Parades on Poyntz
On July 4th, 1888, Manhattan boasted the "biggest celebration in the state" with their parade of over 500 participants. The two mile long parade included fire departments from six towns, the G.A.R., the "Goddess of Liberty," "Uncle Sam," thirty-eight "graceful girls" representing the thirty-eight states, and floats from merchants. The parade event gathered attention from across the region as several surrounding towns cancelled their own celebrations in order to participate in the festivities in Manhattan. In addition, Manhattan events included church dinners, musical performances, and fireworks.
A.N. Blackman with Decorated Auburn Car, 1910
The photograph above is of A. N. Blackman in his Auburn car in front of his residence at 220 Houston Street in September of 1910. Blackman was a meat dealer with a store at 111 South Third Street, a grocery store at 228 Poyntz Avenue, and was a cashier for Citizens State Bank in 1913.