50 years ago in The Villager

Sept. 4, 1952

* Senator Elmer F. Quinn, New York State Senate minority leader and lifelong Villager, passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital from a liver ailment. Quinn, a Democrat and bachelor, lived with his mother at 95 Christopher St. His father was a printer.

* The Associated Blind, Inc., 147 W. 23rd St., launched a nationwide campaign to find “The Most Beautiful Blind Girl in America.” Irving M. Selis, president, announced a luncheon to discuss the plans would be held at the Brass Rail, 521 Fifth Ave.

* Hearns, then New York City’s oldest department store, celebrated its 125th anniversary with ceremonies on the store’s main floor at 14th St. and Fifth Ave. Representative F.D.R., Jr., presented a diamond watch to Kate Cavanaugh, Hearn’s oldest employee, who started as a “cash girl” in 1892.

* The tail end of an Atlantic hurricane swept through the Village with gusts up to 45 m.p.h., smashing a ground-floor show window at the John Wanamker department store at Fourth Ave. and Ninth St.; glass fragments cut the hand of Abakun Marka, 58, of 428 E. Ninth St., who was treated at St. Vincent’s.