1901


January
East Pembroke's school is temporarily closed due to scarlet fever.

Jan 7
The New York Stock Exchange trades over 2,000,000 shares in a single day for the first time.

Jan 8
A fire at Rochester's Hubbell Park Orphan Asylum kills 28 children and three staff members.

Jan 21
Clyde Fitch's The Climbers, directed by the playwright, opens at New York's Bijou Theatre, runs for 163 performances.

February
AFL president Samuel Gompers addresses clothing workers at Rochester's Shoemakers Hall, presses for an eight-hour day and urges the unionization of workers at the Eastman and Brownell Kodak plants.

Feb 4
Giaccomo Puccini's Tosca makes its U. S. debut at the Metropolitan Opera.

Feb 22
Governor Theodore Roosevelt visits Buffalo to attend the dedication at the Sixty-Fifth Regiment Armory of a memorial to those who died of malaria during the Spanish American War. He then speaks to the local Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

April
Scribner's publishes Critical Instances, Edith Wharton's second volume of stories. ** Doubleday publishes Frank Norris' The Octopus.

Apr 1
The Rochester & Sodus Bay interurban railroad leases the Irondequoit Park Railroad.

Apr 14
Actors in New York City's Academy of Music are arrested for wearing costumes on Sunday.

Apr 15
The Eastman Building at Rochester's Mechanics Institute opens.

Apr 25
New York State begins requiring license plates on automobiles, the first state to do so.

May
Alice Day (Gardner) graduates from the Law School of the University of Buffalo, the only woman in the class, with the highest marks, becoming the first female lawyer in Genesee County. ** Workers at New York's United Traction Company walk off the job, halt trolley service in five cities. Albany is put under martial law, with soldiers riding on every car. E. Leroy Smith and William M. Walsh are shot to death, Smith while watching a riot.

May 9
A Wall Street panic is caused by the battle between J. J. Hill and Edward Henry Harriman over control of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad.

May 11
The New York State Reformatory for Women at Bedford Hills is officially opened.

May 18
The New York State Militia forces striking Albany railroad workers back to work.

May 20
Vice-president Theodore Roosevelt visits Buffalo to open the Pan-American Exposition.

May 21
Five West Point Military Academy cadets are dismissed for hazing and insubordination; six others are suspended.

May 30
The Hall of Fame for Great Americans is dedicated, at New York University.

Jun 2
Benjamin Adams of the Yonkers Board of Education is arrested for playing golf on Sunday.

Jun 10
Broadway composer Frederick Lowe is born in Vienna.

Jun 13
A Staten Island ferry collides with another ship and sinks in New York City's harbor.

Jun 22
Golfer Genevieve Hecker successfully defends her Women's Metropolitan Golf Championship title, in New York City.

July
After quarreling with friends at their summer cabin on Dumpling Island, off Noank, Connecticut, Theodore Dreiser returns to New York City earlier than planned.

Jul 14
Carlisle Graham makes a run through the Niagara River's Whirlpool Rapids in a barrel, his fifth and final time. He narrowly escapes suffocation.

Aug 7
West Point graduate Francisco Alcantara is elected president of the Venezuelan state of Aragua.

Aug 15
The horse Cresceus wins the trotting championship at Brighton Beach.

Aug 26
Bicyclist Robert Walthour defeats John Nelson in a fifteen-mile race in Madison Square Garden.

Sep 1
Reformer Carrie Nation is arrested in New York City when her appearance attracts a crowd of unruly supporters.

Sep 5
President William McKinley arrives in Buffalo to give an address at the Pan-American Exposition.

Sep 6
McKinley is shot during a reception at the Temple of Music by anarchist Leon Czolgosz. Plaza Hotel waiter James F. Parker grabs Czolgosz, prevents him from firing a third shot. Abraham Lincoln's son Robert Todd Lincoln, who had witnessed his father's death and Garfield's assassination, is present as an invited guest. Vice-president Theodore Roosevelt hears the news while vacationing in the Adirondacks and starts for Buffalo. ** Michael Francis Aloysius Kearns, father of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, is born in Brooklyn. ** Martha Wagenfurther makes a run through the Niagara River's Whirlpool Rapids in a barrel.

