Penn Yan Ambulance Corps ready to roll January 1

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150 years ago

December 28, 1871

THE ENGINEERING OF A SPIDER – In 1830, in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, a gentleman boasted to a friend that he could introduce him to an engineer of greater skill than Robert Stevenson, who had just made himself famous by perfecting the railway locomotive. of iron. To brag, he pulled out a glass goblet containing a small scarlet spider, whose beauty, with its bright yellow nest on a sprig of laurustinus, had prompted a young woman to pluck it from a bush where it grew. Once brought into the house, it was placed over the fireplace and secured by placing a glass on it. In a very short time, this wonderful little engineer managed to accomplish the Herculean task of raising the strand of laurustinus, a weight several hundred times greater than itself, to the top of the glass, and attached it. there so firmly that after forty years it is still hanging where it was hung by the spider. In the Bible we read, “The spider takes hold of his hands, and in the palaces of kings,” but in that glass prison there was nothing to cling to – neither pegs nor nails. , no beam to tie up his threads. But in no time the little insect had accomplished its task.


  • January 22, The. 4 ° below at 9 PM Clear.
  • January 23, The. 6 ° below at 4 o’clock in the morning; 8 ° below at 6 o’clock and 10 ° below at 7 and 8 o’clock; 14 ° below in certain places in Benton; 11 ° below in Rochester; 12 ° lower at Penn Yan, Syracuse and Oswego; 16 ° below at Fort Edward; 1 ° below at sunset.
  • January 25, The. 6 ° below at 7 p.m. and 4 ° below at 9 p.m.
  • February 5, The. 10 ° below at 6 a.m. At Zero at 3 p.m. and 6 ° below at 9 p.m.
  • February 6, The. 3 ° below at 4 a.m., 1 ° below at 5 a.m. and 2 ° above at 6 a.m.
  • December 20, The. at Zero, at 9 p.m.
  • December 21, The. 12 ° below at 1 a.m. 10 ° below 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. 14 ° lower in some places in Benton, and 15 ° lower in Penn Yan.


RAILWAY MEETING – A meeting of the citizens of the Town of Starkey was held at Dundee Hall last Friday evening to consider the suitability of binding the town for the sum of $ 40,000, to help build the Sodus Bay & Corning Railroad, in condition of its passage through Crystal Springs and Dundee. After hearing the opinions of the gentlemen of Tyrone, Barrington and Starkey, a committee was appointed to survey the town and solicit names for the bail petition, and do any other business necessary for the continuation of the project in view. The following gentlemen have been appointed as such committee: Daniel Supplee, Jesse G. Andrews, AC Harpending, Stout Smith, Uriah Hair, CS Baker.

100 years ago

December 28, 1921

SUPREME COURT, TERM OF EQUITY, FOREIGNERS ADMITTED TO CITIZENSHIP – Before Judge Adolph J. Rhodenbeck during a Supreme Court fairness warrant held on Monday, the following applicants were granted citizenship:

  • John Ernest Sugelhardt, German, address 467 Center Ave., Rochester.
  • Carl Frederick Schuler, German, Middlesex residence.
  • Albert Edward Joyce, England, Canandaigua Residence, RD No. 1.
  • Grovanni Pollotha, Italy, residence, Penn Yan.
  • Jens Ole Larsen, Denmark, Penn Yan residence.
  • Jens C. Larsen, Denmark, Penn Yan residence.
  • Chris M. Larsen, Denmark, Penn Yan Residence.
  • Chris P. Andrews, Denmark, Himrod residence.

CALENDARS FOR SPONSORS – The Chronicle’s annual calendars for subscribers and others begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 30. Call and get one. Children must bring a written order from their parents to obtain a schedule.

An illustration of Santa Claus from 1921.

TAX RATES – The state’s tax rate is much lower this year than last year, but in some cities tax rates are higher than they were last year. Below, we give the rates on $ 1,000 of valuation assessed this year for municipal and county taxes and those of last year.

