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Glen Mitchell

 
 
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By Steve Stoessel, February 17, 2019
1. Glen Mitchell Marker
Inscription.  Site of hotel built in 1870 by Caleb Mitchell. Reopened by Redemptorists in 1886 as St. Clements College until relocating circa 1920.
 
Erected by Glen Mitchell Archaeology Club.
 
Location. 43° 6.421′ N, 73° 46.329′ W. Marker is in Wilton, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is on U.S. 9, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gansevoort NY 12831, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Korea (approx. 1.2 miles away); Creation of the Park (approx. 1.4 miles away); High Rock in the 1800’s (approx. 1.4 miles away); Saratoga’s First Resort for Travelers (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Story Starts Here (approx. 1˝ miles away); Bryan Home (approx. 1˝ miles away); Highrock Park (approx. 1˝ miles away); Pine Grove (approx. 1˝ miles away).
 
Regarding Glen Mitchell. The Glen Mitchell Hotel was built by Caleb Mitchell and was a prominent visitors' destination in Saratoga Springs. Mitchell was a Troy native who started as a newsboy, made a fortune running
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By Steve Stoessel, December 20, 2017
2. Glen Mitchell Marker
illegal gambling operations and migrated north where he became village president of Saratoga Springs in the late 1800s. Cale, as he was known, was a partner in the racetrack and owned a gambling hall near the track as well as saloons and bookmaking operations in Albany and Troy.

Mitchell's "conduct led his acquaintances to believe that he was not in full possession of his mental faculties," according to an obituary in The New York Times on Jan. 29, 1901. Mitchell shot himself to death outside the door of the downtown office of state Sen. Edgar Brackett. Mitchell had feuded publicly with Brackett over a bill that the senator sponsored that gave Richard Canfield a virtual monopoly on gambling in the city. Mitchell purchased a revolver earlier that day and said he needed it to shoot cats. Authorities thought he intended to shoot Brackett, but since he was not in his office he walked out, became agitated and turned the gun on himself. "He fell dead on the door mat," the Times said.

St. Clements started at the old hotel in 1919. The Church and school moved further south after a few years, and the hotel was torn down Dec. 21, 1923.

St. Clements is now a regional Catholic school grades K-12.
 
Also see . . .
1. Caleb Mitchell obituary (New York Times, 1901). (Submitted on February 18, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
2. Hooves and History (Times-Union). This
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is a fuller account of gambling in Saratoga, and the source of the more lively commentary above. (Submitted on February 18, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.) 

3. Glen Mitchell Hotel. Pictures of the hotel (Submitted on February 18, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 17, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 78 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 17, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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