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Schoharie County celebrates prominent women

Schoharie County celebrates prominent women

'When you arrive for the evening, you don’t know where you’re going'
Schoharie County celebrates prominent women
Martha Danforth Dayton.
Photographer: Provided

SCHOHARIE — Schoharie County residents are gearing up to savor local food, local people and local history. 

This Saturday, nearly a century after women were granted the right to vote in New York State, Schoharie County residents are coming together over locally grown and prepared meals to take a look at the lives of some of the extraordinary local women.

“When you arrive for the evening, you don’t know where you’re going,” said Jerrine Corallo, a project director at Schoharie Area Long Term Development, which organizes the event.

Attendees arrive at  Lasell Hall, grab appetizers and chat with author  Karen McLaughlin Cuccinello, who wrote: "Women Who Paved the Way At the Turn of the Century in Schoharie County: Suffrage, Politics & Other Conquests." Guests can then pick up a Local Women's History Program, and had to their “host homes” around the county. Food is donated by local farms and businesses and dinner is prepared by the hosts. 

The evening concludes with a dessert made by the women of Loaves and Fishes at the  Schoharie Free Library. 

“It’s a mingling opportunity for folks,” Corallo said. But this time, the focus is on the women who made the first steps into town government, medicine, law, and other local entities. 

Here’s a glimpse into some of the women that will be celebrated and discussed:

  • Minnie Pope Humphrey: She was the first woman to be admitted to Albany Medical College in 1915. Humphrey was also a suffragette. 
  • Dr. Carolyn Lestelle Olendorff: She became the first female doctor in the county in 1899. 
  • Eleanor Taylor: She was the first female mayor of the Schoharie Village, elected in 1935. She was also said to be the first licensed female driver in the county. 
  • Blanche Borst: She was the first woman elected to Schoharie County government position. In 1919, Borst was elected as County Clerk, after working for several years as a sub-clerk. 
  • Nellie Mae Crosby: Crosby was the first female attorney in the county, starting her practice in 1939. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Schoharie County Bar Association.   
  • Martha Danforth Dayton: In 1965, she was elected the first female Town Supervisor of Jefferson. In 1972, she ran for the New York State Assembly and lost to Charles Cook. 

Savor Schoharie

WHEN: 5:3 - 9:30 p.m. Saturday 
WHERE: Starting at Lasell Hall, 268 Main St, Schoharie 
RESERVATIONS: 518-702-5017, saltdevelopment.org

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