Suffolk County News Years Ago

Suffolk County News Years Ago

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August 1948: One of the many activities this season at Camp Edey in Bayport is the construction by the Girl Scouts of two small sailboats. Here is one group of the boatbuilders at work on the first of the craft: (left to right) Lorraine Kelly, Betty Griek, Gayle Schaeff and Arline Ehrenberg, all of the Sayville area.  


70 Years Ago

August 1948


The juvenile drum and bugle corps of the Sayville Fire Department won top honors in a musical contest, which was one of the outstanding features of the closing day of the 100th anniversary celebration in Bay Shore. In addition, David Hartwell, one of the baton twirlers, won second place in the twirling competition and Carol Hunter placed second among bandleaders. 

“Go Slow – Children at Play” signs have been posted on the roads leading to Sayville and West Sayville by the Islip Town Department superintendent Frank J. Kroupa after complaints of speeding on the roads leading to the beach resorts and public docks. 

Ernest N. Munkelwitz of Sayville was the guest percussionist at a concert presented by the Bay Shore Community Orchestra in the high school auditorium. Both Mr. Munkelwitz and Harold Tharpe, conductor, were members of the U.S. Army Air Force Band at Washington, D.C., during the war. 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dunn and their three children, of Sayville, returned after a month’s trip with their trailer to California and into Mexico, traveling about 7,000 miles.

Mr. and Mrs. George Washington III of Hampton Street, Sayville, are aboard a sloop on which they are spending a two weeks’ vacation sailing on the Great South Bay, Long Island Sound and Atlantic Ocean. 

The Bayport Auxiliary of the Southside Hospital met for dessert-bridge at the home of Mrs. Charles H. Bogel of McConnell Avenue, Bayport. Her co-hostesses were Mrs. Willard Smith and Mrs. Harrison E. Ritchie. 

Miss Elizabeth Ormsby returned home to Bayport from a motor trip in which she visited relatives in Alfred and Almond, N.Y.

Bayport residents who have called to see Mr. and Mrs. Gustave A. Johnson at their farm, “High Acres,” in Argyle, N.Y., include Mrs. Charles Dedrick and son, Charles, Mrs. M. Stuart Platt, Lois and Ronald Platt, Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Merdes, Mrs. Samuel Frost and Theodore Snyder.

Miss Barbara Baker of Oakdale enjoyed a performance of “High Button Shoes” in New York.

Edward Draffin is the new secretary of the Idle Hour Senior League.

Mrs. Herbert Cooper of Oakdale is enjoying a two-week vacation from her duties with the Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Barbara Metzner of Oakdale celebrated her 16th birthday.

Playing this week at the Sayville Theatre: John Wayne, Henry Fonda and Shirley Temple in “Fort Apache”; Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in “Key Largo”; and Dan Dailey in “Give My Regards to Broadway.”


55 Years Ago

August 1963


Emil J. Polak, holder of a Prix de Rome in post-classical humanistic studies at the American Academy for the past year, returned to Sayville. He will resume teaching in the Department of History at Brooklyn College in September. During this past spring, he made an extensive and arduous trip through Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Turkey and Greece. 

Mrs. Charles H. Huntoon of Sayville was pinned by Mrs. Stanley Horan of Great River for 45 years of service with the American Red Cross at the chapter’s awards presentation at St. Ann’s parish hall in Sayville. 

Miss Lee Case of Garfield Avenue, Sayville, a senior at Centenary College for Women, has been awarded a National Methodist scholarship by the board of education of the Methodist Church. 

Miss Elizabeth Schlinghoff of Greene Avenue, Sayville, graduated from Tarkio College in Missouri. 

Sayville librarian Elinor H. Haff recommends Jerrie Cobb’s biography “Woman Into Space,” written with Jane Rieker. Cobb was the first woman to pass the rigorous tests given to American astronauts and hoped to be the first woman to be shot into space.

Deborah Broere of Edgewater Avenue, Bayport, celebrated her 10th birthday with a slumber party, spaghetti dinner and breakfast for the following girls: Deborah Smith, Lynn and Patricia Danes of Sayville, and Patti Vanik, Deborah Olsson, Laura Geiss and Nancy Greenhalgh.

Hosts for some of the Fresh Air Fund children in Bayport are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Huszagh, Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Goudsmit, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Cushman.

Valerie Schrage of Bayview Avenue, Bayport, was hostess at a splashing pool party in celebration of her 10th birthday. Included among her guests were Bonnie MacLean, Karen Wilson, Christine Wilson, Jill and Robin Rutkowski, Marie Christensen, Renee Kavanaugh, Marsha and Margaret Schrage, all of Bayport.

Edmund C. Simpson and Frank J. Simpson of Atlantic Avenue, West Sayville, were honored at a special meeting at the Manhattan Center, New York, with members who have attained 50 years of membership in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. They each received a 50-year pin and scroll and a gold watch. 

The marriage of Miss Judith Van Essendelft of Tyler Avenue, West Sayville, and John Griekspoor of Terra Ceia, N.C., was held on Saturday afternoon at the Christian Reformed Church. 

Davison B. Horst of Brook Street, West Sayville is undergoing basic training at the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes. Ill.

Harry L. Paul of Smithtown Avenue, Bohemia, is stationed in Ben Hoa, South Vietnam, as an air route traffic controller. He was promoted to the rank of E5 and has taken on the added duty of operations sergeant. 

At the Connecticut State Championship, West Sayville’s Satellite Drum and Bugle Corps captured first place for marching and maneuvering. At the Suffolk-Nassau Field Day in Commack, Carol Williams took first place for drum major and the corps placed first for appearance and captured second place for color guard and band playing.

Nine-year-old Melodie La Porta of Hillary Street, Oakdale, released her pet squirrel, Peanuts, at Byron Lake Park. Melodie raised Peanuts from a baby and hopes to go to the park often to visit her pet. 

Playing this week at Sayville Theatre: Frank Sinatra, Molly Picon and Barbara Rush in “Come Blow Your Horn.”


Compiled by Vanessa Graniello