Hoosick Township Historical Society

Newsletter - March 2003

Editor: Phil Leonard
Museum Curator: Charles Filkins
Louis Miller Museum (518) 686-4682

Women received the right to vote
This article was published in the local Hoosick Falls newspaper on March 11, 1918. As women received the right to vote they became more active in politics. Several quotes from the speech are: "We must decide in what capacity we are best fitted to serve with the least waste of nervous energy and strength, and so help carry that particular effort toward more perfect results. A recent letter received from State Attorney, states that women are entitled to vote at the spring election without having been registered because, men are entitled to do this according to law and the pronoun 'he' as used in laws already existing includes the pronoun 'she'. Another field of responsibility now presented to women is the introduction of politics into her already complex life. Some of our women will feel themselves specially fitted to take up this line of work for the betterment of municipal politics." We have come a long way. We have the entire speech if interested.

Fountain Formally Presented - 1908
"One of the largest if not the largest crowd of people ever brought together in our village at one time were assembled at Monument Park Monday evening, July 20th, the occasion being the Men's Association of the Presbyterian Church, to formally present to the village of Hoosick Falls, the fountain recently erected by them.....The park presented a beautiful appearance being decorated with Japanese lanterns.....Ross's ice cream and a large piece of cake very generously donated by the women...over 3000 dishes served."

Ball Academy on Classic Street
In 1842, Levi Chandler Ball donated the land and money to build the Ball Academy on Classic Street. It became well known in New York State and students attended from all over the State. In 1863, the school had financial problems and the school was given to the Village School District. The School operated until 1961 when the Central School was built on Route 22. The building, later called the Classic Street School, was used for 119 continuous years. Dr Bobinski now has his office on this location.

On Tuesday, March 4, there will be a meeting at 7 PM at the Museum for the election of the officers for 2003. All members are invited. Our Library grows with the addition of research books by volunteers. Recently Gwen and Gilbert Wright finished seven loose leaf books. Churches, Indians, Organizations, Small Businesses, Rescue Squad, Hamlets and Industries. Loads of information and easy to access Twenty-nine new members so far this year. Our last Newsletter went to 166 addresses. Please renew your membership now.

Other News
Thank you Gene Salluzzo for your donation of stamps. Charles Filkins is building special frames for display boards in order to have moveable displays to be used in and out of the museum. There will be room for eight displays in our revolving display room. We are planning to start with school displays of St Mary's and the Public Schools. We are open all year long on Monday and Tuesday from 1 to 4 PM. If you see a vehicle parked at the museum, stop in and see us.If you have some history at home please share it with us. We will scan it into our computer and return items.

St. Mary's Convent and Academy
St. Mary's Convent and Academy was built in 1891 and was run by eleven Sisters of St. Joseph. Opened on September 8, 1891 with 600 pupils. First graduating class was on June 28, 1894. Recognized by the State of New York in 1899. The convent was demolished in March of 1970. The new High School was completed in1960. The High School was closed in June, 1986. The school is now operating a Pre-K through the 8th Grade.

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