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.

In This Place: May 7, 2014

Here’s to the Ladies that went out with a blaze — or a blast
by Trish Adams

In This Place: May 14, 2014

Here’s to Our Man on the Street: Clarke A. Sanford
by Trish Adams

There is no way to measure what our communities owe Clarke Sanford. A progressive, brave, brilliant young man who bought the News in 1904 on a note with $1,400, he was in front of every trend for six dec­ades: motion pictures, automobiles and, always, getting the news. His grandson Dick will tell you the News was something of a hobby until after the wars, before then he was too busy building our hospital, a theatre, car dealerships and goin' fishing.