Downtown 1888 — November

Maury Thompson
2 min readJun 27, 2022

Bowling came to downtown Glens Falls in 1888 for members and guest of an elite club.

“The bowling alley at the rooms of the (Glens Falls) Athletic Club will be ready next Monday night,” The Morning Star of Glens Falls reported on Nov. 17.

Contractor S. D. Kendrick constructed the bowling apparatus, which could be dissembled and removed when not in use.

The club originally explored constructing a permanent bowling alley structure on the roof of one of Henry Crandall’s buildings, but decided against that option because of the cost.

In other November 1888 downtown Glens Falls news collected from The Morning Star:

  • After a spirited presidential election campaign in 1888, this downtown Glens Falls retailer had heard enough about politics.

“Crittenden & Cowles will talk books, wall paper and fancy goods to you all day, or will discuss religion, science or baseball. But we draw the line at politics.” the retailer advertised. — Nov. 5,

  • The Rochester Clothing Co. had a catchy slogan: “You’ll never miss your dollar if our goods you buy.” — Nov. 5
  • On Nov. 20, nine days before Thanksgiving, farmers were selling fresh turkeys in downtown for 14 cents per pound — the equivalent of $4.31 per pound in 2022 dollars.
  • On Nov. 26, Glens Falls residents took advantage of an opportunity to improve their singing.

“Professor Ober’s musical convention this evening at Friend’s Church (the red brick building that still in on Ridge Street) will offer an unusual chance to drill both in rudimental and chorus music. Only one dollar for five thorough lessons of two lively hours each. This offer is to anyone.”

  • Downtown merchants were getting ready for the Christmas shopping season.

“W.E. Baldwin, the Monument Square druggist, left for New York on the sleeper last night to purchase a stock of holiday goods.” — Nov. 27.

“B.B. Fowler (dry goods retailer) is in New York purchasing holiday goods.” — Nov. 29

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Maury Thompson

Freelance history writer and documentary film producer from Ticonderoga, NY