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Yonkers, New York, USA - Hemaboloids Arseniated Made by The Palisade Manufacturing Company, Yonkers, NY  Hemaboloids arseniated (with strychnia) was a patent medicine used

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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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 amounts of arsenious acid (which contained arsenic) and strychnia (also known as strychnine), both of which were highly toxic in larger doses. en/ photograph/ 28219/ patent-medicine

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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 equipped with his newly invented automatic safety device. Having received an order for two freight elevators with the new device, Otis abandoned his plans to join the California Gold Rush. But after six months, he hadn't received a second order. Otis staged a public demonstration. He climbed on top of his elevator in New York's Crystal Palace exhibition, and while hoisted to the ceiling, ordered the rope cut. Seeing how his safety brake kept him from falling, people realized the importance of his invention. Though in 1856, Otis's sales totaled just 27 elevators, his performance launched the passenger elevator industry. The world's first safety elevator for passengers, installed in 1857 in a New York store, rose at a speed of 40 feet per minute.
    September 20, 1853
  • 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 railroad, 17 miles N. by E. from New York. It contains churches of 4 or 6 denominations, several seminaries, a good hotel, and numerous stores and factories. It has several landings for steamboats and vessels sailing on the river. Many merchants and others engaged in New York have fine country seats in the village and vicinity. Population in 1853, estimated at 4000. Population of the township in 1850, 4160.
    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.
  • 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, NY)
    February 22, 1888
  • 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 & Northern Rail road, 15 miles N. by E. of the Grand Central Depot in New York. It contains 16 churches, 11 schools, a superior hotel, 2 national banks, 2 savings-banks, numerous handsome villas, 5 newspaper offices, an academy, 2 machine-shops, 3 silk-factories, 3 hat-factories, and manufactures of carpets, mowing-machines, and elevators. In 1890, according to the census, Yonkers had engaged in its various industries capital to the amount of $11,503,074, and the product was $23,024,028. Many merchants of New York City reside here. Pop. in 1880, 18,892; in 1890, 32,088.
    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

    Special to the New York Times.
    Yonkers, Oct. 22 - A boat in which were four men and a boy suddenly sank in midstream in the Hudson River off Fernbrook Street this morning, and all five occupants were drowned. The accident was witnessed by persons on the Yonkers shore, but before a boat could reach the spot the men had gone down.

    Three of the victims were members of one family, the husband, son, and brother of a woman who is left a widow. HENRY NELSON, HENRY, JR., 9 years old, and his brother-in-law, CARL THOMSON, all of 113 1/ 2 Cliniton Place, with BENJAMIN BENSON of 114 Herriott Street and P. SIMPSON of 54 Herriott Street, had set out for a day's fishing on the river.

    The men were all members of the Hudson Boat Club and owned a large rowboat which had been fitted up with a sail. The craft was heavily ballasted with old iron and was unsafe.

    The party left the boathouse, at the foot of... 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 station in New York. It Is beautifully located, its verdant heights commanding charming views of the river and of the cliffs called the Palisades on the opposite shore. The venerable Phillipse Manor House serves as the city-hall. Yonkers is the seat of various charitable and benevolent institutions (including a Hebrew Home for the Aged and Infirm and the Leake and Watts Orphan House) and has several academic and collegiate institutes. Its varied and important industries are represented by sugar-refineries, carpet- mills, foundries and machine-shops, sash- and door-factories, and manufactories of hats, malted liquors, chemicals, etc. Steamboats ply regularly between this city and New York, many of whose merchants reside here. Pop. in 1880, 18,892; in 1890, 32,088; in 1900, 47,931; in 1905, upward of 60,000.
    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
  • 1909 - December 7 - Leo Baekeland, Yonkers, patents 1st thermosetting plastic (Bakelite)
  • 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. The motor engine recently purchased by the Yonkers Fire Department, capable of traveling seventy miles an hour, was rushed toward St. Joseph's Hospital with the victims. but on the way met an ambulance, to which they were transferred and treated. Piet has a chance to recover.
    The New York Times
    New York, New York
    December 24, 1910
  • 1977 - August 10 - Postal employee David Berkowitz arrested in Yonkers NY, accused of being "Son of Sam" 44 caliber killer

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male ancestorJoseph HADLEY (1653, Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA - 1697, Yonkers, New York, USA)
photo of Elisha Graves OTISElisha Graves OTIS (3 August 1811, Halifax, Vermont, USA - 8 April 1861, Yonkers, New York, USA)
male ancestorRobert Jackson LEONARD (29 July 1815, Yonkers, New York, USA - 17 February 1903, Greenburgh, New York, USA (Tarrytown) (Hartsdale))
female ancestorAnn WOOD (1817, Manchester, England - 22 November 1902, Yonkers, New York, USA)
male ancestorGeorge MEACH (1830, Egremont, Massachusetts, USA - 11 March 1872, Yonkers, New York, USA)
female ancestorLydia Ann DICKENS (8 October 1850, Providence, Rhode Island, USA - 24 March 1944, Yonkers, New York, USA)
female ancestorMargaret "Maggie" Elizabeth SMARR (13 December 1854, Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi, USA - 21 August 1937, Yonkers, New York, USA)
male ancestorWilliam STRIKER (STRICKER) (August 1857, Olean, New York, USA - 30 December 1935, Yonkers, New York, USA)
male ancestorAdam Mortimer SINGER (25 July 1863, Yonkers, New York, USA - 24 June 1929, London, England)

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photo of John Joseph HEINZ John Joseph HEINZ (18 May 1912 - August 1987) and photo of Ann HRETZOK Ann HRETZOK (1 January 1915 - 31 December 2000) married 27 May 1939
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