Delia A. Phillips
(1928–1920) Delia’s place in history was first told in 1918 in the Daily News of Batavia with the headline, “Woman Aged 91 Voted in Le Roy.” Delia received the honor of voting first even though she was joined by fifty-seven other women for the first vote in Le Roy at the Municipal Building. It is assumed she was the leading woman to cast her vote due to her age and standing in the community.
Delia joined the Presbyterian Church when she moved to Le Roy at the age of 61, teaching Sunday school there as well. She was active in the Women’s Christian Temperance Union co-leading the evangelistic and Sabbath observances. Her gravestone lists her name and years of birth and death. It doesn’t indicate her place in Le Roy history. The historical marker in Le Roy now fills in that gap.
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Old Baptist Cemetery (aka Old Briggs Cemetery)
2719 Plank Road, Lima, NY 14485