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THROUGH unknown centuries the natural 
water-way made by the Hudson and Mo- 
hawk Rivers constituted the principal 
arteries of travel between the Atlantic Ocean 
and those inland seas now known as the Great 
Lakes. Along the narrow thread of the Mo- 
hawk, the Indians pushed their canoes and the 
hunter plied his trade. As early as 1 725 one 
hundred and fifty-two hogshead of beaver 
skins and two hundred hogshead of deer skins 
were shipped over the river to Albany. Thus | 
began the commercial activity of a region that now sends 
its wares throughout the civilized world. One hundred 
and sixty-five years ago the sturdy forefathers of the 

present citizens reared 
their first stockade at the 
junction of the Mohawk 
River and Ballou's Creek 
and christened it "Fort 
Schuyler" in honor of 
an uncle of Philip Schuy- 
ler of Revolutionary 
Site of Fort Schuy lei fame. This was the be- 

ginning and from this by steady, sure and certain 

Copyrighted July, 1913, Central Universalist Society, Utica, N.Y. 




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growth, Utica has achieved its present position. Built | 
on a solid foundation — strong, steady and constant in 
its progress — it has never known the intoxication of a p 
boom or the depression of a panic. During the Revo- 
lutionary War it was an outpost and listened with 
bated breath while that sturdy old patriot General | 
Herkimer fought the battle of Oriskany at its very door 
and turned the tide of war in the struggle for Amer- 
ican freedom. 




Universalist Church and Parish House 



Soldiers' Monument 



EN 1 798 with approximately two hundred inhabitants 
the settlement took to itself the name "Utica," and 
was incorporated as a village. It bore its part as 
one of the frontier towns during the War of 1812 and 
helped celebrate the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825. 
In 1832 with a population of ten thousand it was in- 
corporated as a city — the largest city in the United 
States west of Albany, and became one of New York 
State's civic centers. 




Monument— " Roscoe Conkling Park. 
Given to the City of Utica for the use 
and benefit of the people July 4th, 
1909."— Thos. R. Proctor. 



T? OCATED only four hundred feet above sea level; 
J Ln at a point w^here the foot hills of the Catskills 
come up to greet their ancient neighbors, the 
Adirondacks; Utica has the advantage of a **sea-level 
route" to the ocean and close proximity to some of na- 
ture's most beautiful handiw^ork. Those vv^ho have 
spent a summer day driving through the w^onderful hills 
to the south or among the lakes and mountains to the 
north have marveled at their beauty and spread the 
fame of this "City Beautiful" until no^/^ it is the Mecca 
tow^ard which many a tired tourist turns to spend a 
vv^eek-end. 





Utica Free Academy 

'ITH natural advantages second to none this city 
has developed along lines of beauty as well as 
utility — a manufacturing city, it has neither 
the smoke nor dirt common to industrial pursuits — a 
residential city, it has all the energetic business enter- 
prises found in many more celebrated for business ac- 
tivity — an amusement loving city, it sacrifices neither 
business, health nor morals to its pleasures. Other 
cities may claim specific advantages, but -we claim for 
Utica that hour for hour, day for day and year for year, 
it is the best city to live in — for here you will find not a 



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collections of houses but a city of homes. Here 

are fifty-eight churches of 
all denominations; con- 
venient of access to all 
and dominated by a broad 
and brotherly feeling, not 
only for the stranger, but 
toward each other. Here 
is a Public Library built 
and maintained by local 
capital. It contains over 
Grace sixty-thousand volumes ; 

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foreign sections, and supplies a modified form of circu- 
lating library to the schools and fire houses. 

MERE one high school with twelve hundred pupils 
and twenty-four grade schools attest the thought 
given to the coming citizens, while vocational 
and night schools furnish opportunities for those with- 
out the advantages of earlier training. 



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MERE the Masonic bodies of the State with admira- 
ble forethought have built a magnificent home, 
together with an orphanage and a chapel where 
the poor, the sickly, the widows and orphans of its 
fraternity receive the best care that can be devised. 
Located in the center of one hundred and sixty acres of 
beautifully kept park with a view of the whole Mohawk 
Valley, this home is a model of charity and an inspira- 
tion to generosity. 

Here with wholesouled liberality the good people of 
the city have erected five asylums where those left with- 



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out the guiding hand of parents are cared for and re- 
ceive not only education but instruction in the ele- 
ments of good citizenship. 

Here five hospitals 
maintained by the city 
private subscription — all 
attest the thoughtfulness 
the suffering. 

Here are three \ 
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and four largely by 
perfectly appointed 
of our citizens toward 

homes for the aged 
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surroundings, the sunset of life may be passed in peace 
and contentment. And here also is maintained by the 
State, a hospital for mental invalids where some sixteen 
hundred patients are cared for in the most scientific and 
comfortable manner possible. 








