Month: September 2012

Hoxsie!

Hoxsie is the namesake of this site, primarily because of a magnificent ad that featured a rooster, the name “Hoxsie,” and nothing else. Hoxsie was a bottler of beer, root beer, sarsaparilla, soda and cider. An antique bottle auction site recently listed this fine example of a George W. Hoxsie Premium Beer bottle. Norman C. …

The Jackson Corps

English: Andrew Jackson – 7 th President of the United States (1829-1837) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In the mid-19th century, there was a proliferation of military organizations, usually politically affiliated militias. They owned armories and guns, they marched in parades and were called on during unrest. One of those was Albany’s Jackson Corps, which was formed …

Fire!

As we noted yesterday, there used to be a Second Dutch Church down on Beaver Street, along with a once-sizable burying ground. The graves were mostly moved, and the church was remodeled into a printing office after 1881, which was home to J.B. Lyons, then the official state printer, and the then-small shop of C.F. …

Humble beginnings

Albany’s first Erastus Corning was only mayor for four years, not the 40-odd years his namesake great grandson would serve. He could be forgiven, one supposes, since he was busy founding and running the Albany State Bank, The Rensselaer Iron Works, the Utica and Schenectady Railroad, the Mohawk and Hudson Railroad, some other banks and …