What happened in Elmira at the turn of the 20th Century?
November 1909 - Compiled by Diane Janowski

News of 1901-02-03
News of 1914

108 Year old Woman?
North Chemung Street, Waverly residents were startled by a strange individual yesterday afternoon who knocked their doors and talked in a rambling fashion. The man was apparently about 35 years old, his clothing tattered, and appeared to be crippled. The man insisted that his name was Mary White and that he was 108 years old. Doctor Spencer was called. Police officials think that the man has escaped from some institution for the insane.

Colored Barber Dies in his Chair
Stephen Knowlen, a colored barber was found dead in his chiar in a small room at the rear of his barber shop at 309 East Fifth Street this morning.

Tries to Stop a Runaway - Injuries cause his Death
Brickwedde Jones, a well know city expressman made a desperate effort to capture a runaway horse a the corner of Baldwin and Water Streets Friday afternoon and received injuries which will result in his death this morning.

Dry as Dust
The Town of Elmira is dry as dust beginning October next year and continuing 2 years at least. Not a drop of liquor can be sold in saloons, hotels, and even pharmacies in the Town of Elmira which surrounds the City of Elmira, north, east and west.

Hygeia Plant Has No Equal in this Part of the Nation
The new warehouse in connection with the Hygeia Refrigerating company, which has been under construction since last March has been completed with the exception of a few minor details and the spacious floors are being utilized rapidly by the concern for storage purposes. The Hygeia Refrigerating Company now takes its place in the largest of cold storage plants in the United States. Owners believe that Elmira will shortly be known as a fruit storage pointing of importance second to none.

Classes in German Begin Tonight
The first session of free instruction in the German language which the Rev. R. Viewig, pastor of the German Evangelical Church is to conduct in the school room at that church during the coming Winter.

Sammy Butts again accused of Theft
Sammy Butts arrested more times perhaps than any other 12 year old in this vicinity was again placed under arrest early this morning for theft of a bicycle.

Marvin Memorial Service will be held on Sunday
At 3:30 next Sunday afternoon a memorial service will be held for Ross Gilmore Marvin in the Lake Street Presbyterian Church. Services will be open to the public. It is probable that members of the Peary expedition will be present and make some interesting remarks on the memorable trip to the Pole touching upon some incidents in connection with the life of Elmira's martyr, who lost his life in the Arctic.

Sixteen Elmirans Leave for Florida
The large party of Elmirans, organized and personally conducted by Mrs. Fred Miller of 850 Maple Avenue, left this morning over the Northern Central for Baltimore - thence a steamer to Jacksonville. They will remain in Florida until the Spring.

German Evangelical Church Supper 25ç Thursday November 18 Madison Avenue

April 1910

To Reopen the Organ Factory
After being idle for 3 weeks because of financial difficulties, the Hope-Jones Organ Factory at Fifth Street and Madison Avenue will reopen for business this morning.

New Car
George M. Diven is the owner of a new 1910 REO car that he recently pruchased from the LaFrance Motor Company. George says he is delighted with the car.

Another New Car
Mr. Fisher Welles of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania drove a Hudson 20 Roadster form Elmira to his home. Mr. Welles purchased the Hudson form the LaFrance Motor Company.

Auto Show
Elmira's first auto show was opened Saturday night at 8:30pm in the New York State Armory on East Church Street.

Samuel L. Clemens Passes to Reward
Samuel Langhorn Clemens (Mark Twain) died painlessly at 6:30 o'clock tonight of angina pectoris. He lapsed into a coma at 3 o'clock and never recovered consciousness. The burial will be in the family plot in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira.

Comet Parties are the Rage
Halley's Comet is becoming so popular that "comet parties" are now the proper thing.

Badly Burned at the Rathbun
Miss Anna McCann was seriously injured in the kitchen of the Grill at the Rathbun Hotel last night. Miss McCann was standing over the stove and attempted to catch a pan full of potatoes, which was about to fall from the stove.

News of 1901-02-03
News of 1914

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