Early postcard of Remington Arms on the Erie Canal at Ilion, New York
Hi and welcome to my home town, Ilion, NY. I am Paul McLaughlin, born in the Ilion Hospital and graduated from the Annunciation School and Ilion High School (Class of '41). I spent the first twenty-nine years of my life in Ilion, minus a few years pre-empted by World War II and the Korean Conflict. Having been exposed by parents who were very active in the community, I developed Ilion pride at an early age. My Dad, Dennis J. McLaughlin, was the first Commander of American Legion Post 920 after World War I, Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Postmaster, Member of the Board of Education and a successful businessman (owner of McLaughlin Stevens woodworking plant in Mohawk and General Manager of the Library Bureau Division of the Remington Rand Corporation). My genealogical interests are in the McLaughlin, Lynch and Maxwell families.
I won't delve into the history and growth of Ilion because the following treatise will hopefully guide you through that journey. Enjoy, and learn.
Early History of the Village of Ilion
The village of Ilion is situated on the south bank of the Mohawk river in the town of German Flats. Although the town was first settled around 1725 by the German Palatinates, the first known establishment on the present site of Ilion was a store which was started by 1816. With the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825 the village began to really flourish. On the canal list it was called Steele's Creek, but it was also known as Morgan's Landing and there was an early settlement called "New London" for which the western part of the present day village was known for many years as "London." In 1828 Eliphalet Remington (1793-1861) established a small factory for the manufacture of rifles. From 1830 to 1843 the village was known as Remington's Corners, and the first post office established in 1845 was named Remington. The village was incorporated under the name of Ilion in 1852 as Remington was opposed to the use of his name for the village. In 1856 the Remington company added the manufacture of farming tools, in 1870 sewing-machines and in 1874 typewriters. In 1874 with a population of about 2900 the village contained 2 hotels, a national bank, a brewery, a weekly newspaper and several schools and churches and was chiefly noted as the seat of the different Remington companies which employed a large number of men. In 1910 with a population of about 6500, its principal manufactures were still the Remington typewriters and Remington firearms; other manufactures were filing cabinets and cases and library and office furniture (the Clark & Baker Co), knit goods, carriages and harness, and store fixtures. Many of these factories over the years harnessed the water of Steele's Creek to provide power for their machinery. By 1910 the village had a public library with about 13,500 volumes, a public hospital and a village hall and was served by the New York Central & Hudson river, West Shore railways, Utica & Mohawk Valley Electric railroad and the Erie Canal. The village owned its own water-works and its electric-lighting plant.
[written by Lisa Slaski; references used were "The American Cyclopaedia," by Charles Anderson Dana, 1874, page 180, "The Encyclopaedia Britannica," 11th Edition, Volume XIV, 1910, and the "History of Herkimer County," by George A. Hardin, 1893]
The year 2002 is the Sesquicentennial year for the Village of Ilion. In commemoration of such an auspicious event, the village sponsored a three day Sesquicentennial Celebration on Oct. 11-12-13. A prime mover for this event was Aileen Carney Sweeney, creator of the IHS Jr/Sr/ High School Alumni website. Some information about the events, pictures and comments can be seen on the following website. Kudos are in order for Aileen and the various committees who coordinated the events.
The following is taken from "Ilion 1852-1952." We thank Mayor Charles Haggerty and other officials of Ilion for granting us permission to provide this information to our visitors.
THE CENTENNIAL BOOK - "ILION 1852 - 1952"
ILION FAMILIES AND PERSONS OF NOTE
DAILY LIFE IN ILION
THIS AND THAT
8/23/02 From Tim Blaise: Hi,
May 8, 2000 We received a nice note from former local resident Brooke Redmond
Ilion Tidbit from Laura Perkins: "I've found a name of a black civil war soldier from the 5th Mass, with roots in Ilion. As follows: The 5th Massachusetts Colored Cavalry Regiment Josephus PRINCE, pvt, Co D, enlisted Jan 27, 1864 and mustered in Jan 29, 1864; Mustered out Oct 31, 1865, as Bugler; aka Josephus Pringe; resided in Ilion, N.Y., buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Oneida, NY. I came upon this name on the internet from Resting Places of Soldiers and Veterans of the 5th Massachusetts, researched and submitted by John C. Richardson."
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