1868, 150 years ago
Don’t invite Horatio Seymour and his brother-in-law, U.S. Sen. Roscoe Conkling, to the same party. The usually mild-mannered Seymour just may punch the senator in the nose.
Seymour, the Democrat who once was mayor of Utica, not only lost the presidential election last Tuesday to Republican Ulysses S. Grant, he also lost Oneida County by 1,344 votes – 12,365 to 11,021 (excluding one district in the town of Vienna that has not yet reported its results). Seymour and Conkling never have been friends and Seymour opposed his sister Julia’s marriage to Conkling. One of the main reasons Seymour suffered the embarrassment of losing his home county is because the popular Conkling, a Republican, campaigned hard throughout the county for Grant.
Seymour won the city of Utica (2,912 to 2,409) and the village of Rome (1,307 to 860), but lost 18 of the county’s 25 towns (the town of Forestport had not yet been formed). The towns Seymour lost and the vote: Augusta 316-208, Ava 131-127, Boonville 624-428, Bridgewater 192-106, Camden 557-289, Deerfield (where Seymour has a country home) 246-241, Kirkland 531-478, Marshall 302-210, New Hartford 562-291, Paris 516-317, Remsen 399-235, Steuben 222-92, Trenton 624-199, Vernon 455-257, Verona 652-507, Vienna 149-112, Westmoreland 438-266 and Whitesboro 546-365.
Seymour won in the towns of Annsville 350-282, Florence 387-163, Floyd 162-148, Lee 350-327, Marcy 178-175, Sangerfield 337-287 and Western 310-252.
1918, 100 years ago
Communities throughout the region celebrate the end of the World War. In Utica – still struggling after a flu epidemic – a mammoth parade attracts a great crowd as men, women and children march, fires blaze and drums and horns revel in the noise. Among the bands playing their toe-tapping music are the Banda Rossa, the Band Biannca, the Polish Band, the New Hartford Band and the Remington Typewriter Band from Ilion.
1943, 75 years ago
What an airplane!
Staff Sgt. Frank Ciszek, of Schuyler Street in West Utica, is home on furlough after completing 50 bombing missions over North Africa and 310 combat hours in the air during World War II. The 26-year-old waist gunner has three enemy plans to his credit. His heroic record was achieved aboard the B-17 Flying Fortress, “Genevieve,” the first ship worked on at the Rome Air Depot when it was activated last year.
1968, 50 years ago
Boycotting students at Brandegee School, on Jay Street in East Utica, will get bus transportation. Parents began to keep students out of school a month ago, demanding busing and improvements in the cafeteria and curriculum.
The students formerly attended Bleecker School, a school with a more than 50 percent enrollment of minority students who now live more than a mile from Brandegee. They will be the only students in the city to receive bus transportation, except for those with physical problems. Busing will be paid for, in part, by the state under a ruling that permits busing of students who have been relocated to a racially integrated public school.
Names in the news: Utica Firefighter Joseph Zambino, who is named city chairman of a door-to-door fundraising march for muscular dystrophy; and Fran Keyes, who is named the Catholic Youth Organization’s “youth man of the year.”
In area bowling, Mary DiChristina rolls a 613 series on games of 199, 169 and 245 in the Girls A League at Thurston Lanes in Frankfort, and Dan Gregory has a 666 on games of 228, 210 and 228 in the Royal Industrial League.
1993, 25 years ago
A three-division parade along Genesee Street in downtown Utica marks the end of a full day of activities in the region honoring veterans of all wars. One spectator, Carol Ann Fraccola of North Utica, says she always attends the Veterans Day parade in Utica “because I feel it is my duty as an American citizen to recognize the men (and women) who served for our country.”
In high school football, tailback Rod Pelton rushes for 148 yards on 22 carries and scores three touchdowns to lead Rome Free Academy over Binghamton 34-20.
Gerald T. Kelley is the new chairman of The Salvation Army. Other officers: John Crossley, first vice chairman; Harold Mc Leod, second vice chairman; Ruth Jones, secretary; and Robert Imobersteg, treasurer.
2008, 10 years ago
The League of Women Voters of the Utica-Rome Metro Area celebrates its 50th anniversary. Johanna Albrecht is honored for being a member for 25 years.
This U.S. president was a member of the first class to graduate from the new Stanford University in California. He was (a) James Garfield, (b) Woodrow Wilson, (c) Herbert Hoover or (d) Richard Nixon. (Answer will appear here next week)
Answer to last week’s question: In 1887, President Grover Cleveland told a 5-year-old boy, “My little man, I am making a strange wish for you. It is that you may never be president of the United States.” On March 4, 1933, the little boy, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was sworn in as 32nd president of the United States.
This Week in History is researched and written by Frank Tomaino. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.