Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Detail Not Spanking New But Still Fascinating

(C) 2014 Luke T. Bush

PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY - Wednesday 9/24/2014

So I'm glancing at the front page of the Press-Republican, the dead tree format dated Saturday 9/20/14, and notice an article about the 75th anniversary of the Elizabethtown, NY Social Center.

The center stands where its founder, Cora Putnam Hale, used to live.  She donated both the property and funds to build the facility back in 1939 to serve both local youth and adults.

The article includes a photo of Cora's painted portrait (missing in the online version).  Below is copy of the photo and its caption.  

If you're unable to read it the caption states: 

"This oil portrait of Cora Putnam Hale by Wayman Adams hangs over the fireplace mantel at the Elizabethtown Social Center.  Supposedly, this is the location where Mrs. Hale received her first spanking."

The article doesn't mention if there's a plaque accompanying the oil portrait, a bronze marker immortalizing this fascinating historical detail.  "On this spot in the Year of Our Lord..."

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