Sep 7
Czolgosz confesses. ** Roosevelt arrives in Buffalo. ** Maud Willard attempts to make a run through the Whirlpool Rapids in a barrel along with her fox terrier. The dog lays across her face and she suffocates. Carlisle Graham, her confederate, under a dual-obligation with her to a motion picture company, completes the swim to Lewiston.

Sep 10
Activist Emma Goldman is arrested in New York City after Czolgosz mentions her name to investigators. ** Roosevelt decides to return to the Adirondacks to project the optimism felt for McKinley's recovery.

Sep 14
William McKinley dies in Buffalo, mouthing the lyrics to Nearer My God to Thee. Roosevelt takes the oath of office forty-five minutes later. He asks McKinley's Cabinet to retain their positions.

Sep 26
Czolgosz is sentenced to death.

Oct 8
The first Vanderbilt Cup auto race is held, on Long Island.

Oct 12
Peter Nissen shoots the Whirlpool Rapids in his boat Fool Killer.

Oct 20
The New York Times celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Oct 24
Michigan schoolteacher Anna Edson Taylor becomes the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and survive.

Oct 29
Leon Czolgosz is executed.

Oct 30
A New York Central freight train breaks apart east of Grimesville then smashes back together; the wreckage blocks the track and several switches. The West Shore Continental Limited passenger train, headed for the Exposition at Buffalo, crashes into the wreckage. Limited engineer George Garrison of Rochester suffers a fractured wrist and one of the passengers, Mrs. Dickinson, is injured. Most passengers continue on to Buffalo.

Nov 16
Racing in New York City, French driver Henri Fournier sets an automobile speed record of one mile in 52 seconds.

Nov 26
The Hope Diamond arrives in New York City.

December
Heavy snows and zero-degree weather strike Ontario County early in the month, closing Naples' Flats road. ** A water-powred motor is installed in the Naples Methodist Church to power a new organ awaiting installation. ** The Ontario Prospecting Company is founded in Naples, to develop natural gas on leased property in East Bloomfield and Vine Valley. ** Fire destroys a Naples barn owned by O. M. Lyon and rented to Fred Prouty. Two buggies, a democrat wagon and a pair of hens are lost in the blaze.

Dec 2
The Naples stage leaves for Bristol, is held up by the snow for several days.

City
Architect Henry Anderson designs the Semiramis apartment on Central Park North. ** William Wallace, superintendent of buildings at the Museum of Natural History, is forced to resign when he's caught misappropriating funds and accepting kickbacks. ** The Astor family builds Harlem's Graham Court apartment building, designed by Clinton & Russell. ** Educator Seth Low, running on the Fusion ticket, defeats Democrat Edward M. Shephard to become mayor, serving 1902-1903. ** Maurice Prendergast paints Central Park. ** Sculptor Gutzon Borglum moves from London to New York City. ** Writer James Branch Cabell leaves New York City to join the staff of Virginia's Richmond News. ** William Randolph Hearst hires advice columnist Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer (Dorothy Dix), away from the New Orleans Daily Picayune, to write for his New York Journal. ** Close to 70% of the city's population is living in tenements. A Tenement Law is passed requiring all new buildings to provide more air and light. The New Law permits enforcement of housing standards. ** The approximate date the Brooklyn Wharf and Warehouse company becomes the New York Dock Company. ** Benefit performances are held for San Gioacchino Church (later St. James) in the church's hall, presented by La Compagnia Filodrammatica (Amateur Dramatic Company) Dante Algieri. ** Antonio Mongillo's music business on Mulberry Street publishes and imports sheet music and instructional materials, as well as postcards and tobacco. ** The approximate date Gianni Giafora draws a sketch of Italian-born actor Gugleilmo Ricciardi. ** Construction begins on D. H. Burnham and Company's Flatiron Building.

