June was quite a month, whether it is June 2012, June 1964 or June 1821. For Historic Palmyra June always means ice cream, tours, and awards. In the history of Palmyra and vicinity June is full of amazing happenings and events that shaped our area and community.

June was quite a month, whether it is June 2012, June 1964 or June 1821. For Historic Palmyra June always means ice cream, tours, and awards. In the history of Palmyra and vicinity June is full of amazing happenings and events that shaped our area and community.  

The answer to the question last week about Dosha Boughton, first school teacher, was that she was the reason for the name Palmyra at least this Palmyra and it was named to impress her by Daniel Sawyer. As many times as I tell this story it always tugs at my heart just a bit.

Lots of births and deaths filled the month of June beginning with June 1, Brigham Young of Mendon and Mormon fame was born in 1801, our founder General John Swift was born on June 17, 1761. The deaths were equally impressive with Palmyra’s first doctor, Gain Robinson death on June 21, 1831 leaving his son C.C. Robinson in charge; and on June 27 in Carthage, Illinois, Joseph Smith Jr. founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was shot and killed in 1844. Last but not least the first male child born in Palmyra, Pomeroy Tucker, died on June 30, 1870.  

Celebrations, events, and founding have also filled June. On June 2, a festival of Roses Dance was held to benefit the Community Center in 1945 when it was in an uptown church.  On June 4, the Great European Circus, largest in the world, visited right here in Palmyra in 1870. Sibyl a lover of the circus was not born until 15 years later and missed this incredible sight. Luckily her father Julius was a young man and could have witnessed this show. On June 23, 1906 the Rochester/Syracuse and E. Trolley opened, The Palmyra Masonic Lodge No. 248 dedicates the new Hall in the Cuyler Block June 5, 1870, this amazing hall is still visible and remains virtually untouched on a third floor on East Main Street. On June 21, 1823 the Zion Episcopal Church was founded first in the county, and on June 26, 1856 the Palmyra Union Agricultural Society was organized. Today we call it the Wayne County Fairgrounds. The first concert of the Union Song Club was held at the Union Club Grounds next to the Union Park and Club Rooms at 149 E. Main Street.  

Sidewalks and roads play a big part in building a community and June seemed to be a good month for surveying and putting in sidewalks. On June 3, 1851 Gates Street was surveyed, sidewalks on the north side of Vienna Street were put in June 12, 1894, Throop Street was surveyed on June 20, 1833, and on June 13, 1820 the plank road from Palmyra to Pultneyville was surveyed. I wonder if our Pirate Whitley used that road. You bet maties.

Tragedy is no stranger to the month of June with the Village Hall gutted by fire on June 19, 1925, you can still see the charred wooden beams in the basement. The Battle of Sodus Point was on June 22, 1813 and on June 7 the Volunteer Company for the Spanish American War was formed in 1898.  

Probably one of the highlights of June next to graduation is the Historic Palmyra Ice Cream Social on June 21, 2012. Certainly this day will go down in history. It runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the museums of Historic Palmyra on William and Market Streets and is free. All are welcome. Call 597-6981 for information.