Maury Thompson

Nov 7, 2021

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19th century Ti — Reforming horse racing

This is the latest in an occasional series of posts about news reported in 19th century weekly issues of the Ticonderoga Sentinel.

An equine writer for a Philadelphia newspaper, identified by the last name of Goldsmith, had high praise for the horses of William G. Baldwin, and even higher praise for Baldwin himself.

“Mr. Baldwin is an elderly man, of quiet, unobtrusive manners, cool, frank and courteous, whose soul is in his business. A man who has perhaps obtained more celebrity as a breeder of horses than any one in the country, with the exception of A.J. Alexander of Kentucky,” Goldsmith wrote in an article republished Dec. 12, 1874 in the Ticonderoga Sentinel. “It may not be out of place to mention here that Mr. Baldwin has done more than any one man in this country to strip horse racing of the odium of disgraceful surroundings. Gambling, drinking, dishonesty or rowdyism is not tolerated by him.”

In other Dec. 12, 1874 Ticonderoga Sentinel news:

  • Pipes for the new water system were laid as far as the Central House

All of the pipes and fixtures for the rest of the work had been delivered.

The new water system was generating good publicity in the region.

“There are few villages in the state which give better evidence of prosperity than Ticonderoga,” the Sandy Hill Herald, had reported.

  • The section of the New York and Canada Central Railroad between Whitehall and Port Henry cost $1.8 million — the equivalent of $43.3 million in 2021 dollars — to construct.
  • O’ Reily’s Band was booked to play for the New Year’s Eve ball at the Central House.
  • The Congregational Church was scheduled to dedicate its new building Dec. 17, with the Rev. Harry D. Kitchell of Middlebury, Vt. preaching the dedication sermon.

“A number of prominent clergymen will be present.”


  • “The roads are hard and smooth, and only a slight fall of snow is wanted to make good sleighing. … The lake is frozen over opposite this place, and we understand teams cross on the ice.”


  • “An excited railway man who shouts into the cars the name of the stations, and who hears a great deal of complaint because the names are called indistinctly, wants to know if the public expects tenors at $40 a month?”

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