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The News is happy to have resident “historian” Sarah Roberts back on staff for the summer. Sarah spent some time last week curating some “hot” news items from our “yellowed pages” reminding us of what was important 50, 75 and 100 years ago this week.

From 1969

“Carol Louise Rosa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Rosa of Arkville, was married June 21 to William Earl Johnson of Margaretville, as St. Margaret’s Episcopal church by Rev. R. L. Donahue. The bride was given in marriage by her father…[she] made her own gown and veil.” (“Miss Rosa Bride of William Johnson”, July 3rd, 1969, page 6).

“Sixteen members of the Senior Homemakers club and two guests attended the picnic held Thursday at the home of Mrs. Myra Bellows. A business meeting was held in the afternoon with election of officers… The next meeting will be in September with enrollment and program planning” (“Senior Homemaker Picnic and Vote”, July 3rd, 1969, page 6).

The Little League Indians, well on their way to their second consecutive championship, were handed their first defeat in 14 games over a two-year period last week, 12-10, by the third place Yankees. The Indians struck back hard after spotting the Yanks an eight-run lead in the first two innings, but had to play catch-up all the way through, never quite catching up with the victors” (“Yankees Bring End To Indian Streak” July 3rd, 1969, page 7).

“Two federal grants for aid to low-income families and educationally disadvantaged children in Delaware County have been announced by Congressmen Martin B. McKneally. One will provide $16,667 for food and medical services for the families; the other is for $245,449 for the children.

From 1944

“The Ulster-Greene vacationland area apparently experienced one of the biggest holiday seasons of all times over the Fourth of July holidays and of the thousands of vacationists (sic) who swarmed to the mountains for the holiday apparently the majority of them stayed for prolonged vacations. For several days prior to the weekend transportation facilities were crowded with people en route to the mountains and transportation officials reported today that the return crowd has been small in proportion, indicating that the majority of the people have remained in the area for longer vacations” (“’Fourth’ Crowds Indicate Best Summer Ever”, July 7, 1944, page one).

“Two boys of this village, sons of excellent families, were arrested yesterday by Trooper Knapp on the charge of stealing gasoline from automobiles. They were taken before Justice of the Peace George Mayes at the Fleischmanns yesterday afternoon” (“Arrested for Stealing Gas”, July 7, 1944, page one).

“Daytona Beach boat workers launched its 20th war contract vessel June 29 with a private ceremony.

Launched was the QS 75, a 104 foot aircraft rescue boat and sister ship of the QS 73 and QS 74 launched since boat works began building this type of vessel after building 17 submarine chasers.

Mrs. Arthur Nelson, wife of the boat works superintendent, sponsored the launching…” (“Mrs. Nelson Sponsors Ship”, July 7, 1944, page 2).

“Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Wolff of Halcott Center announce the engagement of their daughter Mildred, to Lt. (j.g.) Raymond J. Margles, USNR.

Miss Wolff, a great-greatgranddaughter of David Zeller, is a graduate of Skidmore college, and has for the last two years been employed as draftsman for the U. S. Army Signal Corps in Detroit, Mich.

Lt. Margles has returned from a nineteen-month tour of duty in the Southwest Pacific where he served in the Navel Amphibious forces and as judge advocate of the New Guinea area, and is enjoying a thirtyday leave with his family and friends prior to resuming duty as assistant provost marshal at the Navel Training Station in Norfolk, Va.” (“Announce Daughter’s Engagement”, July 7, 1944, page 3).

From 1919

“A notable event in the history if the village of Margaretville and esoterically in the lives of Margaretville men who served in the training camps and in the fields of France during the greatest of wars, was the victory banquet held in the parlors of the Methodist Episcopal church last Friday evening under the auspices of the Delaware Adelphia, in honor of its members who wore the khaki” (“Victory Banquet A Notable Event in Local History” July 4, 1919, page 1).

“Mrs. Grover Dumond of Arkville was seriously injured Tuesday evening when she was thrown from the wagon of Hoornbeek Brothers of Arkville, which was struck by one of two automobiles at a point opposite the Wawanda Inn, the drivers of which were apparently engaged in a race…

Neither of the drivers of the motor cars made any pretense at stopping to ascertain the damage done and the fact that they got away is a source of great unrest to the community” (“Racing Autos Causes Serious Accident” July 4, 1919, page 1).

“There will be three movie shows at the Opera House today, July 4th. The attraction is Marguerite Clark in Uncle Tom’s Cabin; also a thrilling 2 reel western. Three shows 2:30 p. m., 7 p. m., and 9 p. m. Usual prices will prevail” (“’Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ At the Opera House” July 4, 1919, page 1).

“The United States Geological Survey announces from Washington the probability of another general coal shortage next fall and winter. The announcement is based, the Survey states, upon a region-wide study of conditions in the bituminous field. Unless steps are taken at once, the Survey says, to place and mine upon the basis of increases production there is every prospect of a repetition to some degree of the situation that prevailed the United States during the winter of 1917- 18” (“Coal Shortage On Way; Govt. Says Buy Now” July 4, 1919, page 2).

“The Sunday School convention at Arkville last week was a pronounced success. Despite the drak [sic] rainy day the first day of the convention was well attending and opened on time with all the speakers for the say on hand. Rev. Charles Edward Hewitt, the local pastor, made all the visitors feel at home with his welcome address. Rev. H. S. Hawk of East Branch responded with his usual good humor. Rev. E. O. Williams delivered the opening address with many helpful thoughts. At the noon hour a goodly number answered to the dinner call in the firemen’s hall where was spread a feast fit for a King” (Arkville Convention Pronounced Success” July 4, 1919, page 4).

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