Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Philip Armour Once Drove Horses on Chenango Canal







  Philip Danforth Armour Sr., the famous meat packing magnate,  was born in Stockbridge, Madison County, on May 16, 1832. He was the son of  Danforth Armour and Juliana Ann Brooks and one of eight children who grew up on his family's farm.
 Armour was descended from colonial settlers of Scottish and English origin, with his surname originating in Scotland. He was educated at Cazenovia Academy until the school expelled him for taking a ride in a buggy with a girl. Among his first jobs was that of driver on the Chenango Canal. 
   Mrs. Fannie J. Bailey who celebrated her 103rd birthday January 27, 1935, was a student at Cazenovia Seminary in 1847-48. Wholesome good times were enjoyed by male and female students, despite the seminary’s strict rules. Buggy rides and walks were popular. Her first boyfriend was Armour. But she gave up her friendship with him because “I couldn’t stand the grease he used on his hair.”
   When Armour was a boy he and his family attended the Congregational Church in Morrisville. In 1894, when the church was having financial problems, he sent them a check to clear the debt. 

Monday, January 14, 2019

West Shore Depot at Byron, N.Y.


West Shore Railroad station at Byron, N.Y. with track inspection crew in 1915. From left John Hessenthaler, Eugene Wood, Ed Berryman, Lewis Weldgen and Albert Smith. 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Philip Armour Once Drove Horses on Chenango Canal

  Philip Danforth Armour Sr., the famous meat packing magnate,  was born in Stockbridge, Madison County, on May 16, 1832. He was t...