March came in like a lamb, with warm, spring-like weather and sunshine. With the warm weather, we feel like cleaning the yard, picking up the trash hidden under the winter snow and moving the leaves away from those precious flowers poking their heads up. Speaking of clean up, here is a picture that was taken in 1965 of Leon Rider, left, and Charles McClelland. The trash cans prepared by McClelland were done for the Betterment Club committee of Palmyra to aid the movement for a cleaner Palmyra. There were four trash cans made, and they are clearly marked: “Keep Palmyra Clean, courtesy, Betterment Club.” These typically shaped trash cans had the swinging door at the top. (This story was picked up by the Rochester D&C on Nov. 7, 1965)
March is also a month full of history. As Women’s History Month, we celebrate all the hardworking women that made changes in our way of life, country and the world. With such
amazing women as Dr. Harriet Adams, a practicing Palmyra physician who died in 1856; Lavinia Chase, champion of the veteran and supporter of temperance; Clarissa Hall Jerome, mother of Jenny Jerome and grandmother to Sir Winston Churchill, and Harriet Sexton, vice president of the Palmyra National Bank in 1882. These are just a few of the names that dot the history of Palmyra. We think of the famous women as those that gave us so much; however, every mother that raises a family, holds down a job, travels to sporting events and chauffeurs her children to and from are also on this list of amazing women. Do they change a life? Absolutely, every day!
What’s happened in Palmyra during this busy, unpredictable month? A cistern ordinance was brought forth at a village meeting March 10, 1862. The Palmyra Freeman Newspaper was first published March 11, 1828. Let’s skip to March 19, 1847, when the village was authorized to levy school taxes. The one-room school house owned by a district, privately funded was becoming a thing of the past. The only hanging in Wayne County was March 23, 1860 — this event still brings questions today. The village made a law that persons riding bicycles on sidewalks may be arrested and fined March 24, 1903.
Tracy Murphy will speak at 7 p.m. March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, at Historic Palmyra’s Alling Coverlet Museum, 122 William St. Murphy will discuss the Fox Sisters’ Hydesville home and story. All are welcome to this no charge program by Historic Palmyra.
The rapping phenomenon happened March 31, 1848. There will be a celebration at the site on March 26.
The Historic Palmyra Museums are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays. For more information, call 315-597-6981.
Get your annual steak tinner tickets, which are being sold by board members and at the office. Same price as last year; $25 per person for great food, entertainment, live and silent auctions at 5:30 p.m. April 23rd.