19th century Ti — Water Works

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

At a meeting at the offices of Delano & Ives on Sept.26, 1874, town residents determined that moving forward with a water works system would be the best option for fire protection.

“With comparatively small cost, we can have a water works that cannot be improved upon,” the Ticonderoga Sentinel reported on Oct.3, 1874. “In Lake George, we have an unrivaled monster reservoir, located one hundred and sixty feet above the village, and all that is wanted to bring water to our doors and businesses is pipes.”

Purchase of a hand engine was also discussed.

“We are pleased to know that Ticonderoga is wide awake just now in regard to the necessity of protection against fire.”

Plans for a water works had been discussed for four years, and $6,550 toward the $10,000 cost had been raised.

“A number of meetings have been held, plans, maps and estimates submitted, and a goodly number of subscriptions are down on the books,” the Sentinel reported. “As soon as $10,000 is subscribed, the work will commence.”

In other Oct. 3, 1874 Ticonderoga Sentinel news:

  • Beedle’s Swiss Bell Ringers was to perform that evening at Fleming’s Hall.
  • The Episcopal Fair and Festival at Fleming’s Hall on Sept. 30 raised $114.66 — the equivalent of $2,746 in 2021 dollars — for the rectory building fund.
  • H.G. Burleigh and Brother wholesale coal company had sold 45,000 tons of coal, so far for the season, of which 30,000 tons was sold to Montreal dealers.

Great Catch:

  • “Wm. S. Fleming did a little fishing at Lake George last week and spooned over seventy pounds of pickerel. The largest weighed 14 pounds, nine pounds, and four (weighed) six pounds each, and it wasn’t much of a week for pickerel either.”


“There has been a great change in buttons since last winter. They are now as plain as they once were elaborate. Those which are worn on woolen walking dresses are frequently of plain black or brown bone. Oxidized silver buttons are seen on dark cloth polonaises.”

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