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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-May 31, Art of Katie Thomas Exhibit at 6 On The Square.
April 21, May 19, June 16, 7 PM, A.L. Legionnaires Meet at Legion Post 376.(3rd Mon/month)
April 22, May 13 & 27, June 10 & 24, etc. 7 PM, Lions Club Meeting at Fred's Inn Restaurant. (2nd/4th Tues)
April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, etc., "Trapshooting Thursdays" at the Oxford Rod & Gun Club.
April 24, 10 AM, Preschool/Toddler Storytime at Library in the Community Services Room.
April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, etc., 6:30 PM, Rotary Club Meeting (every Thurs.) at American Legion Post #376.
April 26, 9 AM, Arbor Day Ceremony & Tree Give-Away in LaFayette Park.
April 26, 12 PM/Noon, Oxford Historical Society Board Meets at Depot-Museum.
April 26, 4:30-6:30 PM, UCO Pork Dinner & all the trimmings at United Church of Oxford Fellowship Hall of the Fort Hill building, across from the Library.
April 26, 7:30 PM, Cheryl Wheeler at 6 On The Square. Rick Gottlieb will open for Cheryl.
April 29, Noon - 5 PM, Blood Drive at High School.
April 29, May 27, June 24, 7:30 PM, the Village Board of Trustees meeting. (Last Tues. of month.)
April 29, May 27, June 24, 7 PM, Drumming Circle at 6 On The Square. (Last Tues. of month.)
May 3 & 17; June 7 & 21, 7:30 PM, Karaoke at Legion Post 376. Open to public. (1st & 3rd Saturday/mo.)
May 3, 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Red Cross Blood Drive at American Legion Post 376. Enter to win a $50 Lowe's gift card.
May 3, 7:30 PM, Marjorie Thompson at 6 On The Square.
May 4, 7:30-11 AM, Don Utter Benefit Breakfast, Bake Sale & Raffle at American Legion Post 376.
May 7, then June 4, 7:00 PM, American Legion's SAL Meets at Post 376. (1st Wed/monthly. Not in Jan. or Feb.).
May 10, 8 AM - 2 PM, ALA's Great Garage Sale Day & Bake Sale Shop for housewares, crafts, baked goods, have lunch and more at Oxford Legion Post 376.
May 10, then June 14, 5-7 PM, Second Saturday Spaghetti Dinner at St. Paul's Church.
May 12, then June 9; 7:00 PM, AL Auxiliary Unit 376 meets (2nd Monday/mo.) in Legion Post 376. (No meetings in July or August.)
May 14, 10 AM, OIDC meets (quarterly mtgs.) at Village Hall.
May 15, June 19, July 19, 7:30 PM, Open Mic at 6 On The Square. (3rd Thrs.)
May 21, June 18, July 16, 7 PM, Library Board Meets at Library. (3rd Wed.)
May 26, 9:30 AM, Post 376 Memorial Day Parade stepping off at American Legion Post 376.
May 28, 7 PM, Annual Meeting of Riverview Cemetery Association at Library.
May 31, 7:30 PM, Brian Ashley Jones at 6 On The Square.
June 10, 7 PM, Oxford Historical Society presents Linda Lewis-Moors Habitat volunteer who went to New Orleans. Held at Oxford Historical Museum-Depot.