1868, 150 years ago
St. Elizabeth Home and Hospital celebrates its second anniversary this week, having been founded Dec. 12, 1866. Since that time, it has cared for 63 women and five men.
It all began when a 100-year-old-plus woman, deserted by friends and seemingly dying for lack of proper nourishment and attention, was visited by Mother Bernardina Dorn, a teacher at St. Joseph’s School in West Utica. The nun quickly saw that the woman could not long live without proper care. There was no place for her in the convent where Mother Bernardina and three other teaching nuns lived (all four from Philadelphia and with the Sisters of St. Francis) so a room was rented in a tenement house on Columbia Street.
The place quickly became an asylum for a number of women who needed to be fed and clothed and nursed back to health. The first attending physician was Dr. Edwin Hutchinson. The sisters, now nurses, continued to teach at St. Joseph’s and their hospital was supported during its early weeks by $50 donations from Thomas B. Devereux and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and by the sisters going door-to-door asking for funds.
Today, the home and hospital occupies three houses near the corner of Lafayette and Varick streets. A reporter for the Utica Observer asked Mother Bernardina, “Why do you, a Catholic establishment, accept Protestant patients?” She replied, “Protestants and Catholics are received alike. We also are happy to have Protestant ministers visit our Protestant patients. We intend that sectarianism shall never be intruded in opposition to the wishes of those whose comfort we study.”
1918, 100 years ago
The local Farm Bureau Association elects James P. Fear of Holland Patent as its president. Others elected: Bradley P. Fuller of New Hartford, vice president, and Edward Fuess of New Hartford, secretary and treasurer.
1943, 75 years ago
Employees at the Utica Mutual Insurance Company send holiday gift boxes to 250 soldiers who are patients at Rhoads Army General Hospital on Burrstone Road (a hospital that opened this year to care for soldiers wounded or ill from fighting in North Africa and Sicily during World War II). The boxes contain cigarettes, candy, combs and handkerchiefs. The gift program is chaired by Katherine Eggleston and Doris Schuler.
1968, 50 years ago
It takes three shifts at a pre-holiday party in the Utica Memorial Auditorium — 9, 12 and 3 — to accommodate the more than 8,000 children with families working at Utica’s General Electric Aerospace Electronics Department. The youngsters not only get to meet Santa Claus, but each receives a gift from the old gentleman. The gifts include paint sets, model cars and toy telephones and saxophones. Joseph Conte is chairman of the annual event.
Henry DiSpirito of Utica wins first prize for sculpture in the Kirkland Art Center’s annual juried show. Other winners: Walter Merrick of Rome, graphics; Romey Brough of Utica, painting, and Charles Pfrimmer of Rome, watercolors. Sixty-six artists participated in the show.
Arlene Mikalauskas is one of the week’s top bowlers when she carves out a 637 series on games of 244, 203 and 190 in Orchard Hall’s Co-ed League. Frank Asselta Jr. leads the men with a 663 in the Sunset Classic League on games of 246, 171 and 246.
1993, 25 years ago
The Players of Utica dedicates its presentation of “Scrooge” in the Stanley Center for Performing Arts to the late David Murphy, who played the ultimate miser Ebenezer Scrooge for the first 10 years. Richard Enders took over the role last year. This year, Jordan Jones plays Tiny Tim. Brian Heffron, who along with his brother, Mike, was a former Tiny Tim, remains in the Cratchit family.
In high school hockey, New Hartford defeats Skaneateles, 3-1, and gets goals from Joe Koury, Sean Virkler and T.J. Bertlesman. Kris Smith has 32 saves. Meanwhile, Clinton beats Immaculate Heart of Watertown, 9-0. Chris Davidson has three goals, John Majka and Brian Grady each net two and Dave D’Amico and Chad McCraith each get one.
The Oneida Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution gives Good Citizen Awards to: Anne T. Marcoline of Proctor High, Melissa Fasolo of New Hartford High, Theresa Luley of Notre Dame, Kelly Cahill of New York Mills High, Kai Dapson of Waterville Central, Robert Hemstrought of Sauquoit Valley High, Michelyn Pinard of Clinton High and Andrea Staley of Whitesboro.
2008, 10 years ago
The Little Falls Public Library appoints Marietta Phillips of Frankfort as its new director. She is a graduate of Utica College.
In high school basketball, Remsen defeats Owen D. Young, 66-29. Spencer Ballard scores 27 points for the winners. Meanwhile, Mohawk beats Ilion, 57-53, and is led by John LeClair’s 24 points. Joe Patrei has 16 for Ilion.
This son of a former U.S. president sought the presidency and was a leading contender at Republican presidential nominating conventions in 1940, 1948 and 1952. He never won, but always came in second. Name the son and his father. (Answer will appear here next week.)
Answer to last week’s question: John Adams was president in the year 1800, William McKinley in 1900 and Bill Clinton in 2000.
This Week in History in researched and written by Frank Tomaino. Email him at email@example.com.