Gazetteer and Business Directory of Lamoille and Orleans Counties, Vt , For 1883-84

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General Books, 2010 - 646 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 Excerpt: ...in sawing and planing lumber each year. The Eastman Machine Co., also does a prosperous business at North Troy, in all kinds of machine work, iron founding, and also deals in iron, steel and coal, employing a number of hands. Darius T. Johnson's starch factory, located on Jay branch, manufactures about 15,000 bushels of potatoes into starch each year. The Missisquoi Valley Academy, at North Troy, a two story building, has been much improved during the last winter by the substitution of modern desks and seats in place of the old dilapidated ones which had so long been a disgrace to the school, and also by other repairs. The lands of Troy, as, indeed, were most others of this part of the State, were granted to speculators. They were gotten by the proprietors with no expectation on their part of effecting a settlement thereon, but simply, as we said, as a speculation. Their hopes of speedy fortune accruing therefrom, however, were, in most cases disappointed, while vendues for taxes, sales, levies of executions, etc., caused titles to become exceedingly insecure, thus disparaging the efforts of honest settlers who desired to reclaim the wilderness land and make for themselves and their posterity a home. The north gore of Troy was sold by Mr. Avery to a Mr. Atkinson, an English merchant, of Boston. It is said that Avery received $1.00 per acre for his lands; if so, he doubtless made a handsome profit, but how Atkinson fared in the trade may be inferred from the fact that these lands commonly sold for $2.00 per acre, and that after sustaining the expense of agencies and innumerable land taxes for more than half a century. A few ot these lots remain unsold, and are still in the hands of heirs and descendants. Kelley sold his grant to Franklin & Robinson, a fi...

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