Arkville memorabilia display featured at Middletown hall
What do the Pakatakan Golf Course, the Knights of Pythias and Milton Berle have in common? Arkville!
An exhibit on view at the Middletown Town Hall through the end of December includes photos and memorabilia of Arkville as it used to be, from the golf course that stretched along Route 28, to the Pakatakan Lodge, Knights of Pythias #321 based in Arkville, to the famed entertainer who performed at Todd’s Hall (now Casey Joe’s) at the Crossroads in Arkville in 1936.
The exhibit is taken from the extensive collection of Bud Barnes, former postmaster at Arkville and unofficial historian of the hamlet on Route 28, between Margaretville and Fleischmanns. It was assembled by Town Historian Shirley Davis and can be seen during regular weekday business hours at the town hall, located on Route 28 between Margaretville and Arkville.
Also on exhibit: A postal scale from the Arkville Post Office when postage was 2 cents (1885-1932); a certificate and arm patch from Boy Scouts of America Troop #48, Arkville; memorabilia from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows #558 and the Order of Knights of the Maccabees #732, an emblem from the George R. Dodds Hose Co. which preceded the Arkville Fire Dept., and a calendar/thermometer from Rosa’s gas station.
There are also bottles from the Arkville Bottling Works; a wooden peg from the Arkville covered bridge that once spanned Dry Brook; calendars from S.T. Whipple’s store, Samuel Korn’s store, the Sacred Heart Church and the Methodist Episcopal Church; and lots of early postcards.