ruined hundreds of poor hard working families.
This fire ran over portions of the city that had been laid waste by recent conflagrations, and upon which new buildings had just been finished. The Columbian Hotel and Fort Orange are again demolished. Mr. S. F Shepard, who had erected new buildings and resumed business, is again burnt out. We are happy to learn, however, that he saved about $2,000 worth of goods.
The Steam Boats ISAAC NEWTON and RIP VAN WINKLE were both on fire, but both got off into the river and preserved.
Eleven Tow Boats, between forty and sixty Canal Boats, one small Steam Boat, one Schooner and two floats, were destroyed.
This disastrous fire originated in the Stable of Mr. Callaghan, which adjoins that of Mr. Johnson. It is not known how it originated.
The ruins cover an area of 200 acres, every foot of which was densely covered with buildings.
There were more buildings upon it than upon any other equal space in the city. Four fifths of the buildings burned were brick – most of them large and substantial; and many of them three or four stones in height.
Until 5 o’clock, it was feared that the flames could not be checked south of State street; but about this hour the wind changed to the north, and gave new hope to those ready to despair.
But while this change of wind was of great service in the heart of the town, it proved expensive to the property on and south of Lydius street, between Dalhus and Broadway and Lydius and Herkimer All the property within these boundaries was destroyed after the wind changed. No fears of its destruction were entertained previously.
There have been several lives lost. Mr. JOHNSON, wife, daughter, and grand-child, who lived next to the Columbian, were horribly burned. The child and Mr. J. are dead: others are not expected to recover. We have rumors of other deaths, but cannot trace them.
The Firemen did as well as they could; but it seemed impotent to attempt any thing against the fury of the flames; no human power could stay them. Our neighbors from Greenbush, West Troy and Troy, came to the assistance of our Firemen, and did efficient service.
At 1 o’clock, A. M., the wooden buildings on fire in Union st. looked threatening, and the alarm was sounded. At this moment, the Cohoes Engine Co came into the city, having left their village at 9 o’clock – dragging their engine all the way by hand. They at once proceeded to the place of the alarm, and by their timely aid, the fire was checked.
When it was ascertained that the engines were unable to cope with the flames, it was determined to blow up some buildings in Hudson-street and Broadway. Capt. Stone, of the Ordinance Department and now stationed at the Arsenal, volunteered his services, and three buildings were blown up, and the flames thus kept on the south side of Hudson-st.
Not more than four or five buildings are left standing between Herkimer and Hamilton and Union sts. and the River. The desolation is complete. Mr. Akin’s buildings, south of Herkimer-st and near Dalius-st., are badly scorched; but nothing was burned south of that line.
We have endeavored to gather the names of all the principal sufferers, and where it was possible, the amount lost. In the former we have been successful; in the latter, not. It is quite out of the question, generally, to get at figures.
Losses on the Pier.
The buildings on the Pier, from the Hamilton street bridge to the cut at Maiden Lane, which were all constructed of wood, were entirely destroyed. We give the occupants and losses as far as could be ascertained, commencing at the cut
Carpenter’s shop, Loss not ascertained
Wm Coughtry’s grocery store, Do
Albany and Canal Line, No loss
Oswego Line, L. S Littlejohn, No loss
VanDerwater & Co, No loss
Evans’ Transportation Line, Trifling loss
Clinton Line – Wm. Monteath, No loss.
Utica Line, Small loss.
H. F. Meech & Co, Small loss
Geo. E. Gay, Do.
(illegible) Jacobs, Total loss.
L. G. Chase, No loss.
E. S. Prosser, Do
C. W. Godard & Co, Loss $2000; no insurance
Climac, John McCardel, Total loss; no insurance
Swiftsure Line office and People’s Lane.
Geo. Kreuder, boarding house, Total loss, not known.
Peter Van Bramer, oyster house.
Wm. Radcliff, cooper. Loss now known
A. L. Lawrence, grocery store; Insured
Lay & Craft, produce dealers, Insured $5,000, which will cover loss.
A. P. Vandenburgh, produce dealers, Insured – loss $1,000.
Allen & Read, produce dealers, insured $1000, loss small.
E. A. Benedict, produce dealer; loss trifling.
O. G. Terry, do; fully insured.
Read & Rawls, do; ins $4,000 in Lexington Co, Ky; $3,000 in N. Western Co., Oswego, $3,000 in Fireman’s Co, Albany; fully insured.
B. P. Jones, do; partially insured.
E. A. Durant & Co, do; loss $10,000; insured $6,000 in Howard Ins. Co. N Y
Wing, Chipman & Co, do; insured $500, fully covered
Mr. Crantz, boarding house; loss not known.