State
Bannerman's Island Arsenal is established on Pollepel Island in the Hudson River. ** Ellsworth Milton Statler operates a hotel at Buffalo's Pan-American Exposition. The Cardiff Giant is displayed at the fair. ** Lewis Henry Morgan publishes League of the Iroquois. ** Depew's Kalina Singing Society is organized under the Polish Singing Circle, as a women's chorus. ** John Starin's Glen Island resort features a Sioux Indian Village. ** Tonawanda's Palace Park trolley company amusement park closes. ** To meet a rising demand for power the Niagara Falls Hydraulic Power & Manufacturing Company begins an expansion program, building a second powerhouse and enlarging the Hydraulic Canal. ** The Reverend Peter McKenzie, a native of Scotland, is installed as pastor of Naples' First Presbyterian Church.

Albany
The John Van Schaick Lansing Pruyn branch library on North Pearl Street is dedicated.

Batavia
E. E. Kellogg builds the Pan American Farmer's Sheds, for parking shoppers' horses, on State Street. ** Additions are begun to the Johnston Harvester Company building. ** The village purchases property at the corner of Main Street and Porter Avenue for the site of a new jail.

Rochester
The congregation of Temple B'rith Kodesh opens the Baden Street settlement house, the city's first, to aid poor Germans and Poles. ** The Italian Democratic Club is formed in the city's 5th Ward. ** The port of Charlotte's export revenue reaches $1,279,000. ** The city annexes additional lands of the State Hospital, increasing its own size to 18.86 square miles. ** The city ships close to 1,500,000 barrels of flour this year. ** A Health Bureau under the Department of Public Safety is formed to replace the Board of Health Commissioners. ** The 9-hole Oak Hill golf course opens along the Genesee River on the city's southeast side.

 

1902

January
The draining of Tonawanda and Oak Orchard swamps is begun, which will result in the creation of the rich soils of the Elba mucklands.

Jan 8
A train collision beneath New York City's Grand Central Station, caused by poor visibility due to steam in the tunnels, results in a ban on steam engines on Manhattan commuter trains.

Jan 9
Metropolitan Opera director Rudolf Bing is born in Vienna.

Jan 13
Columnist Roscoe Drummond is born in Theresa.

Jan 25
The Broadway musical Floradora plays its 505th performance, setting a record for length of run.

Jan 27
Five construction workers on New York's IRT subway are killed in an explosion.

Jan 28
Museum of Modern Art founder-director Alfred H. Barr, Jr., is born in Detroit.

Jan 30
Transatlantic shippers in New York City double their rates.

February
Edith Wharton's historical novel The Valley of Decision is published by Scribner's.

Feb 6
The Young Women's Hebrew Association is organized, in New York City.

Feb 9
Daughter Jeanette Norris, Jr., is born to novelist Frank Norris and his wife, in New York City.

Feb 10
Acting teacher Stella Adler is born in New York City to Yiddish actor Jacob Adler.

Feb 21
Trolley and interurban companies in the Buffalo area unite to create the International Railway Company.

Feb 27
Golfer Eugene Saraceni (Gene Sarazen) is born in Harrison.

Mar 21
A subway tunnel under New York City's Park Avenue near 38th Street collapses, destroying three mansions.

Mar 24
Politician Thomas Edmund Dewey is born in Owosso, Michigan.

Apr 2
The fishing boat Alice M. Jacobs brings her first catch to New York City's Fulton Fish Market.

May 1
Guglielmo Riccardi and his company continue performing at New York's Grand Eden Theatre under new owner M. K. Reussen.

May 5
Author Bret Harte dies, in Albany.

Jun 8
The Erie Canal boat Anson P. Hart, out of Phoenix, New York, Captain George Pease commanding, caught in strong winds, is nearly swept over the dam at Baldwinsville. A line is run out from shore and the coal-laden vessel is pulled to safety.

Jun 9
West Point Military Academy celebrates its first 100 years.

