COLD.—It will not require many such cold nights as that of Tuesday to place an icy embargo upon river navigation. At Lansingburgh, the boys yesterday morning were skating on the ice which was formed on the river.
Troy Daily Whig. December 13, 1849: 2 col 5.
☞ Skating on the river during the past week has been very fine and it has been very generally enjoyed by the young, both male and female.
Lansingburgh Democrat. January 27, 1859: 2 col 3.
A CIDER PRESS ON SKATES.—Mr. C. W. Hasbrouck one day last week started on the river for a small skate. He pushed up the Hudson among the islands not stopping till he reached the residence of his brother. Mr. R. M. Hasbrouck of Schaghticoke, whose house is situated on the river bank some eight miles North of this village. Here he passed an hour or two very pleasantly, and after enjoying a good dinner started leisurely for home, which he reached in good season; not, however without meeting with a slight accident. When rounding the ice opposite Judson’s Coal Yard, under full headway, and in sight of Elizabeth street [116th Street] dock, he struck a snag in the shape of a pebble, and instantly some six feet four of Democratic timber fell like a column of the Parthenon; slowly regaining a sitting posture, he opened first one eye then the other, and the first object he saw was a stout Hibernian sawing ice, and exultingly pointing to the fallen hero, exclaimed “Ye’r sitting there aint ye?” Stung into action by this cruel jest, Mr. H., summoned his remaining strength and gained his normal posish, and yelling an indignant “No,” commenced an immediate inspection. Though somewhat bruised, no bones were broken. But alas! he had started from Schaghticoke with a cargo of choice Spitzenburgh apples in his capacious pockets, and that portion of them in the left pocket was ground to the finest kind of pumice, and the pockets of both coats deluged with the choicest cider. He accomplished the feat however, in admirable time and style. The apple in H’s pocket probably saved him from a dislocated hip and a long confinement. MORAL — When you go skating on a long voyage, be sure and lay in plenty of provisions.
“A Cider Press on Skates.” Lansingburgh Gazette. [January or February?] 1866: col 1.
—The skating on the river at Lansingburgh is excellent. There were over one hundred persons on the ice on Sunday.
“Local Brevities.” Troy Daily Whig. December 15, 1868: 3 col 1.
—The warm sun doesn’t seem to effect the soundness of the ice in the river at this point, while the superb skating is enjoyed by all. […]
—While enjoying a skate near Lansing’s eddy, Tuesday night, George Vandercook fell into an air hole, and had it not been for the timely arrival of Edward Robbins, the boy would have perished as he was nearly exhausted when taken out of the water.
“Village Notes.” Lansingburgh Courier. December 8, 1876: 3 cols 1-2.
—Good skating on the river above the dam. […]
—A number of boys skating on the river near Waterford last Saturday, broke through and narrowly escaped drowning. […]
—Capt. Noyes is preparing to build a bridge at the foot of Jay street, to allow teams to reach the ice.
Lansingburgh Gazette. December 9, 1882: 3 col 1.
—Jingle, jingle, jingle. […]
—Eight inch ice is being taken from the river.
—Skating rinks are numerous along the river front.
—Dealers are preparing to gather in their ice crop. […]
—The village team broke through the ice at the foot of Market street, last Tuesday, and were with difficulty rescued.
Lansingburgh Gazette. December 16, 1882: 3 col 1.
—Jack Frost put in his work with a vengeance last night. […]
—Ice was an inch thick on the Champlain canal at Waterford this morning. An ice-breaker was at work. […]
—The river at Lansingburgh is frozen over solidly with clear ice an inch thick. A few more cold nights will make skating such as is seldom seen on the Hudson in this vicinity. The mercury registered 7″ above zero this morning at Lansingburgh.
Troy Daily Times. November 28, 1889: 3 col 2.
—The North Troy young men’s Christian association has laid out a skating park for the members at the foot of [One Hundred] Third street, Lansingburgh.
Troy Daily Times. December 13, 1890: 2 col 6.
—Some of the ice men who are cutting from the river place no safeguards about their fields to prevent skaters from getting in the water. This is wrong and should be remedied at once.
—A four-year-old child named Saunders went through an opening in the ice at the foot of [One Hundred] Fifteenth street, Sunday, and but for the timely assistance of Edward Frazer would have drowned. […]
—John Kelly, who resides on Fifth avenue this village, and is employed in the D. & H. yard on Green Island, was picked up on the ice near Douw street Saturday night. He had a severe wound on his head, but could not tell how he received it. It is believed he fell and his head struck the ice. […]
—Skating on the river is good at present and thousands avail themselves of the opportunity.
—All of the local ice dealers are busy harvesting the finest quality of ice they have gathered in years.
—Leander Groat fell into the water Sunday while engaged poling ice. He was rescued by his companions.
Lansingburgh Courier. January 5, 1893: 3 cols 1-2.