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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Townspeople of Pelham Vote Down Bond Proposal at the First Prospect Hill School in 1891

I previously have written about the first Prospect Hill School in Pelham Manor that once stood on the lands located at 212-22o Jackson Avenue and 966 Plymouth Street. For a brief history of the school and a early photograph of it, see:

Monday, January 9, 2006: The First Prospect Hill School in Pelham Manor.

Today's posting to the Historic Pelham Blog transcribes a brief report that appeared in the January 26, 1891 issue of The Sun, published in New York City. The report indicates that Town taxpayers met at the little school on January 25, 1891 to vote on a bond proposal for improvements to the Town's highways and roads. The bond was defeated "by a large majority".

"Will Not Bond the Town.

PELHAM. Jan. 25. -- The taxpayers of the town of Pelham held a meeting on Saturday night, in the schoolhouse in Pelham Manor, to vote upon the question of bonding the town for $90,000 for improvements to the highways and road purposes. The meeting was largely attended by both men and women property owners in the town. A vote was taken, and the proposition for the bonding of the town was defeated by a large majority."

Source: Will Not Bond the Town, The Sun, Jan. 25, 1891, p. 3, col. 7.

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