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GRANDSON OF GEN. JOSEPH HASBROUCK’S SLAVE–BELOVED FRIEND OF JOHN BROWN
Josiah C. Hasbrouck, Sr.’s mother was a freed slave of Joseph Hasbrouck (“General Joe”) of Guilford. A New York census record gives his birth about 1818, Ulster County. It is from Josiah Jr’s obituary that we learn his grandmother was a slave of General Hasbrouck.
In the mid 1800’s, New York State law dictated that African-Americans must own at least $250 in real estate or a house in order to obtain the right to vote. Determined to help would-be voters secure this right, abolitionist and real estate baron Gerrit Smith devised a “scheme of justice and benevolence” that he hoped would provide refuge to black families. In 1846, Smith divided 120,000 acres of untouched land that he owned in the Adirondacks into 40-acre plots and began granting them to three thousand free African-Americans living in New York State.
MORE ABOUT THE HASBROUCK MOTOR CAR
Our February ’06 newsletter featured an article about the Hasbrouck motor carriage of 1902, powered by a one-cylinder engine, which could be “operated by any intelligent person. Its speed is gauged from one mile per hour to as fast as one may care to go.” The company, Hasbrouck Motor Works, was run by 24-year-old Stephen A. Hasbrouck, a 7th generation descendant of Abraham. It was founded in 1899 for the production of marine engines and in 1900 expanded to motor vehicles, first buses and trucks, then, in 1901, a car.
RANDY REYNOLDS – FROM PIANIST TO BOMBER PILOT TO SURGEON/EXECUTIVE
President Bob Hasbrouck writes: Last summer Rolland (Randy) Reynolds from Dripping Springs, TX contacted me to say that
he planned to attend our 60th anniversary reunion in conjunction with a trip to document graves of his ancestors, including Elias Hasbrouck, a prominent Revolutionary War veteran and long-time supervisor of Woodstock, NY. I had written a newsletter article about him (Sept. ’10), including his grave in a small family cemetery on private property, and was happy to
help him locate and visit the site. When I met him and his wife, Wanda, at the reunion, I learned that, in addition to his connection to the Hasbrouck family through two ancestral lines (both leading to Abraham), he was a multitalented
individual with an interesting and varied career impressive enough to deserve coverage in this newsletter. He graciously consented to our use of the following autobiographical sketch:
HFA 60-YEAR HISTORY – IMPORTANT DATES AND HIGHLIGHTS
In 1955 Kenneth Hasbrouck galvanized the sleepy Huguenot Patriotic, Historical and Monumental Society of New Paltz (now HHS), which had purchased the Jean Hasbrouck House in 1899, with an ambitious and ultimately successful plan to acquire the other stone houses on Huguenot Street, save them from deterioration or destruction under private ownership, and form a unified historic district. For financing he decided to appeal to descendants of the founding families to buy their respective houses and put them under the unified ownership of HHS. He started with his own family.
The Gathering of all the Huguenot Street families was held August 5 on the Street with 82 people attending, of which, unfortunately, only 5 were from HFA. The rest of you missed a very enjoyable event with enough activities provided to keep everyone occupied all day. After continental breakfast in Deyo Hall, attendees had a choice of three tours: Jean Hasbrouck House roof project, a regular tour of several houses, and a new women’s history tour. After a catered buffet luncheon under a large event tent came an enthusiastically received concert at the French Church, featuring renowned historical balladeer Linda Russell using historic instruments found in the Hudson Valley: guitar, mountain dulcimer, hammer dulcimer, pennywhistle and washboard.
THE G STREET LION
We first became acquainted with Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck when he arrived in Kingston to become the Ulster County Director of Public Health in 2010 (see Feb. ’10 newsletter). In two years he turned a corruption-tainted, inefficient health department
into an exemplary agency. This performance attracted higher-level attention, and he moved on to become the Director of Public Health for the State of Illinois (see Jan. ’12 newsletter). After three successful years there he took a position of national importance as Executive Director of the National Association of County and City of Health Officials (see June’15 newsletter). This progression seemed to come naturally for a personable and dynamic individual, and by now it probably does. But it was not always so. Now Dr. Hasbrouck has written an autobiographical book, released last year.
– G Street Lion: Stalking a Dream – that tells us far more about the man – his background, his struggle and determination to
move forward and his goals – than we ever knew before. Engagingly written, it tells the inspirational story of LaMar’s journey from the poverty-ridden G Street neighborhood of San Diego to his respected position today while overcoming a never-ending
series of obstacles, including financial difficulties, self-doubt, youthful mistakes, demanding academic standards, racial prejudice and the negative attitudes of some people along the way.
HFA participates in the HHS College scholarship program. The two top-ranked candidates earn $2,000 Gertrude Hasbrouck
scholarships from HFA while other worthy candidates receive $1,000 scholarships from HHS. Applicants must be of Huguenot descent. In 2016 twelve awards were made, seven of them to Hasbrouck descendants.