History Column: Sylvan Beach booming for ice harvesting – News – Uticaod


1890, 130 years ago

Busy lake

Sylvan Beach is booming as hundreds of men from Erie and Williamsport, Pennsylvania, are at work harvesting ice from Oneida Lake. So far, dozens of carloads have been cut and shipped south by freight train. The ice is of excellent quality, being from 12 to 18 inches thick.

Hotels and private homes are overrun with boarders and those who cannot find accommodations around the lake go to Oneida on the evening train and return in the morning.

1920, 100 years ago

Tax time

The many area residents who fail to file their state income tax by March 15 will be granted a 15-day extension. Fred McGraff, local district director for the tax bureau, says the law requires a tax return from every person with an annual income of at least $1,000.

1945, 75 years ago

What a locomotive!

Engine 6000, New York Central Railroad’s newest and most powerful locomotive, pulls into Utica for the first time with milk and express cars behind it. “She looks as if she can live up to reports that she can go 100 miles an hour,” says one visitor in Union Station.

The engine is 115 feet, 5 inches long. Its tender can carry 46 tons of coal and 18,000 gallons of water. It has four…

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