Western Hotel, kept by Jesiah L. Dow; loss $6,000, insured $2,000
The building below the bridge, occupied by the Troy and People’s line, was also destroyed; loss now known.
In the Basin.
Schr. Cotun, Barnstable; total loss.
Schr. Elize Matilda, slightly damaged.
Two boats belonging to Swiftsure line, Walace, Eli Hart, A. Marvin, Western, Superior, and the large float. 100 tons merchandise burnt. Loss on boats $60,000.
T. James loss – barge Rough and Ready and the lake boat Josephine.
Hudson River Line; large Float. Loss $3000.
Eagle line: boats Lockpot and Barber. Loss $12,000
Canal Boats – Mazeppa, Chamberlain & Olmstead Loss 300; ins. Henry Williams 1 bt loss 1000; insured. T. P. Waters 2; 2000; no insur W. H. Clarke & Co., 4; no ins. Clinton line 2, H. T. Meech 2, laden. E. S. Prosser 1.
The small towing steamer Wm. Seymour.
The Hamilton street bridge was also destroyed.
In Columbia street, the Washington Market was burned to the ground; and two, two story brick buildings north of it, belonging to C. A. Ten Eyck, were gutted – nothing but the walls remain standing.
Albany Evening Journal, Albany, NY
18 Aug 1848
Fire at Albany
ALBANY, Tuesday, May 4. The Dye House, Bathing House and Infirmary of Dr. DEAN, on Norton-street, was destroyed by fire this morning. Loss $4,000. Insured for $2,300 in the Empire State Mutual Co. The buildings were owned by Dr. DEAN and Mr. V. P. Douw. Messrs. JOSEPH DAVIS and McCLURE & Co., were also losers, but not to any great extent, the fire being confined to their outbuildings - they were not insured.
The New York Times, New York, NY 5 May 1852
ANOTHER ROTTEN BOILER.
Albany, September 28. - Early this morning the boiler in the steamer J.S. Robinson, which lay at the foot of Waterloo Street, exploded with frightful force, instantly killing Capt. GEO. S. WARNER and Fireman WM. CLEARY, and seriously injuring FRED TINSLAR, the engineer who was blown in the water and narrowly escaped drowning. WILLARD DURAND and MELVILLE RYAN, deck hands, RICHARD VANZANDT, son of Capt. Vanzandt, of the tug Cora, from New Baltimore, which was lying alongside the Robinson were also injured. Capt. ROBINSON, of the Hattie M. Betts, was blown from his pilot-house on the wharf and severely injured. The Betts which lay at the stern of the Robinson was damaged to the extent of $1,000. The Cora was a total wreck and the C.P. Groum which was lying ahead of the Robinson had part of her upper works carried away and machinery damaged. The Robinson sank immediately, carrying with her the body of CLEARY, the fireman. One section of the boiler weighing two or three tons, was hurled four hundred feet against the top story of a three-story building, crushing in a portion of the wall. Another section, weighing nearly a ton, crushed in the roof of the coal barge E. M. Downing, and still another section was hurled to the rear, grazing the cabin of the coal boat Apollo and tearing away the roof before it fell into the river. Buildings were shaken, windows shattered and general consternation prevailed in the vicinity. The exploded boiler was built by Robert Livingston in this city in 1882.
CRASHING INTO A LAND SLIDE. A TRAIN ON THE WEST SHORE WRECKED AND SEVERAL PERSONS INJURED.
The Atlantic express of the West Shore Road is due at Jersey City at 7 o’clock in the morning. It lost a few minutes south of Albany yesterday morning, and a little before 5 o’clock was booming along to make up time when it crashed into landslide at a bend in the road about a quarter of a mile above Highland Station. The engine mounted the pile of dirt and rocks and swerving to the left fell flat on its side across the track for north-bound trains. The tender parted from the engine, and it attempting to get over the debris turned almost completely around, at last, also, falling on its side. It wrenched off the coupling between it and the baggage car so violently as to send the baggage car plunging up an old dirt road on the mountain side, followed by the smoking car, two first class coaches, and the Pullman sleeping car Herkimer.
When the momentum was exhausted the baggage car started down hill and telescoped the smoking car. Then the baggage car, smoking car and forward coach toppled over. The concussion of the baggage and smoking cars tore away the iron framework that held in place the smoking car stove, and the stove was upset, scattering live coals along the underside of the smoking car. There was a fresh wind, and in a few minutes the car was ablaze. The second first class coach had been tipped at an angle of about 50°. That so wrenched the coupling joining this coach to the sleeping car Herkimer that it was impossible to disconnect the two cars. As no extinguishing appliances were at hand the fire soon spread along the line of cars, including the Herkimer, and destroyed them. Three other sleeping cars were on the train, but they were uncoupled and moved back out of danger.
