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New Rochelle, New York, USA - Junction Huguenot and Main Streets, Soldiers Monument, New Rochelle, N.Y.

The town was settled by refugee Huguenots (French Protestants) in 1688 who were fleeing Catholic pogroms in France. Many of the settlers were artisans and craftsmen from the city of La Rochelle, France, thus influencing the choice of the name of "New Rochelle".

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Junction Huguenot and Main Streets, Soldiers' Monument, New Rochelle, N.Y.
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Junction Huguenot and Main Streets, Soldiers' Monument, New Rochelle, N.Y.
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1854 - New Rochelle
New Rochelle, a post- village in the above township, on Long Island sound, and on the New York and New Haven railroad, 20 miles N. E. from New York. It contains several churches, boarding schools, and factories. Population estimated at 1000.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1890 - LOSS $375,000. Destructive Fire at New Rochelle, N.Y.
NEW ROCHELLE, N. Y., Nov. 8, A fire this morning destroyed George Ferguson's grocery store, a large, building and other adjoining property in Ferguson's building were stored much furniture and personal property, consisting of silverware, bric-a-brac, etc., belonging to Delancy Kane Adrian Iselin, the New York banker and other wealthy summer residents which was entirely destroyed. Much of this property, which is valued momentarily at $250,000, cannot be replaced. The loss in the other property burned is estimated at $125,000 making the total loss $375,000.
Boston Journal
Boston, Massachusetts
November 6, 1890
1895 - New Rochelle
New Rochelle, ro-shell', a post-village in New Rochelle township, Westchester co., N.Y., on Long Island Sound, and on the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, at the junction of the Harlem River Branch, 18 miles N.E. of New York. It contains many beautiful villas, 7 churches, a savings-bank, and a manufactory of druggists' scales. Two weekly newspapers are published here. Pop. in 1890, 8217; of the township, 9057.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1904 - Risked Life To Save Sacrament
Heroic Paulist Father Rushes Safely Through Flames In A Burning Church

Special to The Inquirer.
New Rochelle, N.Y., May 13.-With flames raging fiercely about him, Father Kennedy, a Paulist missionary, risked his life at a fire in the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in New Rochelle early this morning to save the blessed sacrament.

The priest was asleep in the rectory when the fire broke out at 1:30 o’clock, and he was awakened by the crackling of the flames. Without waiting to dress, he rushed into the church in his night clothes and took the host from the altar.

The flames spread so rapidly that the priest could not return through the rear entrance, so with his sacred burden he fought his way through a blinding smoke to the main entrance. In his haste he had not waited to put on his shoes, and as he ran through the hot floors blistered his bare feet.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 14, 1904
New Rochelle (ro-shell'), a residential city of West- chester co., N.Y., on Long Island Sound and on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 18 miles NE. of New York. It was founded by Huguenot refugees in 1087. It contains many beautiful villas and a manufactory of druggists' scales. Pop. in 1890, 8217 ; in 1900, 14,720.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1911 - Breaks His Neck Diving. Dared Fate in Same Place His Brother Was Killed Three Years Ago.
Special to The New York Times.
New Rochelle, N.Y., July 4.-At the same spot where his brother, Fred was killed in a similar manner three years ago, Waldorf Miller, 21 years old, of Clinton Avenue, broke his neck by diving from the rocks near the bathing beach at Hudson Park, New Rochelle, last night. Miller and a dozen other members of the Iroquois Social Club of New Rochelle attended a beach party last night, and at his suggestion the young men started for a midnight swim, leaving the young women eating ice cream at the pavilion.

Miller was the firs tin the water, diving from a high rock in spite of the warnings of his friends. When Miller did not appear after the dive, his friends plunged in after him. John Donovan found him on the bottom about 20 feet from where he dived and being carried out toward Long Island Sound by an undercurrent. The unconscious man was carried to the beach and revived. Then it was found that his neck was broken and he was completely paralyzed below that ... Read MORE...

1914 - Girls Fight School Fire. Oaksmere Students Also Dig Engine Out of the Snow.
Special to The New York Times.

New Rochelle, N.Y., Feb. 18.-Fifty school girls of the Oaksmere School in New Rochelle fought desperately to save their recitation hall and gymnasium when it burned to-day, and were driven away only when the volunteer firemen threatened to turn the hose on them. The hall, which was a large frame building, and its contents were valued at $10,000. It was on Davenports Neck, near the mansion of Adrian Iselin.

Fire was discovered in the boiler room at 11 o’clock this morning. The girls dropped their books, and while some rushed for the chemical fire extinguishers, others ran to the beach and filled buckets of water, which they dashed into the flames. Despite their efforts the fire gained headway.

A telephone message brought the Relief engine from New Rochelle. It stalled in a snow bank a half mile from the school. When the girls heard of it some of them hitched up horses to sleighs and went with snow shovels and coal scoops to help dig out the fire... Read MORE...