St. Luke's Hospital and Scene in Park 

OR is all the enterprise of Utica devoted to its 
charities. Appreciating that charity is only for 
the unfortunate the best thought of Utica has 
for years been given to creating a city filled with diversi- 
fied industries, so that whatever the financial condition 
of the country may be, the wage-earners of Utica 
should continue to have employment. It is Utica's 
boast that panics may come and go, but in Utica pay 
rolls go on forever. It is the center of the knit goods 
industry of the United States. Twenty-five mills do a 
business of over twenty millions per year, one mill alone 
completing ready for shipment more than forty-eight 
thousand garments a day. The famous **Richelieu** 








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knit underwear is made here and is worn through- 
out two continents. 

Besides the knit goods, other textile mills produce 

large quantities of cotton cloth, 
sweaters, yarn, hosiery and cord- 
uroys. All told over sixty million 
pounds of cotton are brought to 
Utica each year and manufactured 
into articles of merchandise. 

The Savage rifles and automatic 
pistols are made in this city. With 
a constantly growing business the 
company is to-day famous wher- 

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many foreign countries are continually inspecting both 
its plant and its product. 

NE large manufacturing plant, the Utica Drop 
Forge and Tool Company is given over entire- 
ly to the manufacture of pliers and nippers. By 
sheer excellence of w^orkmanship, the company has 
pushed to the front until to-day its product leads the 




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world. It is worthy of note that this company main- 
tains a complete reading and club room for its em- 
ployees where all kinds of games may be enjoyed and 
in addition provides a series of lectures each winter. 

TPT is the home of the Foster Ideal Spring made by 
J I, Foster Brothers Mfg. Co. — a company that has 
made and sold so many beds that it can easily 
claim the credit of putting half the world to sleep. 

All told Utica has one hundred and sixty-two manu- 
facturing plants engaged in manufacturing hardware, 
rifles, revolvers, canned goods, iron and lead pipe, cotton 
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John A. Roberts & Co. Departmeiit Store 

implements, foundry supplies, worsted goods, cutlery, 
metal beds, metal wheels, dairy products, candy, 
clothing, brick and tile, lumber and mill products, yarn, 
buffing and truck wheels and many other articles. Nor 
is Utica content to rest on its present line of industries. 
Within the last two years some of its enterprising busi- 
ness men have established a plant for the manufacture 



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of knives. To-day the Utica Cutlery Company is sell- 
ing all over the United States as complete a line of 
knives as any factory in the w^orld. Already the 
*'Utica" knife is know^n to the trade, and it is Utica's 
ambition to have every school boy count the name 
"Utica" on his knife as a synonym of perfection. 




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Interior 




■E are particularly fortunate in our newspapers, 
which strive in all ways to advance the city s 
- - welfare. Three dailies and twelve other pub- 
lications, including German, Polish, Italian and Welsh 
newspapers give to our citizens the best of news service. 

Unlike may cities Utica is not obliged to seek else- 
where for funds to carry on any legitimate enterprise. 
One Savings Bank, with resources of over seventeen 
million dollars; the Utica Trust and Deposit Company 



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with over eight million, the Citizens Trust Company 
with over six million; four national banks with com- 
bined resources of nineteen million and two Building 
and Loan Associations, with about four million of as- 
sets — gives it a combined banking resource of about 
fifty-five millions of dollars or over five hundred dol- 
lars for every inhabitant. This remarkable showing 
indicates in some measure the wealth of the city and 
of its people. 

The city abounds with good stores. Cuts of three of 
the largest department stores — John A. Roberts & 
Company, Robert Fraser and J. B. Wells Son & Co. 







are shown in this brochure. These stores are metro- 
politan in design and appointments, and no more com- 
plete departments stores can be found outside of New 
York or Chicago. The Roberts store contains a beau- 
tiful restaurant on its top floor and the Fraser, a well 
appointed tea room in the basement. 

ONTIL about a year ago Utica could not offer the 
attraction of a modern fire proof hotel. Appre- 
ciating the fact that this lack would give strangers 
a bad impression of the city, some of its leading busi- 
ness men gathered together, formed a company and 
built a hotel. Approximately one million dollars was 
raised, principally by local capital, and in March, 1912, 



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the "Hotel Utica" was opened to the public. While it 
contains but about two hundred rooms, it is claimed for 
it in all seriousness, that not even the large New York 
City hostelries are more complete in their appointment. 
Its spacious lobby — light and airy restaurants — excel- 
lent cuisine and carefully appointed service, make it a 
delight to the weary traveller; and many automobile 
tourists make it their headquarters for days at a time 
while driving through the beautiful country surround- 
ing the city. Utica has a large number of other hotels 




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that compare favorably with any commercial hotels in 
the State. 

The hospitality of the hotels extends throughout the 
City. Fifteen Masonic organizations; sixteen organiza- 
tions of Odd Fellows ; seventeen Grand Army and allied 
bodies; three National Guard Companies, including one 









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Cavalry troop; seven clubs and forty-one fraternal so- 
cieties attest the social spirit of the city. Of these the 
Masons have their own temple; the Federation of Labor 
has built and owns its home — the only one in New 
York State. The New Century Club (the women's liter- 
ary club) has had one of the most delightful homes on 




Entrance to State Hospital 



the main street remodeled into a Club House, and has 
built in connection therewith a spacious auditorium cap- 
able of seating 700 persons. The Fort Schuyler Club, 
the leading men's club occupies a beautiful building on 
one of the principal corners. The Knights of Columbus, 
the Daughters of Isabella, the Elks, the Young Women's 
Christian Association and the Young Men's Christian 
Association all occupy beautiful buildings owned and 
maintained by themselves. These buildings are scat- 
tered throughout the residence section of the city and 
add much to its beauty. 




