Emily, 1901



Aerial view print of Pan-American Exposition, 1901

The United States has its own world's fair in the year following the Paris exposition. The Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, celebrates "commercial well-being and good understanding among the American Republics."

On September 6th, President William McKinley is shot in the Temple of Music on the fairgrounds by anarchist Leon Czolgosz. New York's former governor, Theodore Roosevelt, who spoke at the Binghamton WCTU meeting in 1899, succeeds McKinley to the presidency.

In Binghamton, Emily is now an older sister. Archie James Barber is born in 1901. 


Carmel Grove residents at their cottage, around 1900. (Photo: Broome County Historical Society photo)

Emily and baby Archie join their parents, grandparents, aunt and uncle, and Leoria and Albert at the Chautauqua Institute at Carmel Grove campgrounds that summer. Carmel Grove, a popular resort following the Chautauqua trend of this time for adult education, sits just three miles from Lestershire (later part of Binghamton) where the Barber’s live. It is a week of Bible teachings, meetings, and fellowship geared towards families in a country setting with cottages, sidewalks, gas lights, a large auditorium and Epworth Hall.  Camping takes place in refined settings and company.