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This Week in History: Official 1800 US census reported

1800, 220 years agoPopulationThe official 1800 U.S. census is out and lists Oneida County’s population at 22,837. Paris leads town populations with 4,721. Whitesboro follows with 4,212.Other towns and their populations: Augusta 1,598; Bridgewater 1,061; Camden 384; Deerfield 1,048; Floyd 767; Remsen 224; Rome 1,497; Sangerfield 1,143; Steuben 552; Trenton 624; Westmoreland 1,542, and Western… → Read More

This week in History: Brig. Gen. Nicholas Herkimer dies

1777, 243 years agoAftermathBrig. Gen. Nicholas Herkimer lies wounded in his home near Little Falls, his leg having been shattered during the Battle of → Read More

This Week in History: ‘Old Cube’s friends were legion, his enemies unknown’

1890, 130 years agoHamilton CollegeBagg’s Hotel in Utica rings with praises of Hamilton College as it hosts the first banquet of the recently formed → Read More

Utica Mayors: Caruso shocks city with win

Michael Caruso’s victory in the mayoral election in Utica in November 1971 surprised political pundits, his friends and the news media. → Read More

Utica Mayors: Dulan's goal to give Utica back its good name

Frank Dulan (mayor, 1960) It once was written that nobody accused Frank Dulan of being shy or soft-spoken. Dulan – a four-term mayor of Utica from → Read More

Utica Mayors: McKennan’s long list of accomplishments

John T. McKennan (mayor, 1956) John T. McKennan had firsthand knowledge of the workings of the three branches of government – legislative (he was a state senator), judicial (he was a state Supreme Court justice) and executive (he was mayor of Utica from 1956 to 1959). A World War II veteran, attorney and a Democrat, he was elected mayor in November 1955, defeating Republican Harry D. Nashold,… → Read More

Utica Mayors: Golder leads Utica’s ‘loom to boom’ era

Boyd E. Golder (mayor, 1946) Boyd E. Golder, a five-term mayor of Utica from 1946 to 1955, was a straight-spoken Pennsylvania Dutchman who helped lead the → Read More

Utica Mayors: Leading during time of war, peace

J. Bradbury German (mayor, 1944) J. Bradbury German was 17 when, in 1910, he got his first job as a soda jerk in the England & McCaffrey drug store in → Read More

Utica Mayors: Corrou helps make Utica industrial-age player

Vincent R. Corrou (mayor, 1936) Vincent R. Corrou, mayor of Utica for four consecutive, two-year terms (1936-43), was a major player in Utica’s industrial revolution after World War II ended in 1945. Corrou was hired to head the Utica Chamber of Commerce’s Industrial-Business Development Division. Its goal was to attract new industries to the region to replace the many textile mills that were… → Read More

Utica Mayors: Carrou helps make Utica industrial-age player

Vincent R. Carrou (mayor, 1936) Vincent R. Corrou, mayor of Utica for four consecutive, two-year terms (1936-43), was a major player in Utica’s industrial revolution after World War II ended in 1945. Corrou was hired to head the Utica Chamber of Commerce’s Industrial-Business Development Division. Its goal was to attract new industries to the region to replace the many textile mills that were… → Read More

Utica Mayors: Sloan elected to ‘repair the damage’

Samuel Sloan (mayor, 1934) Mayoral candidate Samuel Sloan’s campaign platform in the fall of 1933 had a plank with a big sliver in it. The Utica → Read More

Utica Mayors: Donnelley greeted by Great Depression during first term

(Charles Donnelley, mayor 1930) Charles Donnelley could not have picked a worse time to be elected mayor of Utica. On Oct. 29, 1929, the stock market broke when more than 16 million shares were thrown on the market in a wild rush to sell. General Electric fell nearly 200 points. U.S. Steel dropped 100 points. Savings of a lifetime were lost. Five days later, on November 3rd, Democrat Donnelley… → Read More

Utica Mayors: Fate puts Rath in driver’s seat

Fred J. Rath (mayor, 1928) Fred J. Rath, mayor of Utica in 1928-29, knew automobiles. He sold them, repaired them and parked them. He also knew politics. → Read More

Utica Mayors: Surgeon makes time to hold office

Dr. Fred J. Douglas (mayor, 1922) Dr. Fred J. Douglas, mayor of Utica in 1922 and 1923, was a public servant in the full sense of the word. He was one of → Read More

Utica Mayors: 13 a lucky number for O’Connor

James Keegan O’Connor (mayor, 1920) James Keegan O’Connor was quite a character – quaint and quirky. He did not hold the number 13 as an omen of bad luck, but rather one of good luck and often welcomed the opportunity to use it. When he was elected to the state Assembly in 1889, he insisted on Seat 13 which other legislators avoided. When he was mayor, he usually started important undertakings… → Read More

Utica Mayors: Baker at helm as Utica charges forward

Frank J. Baker (mayor, 1912)Frank J. Baker, internationally known florist, spent as much time in Utica’s City Hall as he did in his many greenhouses.In 1899, he was elected to the Common Council and served there for eight years. In 1907, he was elected its president and served until 1911, when he was elected mayor.Baker, a Republican, defeated Democrat James D. Smith 7,087 to 6,647.He ran for… → Read More

Utica Mayors: Gillmore a 'dangerous candidate'

It was obvious voters had confidence in his administrative abilities and he probably would have been elected to a fourth term, but he decided to step down. → Read More

Utica Mayors: Rough-and-tumble mayor returns with air of respectability

Thomas Wheeler (mayor, 1908)Thomas Wheeler, the tough, allegedly corrupt mayor of Utica in 1892, was back again as mayor in 1908. He still was a burly, 6- → Read More

Utica Mayors: Talcott's popularity grows as Utica expands

Charles A. Talcott (mayor, 1902-1906)Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States from 1913 to 1921, and Charles A. Talcott, mayor of Utica from → Read More

Utica Mayors: Kinney cleans up Utica

Thomas E. Kinney (mayor, 1897)Local political pundits could never figure out the somewhat puzzling Thomas E. Kinney.They tried in 1885 when the then-43- → Read More