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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

It’s On the Books: Actual laws and resolutions taken from the Village of Elmira’s Board of Trustees’ meetings from 1831 to 1849.

By Diane L. Janowski
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Laws are very important to the citizens of a town.

July 25, 1831 No person shall have any slaughterhouse within the limits of the Village of Elmira unless he has gotten a license in writing signed by the Trustees.

October 23, 1832 Resolved, that the Trust is not authorized to buy a set of Hay Scales for the Village.

May 9, 1835 The street running along the bank of the Chemung River through said Village shall be denominated “River Street.”

May 7, 1836 Resolved, that no person shall be permitted to dig any hole under the sidewalk in front of their buildings unless by permission of the Trustees and under their direction.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Downtown Elmira 1832

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From the Elmira Telegram October 24, 1894 

An accompanying cut shows, what, in 1832, was the business portion of Elmira. The section of the city shown is between Baldwin and Lake Streets, taking in both sides of Water, or River Street, as it was then called. The view is taken from the site of the residence of George H. Cotton, at the south end of the Lake Street bridge. This bridge as then stood, was built in 1824, its builders being Stephen Tuttle, John Spicer and Robert Covell. There were three piers besides the abutments, one in the center of each channel and another on the island. It sagged considerably in each span after a time, and once a drove of cattle broke down the first span during high water, timbers, and cattle floated away pretty thoroughly intermixed.