Excerpts from the introduction of Paul
Spiegel at the 10/27/98 Historic Pittsford Meeting
I am proud to introduce our speaker of the
evening who really needs no introduction unless one has lived in the
Greater Monroe Community less then five years. Paul was the town supervisor
from 1966-1987, the person who held this post the most number of years.
Paul was born and grew up in the house on
North Main street right at the Four Corners. His grandfather owned
a wagon shop on that site. He attended the Pittsford School from
through the twelfth and then went on to the U of R, as did
many of our local sons and daughters. He played sports in his academic
career – we
have pictures to prove that.
During World War II, Paul proudly served
his country and earned six silver stars. The most amazing thing
to me today is that Paul can still wear his uniform and looks very
he marches in the Memorial Day parades!
Paul taught school for a short time in the
village of Hilton. I know one person, now living here in Pittsford,
who was one of Mr. Spiegel's students. After teaching those noisy
students for a year, Paul decided that the insurance business was
a calmer and saner life and he remained in that vocation until he
chose politics. He served as a trustee on the Town Board and was elected
to replace Ross Zornow in 1966.
Paul has been retired for over 10 years but
I would be willing to wager, he has not stopped being just as active
as he was when supervising the town. I am sure many of you have
seen him and his border collie, Susie, on their daily walks. Paul
is the one
carrying the pooper scooper and bag. I wish everyone would follow
his example. His daily visits to the Rochester Public library have
ceased but now his goal is to bring together his research into a book
could be completed within a year! I enjoy reading and capturing
the tidbits he has gleaned from the newspapers.