We will begin with our look at the events and happenings of the second week of August throughout the years.
On Aug. 7, 1846, the village of Palmyra Cemetery Vault was built just under the hill across from the Chapel. A double wooden door opens to the dark, damp hole in the hill where waiting bodies will be held through the winter for spring burial. Hard to imagine, but this vault did burn down or up whatever you can imagine and was rebuilt in 1896. The date on the outside still indicates 1846.
On Aug. 8, 1890, the village of Palmyra purchased the large safe in the courtroom from Frank Williamson.
On Aug. 10, a memorial service was held at the Union Club Grounds for President Harding in 1923.
Finally, to end out the week of Aug. 11, 1793, the first school was built next to the first church on old cemetery hill where today Gen. John Swift is buried. This school house shortly gave way to a cemetery.
That really isn’t the topic for this week, but the generosity of our people. The first item is the “Poverty Social” given by the Ladies’ Aid Society of the First M.E. Church, Palmyra, Friday evening April 28.
“Page 1, Rules ov Regulashbuns an Prowgram: Ever wuman wat kums must were a kaliker goun an apern appropreeate. Know gemt with a biled shurt and dood koller is alloud to cum, onles he pais a find ov 5 sents.
“Finds fur wimmen: no apern 1 sent, ear ring 2 sents, finger rings 2 sents o peace, no spectacles 2 sents, finger rings 2 sents, wullen dres, 3 sents, waring nue dres 5 sents, and silk dres 5 sents.”
This list goes on and on, and it is how they raised funds. Fining themselves for different things to help other is not something new to us. Any Rotarian pays a fine at their weekly meeting for whatever happened, is going to happen, happy occasions or trips while the Tail Twister for the Pal-Mac Lions Club will fine people for anything from a strange comment, an embarrassing happening or misspoken statement.
This writing of the “Poverty Social” appears to be a spoof, using some broken English and Dutch to get their members to come to support this event. There is a dinner with an amazing menu, actually, much harder to figure than the other writings, but here is a stab at the menu — “brown bred, downuts, pickles and koffee, this is the prowgram, prepared with grate an panes.”
This is from an 1870s program, and the writings are definitely a spoof. The program is done with great care with fancy font, and the cover has everything spelled correctly. One thing we can always be sure of is that helping others is foremost here in Palmyra and vicinity.
Don’t forget Historic Palmyra’s Pirate Weekend on Aug. 11-12 with our ghost walk and hunt Aug. 11 from 8 to 10 p.m. Meet in front of the Historical Museum 132 Market St., Palmyra. Buy your tickets online under squ.re/2t7p6nT.