Danby’s Celebration

AUGUST 28, 1911.
Program Concludes With Unveiling of Monument and Big Corn Roast-Special Services in Churches.

The residents of Danby, Vt., have a right to feel proud of their success in celebrating the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the town by the authorities of New York state of which Vermont was then a part. Through the activity of a few representative citizens they have had a week of reunions and visiting, with a number of events of a unique sort interspersed. Saturday afternoon a large crowd assembled to see the dedication of the beautiful fountain presented the village by the Improvement society. Congressman Foster and Father Lynch, a well known Pittsford pulpit orator, were the speakers. The fountain is one of the prettiest in the state and provides not only drinking facilities for the residents of Danby village, but also for four-footed passersby. In the evening a giant corn-roast was held and signal fires were lit on the surrounding mountains.

Yesterday was the real sesquicentennial and sermons of a historical nature were preached in all the pulpits of the town, The Congregational church was crowded to hear Rev. W. A. McIntire, the originator of the Old Home Week and celebration, deliver an historical address on the establishment and development of the town. On the other side of the mountain the other village, called the Four Corners, Rev. George H. Cornell, pastor of the Methodist church, had one of the largest audiences in the history of the church for a similar service. Rev. Father Culleon, pastor of the Roman Catholic church at Danby borough, found opportunity to address a few remarks to his people at his preaching service. So the week ended. Geneology, old friendships, historical study and general enjoyment have been the diversions of the week. It will be a long time before Danby forgets a celebration which brought guests from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire and most of the surrounding Vermont cities and villages. Among those registered in the S. L. Griffith library were nearly a score of Trojans.