The New York State Woman Suffrage Association (NYSWSA) held its thirty-fifth annual convention in Hornellsville on Tuesday through Friday, October 20–23, 1903. Business meetings and executive committee meetings were held at the Page House, then one of Hornellsville's most elegant hotels.
Other venues utilized by the 1903 convention included Westminster Presbyterian Church, where all plenary sessions were conducted; and the Joseph B. Woodbury residence, where a gala reception was held.
The Building and Site. It is not known when the Page House was constructed, but by 1903 it was very well established as one of Hornellsville's foremost lodging places. The building was lost to fire on the morning of February 19, 1913, when workmen using torches ignited gas apparently leaking between floors of the hotel. The structure was almost immediately consumed by flames, but because all the guests had already left their sleeping rooms there was no loss of life. Later, the site was occupied by a Sears and Roebuck store. After its closing, the site was taken over by its current occupants, an independent furniture store and a furniture discount outlet.
Thanks to Collette Cornish, City of Hornell Historian, and Alice Taychert, Director, Hornell Public Library, for extraordinary research assistance.