Jun 16
Two super trains begin New York-to-Chicago service - the Pennsylvania Railroad's Pennsylvania Special and the New York Central's Broadway Limited.

Jun 28
Composer Richard Rodgers is born in Hammels Station, New York.

July
Frank Norris moves from New York City to San Francisco. ** The twelve-bed Batavia Hospital opens. ** Landscape architect Alling Stephen Deforest goes to work for George Eastman on the grounds of his new property on Rochester, New York's East Avenue. The inventor also hires J. Foster Warner to design a house.

Jul 12
The Twentieth Century Limited sets the train speed record on a run between New York City and Chicago.

Jul 24
The Irondequoit Park Railroad interurban merges with the Rochester and Sodus Bay Railway company, permitting through transit from Sodus Bay to downtown Rochester.

Jul 25
Longshoreman-social philosopher Eric Hoffer is born in New York City. ** Guglielmo Riccardi, becoming more involved with traditional American theater, makes his last appearance at the immigrants' Grand Eden Theatre in East Harlem.

Jul 26
Historian and former president of Cornell Charles Kendall Adams dies in Redlands, California, at the age of 67.

Jul 31
The Rochester and Sodus Bay Railway interurban company is leased to the Rochester Railway Company.

Aug 6
Gangster Arthur Flegenheimer (Dutch Schulz) is born in the Bronx.

Aug 19
Poet-humorist Frederic Ogden Nash is born in Rye.

Aug 25
Harry de Windt arrives in New York City, having traversed the Arctic across the Bering Strait, from Paris.

Sep 7
C. A. Percy, accompanied by a keg of beer, shoots the Whirlpool Rapids of the Niagara River.

Sep 11
Philanthropist Alice Tully is born in Corning. ** Joseph M. Weber and Lew M. Fields' Twirly Whirly opens at their New York music hall.

Sep 28
Journalist-television host Ed Sullivan is born in New York City.

Oct 17
New York's Rochester & Eastern Rapid Railway interurban goes into service, providing occasional passenger service between Canandaigua and Victor.

Oct 18
Captain William Quinlan and his crew, of the Lake Erie steamer Swallow abandon the ship when it springs a leak. The tug Pallister is soon sent to look for wreckage, but none is ever found.

Oct 26
Suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton dies in New York City.

Nov 3
Clyde Fitch's The Stubbornness of Geraldine opens at Broadway's Garrick Theatre.

Nov 4
An explosion at Madison Square Garden kills fifteen people and injures seventy others.

Nov 11
Roland B. Molineux is acquitted in New York City after a second trial, for the 1889 murder of elderly widow Margaret Adams.

Nov 17
A U. S. production of The Eternal City opens at New York's Victoria Theatre.

Nov 22
A fire destroys the span of New York City's uncompleted Williamsburg Bridge.

Nov 29
Jazz drummer Danny Viniello (Alvin) is born in New York City.

December
Edgar Smith's The Stickiness of Gelatine, a musical comedy spoof of The Stubbornness of Geraldine, opens on the second half of the bill at New York City's Weber and Fields Music Hall, with the comedy team in the cast.

Dec 3
David Belasco and John Luther Long's The Darling of the Gods opens at New York's Belasco Theatre, with English actor George Arliss in the cast.

Dec 10
Politician Vito Anthony Marcantonio is born in New York City.

Dec 16
Stanislaus Stange and Julian Edwards' When Johnny Comes Marching Home opens at New York's New York Theatre.

Dec 17
Gus Hinckley captains his Great Lakes ship the Hinckley from Cape Vincent, in the St. Lawrence River, to Oswego, sailing blind during a snowstorm.

Dec 20
Philosopher Sidney Hook is born in New York City.

Dec 28
Professor Mortimer Jerome Adler is born in New York City.

