Chateaugay Depot

Cook’s Pharmacy Snake Oil

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Yesterday and Today Meet in Hyland’s Store

Gerald Hyland has gone a long way to spread an epidemic of Centennial Fever on Chateaugay’s Main Street, with a truly amazing window display.

His store itself is a piece of Chateaugay history. In business for over 75 years, the original enterprise opened its doors in 1893. Hyland’s have been partners or owners of the store since it first opened, with James Hyland, John W. Hyland, and now Gerald J. operating the business. The present store was opened after the devastating fire on East Main Street.

Many of the historical items in the window can be identified in the picture. If you can’t find them, take time to get a better look in the store window. On second thorught, stop by and see them anyway.

Here is a list of the window’s contents:

Well with wooden bucket (built by Elmer Hobbs); hand-made wood door clamp; hand-made shoulder yoke; hand-made buck saw; wood snow shovels, string of sleigh bells.

Horse shoes and calks, regular drive calk, screw calk, racing shoes, hand-made sapspouts, wood and tin, sugar house, evaporator, gathering tank, charcoal fire pot, small cast iron stove, antique hinges, flush door bolts, wagon axle chips, wood wagon, hubbs and spokes, whipple trees, cross bars, leather buggy dash board.

Large bear trap, metal hot water bottle, sod iron, wood top ice skates, wagon wheel wrench, down hill break chair, 1916 gasoline sign – .14/gallon – dry paint scales, hand-made nails.

Chateaugay Record, June 5, 1969

Rutland Depot, Chateaugay, 1914

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Photo dated: Saturday, April 4, 1914. The men are William Doige, Earl (Son) Denio, Bert Corkins, and Frank Rivero. Drive by today, not much remains the same.

Chateaugay Record

Marble River Hill, Before and After

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Before and After. The Marble River Hill in the late 1880s (top picture), with its winding narrow road, wooden bridge, old starch factory, spring house, hore and carriage. The small child in the carriage is believed to be the late Gordon Green, who lived in the house with his parents at the top of the hill.

Below (1981), the recently completed new blacktop road, straight and wider. Note that the houses on the hill remained the same throughout the years. Only the occupants have changed. On the left is the Walter Silver farm; on the right, the Spencer Dumont residence.

Photo property of Adeline Silver.

Chateaugay Record, November 11, 1981

Union Free School, Chateaugay — 1889

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This school and many memories are long gone. Only a few remember when this building on Church St. housed students.

Chateaugay Record, April 28, 1982

Chateaugay Train Wreck, April 16, 1906

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The Origin of the Name ‘Chateaugay’

This sketch was written for the Franklin County Historical Society by Mrs. Annie L. Jack, of Chateauguay, Basin, P. Q., and read at a meeting of the society, held Oct. 6, 1903.

The Chateauguay river, starting as it does, in the small lakes at the foothills of the Adirondacks, and winding its picturesque, but uneven, way through the counties of Huntingdon and Chateauguay, is a river of special interest to those who live within its influence along the fifty miles, until at Chateauguay Basin it empties into the St. Lawrence. At this point there is an interesting circumstance, for the blue water of the St. Lawrence will not mingle with that of the Chateauguay, and a distinct line of division may be seen where these waters meet.

The name has been of interest to many people, its rich French accent is not easy to spoil, and it is endeared to the hearts of the denizens on its banks. It is said to have been a name given by Charles LeMoyne, the early Montreal colonist, taken from some small place in Normandy known to him, as his father came from a small parish near Dieppe and afterwards became an inn-keeper at the latter town.

Charles LeMoyne was brought out by the Jesuits to Quebec at the age of 12, and was sent for a couple of years among the savages to learn their language, his wages being twenty (20) livres per annum. For services rendered-afterwards to the government he was granted land that he named Longueil and Chateauguay.

In an abstract from History of the Great French Families, by Abbe Francois Daniel, he says, in speaking of LeMoyne, “The chief of this family was the immortal Charles LeMoyne, of Norman descent, and a native of Dieppe. In 1673 he received further a new gift of land on the right bank of the river, of two leagues in front by three in depth, which he called by the name of Chateauguay, which it still bears.”

It has been suggested to me that a letter written to the Mayor of Rouen, France, might give more light on the subject to any historical society interested.

In Robert Sellars’s history of the counties mentioned, he says, “during Frontenac’s time a seignory, six miles broad and nine deep, was carved out of the bush an given to Charles L. LeMoyne.” The deed bears date of Sept. 29, 1673, and the title given to the seignory was “Chateauguay, a name derived from some place in France.”

Among the pioneers of Louisiana was one Chateauguay, who afterwards, became Governor of the French colony of Cayenne. I have been somewhat perplexed as to the spelling of the word, for up to within half a century it was more commonly written without, the final (u) than with it.

De Salaberry, who helped to make the name famous, and who was an admirable French scholar, wrote the word Chateaugua, at once preserving the correct pronunciation and keeping it in unison with the rules that govern the spelling of modern French, for (guay) is antique, if not barbarous. In the consolidated Statutes for Lower Canada the name is given as Chateaugai.

So it seems by this research that from old France the name was brought, to repeat itself and perpetuate the memory of the Old World in the New.[1]


[1] Malone Palladium. Malone, Franklin Co., N. Y. Thursday, Nov. 19, 1903.

Town Hall Fire, Chateaugay

Fire at Chateaugay Town Hall

Railroad Gang

Railroad Gang near Rutland Depot, Chateaugay
Railroad Gang near Rutland Depot, Chateaugay

“Remember when the Rutland Railroad was the center of activity in Chateaugay. Age was no obstacle in obtaining employment. All that was necessary was a pick and shovel, strong arms, and a strong back.”