Elmer Chester Longhenry was born in Gloversville, NY the only son of John Edwin Longhenry and Alice Duesler Longhenry in 1907.
After graduation from Gloversville High School, Elmer sought his fortune in Pennsylvania where he worked on a road gang constructing highways and railroad beds.
He returned to Gloversville where he became a butcher and met his bride of 63 years - Dorothy Stoddard. Elmer and Dot set up home in Gloversville where they raised three children John, David and Darla.
In true American entrepreneurial spirit, Elmer opened a corner grocery store in 1938, where he provided for his family and put all three children through college. His business experience led him to politics where he served in the capacities of Alderman, Police Commissioner, City Chamberlain and retired as County Treasurer.
I was born in 1907 and it has been a privlege to live in this age of electronics. As a boy in Gloversville, I can remember the first electricity was the street lights and movie light beams, that were powered by direct current passing between two carbon electrodes. The heat would sometimes set the film on fire if the movie operator got lazy and slowed down on his hand crank. Our homes were lighted with gas manufactured from soft coal down on Hill Street. Alternating current slowly changed our way of life to the life of luxuries that we now see as necessities to living.
There were no Sunday movies, no radio, no TV and a few telephones for businesses and those who could afford them. For entertainment we played games with friends and neighbors, spent a lot of time in church and went visiting or had visitors at home. Very seldom did a family eat alone on Sunday, friends or relatives were always invited.
You worked a six day week and Saturday night was spent shopping, visiting or just walking on Main Street. No-one paid cash for food, credit was freely given, and it was delivered to your home. Meat was delivered even on Sunday morning because of the lack of refridgeration. We used Ice taken from the lakes during the winter in a real Ice Box.
No one can even speculate what life will be like fifty or a hundred years from now. I will predict one thing, our bodies will change soley from lack of exercise. Even today some will not walk accross a parking lot if they can get into a disabled parking space. I saw advertzed this week, motorized scooters that can be used indoors or outdoors.
What will life be like? In 1907 you couldn't predict where we are today, I
don't know if I want to know the future, the fun is in the getting there.