Archive for October, 2009

Preparations for Annual Country Club Race Ball Held in Pelham in 1887

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The Country Club that opened in Pelham in 1884 was the site of many Steeplechase and other horse races.  Members of the Club held an annual “Race Ball” that formed the centerpiece of a region-wide celebration of the opening of the Races at the Country Club. 

Books of Town Supervisor “Honest John Shinn” Turned Up Short in 1906

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More than a century ago, the outgoing Supervisor of the Town of Pelham, John M. Shinn, was embroiled in a nasty dispute that eventually led to litigation.  Questions arose over the Town accounts during his tenure.  Ironically, the Republican Town leader was known

Article About the June 10, 1888 Opening of Travers Island Facility of the New York Athletic Club

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The New York Athletic Club opened its Travers Island facility in Pelham Manor on June 10, 1888.  A brief article about the opening appeared in the magazine “Outing”.  The article is transcribed below, followed by a citation to its source.

“ATHLETES’ SUMMER HOME.

Mystery “Touring Car” Crash on Pelhamdale Road in Pelham Manor in 1904

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An odd and mysterious accident occurred on Pelhamdale Avenue in Pelham Manor in 1904.  A number of articles about the accident appeared in New York City newspapers.  One such article appeared in the November 18, 1904 issue of the New-York Daily Tribune.  The

Pelham Was a Principal Station on the Stage Coach Route of Dorance, Recide & Co. Which Carried Mail Between New York and Boston

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It seems hard to grasp in this Internet age of instant communication, but mail between New York City and Boston once traveled by stage coach.  In the 1830s, stage coaches of Dorance, Recide & Co. ran the line which included a station stop in Pelham.  A long