Suffolk County News years Ago
John Graham, David Perry and Robert Sapanski, of Oakdale’s Boy Scout Troop 268, show how glad they are to complete the 85-mile hike from Montauk Point to the Montauk Highway School in July 1963. In rear are scoutmaster Godfrey Gale and Walter Sapanski.

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Suffolk County News years Ago


70 Years Ago

July 1948


“Sayville in the Early 1800s” is the theme of the annual summer exhibit of the Sayville Historical Society to be held at Edwards Homestead, featuring old deeds, samplers, household articles, books and maps, as well as clothing of the pre-Civil War period. Mrs. Jewett H. Smith is chairperson with assistance from Mrs. Charles H. Huntoon, Miss Gladys Vunck, Mrs. Paul E. Hitzigrath, Mrs. John Homan, Mrs. Elward Smith, Miss Louise Ockers, Charles P. Dickerson, A.C. Edwards, John P.G. Bates, James F. Willis and Hervey G. Smith.

During a flash storm accompanied by cannonading thunder and hail, a lightning bolt struck near the top of the Sayville Congregational Church steeple on South Main Street, ripping off some shingles.

Fred D. Smith of Hampton Street, Sayville, was felicitated upon completing 40 years as bank director of the Oysterman’s Bank & Trust Company at a board of directors meeting, in which the board surprised him by whisking him away to The Shoreham, where he was guest of honor at a testimonial dinner. 

Local police are on the prowl for a Peeping Tom after receiving a report that a prowler was seen peering into the home of Joseph Kucera of 290 Greeley Avenue, Sayville, followed by another report from Mrs. Anna Barry of 164 Candee Avenue.

The members of the W.S.C.S. enjoyed a picnic luncheon in Mrs. George Ell’s picnic grove in Bayport. 

Kenneth McDowall of Bayport entered the United States Navy immediately after his graduation from Bayport High School. He is stationed at the United States Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill.

John P. Steigerwald’s bicycle and lawnmower shop has been moved to McConnell Avenue, Bayport, the fifth house from South Road. 

Roy Shaw, 19, a summer resident of Vanderbilt Boulevard, Oakdale, forgot that the latter-named boulevard is a dead-end street when his car plunged into 5 feet of water in the adjoining creek at 4 a.m. Shaw climbed out of the sedan and got ashore safely, leaving the top of the car protruding above the surface of the water.

Miss Barbara Baker entertained at the piano at a nightclub party given by the Idlehour Taxpayers’ Association at their clubhouse in Oakdale.

Members of the boating community will enjoy the latest article published in the current issue of the Rudder Sun Magazine, called “Silhouettes in the Sun,” and written by our Oakdale neighbor Charles Jenrich.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schaefer held a lawn party at their home on Church Street, Bohemia, in honor of Robert Jr., who was celebrating his first birthday.

Everett Griek of West Sayville was a soloist at a luncheon given at the Waldorf Astoria last Thursday for veteran employees of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.

Playing this week at the Sayville Theatre: Robert Hutton and Joyce Reynolds in “Wallflower,” and Roy Rogers and Dennis Day in Disney’s “Melody Time.”



55 Years Ago

July 1963


Just for the sake of record and in case you like to receive mail, Sayville’s postal ZIP code is 11782, as was announced this week by postmaster Walter J. Greene. From now on, all incoming mail should carry this figure in its address. 

“No golfing on school grounds!” is the urgent midsummer request of Sayville school officials in response to the growing number of golfers who have been sharpening their mid-iron game on the school lawns and playgrounds at the Cherry Avenue Junior High and Sunrise Drive schools. Although not against golf, the school district warns that golfing on school property could damage windows, injure bystanders, and cause yawning holes in the turf. 

William Corey of Sayville Ford has won for the second year the Ford Motor Company’s Golden Circle Award for the New York district.

Joseph J. Jahn, editor of the Suffolk County News, left for Grafton, Ill., where he will participate in the annual weeklong meeting of the International Conference of Weekly Newspaper Editors.

Bayport Girl Scout Troop 27 attended a performance at the Jones Beach Theatre of “Around the World in 80 Days.” Leaders who accompanied them were Mrs. Robert Arden and Mrs. Stanley Goette. Parents who helped with transportation were Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Coombs. 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Zigrosser of Oakwood Avenue, Bayport, held a barbecue supper at their home on July 4th for Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Reilly and two sons, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Miller and daughter, Miss Linda, Mrs. Edith Jones and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Zigrosser Sr.

Miss Kathe Thompson of Lakeview Avenue, Bayport, graduated from the Mandl School for Medical Assistants. 

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mead of 7 Colony Drive, West Sayville, are among 241 members of the 10th Mountain Division Alumni Association who left Idlewild on two chartered airplanes for Rome. There, the group will retrace the course followed by the division through the Italian Apennines during World War II and visit historic battle scenes. 

Miss Beverly Van Popering of Brook Street, West Sayville, will enter St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside to begin a course of study in child nursing. 

Miss Barbara Van Essendelft of Tyler Avenue, West Sayville, and Miss Dorothy Boogertman of Rollstone Avenue returned by plane from Chicago after attending the National Trailer Rally in Minnesota. 

Mrs. Meyer Goldstein of Tower Mews, Oakdale, entertained for luncheon 28 members of the Poppy Garden Club of Brooklyn and Long Island. Among those present were Mrs. Henry Nye of the Sayville Garden Club and Mrs. John Jaffin, president of the South Bay Garden Club. 

Members of Oakdale’s Satellite Drum and Bugle Corps participated in the New York State Individual contest held in Jamaica, where Robert Murphy Jr. won first place for male buglers, Miss Helen Fitzgerald placed third among female buglers, and Miss Jeannie Brady took third place for color guard.  

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fallon and children, Eileen, Patrick and Sheila, of Locust Avenue, Bohemia, spent four days in Pennsylvania, where they attended the Dutch Folk Festival in Kutztown and the Centennial of the Battle of Gettysburg. 

Playing this week at the Sayville Theatre: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner and David Niven in “55 Days at Peking”; and Henry Fonda, Maureen O’Hara and James MacArthur in “Spencer’s Mountain.”


Compiled by Vanessa Graniello