This postcard is marked as “Skaneateles” on the back, but it’s very difficult to identify the school house, with the boys playing ball outside, from the photo. If any of you have any clues, ideas, they would be welcomed.
Bert Sellen became the proprietor of the Sherwood Inn in 1922 and changed its name to the Kan-Ya-To Inn, and it was Sellen who greeted Bette Davis when she visited in 1935 and had her sign a menu.
Grace at the Athenaeum
I loved Grace Parcells. We were never formally introduced; we never had a conversation. But when I moved here in 1998, I used to take walks down West Lake Street on weekend mornings, and I often saw Grace riding her bicycle. I would wave; she would smile back. One day I shouted, “You are an inspiration to me!” She laughed and rolled her eyes. She lived in a little brown Dutch Colonial on the lake shore, a humble but lovely house that has been there since 1901.
Grace died last month at the age of 91, and the Vice President of the United States came to her calling hours at the Robert D.Gray Funeral Home. Grace was the aunt of Joe Biden’s first wife, who died in a car accident in 1972. On the Web, one anonymous poster said his visit was just politics. No, I’m sure it was Grace.
In March of 1831, the Broome Republican of Binghamton, N.Y., ran this article picked up from the Skaneateles Telegraph (our first newspaper):
“Steam Boat on Skaneateles Lake. It is in contemplation to have a neat and commodious steam boat plying on the Skaneateles Lake the present season. This will give an increasing interest to our thriving and pleasant village. Parties of pleasure and the fashionable tourist will be delighted to take a trip up and down the lake, viewing the beautiful and highly cultivated fields and the truly sublime and picturesque scenery which is presented to the eye along its borders. The inhabitants of the village and vicinity have liberally contributed towards this desirable object.”
Indeed, that summer the Independence was launched. William Beauchamp wrote:
“On July 22nd the Steamboat Independence made her first trip, and tradition relates that the village fathers had a specially jolly time on board, expecting wonderful results from the boat, which did not follow.”