In This Place: Nov. 19, 2014

Gone Huntin’
It’s the season when a young man goes seeking his first buck and our pages are adorned with their trophies. Hunting tales abound in our archives too, I hope you enjoy the ones I’ve culled for you this year — as with the deer, there are plenty that got away that we can scare up next year!

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In This Place: Nov. 12, 2014

End of Hostilities
In honor of Veterans Day, I thought we could take a happy glance back to those days when the end of a war was announced. The holiday itself was first known as Armistice Day, to honor the day that World War I (the war “to end all wars”) ended. These first few items all appeared on the
November 15, 1918 front page.

Celebrated News of Peace with Great Spirit
Margaretville made noise all day and part of the night.
Kaiser Hung From A Wire And Burned
Many people said the day was the happiest they ever knew.
Margaretville celebrated the news of peace Monday with a vengeance.
The false peace alarm of last Thursday got a foothold here but when it was found to be a fake the celebration stopped. The deserted Sweeney house on upper Main Street was burned that night at about 8 o’clock. No one knows how it got afire.

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In This Place: November 5, 2014

Did You Vote?
Call me a sicko, but I love politics. I worked on the 1990 campaign of Deborah Glick, the first openly gay person ever elect­ed to the NYS Assembly. Some News readers may remember my coverage of the 2006 race of Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand, now our Senator.
I also love the math, science and strategy of it all. So, now that Nov. 4 has come and gone, let’s enjoy some very pre-Nate Silver election results.
November 5, 1909 — Close Vote Delays the Final Count
The recent election was probably the closest one in the history of the county, there being only a matter of about 100 votes between victory and defeat.
The result could not be author­itively announced until the official returns had been canvassed at Delhi Wednesday evening.

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In This Place: October 29, 2014

Hallowe’en — Some Tricks, Some Treats
Let’s enjoy some of the old-fashioned hijinks of Hallowe’ens past. The costumes may have morphed over the years, and the elaborate parades with floats, window paintings on Main Street shops and fiercely fought costume contests are now largely a thing of the past. But trick or treating — as well as some devil­ish mischief-making — remain much the same. Let’s start with an early 20th century warning that seems to have been printed just in the nick of time!
Joe Duggan, Margaretville Boy Scout, looks up after finishing his pie in the Halloween pie-eating contest Monday evening at the Margaretville central school, while Sandy Scudder keeps eating. Despite his spectacular appearance Joe did not finish soon enough to win a prize. Who cares? The pie was prize enough.<br />
—From the November 4, 1955 edition.Joe Duggan, Margaretville Boy Scout, looks up after finishing his pie in the Halloween pie-eating contest Monday evening at the Margaretville central school, while Sandy Scudder keeps eating. Despite his spectacular appearance Joe did not finish soon enough to win a prize. Who cares? The pie was prize enough.
—From the November 4, 1955 edition.

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In This Place: October 22, 2014

October Olio

Traditionally a Spanish or Latin American “rich, highly seasoned stew of meat and vegetables,” the word “olio” has long since come to refer to any miscellaneous collection of items, a hodgepodge, as it were. So this week’s column of news that was reported on the front pages this week in 1904, ’24, ’34 and ’54 certainly qualifies as an “olio.”