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 Many editions also featured lots of Father’s Day restaurant specials, a tradition large­ly superceded by the advent of a newer Dad Day tradition: the backyard barbecue.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 Many editions also featured lots of Father’s Day restaurant specials, a tradition large­ly superceded by the advent of a newer Dad Day tradition: the backyard barbecue.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.