New York , Housatonic, & Northern RR

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New York , Housatonic, & Northern RR

pattbaa
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Joined: 30 Oct 2003, 02:46

08 Oct 2017, 20:04 #1

From my perspective   it was  a   " 1000-1 shot " . I had not perused the E-Bay WS for over   a year , until a few days  ago, My first search-word was "Housatonic" , and   I was very much surprised  when the first item displayed  was a 1867 (? )   H & N stock-certificate , a very scarce item indeed, and one that I hopes someday to acquire.

I submitted a bid that far exceeded  the initial bid , and was disappointed but not surprised that I was out-bid by four other parties. Although  disappointed ,I was pleased to know that there are others who have an avid interest in H & N  memorabilia  , and apparently are far more vigilant than I  in locating such items on E-Bay; my find  was sheer  "dumb-luck"

Not certain  what " The Holy Grail" of H & N memorabilia  is , but I did acquire  the 1867 "Prospectus" which I donated  to the Greenwich Historical Society , along with four other items.

I'll presume I am one of the few persons  who  traced   the  1867  grading from the Silver Lake section of Harrison   to the  North end of Purchase ST when  all the extensive  grading and stone-block bridge-abutments  were still un-disturbed and fully intact.  This all has been obliterated  since then  with one exception ; a country-club that developed  the land   allowed a  pair of abutments to  remain intact , so fortunately  , a vivid remnant   of this long-lost and forgotten  enterprise has been preserved.
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haksawjoes
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Joined: 02 Jan 2006, 22:32

09 Oct 2017, 15:44 #2

pattbaa wrote: From my perspective   it was  a   " 1000-1 shot " . I had not perused the E-Bay WS for over   a year , until a few days  ago, My first search-word was "Housatonic" , and   I was very much surprised  when the first item displayed  was a 1867 (? )   H & N stock-certificate , a very scarce item indeed, and one that I hopes someday to acquire.

I submitted a bid that far exceeded  the initial bid , and was disappointed but not surprised that I was out-bid by four other parties. Although  disappointed ,I was pleased to know that there are others who have an avid interest in H & N  memorabilia  , and apparently are far more vigilant than I  in locating such items on E-Bay; my find  was sheer  "dumb-luck"

Not certain  what " The Holy Grail" of H & N memorabilia  is , but I did acquire  the 1867 "Prospectus" which I donated  to the Greenwich Historical Society , along with four other items.

I'll presume I am one of the few persons  who  traced   the  1867  grading from the Silver Lake section of Harrison   to the  North end of Purchase ST when  all the extensive  grading and stone-block bridge-abutments  were still un-disturbed and fully intact.  This all has been obliterated  since then  with one exception ; a country-club that developed  the land   allowed a  pair of abutments to  remain intact , so fortunately  , a vivid remnant   of this long-lost and forgotten  enterprise has been preserved.
I have one of the original New York, Housatonic and Northern Railroad Company stock certificates that belonged to my aunt, Hazel Adams of South Salem New York. This stock certificate is number 235 issued September 17th 1868 to Samuel Adams of South Salem NY and is for 3 shares.

The Westchester County Historical Society has a photo on their website of certificate number 246 issued November 20th 1869 to George H Mead of NYC for 12 shares. The Mead family also lived the South Salem and there is a Mead st. there today.

Although not NY,H & N, I also acquired from my aunt a 3 1/2" X 6 1/2" copper engraved block from 1889 that has a map of the New York City and Northern Railroad, I assume that this later became the "Put". This block is engraved backwards so it must have been used for printing, one must hold it in front of a mirror to read it. This map shows this railroad running from NYC thru Brewster NY to the Connecticut state line, my assumption is the part from Brewster to the CT line later became the Maybrook.

Joe Smith #1253   
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