Monday, September 17, 2012 –Nearly 50 people turned out for the unveiling of a historic roadside marker on Main Street in Homer yesterday, the marker recognizes one of America’s foremost social reformers who was born in the Village.
With musical fanfare and an extensive history Homer Town Historian Martin Sweeney and Cortland resident Pamela Poulin unveiled the latest historical marker in Homer, this one dedicated to the early beginnings of women’s rights and temperance advocate Amelia Jenks Bloomer.
Through her research Poulin was able to determine that Jenks Bloomer was born in Homer in 1818 and lived at 43 Main Street. The young Jenks Bloomer was educated at the Homer academy on the Village Green. At age 22 she married the owner of the Seneca County Courier Newspaper and became a writer.
Amelia Jenks Bloomer’s The Lily, the first newspaper for women, was issued from 1849 until 1853 under the editorship of Amelia Bloomer (1818-1894).
Published in Seneca Falls, New York and priced at 50 cents a year, the newspaper began as a temperance journal for “home distribution” among members of the Seneca Falls Ladies Temperance Society, which had formed in 1848.
The Society’s enthusiasm died out, but Bloomer felt a commitment to publish and assumed full responsibility for editing and publishing the paper.
Originally, the title page had the legend “Published by a committee of ladies”, but after 1850 only Bloomer’s name appeared on the masthead.