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Monday, February 25, 2008

Town of Pelham School Board Trustee Election of 1881

Residents of the Town of Pelham, including women who owned property, voted in the Town election for two School Board Trustee positions in 1881. A very brief account of the results appeared in the October 13, 1881 issue of the New-York Tribune. The text of that brief article appears below.


PELHAM.--In School District No. 1 of the Town of Pelham, there are two public schools maintained, one at Pelhamville, the other at Pelham Manor, both being under one Board of Trustees. On Tuesday morning an election was held for two trustees. The residents of Pelham Manor supported William Barry and Edmund Ketcham for trustees, while the Pelhamville taxpayers presented the names of William S. Bertine and Jacob Heisser. The contest was a very active one, especially on the part of the ladies of Pelham Manor, nine of whom voted for Barry and Ketcham. Mr. Barry received 38 votes; Ketcham, 34; Bertine, 34; and Jacob Heisser, 36. Each section electing one trustee."

Source: Westchester County, New-York Tribune, Oct. 13, 1881, p. 8, col. 3-4.

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