The Village of Ilion, Town of German Flatts, Herkimer County, N.Y.

Remington Arms

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.

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.

Sign and read the Ilion Guestbook!


updated 6/15/06 LEGACY: Six Historical Articles on Ilion reprinted with permission from the Herkimer County Historical Society (5 posted so far)
1904 Souvenir of Ilion (now a full transcript with hundreds of photos!)
1907 Ilion Board of Trade article
History of Ilion High School Alumni Association
The Remington Centennial Book
Remington Centennial Historical Souvenir Programme
Program - 50th Anniversary of the Typewriter

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 Ilion of 1852
Early Ilion
Remington Armory and E. Remington & Co.
History of Ilion's Law Profession
History of Medicine in Ilion
History of Ilion's Industry
Churches of Ilion
History of Ilion's Schools
Ilion Free Library
Ilion Hospital
Ilion Recreation and Sports
Firsts For Ilion
Ilion Newspapers
Ilion Post Office
History of Ilion's Taverns and Hotels
History of Ilion Village Affairs
History of Ilion's Social Life
Ilion Transportation
History of Ilion's Water System
History of Ilion's Cemeteries
History of Ilion's Police and Volunteer Police
History of Ilion's Utilities - Telephone, Telegraph, Express, and Electric Power & Gas
Ilion Banks
Ilion and the Wars
History of Ilion's Dentists
History of Ilion Volunteer Firemen
The Ilion of 1952

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Lesser Known Facts About E. Remington & Sons

1872-73 Boyd's Business Directory

    Surnames A - G  Surnames H - O  Surnames P - Z
    Surnames A - Ch     Surnames Cl - Gi     Surnames Gl - Ku
    Surnames La - Ow     Surnames Pa - Ry     Surnames Sa - Zi

1933 Ilion Business Directory - Classified Listings
1933 Village of Ilion Telephone Directory

Obit of Former Chief of Police Jesse Babcock
Jesse Babcock, Chief of Police
Seely Conover's Award
Jordan Family Reunion
Obituaries of the Lynch and McLaughlin Families
Marriage Photo of Dennis J. McLaughlin & Clara Elizabeth Lynch
The Old Cider Mill at Smokey Run
Obituaries of Daniel H. and Emily Brooks Steele
Remington Family Showcase

Village of Ilion Cemetery
Part 1     Part 2     Part 3    Part 4    Part 5

REMINGTON RAND BAND - 1937: A Photo Essay by Marv and Seely Conover
Terrance J. Sweeney's Ilion Postcards, Part 1
Terrance J. Sweeney's Ilion Postcards, Part 2
Terrance J. Sweeney's Ilion Postcards, Part 3
Terrance J. Sweeney's Ilion Postcards, Part 4

Ilion's First Policeman's Ball, November 1938
1915 Photo of Ladies
1921 Sunset League Champions Photo
Women's Gay 90s Card Club Photo
1909 Library Bureau Baseball Team Photo
History of Olive Branch Lodge, No. 40 - from 1896; go to advertisements at bottom of page for many Ilion listings
Ilion Citizen Newspaper, March 14, 1907

Remington's Armory, Ilion, N.Y. 1870

Arms produced in Ilion
Postcard of Remington Arms Co. Works
Ilion WWII Honor Roll
Ilion WWII War Dead
2nd Lieut. Dennis J. McLaughlin

8/23/02  From Tim Blaise: Hi,

My name is Tim Blaise and I live on John St. in the Village. I have a website that is dedicated to my uncle William F. Blaise who was killed in action in France on December 3, 1944. He and his 5 brothers all resided in Ilion at the time of World War 2 and all but my father served in the war. My dad, who was too young joined the paratroopers when he turned 18 in 1946. I also served with the paratroopers in the early 80's, however I grew up in Herkimer. I saw my uncle's name as KIA on a window downtown during Ilion days and thought I would pass the website along. The URL is as follows:
I also have a page with info on all of my uncles and dad:
I hope you have a chance to visit.

Tim Blaise

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."

Welcome to Ilion, NY
Ilion Jr/Sr High School Alumni Home Page: make contacts with current and former residents and classmates.
Annunciation Parish History
Jim Parker, Local Fine Artist
History of St. Francis de Sales Church of Herkimer, NY
Utica Observer Dispatch
Ilion Fire Department
Ilion, New York, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ilion Police Department
Historical Remington Firearms: The "Slim" Kohler Collection
The Remington Society of America

Do you have a page with genealogy/history of your Ilion family? Send me the URL and I'll take a look!

Powers Family Site: Leo Powers was one of the old pillars of the community in the 20's, 30, and 40's. I (Paul) knew the family and went to school with several of the kids. Leo was the President of one of the Savings and Loans. His son John created this site.
Genealogy of Patrick J. Carney: including a first person account of his arrival from Ireland and life in Ilion.
Genealogy of Leo Kennedy

5/8/00 We received a nice note from former resident Brooke Redmond. Hi, Brooke!
This is a great site and you did an excellent job on it. I am from Ilion although I live in Conway, South Carolina at the present. My maiden name is Bechard. My parents are Patricia and Leo Bechard, Jr. on North Fourth Ave. My children have fond memories of Ilion and we added your site to our favorites so they can visit when they are feeling homesick for Ilion. Thanks, Brooke Redmond

Thank you, Utica Observer Dispatch! The Village of Ilion History Page was Home Page of the Week, August 9, 2000!

Utica Observer Dispatch Home Page of the Week, August 9, 2000

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