 

City
Daniel Burnham's Flatiron Building is completed. ** Builder Joseph Oussani moves into his newly completed Semiramis apartment house. ** Gustav Lindenthal becomes Commissioner of Bridges. ** Cass Gilbert's U. S. Customs House opens. ** James & Leo's Dorilton apartment house at Broadway and 71st Street, built for Hamilton M. Weed, is completed at a cost of $750,000. Critic Montgomery Schuyler disparages the building in the Architectural Record. The building is fully rented. ** An explosion on a subway construction job at Park Avenue and Forty-first Street kills six people, injures over a hundred. ** Andrew Carnegie's East 91st Street neo Georgian mansion is completed. ** Lawman Bat Masterson arrives to become a sportswriter for the Morning Telegraph. ** The R. H. Macy Company opens a department store on 34th Street. ** Nearly 500,000 immigrants land at Ellis Island. ** The American Female Guardian Society and Home for the Friendless opens Woodycrest, in the Bronx, a children's home designed by William Burnett Tuthill. ** The city takes title to Broad Channel Island in Jamaica Bay and leases the island to the Broad Channel Corporation, which develops the property and rents lots, to people building summer homes, charging $116 a year. ** Fausto D. Malzone's bank on Mulberry Street closes when he becomes ill with malaria. The Italian-American Amateur Theatre Club which is housed there ceases to exist. ** Fernando's Music Hall, an Italian caffe concerto, opens at 184 Sullivan Street.

State
McKim, Mead and White's house for Clarence H. Mackay of Roslyn, Long Island - Harbor Hill - is built. ** Ralph Whitehead founds the Byrdcliff art colony in Woodstock. ** The Wyoming Village Hall, donated by Lydia Avery Cooley Ward, is dedicated. Among the speakers are the Reverend Anna Shaw and the Reverend William C. Gannett. ** Newspaper publisher Levi A. Cass arrives in Warsaw. ** The Watervliet Arsenal begins producing 16-inch guns. ** Long Island historian, Peter Ross publishes a multi-volume history of the island, repeating the standard incorrect names for the 13 native tribes. Unlike previous writers, he argues that Long Island's Indians were cheated out of their lands and nearly exterminated. ** John Starin features Mexican vaqueros at his Glen Island resort. ** Le Roy plans for a new bridge over Oatka Creek. ** Hammondsport gets its first three automobiles, Orient Buckboards belonging to Linn D. Masson, J. Seymour Hubbs and O. H. Younglove. ** The Ontario County Historical Society is founded. ** The Niagara Silver Company of Niagara Falls merges with William A. Rogers, Ltd. ** The approximate date the Alexander McKechnie home (later the Canandaigua Female Seminary) is demolished to build the first F. F. Thompson Hospital.

Batavia
Doctor Annie Cheyney marries Doctor Henry M. Spofford and they go into a joint practice. ** Novelties manufacturer K. B. Mathes builds a factory. ** The Walnut Street bridge is built. ** Construction begins on the Genesee County Sheriff's Office in Batavia, at 14 West Main Street.

Food
The first national advertisement for Jell-O is published in the Ladies Home Journal. The ad costs $336.

Rochester
The city is struck by a smallpox epidemic lasting through the following year. ** Floods threaten the downtown area. ** Architect Claude Bragdon marries Charlotte Coffyn Wilkinson of Syracuse. ** Salvatore M. Vella becomes the first Italian to graduate from a city high school. ** The Italian Mission moves to the First Methodist Episcopal Church. An Italian Sunday school is established. ** Landscape architect Alling Stephen Deforest goes to work for George Eastman. ** The Masonic Temple at Mortimer and North Clinton is built.

Rye
The 17th-century Mead Farm House is refurbished. ** Arthur Abbott's frozen custard recipe is introduced at Rye Beach.

 

1903


Jan 9
The Baltimore Orioles American League baseball team is bought for $18,000 by Bill Devery and Frank Farrrell, and moved to New York City, to be renamed the Highlanders and eventually (in 1913) the Yankees.

Jan 18
New York City politician-businessman Abram Stevens Hewitt, 80, dies.

