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Mount Vernon, New York, USA - Carnegie Library, Mount Vernon, N.Y.

In 1894, the voters of Mount Vernon (and nearby Yonkers) voted, along with the voters of Kings County (present day Brooklyn), Queens County, and Richmond County (present day Staten Island), in a referendum on whether or not they wanted to become part of a "Greater New York City". While the results were positive elsewhere, the returns were so negative in Mount Vernon and Yonkers that those two areas were not included in the consolidated city and remained independent.

Unlike neighboring Wakefield (in the Bronx), which was named after the plantation where George Washington was born, Mount Vernon was not named after a site associated with George Washington; the naming of the city of Mount Vernon precedes the eponymous Virginia plantation where Washington spent his final years. Anne Hutchinson founded the Westchester city in the 17th century and named it for its green mount (hence the name, Mount Vernon).

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  • 1854 - Mount Vernon
    Mount Vernon, a post-office of Westchester co., New York.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
  • News  1878 - Incendiaries At Work. A Costly Building Burned At Mount Vernon.
    Destruction By Fire of Cornelius Corson's Forty-Thousand Dollar Barn-An Extravagant Building In Ashes.

    A very large and costly barn on the property, a quarter of a mile north of the depot at Mount Vernon, formerly owned and occupied by Cornelius Corson, who was one of the prosperous associates of Tweed was burned to the ground yesterday morning, with all it's contents, except a few articles of small value that were saved. The property is in charge of Edward Carroll, who occupies the dwelling nearby, with is family, to guard the building against fire. The fire was undoubtedly the work of an incendiary, but when it was discovered it had made to much headway to permit its origin to be ascertained. There were three dogs on the premises-one in the house, one outdoors, and a large and sagacious old fellow, named Leo, in the barn. At 1:30 A.M. Carroll was roused by the barking of Leo, and on looking out he saw that nearly the whole of the north end of the barn was in flames. Carroll... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Mount Vernon
    Mount Vernon, a post-village of Westchester co., N.Y., in Eastchester township, on the Bronx River, and on the New York & Harlem Railroad and the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, 15 miles N.N.E. of New York. It contains 5 churches, a bank, several schools, and a news paper office. Pop. in 1890, 10,830.
    Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
  • News  1896 - A Midnight Fire at Mount Vernon.
    Mount Vernon, N.Y., Feb. 22.-A fire occurred this morning before daylight in the row of one-story wooden buildings fronting on Depot Place, which caused damage amounting to $3,000. It is supposed the fire was of incendiary origin. Max Jacobs of 80 Chrystie Street, New-York City, was arrested and held for a hearing Monday. Jacobs was arrested soon after the fire was discovered, while on his way to Harlem Railroad station. Jacobs said he arrived in Mount Vernon on the New-York, New-Haven and Hartford Railroad shortly after midnight, and had come to visit Isaac Kleinbaum, a glazier, but he had not found him at home. Kleinbaum occupied the store in which the fire is thought to have originated, and usually slept in the back room. Jacobs used to work for Kleinbaum, it is said.

    The fire burned out Michael George's barber's shop, Henry Wendler's news store, Kleinbaum's shop, and empty store, and damaged John H. Murphy's real estate office. The buildings are owned by E.J. Lucas.

    There...

  • News  1900 - EXPLOSION AT MOUNT VERNON - Station Destroyed by Flames Which Follow, and Station Agent Injured.

    There Automobiles Imperilled by the Fire, Hotel Keeper to the Rescue—Company Sends an Old Car to Do Duty at a Depot, Decorated with Chalk Sign Writing.

    Mount Vernon, N. Y., June 4.—The station of the Harlem River branch of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad at Baychester, Borough fo the Bronx, was wrecked yesterday by an explosion which set it on fire, and the agent Edward Whitehead was carried out of the ruins very badly burned.

    In some manner unexplained three barrels of gasoline which were in the freight rooms in the rear of the ticket office became ignited about 1 o’clock and exploded with a force that shook and exploded with a force that shook all of the buildings in the neighborhood. The gasoline was consigned to the Westchester Country Club for use in the launches and automobiles.

    There were no passengers in the waiting room at the time of the explosion, but outside the station James M. Waterbury and his son Montague, and Mr. and... Read MORE...

  • News  1904 - Noise At Mount Vernon Saves Its Citizens - Firemen and Police Arouse Citizens to Peril of Gas
    Commuters' Cold Breakfasts

    Accident to Main Threatens People With Asphyxiation, But Strenuous Measures Drive People Out of Doors.

    Special to the New York Times.

    Mount Vernon, April 18. - After its night of wild alarms Mount Vernon arose to cold breakfast and a census-taking. It didn't wake up, for it hadn't been asleep. Its fire engines, which had spent the hours of darkness charging about the streets, whistles blowing and gongs clanging, and its police, whose clubs had known no rest, had seen to that. It didn't boil coffee nor did it cook eggs. Its gas wasn't turned on. It counted noses, found nobody had been asphyxiated, ate what it could, and rendered thanks.

    "I guess nobody has any kick coming, even if there wasn't any gas to get breakfast with," said Gilbert Angevine, Chief of the Fire Department and head deputy of the Street Commissioner's Office. "Mount Vernon is a neighborly place. Everybody in town had rather be kept awake all night than to know that a human life ... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Mount Vernon, a residential city of Westchester co., N.Y., on the Bronx River and on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R. and the Harlem division of the New York Central and Hudson River R., 15 miles NNE. of the Grand Central Station in New York city. It has grown up from a small village within the space of fifty years. Pop. in 1900, 20,346.
    Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
  • News  1910 - DRAWN UNDER CAR WHEELS - Suction of Swift Train Carries Bystander to His Death.
    Special to The Washington Post

    NEW YORK, April 22. - Walter A. Seymour, a Manhattan salesman, who lived near Mount Vernon, was killed by an electric train at the Mount Vernon station this evening.

    He was waiting for a local train to go to Pelham, when and express came along on the local track. Mr. Seymour, it is said, was standing close to the edge of the platform. The suction of the train as it rushed by drew him under the wheels and he was ground to death.
    The Washington Post
    Washington, D.C.
    April 23, 1910

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female ancestorAnnie Banks BRADY (1855, , New York, USA - 11 January 1930, Mount Vernon, New York, USA)
female ancestorAnna Meta Katherina WILLEN (29 November 1888, Astoria, New York, USA* - 22 August 1983, Mount Vernon, New York, USA)
female ancestorEdith Wilma Mathilda HESEMANN (30 December 1917, Summit, Cook, Illinois, USA - 30 July 2003, Mount Vernon, New York, USA)
photo of George Henry SHEPERDGeorge Henry SHEPERD (29 September 1919, Mount Vernon, New York, USA - 27 May 1991, St Albans, Vermont, USA)
female ancestorGeraldine BOUTHILET (11 august 1927, Mount Vernon, New York, USA - 07 january 2021, Lago, Florida, USA)
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