FROM PAGES PAST: 1921: Elmwood Theatre to open in May

Staff reports
The Chronicle-Express

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In 1921, Penn Yan’s new Elmwood Theatre was nearing completion. The three-hour opening performance included one of the Paramount Artcraft Super pictures, plus a comedy and short subjects and Pathé News, in the first half, followed by six live vaudeville acts of singing, instrumental music, dancing, "and clean, wholesome fun."

150 years ago

Apr. 27, 1871

Died, at Congress Hall, in the city of Albany, at one o’clock on Sunday morning, April 23, 1871, ABRAHAM V. HARPENDING, at the age of fifty-four years, nine months and fifteen days. After our announcement last week of the serious illness of Senator Harpending, information was received by telegraph and otherwise that he was better, and that the chances favored his recovery. Nothing farther being heard till Monday morning, it was supposed he was improving. The announcement was then made that his death had already taken place, and touched many hearts with sadness.

It appears that he was taken ill on Friday, the 14th inst., and did not after that time leave his room. On Wednesday of last week his friends were first telegraphed. His brother Anthony C. Harpending and his wife immediately proceeded to Albany, as did Major Hanford Struble and wife from this village. — Charles S. Baker also went to Albany from New York; and these were present at his bedside in his last hours. It is believed that he retained his consciousness to the last, but was too feeble to fully make his wishes known. His disease was congestion of the lungs, and his fragile frame was unequal to the struggle necessary to baffle its advances. Several years ago a similar attack was very nearly fatal, and since that time his physical being had become more attenuated and delicate in its tone. Loss of sleep and a prostration of physical power brought on the closing scene, despite the best efforts of the best medical aid that could be summoned to his relief.

Proposals tor Sale of Fair Ground — The State Legislature having by special act authorized the sale of the present Fair Ground of the Yates County Agricultural Society, I hereby give notice that, in accordance with the provisions of said act, and under instructions of the Executive Committee, I will, until Saturday, May 6, 1871, receive sealed proposals for the purchase of said premises. The Society reserves all buildings and pens on the ground, and also reserves the right to reject any and all bids, if it shall see fit. Terms cash. 

Hon. Ezekiel Castner has just laid out a new street on the west side of Sucker Brook in this village, extending in a north and south direction, from Elm St. to Head St. Mr. Castner has eight acres of land which this new street divides equally, and instead of reserving this land longer for Agricultural purposes, has laid it out in village lots; and very handsome and good they are. He estimates that this will sell for something over six thousand dollars, and we have no doubt his estimate is sufficiently moderate. The new street is a good idea, and we suggest that it be called Castner street. Note: The street name is now Burns Terrace.


100 years ago 

Apr. 27, 1921

Elmwood Theatre To Open In May. Beautiful New Playhouse Nearly Ready for Use. Tickets Now Being Sold for Opening Event – Penn Yan’s new Elmwood Theatre is nearing completion, and while at this time the exact date cannot be given, the opening night is not far off. The opening performance will consist of a variety program, the first half being given to one of the Paramount Artcraft Super pictures, augmented by comedy and short subjects, such as the universally known Pathe News, scenic in colors, etc. The latter half of the evening will he devoted to six acts of vaudeville. They will be the same acts that perform from coast to coast in the highest class houses of the country. These acts include singing, instrumental music, dancing and clean, wholesome fun. About three hours program in all.

The Elmwood’s new Marr & Colton pipe organ will be played on the opening night by an artist sent to Penn Yan by the organ company, for the purpose of demonstrating the tone quality and many possibilities of the instrument. The lighting effects and stage settings, which in itself is a thing of beauty, will be a novelty and a pleasing surprise. Tickets for the grand opening performance, which will be a real event, may now be secured from Charles H. Sisson, whose phone number is 310-W, or at the Cornwell Theatre box office. The latter will be open only during the afternoon and evening picture hours.


75 years ago 

Apr. 25, 1946

Labor Emergency Bill Will Help Yates Farmers. High School Pupils To Be Available Again This Spring – The Kellam bill, signed last week by Governor Dewey, provides a declaration of labor emergency for Yates County which permits the release of school pupils for planting and harvesting work this spring. The provisions of this bill are similar to those in effect during the past war years, except that seniors may not be released two months prior to the closing of school. The emergency declaration was made by the executive committee of the Yates County Farm bureau, the agency designated by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets for this purpose.

In announcing this action, the following statement was released by the Farm Bureau: “We recognize that some groups and individuals may not think that the release of school pupils is necessary this spring, in view of the numbers of returning veterans and temporally unemployed industrial workers who are assumed to be available for farm work. However, we on the farms know that the shortage of farm labor is just as acute now as at any time during the war. Again this year it is going to be necessary for farmers to rely on school pupils, and other emergency sources of labor for help during peak work periods.

"It is our hope that this privilege will not be abused by pupils, parents or employers; and that parents and school authorities will cooperate in granting these releases so as to avoid any serious interference with school work. It should be noted that only pupils over 14 years of age may he granted such releases and that farm work permits are required for any minors 14 to 16 years of age when employed on farms other than their home farms.”

