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The site, once a major village, Nappeckamack, of the Manhattan Indians, was acquired by the Dutch West India Company in 1639. Adriaen van der Donck—known as De Jonkheer, a courtesy title roughly equivalent to "young lord" or "gentleman" (whence, phonetically, Yonkers)—was given a land grant in 1646 and established the patroonship (estate) of Colendonck in 1652. The lands were then bought by Frederick Philipse, who built a manor there in 1682 (later used as the Yonkers city hall). The house, known as Philipse Manor Hall, was confiscated (1779) because the founder’s great grandson espoused the Tory cause during the American Revolution; it is now a state historic site.

A thriving farm village within the Town (township) of Yonkers (established in 1788), Yonkers was connected to New York City by railroad in 1849. The Otis Elevator Works was established there in 1854. The southern portion of old Yonkers was annexed to what later became the Bronx in 1874...

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  • 1853 - September 20 - Otis Opened Elevator Factory
    Elisha Graves Otis opened a small factory on the banks of the Hudson River in Yonkers, New York, on September 20, 1853, to make elevators, fully equip...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Yonkers
    Yonkebs, a thriving post-village in Yon- ker's township, Westchester county, New York, on the E. bank of Hudson river, and on the Hudson river railroa...Read MORE...


  • 1872 - Yonkers incorporated in 1872


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    Hemaboloids Arseniated
    Made by The Palisade Manufacturing Company, Yonkers, NY

    Hemaboloids arseniated (with strychnia) was a patent medicine used to treat people with anaemia (low red blood cell count). It contained 17% alcohol, and small... Read MORE...

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  • News 1888 - The busting of a water pipe on the 25th caused a sewer ditch at Yonkers, N. Y.,
    to cave in on the workmen, six of whom lost their lives.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 28, 1888

  • News 1888- February 22 - John Reid of Scotland demonstrates golf to Americans (Yonkers NY)
    1888-11-14 - St Andrews Golf Club, Yonkers NY, opens with just 6 holes
    1889-03-30 - John T Reid opens 1st US golf course (Yonkers, NY)

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    North Broadway, Yonkers, N.Y.
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  • 1895 - Yonkers
    Yonkers, yönk'erz, a city of Westchester co., N.Y., on the Hudson River, opposite the Palisades, and on the Hudson River Railroad and the New York & N...Read MORE...


  • News 1905 - WEIGHTED BOAT SINKS; FIVE DROWN IN HUDSON. PERSONS ON YONKERS SHORE SEE PARTY GO DOWN IN MIDSTREAM. EFFORTS AT RESCUE IN VAIN.
    NINE-YEAR-OLD BOY WITH FATHER AND FRIENDS ON FISHING TRIP - MOTHER NEARLY CRAZED.

    Special to the New York Times.
    Yonkers, Oct. 22 - A boat in whic...Read MORE...


  • 1906
    Yonkers, a city of Westchester co., N.Y., on the Hudson River and on the New York Central and Hudson River R., 15 miles N. by E. of the initial statio...Read MORE...


  • 1909 - December 7 - Leo Baekeland, Yonkers, patents 1st thermosetting plastic (Bakelite)

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  • News 1910 - Motor Fire Engine Used as Ambulance.
    Mrs. Lorena Pope of 139 Glover Avenue, Yonkers, died last night of burns received in a fire at her home, and Francis Piet, a boarder, was badly burned...Read MORE...


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    B.P.O.E., No. 707, Yonkers, N.Y.
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    Fanshaw Ave., Van Cortlandt Terrace, Yonkers, N.Y.
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  • 1977 - August 10 - Postal employee David Berkowitz arrested in Yonkers NY, accused of being "Son of Sam" 44 caliber killer

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Hemaboloids Arseniated
Made by The Palisade Manufacturing Company, Yonkers, NY

Hemaboloids arseniated (with strychnia) was a patent medicine used to treat people with anaemia (low red blood cell count). It contained 17% alcohol, and small... Read MORE...

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North Broadway, Yonkers, N.Y.
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Yonkers, New York, USA
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B.P.O.E., No. 707, Yonkers, N.Y.
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Fanshaw Ave., Van Cortlandt Terrace, Yonkers, N.Y.
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  • 1853 - September 20 - Otis Opened Elevator Factory
    Elisha Graves Otis opened a small factory on the banks of the Hudson River in Yonkers, New York, on September 20, 1853, to make elevators, fully... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Yonkers
    Yonkebs, a thriving post-village in Yon- ker's township, Westchester county, New York, on the E. bank of Hudson river, and on the Hudson river... Read MORE...

  • 1872 - Yonkers incorporated in 1872
  • News  1888- February 22 - John Reid of Scotland demonstrates golf to Americans (Yonkers NY)
    1888-11-14 - St Andrews Golf Club, Yonkers NY, opens with just 6 holes
    1889-03-30 - John T Reid opens 1st US golf course (Yonkers,... Read MORE...

  • News  1888 - The busting of a water pipe on the 25th caused a sewer ditch at Yonkers, N. Y.,
    to cave in on the workmen, six of whom lost their lives. St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 28, 1888
  • 1895 - Yonkers
    Yonkers, yönk'erz, a city of Westchester co., N.Y., on the Hudson River, opposite the Palisades, and on the Hudson River Railroad and the New York &... Read MORE...

  • News  1905 - WEIGHTED BOAT SINKS; FIVE DROWN IN HUDSON. PERSONS ON YONKERS SHORE SEE PARTY GO DOWN IN MIDSTREAM. EFFORTS AT RESCUE IN VAIN.
    NINE-YEAR-OLD BOY WITH FATHER AND FRIENDS ON FISHING TRIP - MOTHER NEARLY CRAZED.

    Special to the New York Times.
    Yonkers, Oct. 22 - A boat in... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Yonkers, a city of Westchester co., N.Y., on the Hudson River and on the New York Central and Hudson River R., 15 miles N. by E. of the initial... Read MORE...

  • 1909 - December 7 - Leo Baekeland, Yonkers, patents 1st thermosetting plastic (Bakelite)

    historyorb.com
  • News  1910 - Motor Fire Engine Used as Ambulance.
    Mrs. Lorena Pope of 139 Glover Avenue, Yonkers, died last night of burns received in a fire at her home, and Francis Piet, a boarder, was badly... Read MORE...

  • 1977 - August 10 - Postal employee David Berkowitz arrested in Yonkers NY, accused of being "Son of Sam" 44 caliber killer

    historyorb.com

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