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Brigadier General Benjamin Hovey,
of the Settlement" 1758-1811.
"Father of American Bridge Building" and
Inventor of the Burr Arch Truss, 1771-1822.
Theodore Burr (no relation to Aaron Burr), came to Oxford, NY in
1792. By 1794, he had built a grist mill (once owned by Fletcher & Corbin),
and a dam to power the mill. In 1800 he built the first stringer
bridge across the Chenango River in Oxford. From 1809-1811, he
built an impressive Federal style house on the site of an ancient
Indian Fort (at 8 Fort Hill Park) for his family. (Wings were added
to both sides of the house at a later and unknown date.)
In April, 1818, he advertised in the Oxford Gazette, that he had "devoted eighteen years of his life to the theory and practice of bridge building exclusively, during which time he had built forty-five bridges of various magnitude, with arches from 60 to 367 feet span." (From the 1906 "Annals of Oxford, NY" by H. G. Galpin.) Not long after his ad appeared in the Oxford Gazette, Mr. Burr moved to Northumberland, PA, with his wife and seven children. He died there in 1822.
The Burrs Oxford home was later occupied by the families of Ira Wilcox, an Oxford merchant until 1873; Benjamin Cannon, lawyer, 1873-1890; served as the Rectory for St. Joseph's Church 1890-1899. In 1900, the house with its grounds was dedicated as a free public library given to Oxford, in memory of Eli Lyon Corbin and Abigail Taintor Corbin, his wife, by their children. In 1981, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Quartermaster-Sergeant Theodore Goodrich Ingersoll
Theodore Goodrich Ingersoll was born April 9, 1839 in Oxford, NY. Before the Civil War he was a dealer in coal and farm implements who resided at Vernon, Oneida Co., NY.
Ingersoll was married on October 23, 1860 in Gilbertsville, NY, to Mary A. Wallin. She was born in Gilbertsville on October 23, 1842, the daughter of Alfred and Sarah (Seville) Wallin of Gilbertsville, NY. After the war, they had two children: Ethan Clarence, b. Oct. 28, 1866, Oxford, NY; and Genevieve, b. Dec. 29, 1870, Oxford, NY; d. Aug. 9, 1906, Estes Park, CO.
In the American Civil War, the first state to supply volunteer cavalry regiments to the Union Army was New York, and the 10th Cavalry was one of them. The Tenth, nicknamed the ‘Porter Guards,´ (in honor of Colonel Peter Buel Porter of Niagara Falls NY), had men from Erie, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Fulton, Steuben, and Onondaga Counties. (Company K’ was recruited principally at Oxford, McDonough, Coventry, Greene, Sherburne, Preston and Unadilla.) The regiment (eight companies), organized at Elmira NY, and was mustered in from Sept. 27 - Dec. 23, 1861 to serve a term of three years. (They were discharged in August, 1865.)
Theodore G. Ingersoll, promoted from private to Quartermaster-Sergeant (QMS) March 17, 1865; mustered out June 26, 1865 at Cloud´s Mills, VA . In [Oct. 29-30] 1862 took up arms in defense of his country. He was a reliable, long-term soldier, remaining to the close of the war.’ (From Preston´s, History of the Tenth Regt., N. Y. V. C., 1861-1863.’)
The 10th New York Cavalry Regiment served in the Army of the Potomac for the duration. Some of the Civil War engagements in which Ingersoll participated were: Leesburg, Brandy Station, Middleburg, Gettysburg, Mine Run, Todd´s Tavern, Cold Harbor, Malvern Hill, Ream´s Station, Stoneman Raid, Dinwiddie Court House, Lee´s Mills, and many more. They fought both mounted, with saber and pistol, and dismounted with carbines, participating in many of the largest and bloodiest cavalry fights of the war.
Maj.-Gen. David M. Gregg, on the occasion of the dedication of a monument at Gettysburg, paid this tribute: I can see the Tenth in its place in the column on our long and weary marches, whether in the heat and dust of summer, or the ice and cold of winter, on the picket line, or in its place in column or line in the many battles or skirmishes in which the Second Cavalry Division participated. Always available for any service that was undertaken.’
Now-thru-Oct. 31, Masks of Etosha Exhibit at 6 On The Square.
Thursdays at 6:30 PM, Rotary Club Meeting (every Thurs.) at American Legion Post #376.
2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 7 PM, Lions Club Meeting at Fred's Inn Restaurant.
Thursdays "Trapshooting Thursdays" at the Oxford Rod & Gun Club. Check with them for scheduled times.
Sept. 6 & 20; Oct. 4 & 18, 7:30 PM, Karaoke at Legion Post 376. Open to public. (1st & 3rd Saturday/mo.)
Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, 7 PM, A.L. Legionnaires Meet at Legion Post 376.(3rd Mon/month)
Sept. 15, Oct. 13, Nov. 10; 7:00 PM, AL Auxiliary Unit 376 meets (2nd Monday/mo.) in Legion Post 376. (Sept. is delayed due to Labor Day.)
Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3rd, 2014, 7:00 PM, American Legion's SAL Meets at Post 376. (1st Wed/monthly. Not in Jan. or Feb.).
Oct. 11, Nov. 8, & Dec. 13, 2014, 5-7 PM, Second Saturday Spaghetti Dinner at St. Paul's Church.
Oct. 4, 5-7 PM, Oxtoberfest dinner at Legion Post 376 sponsored by ALA.
Oct. 4, 7:30 PM, The Grand Slambovians at 6 On The Square.
Nov. 12, 2014, 10 AM, OIDC meets (quarterly mtgs.) at Village Hall.