Suffolk County News Years Ago
Sixteen-year-old Frank Fridrich, of Sayville, has joined Hunt Brothers circus as “Jo Wow, the Juggling Clown” for the summer of 1948. He is pictured here waiting to enter the ring for his first performance under the big top.

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Suffolk County News Years Ago


Barring a sledge of bad weather, Sayville is in for another lush summer season—perhaps the best ever—according to estimates cheerfully given this week by real estate brokers, hotel operators, shopkeepers and others vitally concerned. 

A check for $1,700 as a “token of affection and esteem” was presented to the Rev. Raymond J. Smith, pastor of St. Lawrence’s R.C. Church, at a testimonial dinner given in his honor at The Shoreham and attended by more than 200 parishioners and friends. The occasion was the 25th anniversary of Fr. Smith’s ordination to the priesthood.

Edward Duffy, who has operated the Kensington Hotel for several years, has sold the business to Mrs. Mildred Flanagan of Jamaica at a reported purchase price of $15,000. 

Miss Anita Palmer of Benson Avenue, Sayville, a student a Bennington College, spent her non-resident term working for a New York insurance firm.

Mrs. Herbert A. Obrig of Gillette Avenue, Bayport, donated the pin-leaf oak tree, which has been placed recently in Bayport Memorial Park. 

The Boy Scouts of Bayport’s Troop 130 will attend a camp-o-ree over the weekend at Jones’ farm at Coram, accompanied by Quentin R. Beitel and Rudolph Veverka. 

Miss Joyce Lea Wethkamp of Bayport has chosen Sunday, July 4 for her marriage to John Gill Seaman. The ceremony will be held at Our Lady of the Snow R.C. Church, Bayport, and the reception will be at the Foster House in Sayville.

Miss Marilyn Cejka of Bohemia completed the spring term at the Traphagen School of Fashion, where she majored in costume design and illustration. Miss Cejka will be showing samples of her work in the school’s 25th annual exhibition.

Frank Bolander, principal of the Oakdale School, received his master’s degree at Columbia University.

The Misses Jean Slager, Evelyn Smith, Joan Beebe, Marilyn Griek and Elaine Jost, and John Slager, William Paauwe, Calvin Seerveld and James Conkle, all of West Sayville, spent Saturday in New York City.

Playing this week at the Sayville Theatre: Randolph Scott in “Albuquerque”; Diana Andrews and Gene Tierney in “The Iron Curtain”; George Raft and June Havoc in “Intrigue”; and Errol Flynn and Ann Sheridan in “Silver River.”


55 Years Ago

June 1963


“Flight of Fancy,” the theme of this year’s flower show, will be presented by the Sayville Garden Club on June 13-14 at the Sayville Methodist Church. Mrs. Charles E. Nixon is chairperson of the show, with Mrs. John F. Pople as co-chair. Other chairpersons are Mrs. William F. Trautwein, schedule; Mrs. Earle Koman and Mrs. Jack Meyer, properties; Mrs. George Bennett, entries; Mrs. Harold C. Hinckley, classifications and arrangements; Mrs. Henry Nye, horticulture; Mrs. Karl Pausewang, hospitality; Mrs. Austin Sarr, judges; Mrs. Allen J.  Hoost, clerks; Mrs. Louis Stang Jr., donations; and Mrs. Irvin S. Hawkins, publicity.

The annual $2-per family fund drive of the Sayville Community Ambulance Company reached $2,500 of its $8,000 goal, according to Mrs. Alois Balsanek of Bohemia, the volunteer group’s finance chairperson. 

Miss Alice M. Robinson, formerly of Sayville, director of nursing education at Vermont State Hospital, has been named associate editor of Nursing Outlook, official journal of the National League for Nursing. 

Mrs. William H. Pasfield of Colton Avenue, Sayville, will be among the 1,000 alumnae returning to Wellesley College for the annual Wellesley Weekend, which is a gathering of alumnae from 15 classes from 1893 to 1958. 

John Wallace, Bayport School’s first singles player for the past three years, will go to Ireland this summer to play tennis. He will be staying at Stan Stonger’s Tennis Camp near Dublin.

On Saturday, 40 members of the Dramatic Club of Bayport High School went to New York to attend a Broadway play, “A Man for All Seasons,” accompanied by club advisor Mrs. John Potter.

Timothy R. Sandford of 637 Middle Road, Bayport, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.

Bard Mohlenhoff, stationed at the Naval Base at Oceana, Va., was home for Memorial Day Weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Mohlenhoff of Middle Road.

Mr. and Mrs. James Shand of Oakwood Avenue, Bayport, entertained at an outdoor birthday party for the 8th birthday of their daughter, Laurel. 

Brian J. VanWeele of Bellevue Road, Oakdale, graduated from Clarkson College of Technology in Potsdam, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.

Mrs. Earl C. Jones was welcomed back to her home on Shore Drive, Oakdale, after an enjoyable trip across the country, with stops in Seattle, Portland Ore., and San Francisco.

Mr. and Mrs. William Raedy of Oakdale celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary by attending a cookout at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sven Swedberg of Wantagh.

Miss Moira Lynn Hall of Idle Hour Boulevard, Oakdale, was awarded an associate’s degree in arts at commencement held at Vermont College in Montpelier, Vt. 

The wedding of Miss Carolyn Slager of West Avenue and Calvin Struck of Rollstone Avenue, West Sayville, was held June 7 in the Christian Reformed Church.

Albert T. Slovick of 436 Hillside Avenue, West Sayville, was cited by the Travelers Insurance Company for outstanding production in individual life, accident and health insurance. Mr. Slovick will be admitted into the Knight in Armor Club, the company’s honorary organization for outstanding agents. 

James H. Bumstead of Weaver Road, West Sayville, has been named manager of the Rocky Point branch of the Tinker National Bank. 

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Van Popering of Cherry Avenue, West Sayville, returned home after spending a week on a trip to Holland, Mich., where they met their daughter Miss Sheryl, who is a sophomore at Hope College, and accompanied her home. 

Mr. and Mrs. James Smisek and children James, Craig and Nancy of Walnut Avenue, Bohemia, and Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Svoboda and children Vicki, Barbara and Kenny of Wall Street spent Memorial Day Weekend camping at Bear Mountain. 

Playing this week at the Sayville Theatre: “West Side Story,” starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn and Rita Moreno; and “Island of Love,” starring Robert Preston and Georgia Moll. 


Compiled by Vanessa Graniello