When the engine struck the side, John Digman, the engineer, and James Gorman, the fireman, were hurled out. Digman went ahear of the engine and came down on all fours across a rail. He cut his hear slightly. Running back toward the wreck he found Gorman moaning on the ground near the tender. Digman tried to raise him. Gorman said something was weighing down his legs. It was all Digman could do to roll off a stone that had fallen across the fireman’s thighs. Then it was found that his right leg was broken. The cab of the locomotive had come off. Digman called for help, who turned the cab top over and threw their coats in it as a bed for Gorman, in which he was placed.
There were several soldiers in the smoking car, who were bringing Samuel Barnett, a deserter, to Fort Hamilton. They broke the windows and climbed out. Barnett, who wore handcuffs, cried piteously that he was hurt and couldn’t move. Conductor Decker jumped upon the car, caught Barnett by the coat, and pulled him through a window. Barnett limped off feebly, saying that there was still another man in the car. The conductor slipped out of his coat and dropped in through the window from which Barnett had emerged. By this time the car was blazing at one end, while smoke rose heavily from the the other. There were 150 passengers. Nearly all of them gathered near the car to watch for the conductor, few supposing that he would come out alive. After two or three minutes, that seemed much longer, he reappeared at the window, gasping and weak. He had crawled the length of the car, feeling in and under each seat. No one was there.
A physician on the train and Dr. Lamore, of Highland, attended to the injured. The fireman’s leg was set, but it was found that one of his ankles had been crushed and that he was injured internally. Barnett had a rib broken. C. B. Taylor, an express messenger, dislocated his shoulder and was cut in the head and arms. A few other passengers were bruised, among them C. F. Barrager, on the right hand and side. He called in the afternoon at the company’s offices at Weehawken and said he should claim $10,000 damages. There were not more than 30 of the 150 passengers in the day coaches. It was impossible to get out the greater part of the baggage.
The sleeping cars, with all the passengers, were sent back to West Park, where they lay until 9 o’clock, coming down with the regular train to the wreck. There they were transferred to a relief train from Cornwall, which Conductor Decker brought to Jersey City, reaching there at 11:15. The wreck was cleared up so that trains could pass it by noon. Barnett and Taylor came down on an afternoon train, when Taylor walked to his home in Jersey City, and Barnett was carried to Governor’s Island. A stretcher met the 8 o’clock train at Jersey City last night, and Gorman, who had lain at Highland all day, was taken to St. Francis’s Hospital. He is in a critical condition, and will probably lose his foot at any rate. The engineer reported for duty at New-Durham last night, and Conductor Decker went on his regular trip to Buffalo.
The New York Times, New York, NY
17 Dec 1884
KILLED BY THE CARS.
Albany, N.Y., Jan. 11. - SUSAN ROSNA, aged eight years, was struck by the Montreal express train on the Delaware & Hudson railroad entering this city at 5:40 Saturday night and her body was horribly mangled. She was coming from the canal where she had been watching the skaters, and was struck just as she stepped upon the track, which runs by the side of the canal.
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Ancestors Who Were Born in Albany, Albany, New York, USA
Augustus (Augustine) Henry Bourgarde
(14 Feb 1876,Albany, Albany, New York, USA-29 Oct 1950, )
Anna Christina Gimlich
(1850,Albany, Albany, New York, USA-, )
(abt. 1849,Albany, Albany, New York, USA-28 Apr 1906,Bethel, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA)
(Jun 1853,Albany, Albany, New York, USA-,)
Charles Dewitt Poole
(30 Nov 1852,Albany, Albany, New York, USA-09 Feb 1931,Saint Petersburg, Pinellas, Florida, USA)
(abt. 1854,Albany, Albany, New York, USA-,)
Ancestors Who Died in Albany, Albany, New York, USA
Alice Katharine Bourgarde
(17 Jan 1903,New York-Apr 1977,Albany, Albany, New York, USA)
(1642, -1693,Albany, Albany, New York, USA)
John J Dundon
(17 Apr 1902,New York-Feb 1976,Albany, Albany, New York, USA)
Wallace Addison Roberts
(31 Aug 1911,-Jun 1996,Albany, Albany, New York, USA)
(3 Feb 1763,Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA-7 Oct 1834,Albany, Albany, New York, USA)
James William Slade
(5 Jul 1904,North Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA-9 Oct 1972,Albany, Albany, New York, USA)
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