In This Place: April 29, 2015

May Days in Motion
May Day — traditionally celebrated on May 1, seems to have moved around a bit in the actual coronations of May Queens and such. At women’s colleges it was a matter of great prestige to be named Queen of the May, but the ceremony was usually held later in the month. I also was surprised to find many mentions of Arbor Day celebrations in May. Although it started out in the middle of April, it was officially moved to the last Friday in April at some point, but never mind that — I found plenty of Arbor Day stories drifting into May as well — probably so moved by the impracticality of planting trees in the mountains in April!

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In This Place: April 22, 2015

Scattered Showers
This week’s column is a little spring bouquet of thises and thats, garnered from this time of year in decades past. As promised, with the change of seasons, we have another treat from Emmeline Scudder’s diary of farm life in the 1950s, Feminine Furrows.
Our first story, however, gives a whole new meaning to the term “opium den”:
April 16, 1915
Shot a Chuck — Highmount Man Makes Novel Capture of a Pet which Develops a Bad Habit

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In This Place: April 15, 2015

Just Another “Typo-cal” Day
Having mostly ink for blood, I’ve been relishing doing a newspaper-related column, one that looks at the growing pains, everyday tribulations and typos that beset even the finest news organization. Every editor has stories of typos so horrific that they can’t be reprinted even for the mirth factor: our editor’s favorite was the time the “o” was left out of the word “county” in a 48-point headline. Let’s spend some time this week looking at the “new” News of 1902, when Clarke Sanford took over:

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In This Place: April 8, 2015

Anglers Ahoy!

After a long and chilly winter, it’s time to get out the fishing gear and enjoy some of Clarke Sanford’s trout tales, and memories of the fine fishing spots up and down the Delaware before they were sacrificed to the Pepacton Reservoir in 1954.
Let’s start with a tale of a dry fly purist who is sold on new technology as fast as a 15-year-old today for an iPhone 6.

May 6, 1949
Hank is a Catskill trout fisherman. For many years he has fished, with dry fly, all the good trout waters of the area. The pools of the Delaware, the Plattekill, Bushkill and Huckleberry are as familiar as his back steps.
He’s a good fisherman. He takes home five or six trout though he could fill a basket anytime. He is ready to argue at the drop of a claret gnat against the bait fisherman. He leaves one with the impression a fisherman who uses other than flies to take trout commits a grave error against the sportsman’s code.


In This Place: April 1, 2015

Fool’s Paradise

Who could resist pulling out some good pranks for a paper printed on April Fool’s day?

March 10, 1905
Various practical jokes are carried out by the workmen at the Pocantico and one of the best ones happened last week when some one gilded George Gregory’s overshoes with the gilt used for the radiators. Now, the man who did it has confessed, and the joke is not on the Collector. It is said that a new pair of overshoes were bought to replace the “golden slippers.”