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History of Waterloo, New York, USA

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Fun fact: Waterloo, NY is the birthplace of Memorial Day.

The story of Memorial Day begins in the summer of 1865, when a prominent local druggist, Henry C. Welles, mentioned to some of his friends at a social gathering that while praising the living veterans of the Civil War it would be well to remember the patriotic dead by placing flowers on their graves. Nothing resulted from this suggestion until he advanced the idea again the following spring to General John B. Murray. Murray, a civil war hero and intensely patriotic, supported the idea wholeheartedly and marshalled veterans’ support. Plans were developed for a more complete celebration by a local citizens’ committee headed by Welles and Murray.

On May 5, 1866, the Village was decorated with flags at half mast, draped with evergreens and mourning black. Veterans, civic societies and residents, led by General Murray, marched to the strains of martial music to the three village cemeteries.

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  • 1854 - Waterloo
    Waterloo, a post-village of Waterloo township, and semi-capital of Seneca county, New York, is pleasantly situated on both sides of the outlet of...Read MORE...


  • News 1870 - We see it stated that a farmer near Waterloo, N. Y., has two hens which lay two eggs each every day, and have done so for some time past.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 29, 1870

  • 1895 - Waterloo
    Waterloo, a post-village, one of the capitals of Seneca co., N.Y., is pleasantly situated on both sides of the outlet of Seneca Lake, and on the...Read MORE...


  • Waterloo, New York, USA
    Seneca Canal, Waterloo, N.Y.
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  • 1906
    Waterloo, a banking post-village, one of the capitals of Seneca CO., N. Y., is pleasantly situated on both sides of the outlet of Seneca Lake and on...Read MORE...


  • Waterloo, New York, USA
    Lafayette Park and High School, Waterloo, N.Y.
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    Public Library, Waterloo, N.Y.
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  • 1854 - Waterloo
    Waterloo, a post-village of Waterloo township, and semi-capital of Seneca county, New York, is pleasantly situated on both sides of the outlet of... Read MORE...

  • News  1870 - We see it stated that a farmer near Waterloo, N. Y., has two hens which lay two eggs each every day, and have done so for some time past.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 29, 1870
  • 1895 - Waterloo
    Waterloo, a post-village, one of the capitals of Seneca co., N.Y., is pleasantly situated on both sides of the outlet of Seneca Lake, and on the... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Waterloo, a banking post-village, one of the capitals of Seneca CO., N. Y., is pleasantly situated on both sides of the outlet of Seneca Lake and on... Read MORE...

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