Jan 20
Frank L. Baum, Paul Tietjens and A. Baldwin Sloane's The Wizard of Oz opens at New York's Majestic Theater, with a spectacular opening cyclone on stage.

February
Having sent his wife Sara to her parents', Theodore Dreiser moves to cheaper lodgings in Brooklyn.

Feb 5
New York Mets baseball team owner Joan Whitney Payson is born.

Feb 18
The first all-black major Broadway musical, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Will Marion Cook's In Dahomey opens at the New York Theater.

Feb 22
The Cunard liner Etruria lands in New York City, carrying the first newspaper printed in mid-ocean, using wireless. The system's inventor Guglielmo Marconi is aboard.

Feb 25
A New York City tenement at 32nd Street and Eleventh Avenue is torn down - the beginning of demolition for the new Pennsylvania Station. ** Rapid-fire weapon inventor Richard J. Gatling, 84, dies in New York City.

Mar 2
New York City's Martha Washington Hotel, for women only, opens for business.

Mar 4
Painter Adolph Gottlieb is born in New York City.

Mar 10
The ship Karmania is quarantined in New York City, with six aboard dead from cholera.

Mar 16
Montana senator Mike Mansfield is born in New York City.

Mar 17
Gustave Luder's The Prince of Pilsen opens at New York's Broadway Theatre.

Mar 23
The Village of Tonawanda becomes a city.

Mar 29
Regular wireless news service begins between New York City and London.

Mar 31
The post office in Wheatville closes.

April
The Elba Phone Company opens for business.

Apr 10
Journalist-playwright Clare Booth Luce is born in New York City.

Apr 24
George B. Post's building for the New York Stock Exchange opens.

Apr 27
The Jamaica Race Track opens, on Long Island, attended by Lillian Russell, 'Diamond Jim' Brady and John F. 'Bet-a-million' Gates.

May
Hammondsport machine shop owner Glenn Curtiss sets a motorcycle speed record of a mile in 56 2/5 second.

May 1
Invited to New York by S. S. McClure, Willa Cather meets with him and is promised publication of her stories in McClure's Magazine, as well as in book form.

May 16
George A. Wyman sets out from San Francisco in a successful attempt to become the first man to cross the U. S. by motorcycle.

May 18
Rochester's National Theatre opens.

May 21
Eight loaded freight cars of the New York Central Railroad run off the tracks on a curve just west of Byron, New York, scattering oil, corn, coal, and assorted nails from the Cleveland Wire Company along the tracks. There are no injuries.

May 22
U. S. diplomat Philip Wilson Bonsal is born in New York City to journalist Stephen Bonsal and Henrietta Bonsal. He will serve as ambassador to Cuba.

May 30
A 30-ton rock, donated by Dr. Dwight Burrell, is installed on the lawn of Canandaigua's court house, to commemorate the November 11, 1794, Pickering Treaty between the Seneca Indians and the U. S.

June
Theodore Dreiser gets a job on the railroad at Spuyten Duyvil, soon moves to Kingsbridge.

Jun 19
New York Yankees baseball star Lou Gehrig is born.

Jul 6
Motorcyclist George Wyman achieves his goal, arriving in New York City.

August
Sara Dreiser joins her husband at Kingsbridge.

Aug 15
Publisher Joseph Pulitzer donates $2,000,000 to establish a school of journalism at Columbia University.

Aug 19
Trotter Dan Patch sets the one-mile record in Brighton Beach - one minute and 59 seconds.

Aug 31
Entertainer-broadcast host Arthur Godfrey is born in New York City.

Sep 23
Prince Alert beats the record of Dan Patch at Yonkers Race Track, doing the mile in one minute and 57 seconds. ** Columbia University celebrates its 150th anniversary.

October
Scribner's publishes Edith Wharton's novella Sanctuary.

Oct 4
Computer pioneer John Vincent Atanasoff (the Atanasoff-Berry Computer) is born in Hamilton, New York.

Oct 13
Victor Herbert's operetta Babes in Toyland opens at New York's Majestic Theater.

