Thursday, November 28, 2013

From Homer to New York for $4.00

The Whig, Homer, N.Y.
December 27, 1849

               FARE REDUCED!
              From Homer and Cortland
                To the City of
                 NEW YORK
    The Mail Coach leaves Homer every morning, Sundays excepted, at 7 o'clock, for Binghamton, where passengers can take the evening train of Cars and reach New York at an early hour the next Morning - making the trip through in less than 24 hours.
   FARE.- From Homer and Cortlandville to New York, $4. 
                           F.A. MORGAN & CO., Binghamton
                           WM P. RANDALL, Cortlandville,

June, 1849

Stagecoach days in Angelica, N.Y.

(Excerpt from The Angelica Advocate, May 11, 1944 - From a letter to the editor by Harry C. Gardiner)
    I also distinctly remember the huge stagecoach with its four horses driven by Mr. Martin that used to pass our house daily to and fro on its trips from Belvidere Station. Martin found the big coach too cumbersome and expensive for the 5-mile up hill and down  trips twice each day; so the old coach was replaced by a covered wagon which many Angelicans will remember ran until the railroad came. 

  Mr. Martin died shortly after the change was made and beloved old Ed Blanchard took over the mail, express and passenger transportation between Angelica and Belvidere. There are, according to information I now have, only four people now living in Angelica who might remember the school fire and the old four-horse coach. Mighty progress has taken place since the time when Angelica had no telegraph, no railroad and a large proportion of the people used tallow candles for illumination; also many of them talked just like David Harum and Aunt Polly of radio fame. The railroad locomotives burned wood in those days. I wonder how many people remember the huge woodsheds at many of the stations, the one at Belvidere, I believe, about one-eighth of a mile in length.

Old Stagecoach Inn in Cuba, N.Y.

Hotel Rates Published

Madison Observer, Morrisville, N.Y.,
Thursday, March 5, 1863
    At the meeting of the Innkeepers of the county, held in this village last week, the following tariff of prices was unanimously adopted:
    Meals, at regular hours,      each  $0.35
        do.     extra,       "              "          40
Lodgings,                                             25
1 Horse to Hay over night,                   25
2    do.        "              "                         50
Oats, per bushel,                                1.00
1 Meal, Horse in Barn, and 4 qts. Oats  60
1  do     2 do    "             "    8  "     do.  90
Oyster Stews.                                        35
   do.    raw,                                           20
Whiskey, Beer and Cider,          each      5
Other Drinks,                                "      10
Cigars,                                           "      5 to 10