One day I was just scanning through some of the old Altamont Enterprise papers. The classified ad pages reveal so much information about the rural and agricultural way of life in Altamont and the surrounding communities in the early 1900’s.
One ad in the Altamont Enterprise dated March 17, 1922 clearly shows what families were looking for when purchasing a home. Here are some of the highlights from a Real Estate Ad found on page ten:
Hevenor’s Suburban Realty News
Handsome ten-room house; fireplace; some improvements; large porches; poultry house; variety of fruit; beautiful lawns and grounds; 3 ½ acres; property in perfect condition. $ 7,500. (No. 112) POSSESSION MAY 1st.
Nine-room house; all improvements; chicken house; fruit; lot 70 x 200. $ 4,500. (No. 88) POSSESSION MAY 1st.
Eight –room house; barn; poultry house; half-acre. $ 4,000. (No.96)
Eight-room house; improvements; poultry house, fruit; lot 55x350 $ 4,000. (No. 100)
Twelve-room house, improvement; large barn; fruit; half-acre. $ 5,500. (No. 166) POSSESSION MAY 1ST.
Two-family house, barn, exceptional large lot; fruit. $ 2,200. (No. 168) POSSESSION WITHIN 30 DAYS.
He also advertised property located in Slingerland – (one could purchase a house, garage, barns , poultry house, and fruit on 18 acres for $ 7,500). Voorheesville two –family type homes on large lots with a barns ran about $ 4,000 to $ 4,500. It would seem that Delmar was the place for eight-room homes all with improvements could run a buyer anywhere from $ 4,500 to $ 8,500. Mr. Hevenor advertised the sale of Orchard Ridge Farm for $ 20,000 cash. “Not one cent less. This is a BIG BARGAIN.” The ad described this farm as being “recognized as one of the most modern and up-to-date poultry and fruit farms in Eastern New York..” The buildings were describe to be well painted and in good condition, with running water, electric light, city telephone service and hot
Mr. Everett L. Hevenor of Slingerlands had been in the business of Real Estate since 1911. His ad also clearly stated “I POSITIVELY REFUSE TO SHOW ANY PROERTY OR TRANSACT ANY BUSINESS ON SUNDAY. DON’T ASK, BECAUSE YOU WILL RECEIVE A FLAT REFUSAL. Six days in a week to do business.”
Many of the items listed under the For Sale column include farm animals, feed, farm equipment/machinery, and carriages. There was very little personal items or furniture as seen today. Apparently one could find baby hatchlings, chickens, horses and cows to add to their newly acquired rural homes.
The Village Museum and Archives has a wonderful collection of the Altamont Enterprise on microfilm dating from 1889 to 1970. A second set available for viewing is held at the Albany County Hall of Records.