Granville news from a century ago

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By Erik Pekar

The village of Granville was to start road work: “At the Henry Hose house Tuesday the vote on the proposition to raise $1500 for the purchase of tarvia and the expense of placing same on the streets of Granville was as follows: For the proposition, 77; against, 56. With one spoiled ballot the total votes cast was 134. The work will begin promptly.”

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The Granville town baseball team lost a game: “A crowd of 250 saw Fair Haven town team shut out Granville, 12 to 0, at Fair Haven Sunday afternoon. The batteries were: Fair Haven, McNulty and Jones; Granville, Middleton and McGrath.”

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Racing at Middle Granville: “The following races and sports will be held at the Middle Granville race track at 1 p.m.: 2:17 trot or pace, $100; 2:20 trot or pace, $100; town race for green horses, $10 and $7; peg race, open to all, $7 and $3; 200 yard dash, $2 and $1; boy race, $1; five mile automobile race for Fords only, $25. Admission to the grounds, 50 cents. Address your envelope to T.A. Lawler or J.J. Sullivan, managers, Granville, N.Y.” The article name, but not the article itself, mentioned the 4th of July.

While the Middle Granville racetrack was a horse racing track, this particular news item contains the mention of a rare automobile race in Middle Granville, even if it was limited to Fords.

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The West Pawlet school was to hold graduation: “Commencement exercises of the graduating class of the West Pawlet high school will open Sunday evening at 7:30 o’clock with the baccalaureate sermon, which will be preached by Rev. F.H. Reid. This will be held at the Welsh Methodist Church. Monday afternoon class day exercises will take place in Assembly Hall at 2:30. Tuesday evening at 7:30 commencement exercises will be held in Assembly Hall. All are invited.”

West Pawlet had its own school until the late 1990s; the teaching of high school grades had ceased decades before its closure.

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Middlebury College’s 1924 class included Granville graduates: “The commencement exercises at Middlebury College from June 14 to 17 is of unusual interest this year as three Granville high school graduates are in the class. Their records and affiliations are as follows: James Goodman Carlton, G.H.S., 1920; track, first and second years; class basketball, first and second years; class football, first and second years; class treasurer; ‘21 Sages,’ Delta Upsilon fraternity. Ruth Gardner Nelson, G.H.S., 1919; volleyball, first and second years; mandolin club, second and third years; home economics club, second and third years; Phi Beta Kappa scholarship fraternity; member of Theta Chi Epsilon sorority. Viola Alice Wood, G.H.S., 1919; volleyball, first year; mandolin club, second, third and fourth years; women’s glee club, second and third years; dramatic club, fourth year; Middlebury science club, fourth year; member Delta Omega Delta sorority.”

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Going up to North Granville, their chapter of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union held a meeting: “The last regular meeting of North Granville W.C.T.U. was held at the home of Mrs. Robert Cone. The president, Estella Chapin, presided. After the business was transacted the program was in charge of Grace Chapin, the topic being ‘Youth Holds the Key’; Marching Mothers, Marching Daughter, Bertha Whitney and Addie Ingalls; Hold High the Torch, Lottie Juckett; The Dragon Drink, Lucy Loomis, Etta Juckett, Lillian Barrett; victrola selection, Only the Childlike; ‘Isn’t There Anyone Who Can Do Something,’ Cora Stoddard; ‘Our Youth and Our Children,’ Alta Whitney; ‘Our Young People,’ Estella Chapin; ‘Why Shouldn’t She Help?’ Ethel White; ‘Wanted, Young Women,’ Ella Cone. Rev. Mr. Vickery gave an interesting talk and the program closed with singing Allied Soldiers. Refreshments were served to twenty-five. The next meeting will be in the North Granville Methodist church parlor June 18 and this being flower mission every member is requested to be present and those having flowers are requested also to bring them.”

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“The Granville band presented its second concert of the season last evening. There was an immense crowd, cars being parked on every intervening street. Every number was received with hearty applause and Director Allen said it was the best concert the band had ever played. During the rendition of the program someone of patriotic nature touched off a few fireworks in the vacant lot in the rear of the stand. Concerts will be given every Wednesday evening throughout the season, weather permitting, and all will be musical treats.”

The Granville Band no longer does weekly concerts in the village square and has since been merged with Poultney’s band to form the Poultney-Granville Band. The idea of summer concerts eventually reemerged, and for over 15 years the Village of Granville has maintained a summer concert series at Veterans Park and will continue with this series in 2024.