Some Windham Journal tidbits, from a few years’ past:
1957 – A letter to the editor FROM CHARLES & ELSIE HOMMEL (Haines Falls) thanks the Haines Falls Fire Company and the WSCS for their help while their baby, Terry, was in the Albany Hospital, while Elsie was still in the Greene County Memorial Hospital.
1957 – SLUTZYS ON TRIP TO EUROPE
Israel and Goldie Slutzky took a trip to see the Scandinavian countries and Russia before ending their Paris journey. They sailed from New York on the Constitution on January 10, debarking at the Algeciras, Spain, near Gibraltar. They’ll return on February 26th on Queen Elizabeth.
1957 – DRIVER EYE TESTS
An interesting story that told how New York State just started doing eye exams this year.
1957 – STORE CLOSES
The Victory store in Tannersville closed on March 30, 1957, after many years. Mr. Ernest Merwin of Hunter ran the Victory with the help of his son, Percy. Simultaneously, the Victory chain was running stores in Hunter, Lexington, Prattsville, and Windham.
1957 – RADIOS INSTALLED
All mountaintop fire companies had radio transmitter equipment installed in their fire trucks by installers Bailey & Gifford from Windham. The plan was that every fire company in the county could stay in constant communication with other companies during emergencies.
1957 – HUNTER GARAGE – Brothers Joseph M. Shields of Hunter and Martin B. Shields of Buffalo bought the Fred Quick Service Station in Hunter. Historian John Ham told me that Fishers owned two garages at different times, one on Bridge Street, and another where the new emergency center is at the traffic light in Hunter Village.
1957 – Mrs. Sadye Schrager, the former Sadye Slutzky, has opened a gift shop on Main St. Hunter.
SENIORS Go TO WASHINGTON
Hunter-Tannersville Central school closed its door at 11 o’clock on April 17. “The seniors left the next morning for their much talked about, highly exciting Washington trip.” Mr. and Mrs. Russel Colton (the principal), and Mr. and Mrs. Arvid Dahlstrom, class advisor, went as chaperones. The class stayed for five days at the Hotel Lafayette in the nation’s capital.While in Washington, they visited the White House, the Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, FBI building, and many museums. The class of 1957 thanked all who made their trip possible.
(Through the HTC Alumni Association Facebook page, and from many that shared answers to the question of when the HTC students started going to Washington, it was 1956 when the trips began).
1957 – PUPPY RESCUED; NOW HAS WARM HOME
One morning Tannersville’s Peter Yankowski traveled through the woods to set free what he thought was a wild animal. When he approached a cave, a mother dog ran away from it, leaving a tiny baby pup all alone. Pete didn’t want to leave the puppy in the cold, so he took it to Al Shultz, who brought it to his daughter, Linda. Nice story.
1957 – SUMMER WEDDING
Mr. and Mrs. William Lenox of Lexington announce the engagement of their daughter, Wilma Madlyn to Edward John france, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen E. France. Both are graduates of H-T-C, and are employed by International Business Machines corporation, (IBM) Kingston.
1957 - ELEPHANT HUNT ENDS
ASHLAND – It was for 13 days that 70 + volunteers searched for Siam The Elephant, owned by the Vidbel family. The Mountain Top certainly received notoriety during the elephant hunt which came to a climax October 28 when she was caught and happy to be back with her friends again.
I hoped you enjoyed this little bit of the past. Until next week, take care, be thankful, and be kind. You never know how your act of kindness can change someone’s life.
Have a good week and stay safe.