The Grant Postmaster had a pole raising at Himrods, last Saturday, attended by sixty-seven men, eleven of whom were supporters of Greeley, eighteen young lads (minors), and thirty women and children. Speeches were made by M.H. Lawrence, D. Morris, and H. Struble. Morris, we understand, availed himself on the occasion to assail the motives of several of the Greeley men of Penn Yan, alleging that their support of Mr. Greeley was due to disappointment in office-seeking.
Kinney’s Corners Shooting – Dr. A.B. Chissom, of Kinney’s Corners, shot one of his hands almost in pieces the other day, with a pistol, and came near shooting his son, who luckily was not injured.
Boat Ride and Basket Pin Nic – Excelsior FIre Co., No. 2, and Holmes Hose Co., No. 2, are to have their closing ride of the season on Wednesday next, the 25th inst. The Steamer Yates will leave her dock at 10 o’clock a.m. The excursion will be up Lake Keuka, landing upon some suitable pic-nic grounds, where they will have refreshments, after which the party will go via the lake to Hammondsport, visiting the famous Wine Cellars. A general invitation is extended to all. Take your ladies and give one day to recreate on your beautiful lake. Tickets for the round trip, one dollar. The excursion given by the Excelsiors before proved a good success, not a thing occurred to mar the pleasure of those who went, and every effort will be made upon this occasion to make it.
100 Years Ago Sept. 20, 1922 Tennis Courts Open – The tennis courts back of the Presbyterian church, Penn Yan, will be opened for the first time on Saturday afternoon, September 23, at 2 o’clock, by special matches of boys and men. The community at large is naturally interested to know for whose particular use this equipment is intended. For the present, the following ruling has been adopted by the tennis court committee: The courts will be open to boys and girls and also men and women who are members of the Presbyterian Sunday school and congregation and their invited guests. A special invitation has been given the members of the Business Girls’ Club to select one day in the week for members of that organization, upon which day both courts will be reserved for their exclusive use. All using the courts are expected to wear rubber soled shoes without heels and to provide their own rackets and balls. The nets, being weather-proof, will be kept up all season. In winter it is the intention of the committee to flood the courts for skating. Everyone is invited to witness the opening of the courts next Saturday and if prevented by rain, the Saturday following.
Dundee Child Drowns in Buttermilk – Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon for Theresa Sperry, the three-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Sperry, of Rock Stream, and burial was made in the Rock Stream cemetery. The little one met with a tragic death on Monday evening. Just before the severe electric storm swept this section, she was playing in the yard and in some manner fell face downward into a tub of buttermilk and was dead before her mother missed her. She had been out in the yard about fifteen minutes while mother was busy inside, and when she did not respond to her mother’s calls after a search, she was found, and thought immediate aid was summoned from Dundee, it was found she was beyond all help. She leaves besides her parents, one sister about four months old.
Hunting Season Opened Saturday – On Saturday, September 16th the duck season opened and continues until December 31st. The rabbit and squirrel seasons open the fifteenth of October; the partridge season opens October 1st, and closes November 15. The last two Thursdays in October and the first two Saturdays in November are the only days on which pheasants may be taken, and the limit during the season is three male pheasants to each hunter.
75 Years Ago Sept. 18, 1947 Veterans Win at Dundee Fair – For the first time prizes were offered at the Dundee Fair this year to veterans of World War II who have done good work on farms. These prizes were donated by leading business men and farmers in the Dundee area and were given for efforts covering practically every phase of agriculture. The idea originated with Charles Chadwick, Mason Shaffer, and Robert Meagher, who teaches the agriculture class attended by most of the veterans. Award winners included Charles Roof of Dundee, John Hammond of Dundee, Erwin Egburtson of Dundee, Lyman Pierce of Himrod, Charles Carlson of Himrod, William Lawson of Dundee, Ted Spence of Starkey, Edward Smith of Dundee, Robert Pierce of Rock Stream, Howard Symonds of Rock Stream, Thomas Disbrow of Starkey, Chester VanOrden of Dundee, David Sworts of Dundee, Robert Trenchard of Dundee, and Lamont Campbell of Dundee.
Flying Club Plans Clambake – Members of the Penn Yan Flying Club are making final plans for the big clambake and field day which will be given at the airport next Sunday afternoon, Sept. 21. Emphasis this week is being placed on various amusements which will be offered. A committee headed by Charles Hayes and including Paul Gray and Leland Welker has arranged for competitive games of horseshoe pitching, barnyard golf, or quoits, depending on the sophistication of those competing, and a ball game. There will be both horses and ponies to ride and plane rides for all who are air minded. Mrs. Frances Allison has promised to sing.
New Owners of Seneca Lake Showplace – Carl Plubell, owner and manager of Carl’s Snack bar on Elm Street, Penn Yan, has purchased the former Trowbridge place at the foot of the Plum Point road on the west shore of Seneca Lake. At the beginning of the war, this large lakeside home with its sunken living room, wide porches and landscaped lawns, was one of the show places of the area, and was a popular visiting spot for many of the Hollywood stars. In recent years it has changed hands several times. Recently Mr. & Mrs. Nelson Hansen of Himrod paid an option on the property while considering its possible use as a hotel and restaurant. They finally decided against buying and built a new hotel at Himrod. Mr. Plubell is planning to cater to the fishermen who throng to this particular part of Seneca Lake for the trout and bass fishing. (Editor’s Note: This establishment operated as the Rainbow Cove Motel and Restaurant for many years until recently becoming Plum Point Lodge and Sapalta Restaurant).
50 Years Ago Sept. 21, 1972 Farm Labor Office – Unemployed? Looking for a temporary job? Or are you a vineyardist in need of grape pickers? The answers is the Farm Labor Information office at the parking lot of Columbia Banking Saving and Loan at the corner of Elm and Liberty Street in Penn Yan. The trailer-type office is manned by Fred Nichols, rural manpower representative of the New York State Department of Labor, and Elaine Hawkes, secretary, who are available daily (Monday through Friday) from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to offer employment and to find unemployed manpower for grape producers. The Employment Service will be at the bank’s parking lot until Nov. 1. Nichols said this year grapes are maturing approximately two weeks later than usual. Pickers must be 14 years of age or older, and although part-time help may be use, growers prefer those who can work a full day through the week.
Little League Honors – The Wagner Little League team players were awarded trophies at a banquet last Thursday evening. Pictured were: Danny Wilber, Keith Allison, Paul Chapman, Wesley Cook, Randy Baker, Bob Brow, Phil Jones, Bill Shipman, Darren Fox, John Seybert, Doug Baker, Jeff Winegardner, and Gregg Conley with coach Steve Breuer. Tom Watkins was awarded the Penn Yan Little League Batter’s trophy with an average of .763.
4-H Council Officers – Alan Travis of Penn Yan was elected president of the Yates County 4-H Council at its meeting held earlier this month. Other officers are Glen Hammond, vice president, and Yvonne Sutton, treasurer, both of Penn Yan; and Dana Gibson, of Dundee, secretary; Jack Payne of Branchport, sergeant at arms; Vicki Snow, Penn Yan, historian; and Bill Gibson of Dundee, representative to the the Yates County Agricultural Society.