Suffolk County News Years Ago
Dick Stevens (left) and Tom Quigley, of the Juvenile Drum Corps of the Bayport Fire Department, prepare for a music competition to be held at the department on July 5, 1963, during the parade and drill of the Islip Town Volunteer Fireman’s Association.

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Suffolk County News Years Ago


70 Years Ago

July 1948


Exactly 100 young people completed the second step of their formal education when the Class of 1948 graduated from Sayville High School. Speeches were given by valedictorian Calvin Seerveld and salutatorian Beverly Hoek. Mrs. Hoek’s speech, titled “Our American Democracy,” emphasized the importance of exercising one’s right of franchise, and spoke of those who are illegally barred from voting in certain parts of the country because of their race and went on to stress the importance of the “Four Freedoms.”

Dr. Arthur Billings Hunt, well known in radio and musical circles as well as for his wartime work for the entertainment of soldiers, was one of the soloists at the Sayville Garden Club meeting at the home of Mrs. Joseph Duke Harrison. 

Miss Eugenia Raynor of Sayville, who retired after many years of service as town welfare officer, was given a farewell luncheon on Tuesday by a number of women employed at town hall. 

A television antenna atop the Holmes Street, Sayville, residence of Richard Gross appears to have been the only casualty of Wednesday night’s lightning storm in this area. 

The recent Regents examinations at Sayville High School resulted in perfect marks for three students. Charles Slanetz scored 100 in biology; Calvin Seerveld received a perfect score on the physics test; and Robert Wood completed the trio with a 100 percent in intermediate algebra. 

George Dedrick has been appointed the acting postmaster in Bayport, succeeding Joseph S. Annable, who retired. 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jelinek and Miss Mildred Jelinek, of Bayport, attended graduation exercises at the Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan when Miss Elaine Jelinek graduated as a medical assistant from Paine Hall School of Manhattan. 

Kenneth Johnsen, of Bayport, a graduate of the Practical Bible School in Binghamton, is taking over the Youth Rallies in the Little White Church in Blue Point. 

Mrs. Rudolph Overton was pleasantly surprised when a tea was given in her honor by ladies of West Sayville. There was a short program consisting of a piano solo, “First Waltz,” by Mrs. Herbert Leigh-Manuell; and a monologue, “Fuss on a Bus,” by Mrs. Herman Goldsworth.

Mr. and Mrs. William Paul, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Paul Jr. and Ernest Paul, all of Bohemia, went to Yankee Stadium to attend the night game.

Barbara Fass and Joan Isseldyke won the Oakdale Column Awards for general improvement shown in their studies during the past few months at Oakdale School. 

Oakdale students who graduate from Sayville High School were Dorothy Zaccone, Eve Jensen, Arthur Orgera, Richard Byne and Harold Schnepf. 

Playing this week at the Sayville Theatre: Deanna Durbin and Dick Haymes in “Up in Central Park”: Cary Grant and Myrna Loy in “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House”; and Eleanor Parker and Alexis Smith in “Woman in White.”



55 Years Ago

July 1963


The Class of 1939 of Sayville High School held its reunion on Saturday evening at The Shoreham with Kenneth Zegel of West Sayville as chairman. More than 60 members of the class attended. Those coming the greatest distance were Reinhold Spicker Jr. of Portland, Me.; Mrs. Rosalind Bolton Adams of Northampton, Mass.; and Mrs. Ceil Sullivan Zubron of Riverdale, Md.

Donald J. Mates was installed as the new president of the Sayville Rotary Club at a club meeting at Land’s End, succeeding Jack Danes. 

Miss Eileen McEney of Sayville Boulevard is attending the National Convention held in Detroit, Mich., as a delegate representing the Bay Shore Teachers’ Association. 

Miss Susan Foster of Connetquot Road, Bayport, a graduate of James Wilson Young High School and winner of the $100 award from the Sayville Kiwanis Club, was one of the honored guests at a dinner party at Land’s End in Sayville.

Mrs. Alfred Ellis and her daughter, Miss Belle Lou, of Oakwood Avenue, Bayport, who was elected Beloved Queen of the Sayville Triangle, and Miss Betsy Archibold of McConnell Avenue, an officer of the Triangle, will attend the three-day state convention at the Hotel New Yorker on July 4-7.

The following adults from the Bayport Methodist Church have volunteered to be counselors for a week or two during the summer at Methodist Camp Quinipet on Shelter Island: Mrs. Robert Brunner, Mrs. Landon K. Owen, Mrs. Henry Pfister, Winit Schwadron, Mrs. John Mowry and the Misses Betsye Foster and Gail Petrat. 

Mrs. Douglas McNicol of East  Lane, Bayport, was elected chairperson of Neighborhood One of the South Suffolk Girl Scout Council at a special meeting held at the Methodist Church parish house. 

Sixteen members of Boy Scout Troop 268 in Oakdale, led by scoutmaster Godfrey Gale, returned home after a hot-weather march and camping trip which began at Montauk Point. The boys walked 20 miles daily and camped each night. 

Lucille and Fran of the Oakdale Flower Shop would like to inform readers that the shop will be closed on Mondays during the summer, but they will be glad to serve you by phone.

Mr. and Mrs. John Donnelly of Oakdale enjoyed a performance of “Around the World in 80 Days” at Jones Beach Marina Theatre.

The Misses Wilma and Margaret Hoek of Fourth Street, West Sayville, left Idlewild Airport by SAS for Copenhagen, Denmark. From there they will go to Hamburg, Berlin, and Munich, Germany, and then to Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In Munich they will visit the home of their uncle and aunt, Lt. Col. and Mrs. Frank Laudieri. 

Cadet Eugene F. Heyman of Bucknell Road, West Sayville, is attending ROTC camp at Fort Sill, Okla., for six weeks. 

Miss Diane Ball of West Sayville, a student nurse at Long Island University, came home to spend a vacation of three weeks with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Ball.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kroupa and daughters Judy, Laurel and Lynne, and Mr. and Mrs. William Knakal and children Billy and Ellen of Smithtown Avenue, Bohemia, accompanied Mr. Kroupa’s sister, Mrs. Leon Stann and her children Barry and Peggy, to New York when they sailed on the SS America to join their husband and father Col. Stann in France.

Playing this week at the Sayville Theatre: Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens and Del Moore in “The Nutty Professor,” and Guy Williams and Heidi Bruhl in “Captain Sinbad.”

Compiled by Vanessa Graniello