In This Place: January 14, 2015

From January 27, 1950. The opening paragraph read: “The dedication and official opening of the Belleayre Mountain ski slope Saturday afternoon was the greatest day the Cats­kills have known since the Ulster & Delaware railroad ran its first train to Pine Hill nearly a century ago.”From January 27, 1950. The opening paragraph read: “The dedication and official opening of the Belleayre Mountain ski slope Saturday afternoon was the greatest day the Cats­kills have known since the Ulster & Delaware railroad ran its first train to Pine Hill nearly a century ago.”
First Tracks

I knew I wanted this week’s column to be about the early days of Belleayre and possibly ski patrol but then I stumbled on the Woodward and Bernstein of ski report­ing: Frank Elkins. Although a Long Islander, Elkins spent plenty of ink promoting skiing in our area. So I leave a large part of this column to his portrait of the new ski area just as it was entering the 60s.


In This Place: January 7, 2015

Happy New Year — Some “Firsts” on the “Fives”

This first column of the year is dedicated to beginnings and fresh starts. I scouted for happy news in the first issues of years ending in five, although 1925 was missing, and I felt it was inappropriate to cheat on that year.
Let’s start with an old-fashioned skimelton in Roxbury. Some of the type in this item was cut off, so I don’t know if the “skimeltoners” were young men or young people of both genders. Too bad none of them is still here to ask!


In This Place: Dec. 31, 2014

Going, Going, Gone
This ad, and the one below, both come from the Dec. 29, 1944 edition, when the war in Europe had been won but Allies still fought the Japanese in the Pacific.This ad, and the one below, both come from the Dec. 29, 1944 edition, when the war in Europe had been won but Allies still fought the Japanese in the Pacific.


In This Place: Dec. 24, 2014

Here Comes Santa Claus
From December 23, 1938From December 23, 1938


In This Place: December 10, 2014

The Christmas Sacrifice

December 1941 turned from Jingle Bells and Deck the Halls to war bonds and sending young men to the front in one fell swoop (literally) when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7. It is still amazing how quickly the country mobilized, in every possible way. Less than a week after the US declared war on Japan and Germany, in the issue of December 12, 1941, you could already read about everything from quelling rumors to how to prepare for a blackout.
From the December 25, 1941 editionFrom the December 25, 1941 edition