Albany County Records
Albany County, home of the State Capital, is an area rich in history dating back to the early Dutch settlers. The nineteen municipalities that make up the county provide both rural and urban experiences for their residents, from lively downtown Albany, to peaceful Ravena. The county has continuous participated in the various wars and the communities have consistently shown their soldiers the respect and appreciation they have for their service. Today, many of the villages, towns, and cities in this county are participating in the Hometown Heroes Banner program. These banners, seen on streetlamps and utility poles all throughout the municipality, honor local veterans by displaying their picture with name, rank, branch, and the war or years served.
At the close of World War I, hometowns planned various events to celebrate their returning soldiers and honor their lost loved. Cohoes is one such city. Located ten miles north of Albany, Cohoes became a bustling area beginning in the mid-1800s, rich with textile factories. During World War I their factories helped produce supplies that were valued at $16,494,831.46. The first Red Cross vessel that left for over sea alone had 100,000 pounds of absorbent cotton on board that was manufactured in Cohoes. On June 8th and 9th, 1919, Cohoes held a welcome home celebration for its soldiers. A souvenir program was created, containing the names of all those served, as well as the actions taken on the home front in the city for the war. This two-day celebration consisted of church services and blessings, a parade, musical performances, speeches, a pageant, a banquet, dancing, and film screenings.
Hugh P. Graham, Cohoes City Historian, 1921, New York State Education Dept. Division of Archives and History World War I Veterans' Service Data and Photographs, 1917-1939. NYSA_A0412-78.