In This Place: Stories from the News Archives by Trish Adams

In This Place: July 23, 2014

July 23 Potluck
A half-page ad from the July 23, 1915 edition.A half-page ad from the July 23, 1915 edition.
The middle of July can be a slow time for news. Folks are vacationing, and barring any fires, drownings, car wrecks or other tragedies of an “ambulance chas­ing” nature, a reporter can be hard pressed to deliver a zinger.
So I thought I’d fall back again on the tradition of summertime family reunions and give you a potluck from issues all dated the same day as this edition: July 23.

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In This Place: July 16, 2014

Making Hay While the Sun Shines
A wonderful example of "neighbor helping neighbor" from the July 29, 1949 issue.A wonderful example of "neighbor helping neighbor" from the July 29, 1949 issue.

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In This Place: July 9, 2014

Red, White and Boom!
Looking back on Fourth of July celebrations of yore, there are definitely some contrasts from how we celebrate today. Over the decades, you will note a definite trend towards increased safety and less abandon with fireworks and explosives, for instance. In the early part of the century, the sizzle, crack, boom began at dawn! I’m having a hard time visualizing how those four guys won the three-legged race, but maybe someone can draw me a picture. Also, how many of us would have the patience to listen to the entire Declaration of Independence?
By the Depression, the “Good Old Way” of celebrating the Fourth had become far less cavalier and more safety conscious than depicted in this cartoon from the June 29, 1906 issue.By the Depression, the “Good Old Way” of celebrating the Fourth had become far less cavalier and more safety conscious than depicted in this cartoon from the June 29, 1906 issue.

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In This Place: July 2, 2014

Graduation “Four”ward March, Part 2

As promised, here are some more graduation classes from the “Fours,” especially the 1964s, celebrating their graduation’s ‘Golden Oldies’ of 50 years. See how many of the names, and even the people, you remember . . .


In This Place: June 25, 2014

“Four”ward Graduation March, Part 1
by Trish Adams
As promised, here are some graduating classes from decades past (on the fours): next week I’ll try to fit in classes from 1944 and more 1954s at least.

In anticipation of next week, here are the Roxbury and Fleischmanns’ Classes of 1954, from the June 25, 1954 edition:


In This Place: June 11, 2014

Here’s to the Dads: Heroic and Otherwise!
by Trish Adams
These ads from pre-Father’s Day editions still have some great gift ideas. Many editions also featured lots of Father’s Day restaurant specials, a tradition large­ly superceded by the advent of a newer Dad Day tradition: the backyard barbecue.  This ad is from 1970, the ones at the bottom of this column are from 1946 (Parsons) and 1961.These ads from pre-Father’s Day editions still have some great gift ideas. Many editions also featured lots of Father’s Day restaurant specials, a tradition large­ly superceded by the advent of a newer Dad Day tradition: the backyard barbecue. This ad is from 1970, the ones at the bottom of this column are from 1946 (Parsons) and 1961.


In This Place: June 4, 2014

June Brides
by Trish Adams

In celebration of the wedding season, this column will offer up some June weddings from many years ago. You will note that church weddings were not the rage back then; brides usually married at their homes or at their minister’s parsonage. Usually just one attendant each “stood up” for the groom and bride and perhaps there would be a flower girl or page if a younger family member wanted to participate.


In This Place: May 28, 2014

Decoration Days of Yore
To start research on this week’s column on Memorial Day celebrations before the end of WWII, I first had to remember that our grandparents called it “Decora­tion Day,” and that its primary focus — whatever the pomp, parades and festivities — was a solemn cemetery visit to decorate the graves of veterans.Bill McGarvey plays echo taps from atop the Margaretville cemetery on May 30, 1950.Bill McGarvey plays echo taps from atop the Margaretville cemetery on May 30, 1950. The history of Decoration Day began shortly after the Civil War to honor the dead of that bloody conflict, whose graves were liberally scattered throughout every community in America. However, certain Southern states resisted the holiday until sometime around WWI, when the holiday’s portent was shifted to honor the fallen veterans of any war. It is interesting to note that here, even before WWI had begun, Catskills denizens used Decoration Day to honor veterans of all previous conflicts. Decoration Day back then was solemn and ceremonial; it all crescendoed at the graveyard, with “Taps,” and a sermon or benediction of some sort by the clergy.


In This Place: May 21, 2014

Just a Memory

I wanted my Memorial Day column to revisit the Vietnam conflict in our villages; a war that still stirs feelings and the one whose vets always seem to get short shrift on “Decoration Day.” My plans were waylaid by the absence of 1968 in the archives — a year in which our villages lost men to that conflict — I’ll have to pursue another strategy to retrieve them.


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