Barrington: $ 12.89 (1920); $ 11.22 (1921)

Benton: $ 12.20; $ 12.09

Italy: $ 12.64; $ 12.69

Jerusalem: $ 13.91; $ 11.19

Medium-sex: $ 15.10; $ 15.70

Milo: $ 14.79; $ 14.31

Potter: $ 18.15; $ 16.60

Star key: $ 14.26; $ 13.59

Torrey: $ 14.59; $ 15.58

75 years ago

December 26, 1946

POTTED CHRISTMAS TREES MAKE PENN YAN GAY – Once again, Christmas trees work their magic in front of Penn Yan’s businesses. This year, for the second time, the shopping streets were lined with unique and uniform little Christmas trees in red pot. Last year December arrived and Christmas week went by without any decoration to express Christmas greetings from the community. Leo Hoban thought it was time for something to be done, so he came up with the idea of ​​the little uniform Christmas tree and the businessmen made it possible. Everyone is delighted with the transformation brought by the potted trees and the other decorations. A Penn Yan taxi driver was so proud of the decorations that he drove one of his customers up and down the shopping section to show him the Christmas trees. The driver said, “I knew you wouldn’t want to miss this view. Tell the truth now, isn’t it worth the mile to see them? The taxi driver added that Christmas trees may well become an annual event – a tribute to those who fought in wars.

NEW SUGAR STAMP TO BE AVAILABLE JAN. 1 – The spare # 53 stamp will be good for five pounds of sugar starting January 1, and an additional ration may be available within four months. “It is expected,” said the OPA, “that the second consumer stamp for 1947 will be validated before the replacement stamp 53 expires on April 30.” The OPA pointed out that the Agriculture Department estimates the new sugar crop may be large enough to allow for an additional five pounds of sugar per person in 1947. That would make a total of 20 pounds on regular ration stamps.

CHILD CRASHES WITH CAR, SUFFERING FROM HEAD INJURIES – Jack Oughterson, 5, was taken to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital Friday afternoon for treatment for bruises, facial lacerations and a cut on his forehead when he hit the side of a car that was passing while playing with a dog. The accident happened on the west side of Main Street in Dundee, just south of the commercial area. Harry Garfield Mickelsen, Jr., 24, of 115 Williams Street, Geneva, was driving south around 3 p.m. Friday afternoon and saw two children playing uncomfortably near the traffic lanes. He honked and almost slowed to a stop when the little boy hit his right wing. Joanne Giles, 10, of 67 Main Street, was not injured. Private AR Ryder of Penn Yan Station investigated.

50 years ago

December 30, 1971

READY TO RIDE PY AMBULANCE BODY JAN. 1 – The Penn Yan Volunteer Ambulance Corps will officially enter service at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 1972. with two ambulances and an initial crew of 41 auxiliary drivers, all fully trained by the Red Cross in basic and advanced first aid practices. When the volunteer ambulance service takes over, anyone requesting an ambulance service should call 536-4466. It’s the county fire control center, and they’ll handle all Penn Yan ambulance calls. Just call that number, tell the person answering that an ambulance is needed, giving the location and as much relevant data as possible. The area covered by the Penn Yan ambulance service includes the towns of Benton, Milo, Torrey, Jerusalem; that part of Barrington with the telephone prefix 536; and the part of Potter’s Town in the Penn Yan Fire Department area. The Potter Zone was just added to the Ambulance Service Zone this week. and membership applications will be mailed to residents immediately.

RURAL HOUSE RAVAGED BY A FIRE – The one-room home of a migrant couple on the Rushville-Ferguson Comers Highway was destroyed by fire Thursday evening. Rushville firefighters were delayed to attend the scene because a neighbor allegedly refused to let the owner of the home in to call an alarm, investigators said. It was later reported that the neighbor had called the fire department, but they had already been called by a second neighbor. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Williams of Stanley was destroyed by the fire and all their belongings were lost. Williams and his wife are said to have returned home to find smoke billowing from the small dwelling. Denied entry by the neighbor, Williams went to a second home, that of Richard Fiels, who summoned the firefighters of Rushville and Gorham. No loss estimate was given. The building belonged to Evet Gazzetta de Pulteney.

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