Remember when the Sewickley valley overwhelmingly supported suffrage?

November 24, 2018

In the news this week 103 years ago:

• “WOMAN SUFFRAGE VOTE SWEEPS THE VALLEY,” one of this week’s headlines read. All municipalities of the Lower Valley overwhelmingly supported a referendum to grant Pennsylvania women the right to vote. “Sewickley started something last Tuesday when it put over the Woman Suffrage Amendment by a majority of nearly two to one and put this borough on the map to stay,” wrote the editorial board. Though the referendum was ultimately rejected at the state level, the editors crowed that “Sewickley has taken an advance step in the onward march of democracy.”

• School officials announced that beginning Friday, Nov. 5, “moving pictures” would be shown in the Sewickley High School auditorium at 4 p.m.

The first session would include three reels on India and one comedy, “A Family Jar.” Admission was free. The University of Pittsburgh distributed the reels at no charge to the school.

• St. Stephen Church was to host Harold Goad, field secretary of the American branch of the French Wounded Emergency Fund, to speak on the conditions in war-torn France.

At the time, there were over a million wounded soldiers in that country.

• Last week’s Halloween celebration was judged a success. “Young Sewickley was out for the evening and had a glorious time.” Festivities included a parade, costume contest, open air dancing in the square at Beaver and Broad streets, and a pie-eating contest: “This part of the show was worth the price of admission alone and was immensely amusing.”

• The social column reported the closings of several Sewickley Heights homes for the season. “Fair Acres,” home of Mr. and Mrs. B. Franklin Jones; “Gladmore,” owned by Mr. and Mrs. William W. Willock, and “Ridgeview Farm,” owned by Mrs. Elizabeth Horne were all closed in favor of winter homes in Pittsburgh and Lakewood, N.J.

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