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Village of Deposit, NY
History and Statistics

History of the Village  | Demographics


 

Village Historian: John O'Connor

http://www.deposithistoricalsociety.org/

History of the Village

Historic Deposit

Graciously provided by the Deposit Historical Society


Deposit is situated in the valley of the Delaware, sixty miles from its source, nestled among mountains which surround it on all sides, with their summits nearly a thousand feet above the bed of the river. (Illustrated History of Delaware County 1880).

The name Deposit was logical because in early times vast quantities of pine lumber were drawn in winter on sleighs, from as far away as the Susquehanna, and deposited on the banks of the river here to await the Spring high waters when the logs were fashioned into rafts sometimes as large as 200 feet in length, and taken to Philadelphia's market. This was in most cases the only cash income for these early settlers, who did business the rest of the year by bartering and the giving of notes of promise to pay.

Before the coming of white settlers, this part of the Delaware River Valley was inhabited by Indians from several different tribes. The Lenni Lenapes, or Delawares, were most numerous, but the Mohawks held the upper hand. There were also some Oneidas and Tuscaroras. Their council ground, where they held public meetings and performed ceremonial dances, was on a level piece of ground about 8 rods square, situated a few feet south of the present location of the Revolutionary Cemetery. On the flats below the railroad they had cleared 30-40 acres of land where they raised corn and also had a number of apple trees.

To the Indians this area was known as Koo Koose (Cookose, Cookhouse) the place of owls. The local chapter of D.A.R. has adopted the name Koo Koose and the Deposit Historical Society has adopted the owl for a logo.

The first permanent settler was John Hulce who came from Orange County in the Spring of 1789 and settled on the west side of the river at the northerly side of the village. Next was Phillip Pine who came from Fishkill on the Hudson in 1791. Other residents came - including Jonas Underwood and Henry Evans.

In 1790 Captain Nathan Dean a native of Taunton, Massachusetts, removed to Kortright, Delaware County, where he remained until June 1791. Then, as there were no roads, he lashed two canoes together and loaded his family and goods thereon and floated down the river to Cook-house, where he found an empty log house and lived there until he could provide one for his family on his farm consisting of two lots of two hundred acres each covering that part of what is now Deposit, in Broome County, of which he was the first settler. Later streets were laid out and the area became known as Deansville. In 1811 the village, containing twelve dwellings, on the westerly side of the river, on land consisting of Lot No. 43 of the Evans patent, containing 156 acres extending only to "the property line" was incorporated. In 1851 the charter was amended to include 400 acres in the Town of Sanford, Broome County. A provision was inserted that the village, except for elections and schools, should be regarded as belonging to either or both counties. The next and present charter, made in 1871, was a very special act of the State Legislature because of the unique location of the Deposit in two counties. We even have a special date for village elections. But our dual "nationality" has created some problems over time.

Logging was at first the main industry as settlers cleared the land for residential purposes. Then this part of New York State became agricultural with some very large farms in existence. But the rebuilding of highways and changing economy has reduced farming to a minimum.

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Demographics

 

 

2000 CENSUS DATA

POPULATION

DEPOSIT

 

NY

 

US

 

 

Number

 

 

 

Number

 

Number

Total population

 

1,699

 

 

 

 

 

 

Square miles (land)

 

1.26

 

 

 

 

 

 

Population per square mile

 

1,350.87

 

 

 

401.93

 

79.56

GENDER

 

 

Number

 

Pct

 

Pct

 

Pct

Male

 

793

 

46.7

 

48.2

 

49.1

Female

 

906

 

53.3

 

51.8

 

50.9

AGE

 

 

Number

 

Pct

 

Pct

 

Pct

15 or younger

 

395

 

23.2

 

20.7

 

21.4

16-24

 

214

 

12.6

 

13.3

 

13.9

25-44

 

422

 

24.8

 

30.7

 

30.2

45-64

 

375

 

22.1

 

22.3

 

22.0

65+

 

293

 

17.2

 

12.9

 

12.4

                 

 

 

Number

 

 

 

Number

 

Number

Average age (years)

 

38.09

 

 

 

36.80

 

36.22

RACE AND ETHNICITY

 

 

Number

 

Pct

 

Pct

 

Pct

White

 

1,640

 

96.5

 

67.9

 

75.1

Black or African American

 

16

 

0.9

 

15.9

 

12.3

American Indian and Alaska native

 

1

 

0.1

 

0.4

 

0.9

Asian

 

14

 

0.8

 

5.5

 

3.6

Native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander

 

1

 

0.1

 

0.0

 

0.1

Some other race

 

16

 

0.9

 

7.1

 

5.5

Two or more races

 

11

 

0.6

 

3.1

 

2.4

Hispanic or Latino

 

46

 

2.7

 

15.1

 

12.5

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 Census

 

Link to US Census Bureau Statistics

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