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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Report of the First Village Election of the Village of North Pelham in 1896

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According to a news report published on September 30, 1896, the first Village of North Pelham election conducted in 1896 when the Village was incorporated was "the hottest in the history of Pelham and will be one long to be remembered." In homage to that prediction of long ago, today's Blog Posting will reproduce a local news account that appeared in The Pelham Press regarding the results of that election in which 135 Village residents voted. The account appears below.


Jacob Heisser, President.
Last Saturday the first election for officers of the village of North Pelham took place at the Court House and resulted in a victory for the Citizens’ ticket. The election was the hottest in the history of Pelham and will be one long to be remembered. A finer day could not have been wished for, and everywhere quiet and order prevailed. The polls were open from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m.

An unusually large vote was polled, there being 135, which were as follows:

For President – Heissner [sic], 61; Kennedy, 60.

Trustees (long term) – McGalliard, 62; Barry, 54; Young 61; Barker, 59.

Trustees (short term) – Lyon, 65; Glover, 62.

Treasurer – Anderson, 60; Crewell, 60.

Collector – Eddinger, 67; Logan, 52.

It will be seen that Anderson and Crewell were a tie for treasurer. The names were put in a hat and shaken and a name withdrawn, which selected Crewell. Immediately upon the announcement of the result, Mr. Barker, nominee for trustee, said: ‘Mr. Chairman, I protest this election on the grounds that the returns were counted three times and each time they differed.’

‘But the last time they all agreed,’ replied Mr. Shinn.

‘Never mind,’ replied Mr. Barker, ‘I want my protest considered,’ and being assured it would be he left the polls in disgust.

We congratulate the winners. They are men all tried and trustworthy. They were placed against good men. This may be seen by the small majorities.”

Source: The Pelham Press, Sept. 30, 1896 (Vol. I, No. 30), at 1, col. 6.


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