Suffolk County News Years Ago
In May of 1963, Bayport Cub Scouts plant a magnolia tree at the elementary school as part of their community service program. Rod Kimbro and Bryan McDonald man the shovel.

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Suffolk County News Years Ago


70 Years Ago

May 1948


Dennis Murnane and his brother, Si, of Handsome Avenue, Sayville, went for a sail a la Huckleberry Finn on a raft in the waters off of Foster Avenue when they realized they were drifting in the wrong direction and couldn’t steer it towards the shore. Thankfully, Adrian Hoek of West Sayville came along in his boat and picked up the would-be mariners.

Byram Bunch, former test pilot for the Sperry Gyroscope Company at MacArthur Field, gave members of the Sayville Rotary Club an insight into the workings of jet aircraft during an interesting talk at the club’s weekly luncheon at the Hotel Kensington.

Mrs. Edward Lyon of Sayville was awarded a supply of Chinese cashmere and wool yarn in the knitting contest sponsored by the American Wool Council and the Long Island Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Mrs. Robert Powell entertained at a party at her home on Colton Avenue, Sayville, to celebrate the 4th birthday of her twin daughters, Nancy and Holly.

Fred Lubbe Jr. of Greene Avenue, Sayville, has been accepted into a two-year course in industrial chemistry at the Long Island Agricultural Institute at Farmingdale. 

Marjorie Spellman of Bayport was guest of honor at a surprise party given in celebration of her 16th birthday.

Nancy and Dorothy Bogel of Bayport had their tonsils removed at Southside Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Antos of Bayport spent the weekend in New York, where they attended a performance of “Harvey” and also went to Radio City Music Hall.

John Beintema of West Sayville spent Thursday in New York City, where he attended the Chevrolet Truck Exhibit and the ball game at Ebbets Field. 

Walter Allen Jr. and Kenneth Dykstra Jr., both of Oakdale, are acting as caddies at the Island Hills Golf Course, which is being run by their neighbor, Richard Corbisierio of Shore Drive.

Patricia Rafferty of Oakdale was the weekend guest of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Dunn in New York. They attended a performance of “High Button Shoes.”

Congratulations to Emil Wcela of Ocean Avenue, Bohemia, for his outstanding achievement in winning a full four-year scholarship to St. Francis College in Brooklyn. 

Playing this week at the Sayville Theatre: Ray Milland in “The Big Clock”; Jennifer Jones, Gregory Peck and Joseph Cotton in “Duel in the Sun”; Vivien Leigh and Ralph Richardson in “Anna Karenina”; and Randolph Scott and Barbara Britton in “Albuquerque.”


55 Years Ago

May 1963


Over the years, it has been the custom of the Suffolk County News to predict clear skies and a warm sun for the Memorial Day parade in Sayville. Almost always the predication comes to pass because, tradition has it, it hardly ever rains while the colorful event is in progress.

A family gathering and buffet supper was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph McCarthy on Handsome Avenue, Sayville, to celebrate the christening of their grandchild, Ralph Norton McDowall Jr. at St. Francis de Sales Church in Patchogue.

A successful fashion show and card party was held by the Good Samaritan Hospital Guild of Sayville at Land’s End. Fashions were by Gertrude Burns with Mrs. Howard Rose acting as commentator. Models were Mrs. William Waters, Mrs. Justus Roe, Mrs. John Morrissey, Mrs. John Dawkins and Miss Marie Waters. Mrs. George Landin of Oakdale was the lucky winner of the money bouquet. 

Miss Judith Bevelander has completed her sophomore year at St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y., and will be spending the summer with her parents on Benson Avenue, Sayville. 

Sayville High’s golf team won the New York State title. The team is coached by Keith McClaskey and members are Dick Perrott, Stan Stamile, Barry Plesser, Warren Koutnik, Ronnie Pape and Billy Wurm.

William Cray of Woodland Drive, Bayport, has been accepted as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and will report there on June 26. 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Magale of Third Avenue, Bayport, entertained at a double birthday party for the 7th birthday of their daughter, Cathy, and 9th birthday of their son, Charles. Jr.

Cubs from Bayport’s Pack 129 left on Saturday morning by train for a trip to New York and the Statue of Liberty, accompanied by assistant cubmaster Francis Kuehn and committeemen Herbert Williams, Jack Gibbons and Martin Funk, and den mothers Mrs. Francis Kuehn and Mrs. Charles King. 

Mr. and Mrs. Jeromus Meisner of Academy Street, Bayport, have returned after a 10-day trip to the Virgin Islands and visited Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shillito, former Bayport residents, in Puerto Rico.

Lynn Maiwald of Academy Street and William Neuss of Snedecor Avenue, both of Bayport, were crowned queen and king of the Junior Prom at James Wilson Young High School. 

Julian H. Millheiser of Bayport, former chief of the Islip Civil Defense rescue service, was honored at a testimonial dinner announcing his retirement. 

Mr. and Mrs. Everett Griek of West Sayville went to Brooklyn, where Mrs. Griek was the guest speaker at the annual fellowship dinner of the South Reformed Church. Her subject was the work of the Board of North American Missions of the Reformed Church in America.

Miss Joyce Seerveld of Rollstone Avenue, West Sayville, arrived home for her summer vacation after her first year of teaching in the Christian School at Edgerton, Minn.

Mr. and Mrs. Marinus Slager of Division Avenue, West Sayville, celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary.

Miss Carol Rogers of Oceanview Avenue, Oakdale, will be the managing editor of the Oswegonian, the student newspaper of the State University College at Oswego, where she is a junior. 

Mr. and Mrs. Louis H. Hollender of Shore Drive, Oakdale, have returned from a week’s tour of the Smokey Mountains in North Carolina. 

The Misses Suzanne Siemion of Kahle Street and Carol Ann Stuhler of Oak Avenue, both of Bohemia, have been awarded nursing scholarships by the Woman’s Auxiliary to the Suffolk County Medical Society.

Playing this week at the Sayville Theatre: “West Side Story,” starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Chita Rivera and George Chakiris.


Compiled by Vanessa Graniello