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OTICA has not become addicted to the apartment 
house craze and still remains a city of one and 
two family homes. Scattered over its one hun- 
dred and twenty-five miles of streets, over eighty per 
cent of which are paved with asphalt and nearly all of 
which are lined with magnificent elms, these homes 
make it a most attractive residential place — and it is 
clean. All streets are swept and constantly patrolled. 
It spends one dollar for each inhabitant each year on 
clean streets. Utica takes care of its residents. It col- 
lects garbage ; it collects ashes ; removes its snow ; keeps 
itself in prime municipal condition, has a tax rate 
of only about two dollars per thousand on an assessed 




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valuation of approximately seventy per cent, and its 
bonded indebtedness is only a trifle over two millions 
of dollars with an assessed valuation of over forty-four 
and one-half millions. 

'ITH the Utica Conservatory of Music having 
eighteen high grade tachers, teaching all of the 
musical branches — with the **B Sharp Club,' 
and "Haydn Male Chorus," large musical organizations 
devoted exclusively to the encouragement of musical 
talent; with seven theatres, one of which presents ex- 
ceptionally high class drama and with two amusement 
parks, one having the finest minor league base ball 
plant in the country— excellent provision is made for 
the musical and amusement loving people of the city. 



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T? T has thirteen parks — large and small — with an up- 
J i, to-date athletic field and three modern out door 
play grounds for children. The park land totals 
five hundred and forty-six acres, and is laid out and 
cared for under the supervision of a landscape architect. 



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The larger parks which Utica acquired through the 
generosity of one of its leading citizens, are connected 
with a magnificent boulevard several miles in extent — 
the smaller ones are scattered throughout the city. At 
the playgrounds scientific play is carried on through the 
summer months and at some of the schools social recrea- 
tion work is kept up through the winter, both being 
under the care of trained instructors. 

Much has been said of Utica's beautiful location. Too 
much can not be said. Constant trolley service to Rome 
and Syracuse on the West; Clinton, the seat of Hamilton 
College, on the South; and to Little Falls on the East; 



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with state macadam roads running radially in all direc- 
tions, and five railroads through the Adirondack moun- 
tains, to the St. Lawrence River, to Richfield Springs, 
Cooperstown and Binghamton; besides the New York 
Central railroad running fifty-eight express and limited 
trains through the city each day, the resident of Utica 
is in constant touch with some of the most beautiful 
spots in the world. The Thousand Islands; the lakes 
and mountains of the Adirondacks; Otsego Lake — that 
beautiful "Glimmerglass," the home and inspiration of 
Cooper; the world famous Trenton Falls; the Oriskany 
Battlefield, and many other places famed for their 
beauty and historic interest lie within less than a day's 
journey of our doors. Space will not permit detailed 



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description of these but any of them will compare 
favorably with the more advertised pleasure resorts. 

TRENTON Falls deserve more than a passing men- 
tion, for here the waters of a thousand springs 
gathered together back in the recesses of the 
mountains, formed a stream called by the Indians 
"Kuyrahoora;" and have for centuries leaped a series of 
precipices two hundred and sixty-four feet high. Mod- 
ern engineers have gathered these falling waters and 
forced them to do their duty to man, in turning water 
turbines, and sending to Utica hydro-electric energy 
sufficient to turn the wheels of a thousand mills. For 
here the wonderful stream and chasm stand ready to 
do the work of twenty thousand horses for all time. 



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Fulton Chain of Lakes 

Relying upon its location, relying upon its record, 
^l relying upon its energy, relying on its citizens — Utica 




Trenton Falls 

has confidence in its future. Gathered here to-day are 
one hundred thousand people. Mills are being construct- 
ed — dwellings are being built and streets are being laid 
out for one hundred thousand more. The one hundred 




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and thirty million dollar 
barge canal is preparing 
to bring one thousand ton 
barges through the mil- 
lion dollar terminal now 
building and discharge 
cargoes of copper, wheat 
and other merchandise, 
loaded in Duluth, at our 
door; then to pick up 
Utica's products, and take 
them by water to Albany, 
north to Montreal, or 
south to New York. The 
New York Central Rail- 
road is building a million dollar station and a five million 
dollar terminal— the largest between New York City 
and Buffalo— where three hundred freight trains can 
lie at once and make Utica the center of a two division 



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system, bringing five thou- 
sand people here immediately. 
But not as much in this does 
Utica rest its claim for future 
growth, as upon the stern in- 
tegrity, the aggressive enter- 
prise and business foresight of 
its citizens, the men w^ho have 
built a city of one hundred 
thousand inhabitants, will 
double its size during the next 
generation. 



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