MISS LYNCH RECEIVES WONDERFUL TRIBUTE
an undated picture. Miss Lynch is third from left.
Retiring Principal Of Chatsworth Avenue School
Guest Of Honor At Testimonial Dinner At Larchmont Yacht
Club Attended By Over 100.
(May 21,1922) Larchmont has had many a wonderful celebrations
in the past - events which will live long in the history
of the community, but none of these happenings will
stand out more conspicuously in the years to come than
the testimonial dinner given in honor of Miss Margaret
Lynch on the occasion of her retirement as principal
of the Chatsworth Avenue School on Monday evening, at
the Larchmont Yacht Club.
Assembled around the festive board to do honor to the
guest of the evening were over 100 men and women of
all walks in life, eager to pay their tribute of respect
and appreciation of the wonderful work of Miss Lynch
as executive of the local public school. It was an event
where justice was done by the various interesting speakers
and it was the unanimous sense of those present that
Miss Lynch and her eleven years of endeavor in Larchmont
measured up to all the fine things said about her.
A pleasing, interesting and novel manner of depicting
various incidents and the life of the guest was prepared
as a surprise by Miss Lynch’s brother, Humphrey
J. Lynch of White Plains. It was in the form of moving
pictures and it began with the little old homestead
where Miss Lynch was born in the northern part of the
state. The pictures showed the numerous schools at which
she was associated from the time which she first of
ten did school up to and including the Chatsworth Avenue
School, Herkimer, White Plains, New Rochelle, Grove
City, Pa. and State Normal and several likenesses of
dear school friends were also flashed upon the screen.
Mr. Lynch, who is one of the best attorneys of this
county, explained the several pictures not without is
well known oratory or humor, much to the delight of
the audience. As a fitting climax after Joseph F. Gleason’s
picture was shown, a likeness of Miss Lynch’s
mother who is now 82 years old was produced.
And the wonderful feast which was made possible through
the courtesy of the officials of the Larchmont Yacht
Club, supervised by the versatile manager Gederra, was
not all the honors that were bestowed upon Miss Lynch.
A gift, a wonderful token of esteem and remembrance
in the form of an ivory toilet set of no small proportions
was presented by the toastmaster Joseph F. Gleason in
behalf of the community.
When Miss Lynch arose to express our deep appreciation
for the great honors which had come to her, she did
so in a clear composed manner. Although her heart was
filled to overflowing with joy, she expressed her thanks
and gratitude for the wonderful evening and added that
she was very glad if only one-tenth was true of what
had been said about her. The speaker gave full measure
for her success as principle here to her faithful corps
of co-workers, the close cooperation of the parents,
and the generous assistance of the best Board of Education
it was ever her privilege to know. Miss Lynch asked
for even a greater cooperation of the parents and for
criticism of the constructive kind. In conclusion, Ms.
Lynch said she could not find words adequate to tell
of her sincere appreciation for the wonderful reception
given in her honor.
The first speaker was the Reverend Richard Cobden who
recalled Larchmont before there was any public school,
some 26 years ago. But school taxes were levied just
the same and it was a case of taxation without representation.
E. J. O’Gorman was then Larchmont’s representative
on the Board of Education, and as a result of agitation
it was ascertained by Charlie Perrin that there were
just two children of school age here. However, a school
was erected and at that time it was called “a
whale of a building.” The community has been wonderfully
blessed and having Miss Lynch as its school principal.
The speaker then referred to the cooperation and assistance
and the willingness of Miss Lynch in any movement which
he had taken up with her. Particularly was Miss Lynch
interested in helping along the annual community Christmas
tree celebration for the children which was inaugurated
a few years ago by Mr. Albee. Here Mr. Cobden referred
to Mr. Albee’s generosity in wanting every kiddy
in Larchmont to be remembered at the Yuletide, saying
if there ever was a Christmas-like man, Mr. Albee was
one. Mr. Cobden then expressed his best wishes to the
guest of honor for her future happiness and success.
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