The new patterns of public welfare, public health, and youth services in New York state and the problem of alcoholism, will be discussed at the regional meeting of the New York State Conference on Social Work Tuesday, April 30, at the court house in Waterloo. Citizens, social welfare and health workers, and public officials from the counties of Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates will attend the meeting to which the public is invited. This regional meeting is the fifth, of 15, to be sponsored by the conference. Representing Yates County will be the two county nurses. Miss Dorothy Hall and Mrs. Ruth Hansen, also Mrs. Minnie L. Ayres and Mrs. Gynette Donaldson of Penn Yan.

In Service On Land - Sea - Air 

• Roy W. Cleveland, ship’s cook, 2/c, received his discharge from the Navy April 14 at Bainbridge, Md. He was in service three years last February, spending; most of that time in the European Theatre of Operations on a LST. He plans to follow up his work as chef, perhaps taking a hotel training course.

• T/4 Grant Breckenridge, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Breckenridge, returned to his camp at Greensboro, N.C., Saturday, April 20, after spending a furlough with his parents. He received his discharge the end of January after serving four years in the Army. Now he has re-enlisted for three more years.

• Sgt. Robert V. Newby arrived home Wednesday of last week, the day he received his discharge at Fort Dix. Bob, who was turbine operator at the Greenidge power plant in Dresden, served in the signal corps of the U. S. army for 33 months, being in Germany and Austria for 14 months. He expects to return to his former work after a vacation.


50 years ago 

Apr. 29, 1971

Seneca Foods Acquire Rochester Glass Firm – Seneca Foods Corporation, Dundee, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Castle-Hanson Corporation, Rochester, N.Y., Arthur S. Wolcott, President of Seneca and K. B. Castle, III, President of Castle-Hanson jointly announced today. The transaction is subject to the approval of Castle-Hanson shareholders. They said that Castle-Hanson, a glass container manufacturer, will operate as a subsidiary of Seneca in the recently created non-food division. Top management of Castle-Hanson will remain in leadership positions continuing to guide the fortunes of the firm. Castle-Hanson produces a wide variety of glass containers for the food processing industry, primarily to firms in upper New York State. The acquisition will be made through an exchange of stock at a rate of approximately two shares of Seneca Foods Common Stock for each one of the shares of the 113,117 issued and outstanding shares of Castle-Hanson common stock. Seneca, a major processor of grape and apple products with interests in the textile and paint industries, announced for the six month fiscal period ending January 31, 1971 record growth in sales (Up 57 per cent to $15,515,000) and earnings (Up 25 percent to $294,000 or 23 cents per share). Seneca Common Stock is traded over the counter.

School Lunch Menu April 29 - May 5,1971

THURSDAY — Pizza with pepperoni, tossed salad, chilled peach half, ice cream.

FRIDAY — Baked fish square, tiny taters, cole slaw, chocolate cookie.

MONDAY — Hot dog with bun, baked beans, applesauce, cookie.

TUESDAY — Turkey and biscuit, buttered peas, chilled assorted fruit.

WEDNESDAY — Pork in the round, French fries, relishes, jello with topping.

Note Eastman Sales, Earnings Are Down – Lower first-quarter sales and earnings for Eastman Kodak Company were reported this week by Louis K. Eilers, chairman, and Gerald B. Zornow, president. Consolidated sales worldwide for the quarter (12 weeks ended March 21) were $592,668,000, or 1 percent below the $599,424,000 reported a year ago. Worldwide net earnings were $67,912,000, or 18 percent less than the $82,603,000 earned in the comparable 1970 quarter. The earnings were equal to 42 cents per common share against 51 cents for the first quarter a year ago, based on the average number of shares outstanding in each quarter. Earnings from operations were $124,421,000, down 22 percent from the $158,525,000 figure of a year ago. Pre-tax earnings were $133,412,000, compared with $168,603,000 for the 1970 first quarter. The provision for income taxes was $65.5 million while a year ago it was $86 million.

Ensemble Concert Set – The String Orchestra of Penn Yan Academy, otherwise known as the Court Street Chamber Society, will give an ensemble concert for parents and friends on Wednesday, May 5 at 8 p.m. The concert will be held in the homemaking suite. The performing students are: Joan Jepsen, Susan Giles, David Anderson, Susan Kierst, Margaret McCullough, Patricia Marone, Beth Schaus, Kathleen Maroney, Linda Coons, Donna Hibbard, Catherine Albertson, Bonnie Anderson, Bonnie Blakeslee, Cindy Slocum, Donna Brouillard, Diane Parish, Jo Ann Orr, Vicki Richardson, violin; Thomas Chaapel, Dan Hibbard, Michael Farrell, Sandra Geertson, viola; Merrill Brown, Elizabeth Dugan, Diane Lovejoy, Paul Sternes, Mary Lou Baker. Karen Crosby, cello; Paul Hansen, bass. At the close of the program refreshments will be served by members of the homemaking department.