Billy the Boodler Comes to Carleton Place

Billy the Boodler Comes to Carleton Place



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal15 Jun 1887, WedPage 1



Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum from the old Canadian files where Billy would have gone to purchase his steamer yacht.



Clipped from The Times11 Jun 1886, FriPage 2


Billy Maloney/Moloney was the reading clerk of the Board of Alderman in New York City which granted franchise to the Broadway Surface Railway Co.  He secured the signatures of the requisite number of aldermen to a call for the special meeting of the board August 9 1884 when a fraudulent bill was passed over Mayor Edson’s veto. Billy was finally charged in the stories of Fullgraff and Duffy with the evidence as having acted as a go-between between Jake Sharp and the purchasable aldermen.

In 1885 when it began to get too hot for the boodlers in New York City Maloney/Moloney, Delacy, Dempsey, John Keenan and others fled to Canada. They all remained across the border for 5 years and Maloney/Moloney is said to have spent time in this area. After the acquittal of Thomas B Kerr they all went back to the United States, but charges were somehow all dismissed and I am sure made the exiles quite happy.




The Board of Aldermen in New York City was notoriously corrupt in the 19th century, sometimes earning itself the nickname “Forty Thieves”. The 1884 Board of Aldermen became nicknamed the “boodle board” when it was discovered that several aldermen took bribes so that Jake Sharp could acquire a Broadway railroad franchise at a greatly reduced cost.

“Boodle” is a Dutch word meaning “bribe money” that was popularly used in New York City in the 19th century. The term “boodle board” was most specifically applied to the 1884 board, but was also sometimes used for boards of other years. The Board of Aldermen was replaced by the City Council in 1938.


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Clipped from Goldsboro Messenger27 May 1886, ThuPage 4



Clipped from Goldsboro Messenger27 May 1886, ThuPage 4




Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum–The “Fairy Belle” from a copy of the Carleton Place Herald from Feb. 16 1892. These boat engines were made at the Gillies Machine Shops on Rosamond Street.



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 13 Apr 1894, Fri, Page 2– read more here.. Channeling John Gillies–CLICK here




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