Historic Pelham

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Late 19th Century Photos of Students with Tennis Rackets at Mrs. Hazen's School for Girls in Pelham Manor

During the late 1880s, The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York had a star teacher. Her name was Emily Hall Hazen. A few Pelham Manor landowners coveted the teacher’s talents and experience. They still were trying to develop the remnants of the subdivision planned by the Pelham Manor and Huguenot Heights Association founded in the early 1870s.

To attract “upper class buyers”, a Pelham Manor landowner named Silas H. Witherbee recruited Mrs. Hazen to open a girl’s preparatory school in Pelham Manor. According to one account, “although Mrs. Hazen was urged to locate elsewhere, she yielded to the persuasion and promise of support given by the residents of Pelham Manor.” In 1889 the little school opened, only to become one of the finest girls’ schools in the country before it closed twenty-five years later at the end of the 1914-1915 school year.

I have written before about Mrs. Hazen's School for Girls.  See, e.g.:

Fri., October 14, 2005:  A Reunion of Alumnae of Mrs. Hazen's School for Girls

Tue., August 22, 2006:  Early Advertisements for Mrs. Hazen's School for Girls in Pelham Manor

Wed., Sep. 6, 2006:  Pelham Hall Shelter, a "Refuge for Erring Girls", Founded by Alumnae of Mrs. Hazen's School for Girls in Pelham Manor

Thu., July 12, 2007:  The Infamous Burglary of the Girls of Mrs. Hazen's School for Girls in Pelham Manor in 1905

Mon., March 3, 2008:  1891 Advertisement May Reflect Summer Rental of One of the Dormitories of Mrs. Hazen's School for Girls

See also Bell, Blake A., Mrs. Hazen's School for Girls:  Pelham Hall, The Pelham Weekly, Vol. XIII, No. 40, Oct. 8, 2004, p. 12, col. 1.

Today's Historic Pelham Blog publishes two undated photographs of students of the school gathered with tennis rackets on the school grounds.  The photographs are in the collection of The Office of The Historian of The Town of Pelham.  I have scanned them in high resolution, but have reduced the file size of the files posted to this blog for practical purposes.  The photographs are mounted on the original card stock provided by the photographer.  At the foot of the card stock appears the following:  "KNOWLTON, PHOTOGRAPHER," and "1162 BROADWAY, NEW YORK."

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