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Below additional information on Abbie S. Weld and the Trenton Falls, N.Y.:
From a recent estate sale I was able to acquire a collection of stereoviews which had been undiscovered for a century or so. All in almost untouched condition. An interesting point on the stereoviews is the original owners name handwritten and dated on all of the stereoviews along with a brief description of the scene also handwritten. The dates were as follows 1869, 1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, and 1874. All except 1 had the name of “ABBIE S. WELD and date” One had the following “A. S. W. “ABBIE S. WELD” RICKARD, her husband with date of DEC. 8, 1874”.
James Helme Rickard (1838-1914), son of George and Sarah (Helme) Rickard, was born in Abington, Conn., in 1838. Before the Civil War he worked as a teacher and grocer, and after went into business in Woonsocket, R.I. He also worked as a newspaper reporter and contractor, and served in the local militia. In 1874 he married Abbie Smith Weld who was 27 at that point in time (1847-1917), the daughter of Seth Lothrop and Abby Short Smith Weld. Captain Rickard died on 6 May 1914, and was buried in Union Cemetery, North Smithfield, R.I. In 1862, Rickard enlisted in the 18th Connecticut and served in this regiment until 1864, when he was commissioned as a captain in the United States Colored Troops. He resigned from the army in 1866. In 1894, he published his Civil War memoirs, “Service with Colored Troops in Burnside’s Corps.”
It appears that Abbie and James when to Europe after they got married. For the collections it appear that Abbie had spent a number of years in Europe from 1868 to 1874. She was originally from Woonsocket, Rhode Island and a descendant of Lieut. Aaron Weld who fought in the Revolutionary War.
Trenton Falls, N.Y.:
This is a truly magnificent site. Nature and the West Canada Creek have worn a large gorge through this area. There are several on-line sources that claim that this area at one time "nearly rivaled Niagara Falls in terms of tourist magnetism." It is still publicly accessible, but is only open two or three week-ends each year. TheTown of Trenton websiteshould be consulted to find those dates.
Now a major hydroelectric project area, there are still a number of magnificent waterfalls here, which we have created separate pages for. The area is divided into several drops. The 60' tallMorgan Damis the furthest downstream, but that is actually below where the walking tour begins. As you head out on the trail, you will encounterSherman Fallsthen the two-tiered High Falls, which are identified asLower High FallsandUpper High Falls. These drop a total of 100 feet. Above that is the 14'Mill Dam Fallsand at the very upper part of the area is theUpper Hydro Dam and Falls. This information on Trenton Falls came from an article titled"Northern New York
I will accept PAYPAL. Items will be shipped first class mail usually next day after payment of Paypal, packaging and mail $2.99. I will combine shipping 1 to 3 views $2.99, 3 to 6 views $5.35 and over 6 no additional postage or shipping charge.
I will ship internationally, payment must be in US funds, Paypal. I will ship world wide International first Class Mail 1 stereoview for $11.55 and will combine ship. This increase is due to the new postal service rates.