1934 - Two Horses Bolt Into Race-Track Crowd; 20 Spectators Are Hurt, Drivers Thrown
NEW ROCHELLE, N. Y., Aug.4 — In a wild scramble for safety when two horses broke away late this afternoon at the races of the Westchester Riding and Driving Club, more than twenty persons received bruises and slight lacerations. Other persons were slightly injured when one of the runaways plunged into the crowd of men, women and children standing on a bridge leading to the stables. Only the fact that wreckage of the second horse's matinee cart, resembling a sulky, became caught on the side of the bridge, throwing the animal, saved scores from injury.

Undeterred by the accident, Supreme Court Justice Arthur S. Tompkins, 69-years old, of Nyack, a member of the Appellate Division in Brooklyn, and former Supreme Court Justice Albert H. F. Seeger, 75, of Newburgh, a few minutes later drove the second heat of a matinee-cart race.

The races today were held at the half-mile track of the Hill and Dale Farm at Weaver Street and Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle.

The events progressed...

...Suburban Westchester county was hard hit. Roads were blocked, bridges washed out, an estimated 10,000 trees uprooted. More than 100 homes were flooded in New Rochelle...

Dunkirk Evening Observer
New York
September 22, 1938

The "Long Island Express" was first detected over the tropical Atlantic on September 13, although it may have formed a few days earlier. Moving generally west-northwestward, it passed to the north of Puerto Rico on the 18th and 19th, likely as a category 5 hurricane. It turned northward on September 20 and by the morning of the 21st it was 100 to 150 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. At that point, the hurricane accelerated to a forward motion of 60 to 70 mph, making landfall over Long Island and Connecticut that afternoon as a Category 3 hurricane. The storm became extratropical after landfall and dissipated over southeastern Canada on September 22.

Blue Hill Observatory, Massachusetts measured sustained winds of 121 mph with gusts to 183 ... Read MORE...

1947 - March 9 – Carrie Chapman Catt dies in New Rochelle.
March 9, 1947
2023 - Whether you're a local looking for something new to do or a visitor exploring the area, here's a list of places to go and things to do in New Rochelle:
Glen Island Park: This beautiful park is a gem of New Rochelle. It offers stunning views of Long Island Sound, a beach, picnic areas, a playground, and even a historic castle. It's a perfect spot for a leisurely stroll or a family outing.

Hudson Park and Beach: Another excellent waterfront destination, Hudson Park features a sandy beach, a playground, and a marina. You can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, or picnicking with a picturesque view of the Hudson River.

Thomas Paine Cottage Museum: Explore the historic home of Thomas Paine, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. The museum provides insight into Paine's life and his influential writings like "Common Sense."

New Roc City: This entertainment complex offers a range of activities, including a 19-screen movie theater, an arcade, a mini-golf course, and several restaurants. It's perfect for a fun day or night out.

Ward Acres Park: This expansive park provides hiking trails, open fields, and even a dog park. It's a ... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in New Rochelle, New York, USA

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male ancestorThomas Russell GERRY (8 December 1794, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - 6 October 1848, New Rochelle, New York, USA)
female ancestorCatherine LE ROY (28 September 1797, Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam) (Washington Heights) - 26 February 1882, New Rochelle, New York, USA)
male ancestorDavid R. HIBBARD (1809, New Rochelle, New York, USA - 11 September 1865, Tyringham, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorMarvin R. BONNETT (1819, New Rochelle, New York, USA - 19 December 1880, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA)
female ancestorMargaret MCCREDY (30 September 1841, New Rochelle, New York, USA - 4 April 1887, Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam) (Washington Heights))
male ancestorRobert Maxwell CHESEBROUGH (6 February 1865, New Rochelle, New York, USA - 4 June 1910, London, England)
male ancestorWilliam Henry CHESEBROUGH (17 August 1866, New Rochelle, New York, USA - 3 December 1917, Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam) (Washington Heights))
male ancestorThomas Francis BURPEE (15 September 1885, Waterbury, Connecticut, USA (Waterville) - 15 August 1953, New Rochelle, New York, USA)
photo of Mary Phelps JACOBMary Phelps JACOB (20 April 1891, New Rochelle, New York, USA - 24 January 1970, Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam) (Washington Heights))

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photo of Robert Augustus, Sir CHESEBROUGH Robert Augustus, Sir CHESEBROUGH (9 January 1837 - 8 September 1933) and female ancestorMargaret MCCREDY (30 September 1841 - 4 April 1887) married 28 April 1864
male ancestorJesser Elmer LAMBERTSON (13 May 1890 - 4/24/1977) and female ancestorLillian Frances HORTON (17 May 1892 - 5 March 1929) married 25 January 1918

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