2017-07-12 / In This Place


By Kate Van Benschoten

This week I took a look back at the comings and goings of the month of July 50 years ago and 25 years ago. It was interesting to see not only what news made the pages, but also whose names made the pages – more than once! Here is a glimpse at 50 years ago, July 1942.

July 3, 1942: Four Physicians Volunteer Services

Four Margaretville physicians have volunteered for the service of their country. One, Dr. Tepfer, has been accepted. Dr. Weinberg, Dr. Palen, and Dr. Bruell, the other three who offered to enlist, have been returned to Margaretville for one reason or another. The latest to volunteer was Dr. Gilbert Palen, who went to Utica last Friday and offered his services to Uncle Sam. He passed the physical examination but was ordered by the Army to return to Margaretville for the duration.

At a recent meeting of the combined medical societies of Delaware and Otsego counties a representative of the Army Medical Corps explained the urgent need for physicians in the Army and Navy under the age of 45 years. It was in answer to this call that many physicians from both counties have offered their services. The community appreciates the spirit of these men in offering their services and is glad to know they are to remain here.

July 10, 1942: Receives His ‘Wings’

Lloyd Lawrence Kelly, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kelly of Margaretville, has been commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army Air Forces. He received his “wings” during impressive graduation exercises at Spence Field Friday, July 3.

Hold Tompkins Reunion

The Tompkins reunion was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. D. T. Williams Saturday, July 4. There were 34 present from Rochester, Fillmore, Johnson City, Grand Gorge, East Meredith, Kortright, and Delhi. – Union Grove Correspondent

Out of the Mailbag

Ft. Bragg, N.C., July 4, 1942

Dear News: I wish to thank you for sending me the News. It sure is enjoyed by me and other soldiers from the North. It has got what it takes, that and all the rest of your country papers.

You may not wear a uniform or get many medals, but when we get the Victory we’re after all the way around the world, a lot of credit will go to you for keeping the soldier’s morale up. I am leaving here for a destination unknown in a few hours. I have been at sea for 12 days and just got back in time to leave again. I transferred to the U. S. Marines, but send the paper to my old address until I learn our new destination. Until then may I wish you the best of luck in business and health.

Very truly yours,

Pvt. Donald E. Meade

July 17, 1942: Hull-Condon

Miss Alice Condon, a nurse at the Margaretville Hospital, and Julian Hull of Hubbell Hill were united in marriage yesterday morning at 11 o’clock by the Rev. Father Drake at St. Margaret’s chapel in this village. Dr. Weinberg was best man, Miss Elda Hull was bridesmaid. The bride was given away by Dr. Palen.

Roxbury Sent 53 Pounds Rubber Per Capita

It is estimated that Roxbury furnished about 11 or 12 tons of rubber during the scrap rubber campaign. The Cities’ Service garage of Henry C. Morse collected about six tons; Brower & Long garage received about four tons; the Esso station, managed by O. J. Griffin, took in 700 pounds, and the Van Valkenburgh-Larue Hilltop garage received about 800 pounds. There are about 400 people in the area served by the garages, and so it would seem that Roxbury furnished about 53 pounds per capita. – Roxbury Correspondent

Twenty-five years later, we had fewer stories of war and its impact at home, and more stories of “where they are now” and new beginnings. It was a time of growth and hope in our communities in 1967.

July 13, 1967: Lloyd Kelly Becomes Head of Corporation

Lloyd L. Kelly, who grew up in Margaretville, has been promoted to president of General Precision Systems Inc., the new name of the former General Precision Inc. Mr. Kelly had been executive vice-president and general manager of the corporation under its former name.

Mr. Kelly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kelly of Margaretville, is a resident of Greenwich Conn. He and his wife are the parents of two children.

General Precision System’s specialties are in the design and manufacture of navigation, guidance and control systems, simulation and training systems, weapons control systems and communications systems for government and industrial markets. The company also produces a diversified line of electronic and electro-mechanical components and sub-systems.

Among the groups in General Precision Systems, Inc., is the Link group, formerly Link Aviation. Mr. Kelly joined Link in 1945 following service in the Air Corps. He became education director to the general sales manager, vice-president of sales, executive vice-president and president of Link.

A&P Opens Supermarket

A new A&P Supermarket will open in Margaretville Tuesday. Official ribbon-cutting ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m. with Mayor Ray Marks, Supervisor Eldred Shaver, and other village and town officials invited to attend.

Familiar faces will be on hand to greet customers at the new store, where they have assumed their duties. They are Joseph Pedulla, manager; Ivan Misner, assistant manager and Harold Bouton, produce manager. The meat department will be under the direction of Larry Norton, who has moved here with his family from Sidney. He will be assisted by Alphonso Mattino Jr., who closed his Bridge Street grocery store to take a position as meat cutter in the new store.

The new building provides a unique combination of two periods. Its exterior front is Early American, built of brick and designed in the architectural style of early colonial homes of New England. Its interior is completely modern.

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