Oct 17
Novelist Nathan Wallenstein Weinstein (Nathanael West) is born in New York City to builder Max Weinstein and Anna Wallenstein Weinstein.

Nov 15
Interurban service between Rochester and Canandaigua, on the Rochester & Eastern Rapid Railway is inaugurated.

Nov 16
Victor Herbert & Harry B. Smith's musical Babette premieres in New York.

Nov 30
The Brooklyn Academy of Music is destroyed by a fire.

Dec 16
New York City's Majestic Theater uses the first female ushers.

Dec 24
Theodore Dreiser resigns from his job on the railroad.

 

City
Coney Island's Luna Park opens. ** The Williamsburg Bridge, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn, is opened. ** Henry J. Hardenbergh's Whitehall Building, housing government offices and corporations, is completed. ** Hill and Turner's Euclid Hall apartment building, at the planned 86th Street exit of the Broadway subway currently under construction, is completed. ** Russian immigrant Jacob Starr becomes an engineer with Ben Strauss' New York sign company. ** Democrat George B. McClellan, son of the Civil War general, defeats incumbent Fusion Party mayor Seth Low. He serves 1904-1909. ** Race track tipster George Graham Rice founds the New York Daily America. It will not survive for long. ** Western painter Charles M. Russell and his wife wife Nancy make their first trip to the city. ** Eugene O'Neill's mother attempts suicide and he learns she is a morphine addict. He begins chasing around the city with his older brother Jamie. ** Future public relations pioneer Lee Ivy leaves the New York World to begin representing political interests. ** William Sidney Porter (O. Henry) moves to New York. ** Italian tenor Enrico Caruso makes his Metropolitan Opera debut, singing the Duke in Rigoletto. ** Ivy Ledbetter founds the first public relations firm. ** Former Comptroller Andrew H. Green is murdered outside his Park Avenue home by an insane man. ** Joseph Pulitzer establishes a prize for journalism. ** Henry P. Davison and J. P. Morgan form the Bankers Trust Company, in response to tightening trust regulation. ** A tablet bearing Emma Lazarus's 1883 poem The New Colossus is affixed to the base of the Statue of Liberty.

State
Lake Placid's Adirondack Lodge burns in a forest fire. Fires destroy close to 25% of the timber in the Adirondacks. ** Paleontologist Clifton James Sarle names a shale dolomite mixture Pittsford Shale, for the town where the formation was uncovered as the Erie Canal was deepened, in 1897-8. ** The toll booth on Dutchess County's Salt Point Turnpike is demolished. ** Warsaw celebrates its centennial, formally dedicates its 1876 Soldiers' Monument. ** The State legislature passes a bond issue to construct a Barge Canal to replace the old Erie Canal. ** Charles Davenport becomes director of the Station for Experimental Evolution of the Carnegie Institute, at Cold Harbor, for the next 32 years. ** A senior honor society, the Druids, is formed at Geneva's Hobart College. ** Real estate promoter Clifford B. Harmon sells a right of way at Croton-on-Hudson to the New York Central Railroad, provided the station always bear his name. ** John Starin features Indian "fakirs" at his Glen Island resort. ** The Hammondsport Herald has a circulation of 2,250, making it the third largest weekly in Steuben County. ** The approximate date Canandaigua's Sonnenberg Playground opens, donated by local philanthropist Mary Thompson.

Batavia
Watts L. Richmond becomes assistant superintendent of the Johnston Harvester Works. ** Trolley service begins.

Buffalo
Frank Lloyd Wright's Larkin Building is built.

Rochester
The Bond Clothing Company is founded. ** Floods threaten downtown for the second year in a row. ** The Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers begins lawsuits against the Ford Motor Company and other manufacturers, to protect the automobile patent of local inventor George B. Selden. ** Smith's Arcade is razed to make way for the new building of the Rochester Trust and Safe Deposit Company, formed from the Powers Bank. ** Sibley's Department Store, currently in the Granite Building, begins planning for larger quarters.

 

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