Years ago: October 1948 and 1963

Years ago: October 1948 and 1963


October 1963: Ginger Ventre blows up a balloon and gets encouragement from other members of the Bohemia Fire Department’s Drum and Bugle Corps at the group’s fair in the hall of St. John Nepomucene R.C. Church in Bohemia.


70 Years Ago

October 1948


Several days this week have been so warm that people have been complaining of spring fever. Mrs. Susie Weeks of Lincoln Avenue, Sayville, has an apple tree in blossom, and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hlavac, of Bohemia, also report a crabapple tree in full bloom. 

Miss Gertrude Dowd, a professional musician and former resident of Sayville, was interviewed by Norman Brokenshire over WEAF radio station.

Tickets are still available for the opening performance of the fall-winter series of the Sayville Forum, according to the forum’s director, Miss Eleanor Hester. Cornelia Otis Skinner, the famous monologist and humorist, will present six of her well-known character sketches in the auditorium of Sayville High School.

A mock trial was presented the staff of The Blotter, Sayville High School’s newspaper, in a very amusing assembly program. Bob Thurber was the judge and had on some kind of wig that kept falling over his head. The council for the defense was Harold Seerveld and the prosecuting attorney was Lila Ehrenberg. 

Miss Nancy Ann Edwards, of Sayville, returned to Vassar College, where she has begun her junior year.

Marilyn Mead, of Sayville, has been elected president of the Student Council at Linden Hall Junior College at Lititz, Pa.

A total of 58 elementary teachers representing schools in the Sayville area participated in a workshop conducted by Hilda Roth, educational art representative of the Binney & Smith Company. 

Ira W. Levy, an attorney of Sayville, was installed as district deputy grand master of Suffolk District 1 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at a ceremony held at Sayville Lodge No. 322. 

Susan Foster entertained a number of her friends in celebration of her 3rd birthday at her home on Connetquot Avenue, Bayport. Those who enjoyed the party were Nancy, Barbara and Dorothy Bogel, Tony and Bobby Canning, Billy and Edward Sembler, Betty, Marilyn and Peter Foster, Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Christensen and Miss Katherine Meagher.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hession, of Brooklyn and Bayport, announce the engagement of their youngest daughter, Miss Eve Antoinette and Hugh H. Mercer of Handsome Avenue, Sayville. 

Mrs. Emile Stoll and Mrs. Albert Zigrosser entertained at a baby shower at Mrs. Stoll’s home on Oakwood Avenue, Bayport. 

Robert Stitt of Etondale Avenue, Bayport, has joined the United States Army Air Force and is stationed in San Antonio, Texas.  

Bayport High School’s soccer team whipped Central Islip, 2-1. Dennis Maud and Don Kennelly scored goals for the victors. 

Henry Stolzenberger, of Oakdale, entertained four of his friends on his cruiser. After a fishing party, they enjoyed dinner at Snapper Inn. 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Vaccaro of Canal Road, Oakdale, entertained guests at a delightful television party. They were: Dr. and Mrs. Henry Martone, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred A. Lama, and Mr. and Mrs. George Rossner, all of Idle Hour. 

Miss Ethel Van Wyen, formerly of Cherry Avenue, West Sayville, has opened a nursery school in Miami, Fla., which she calls The Wooden Shoe. A pair of wooden shoes bought at Van Wyen’s store many years ago hang in the playroom and wooden shoe stencils decorate many of the articles used in the school’s activities. 

Playing this week at Sayville Theatre: Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in “Easter Parade”; James Cagney in “Time of Your Life.”



55 Years Ago

October 1963


Bernhard Thieben of the Lincoln Poultry Farm, Sayville, will show movies and report on his six weeks’ visit behind the Iron Curtain as part of the Long Island Poultry Association’s meeting in the Holbrook Inn. Mr. Thieben went to Russia on a Farm Bureau tour this summer and he stayed a few extra weeks in West Germany.

Mrs. Winthrop Dwelle has sold The Bookcase. The new owners will be Phillip Hubert and Theodore Bijou of Bellport and Sayville.

The Wet Paints Studio Group met at the Community House in Sayville for a workshop in sketching from life. Mrs. Gene Abele modeled for the occasion. The following new members were accepted: Mrs. Vernon Eales, Mrs. Howard Weeks, Mrs. Harry Paul, Richard Trembel and Howard Lamel. 

A movie birthday party was given on Saturday afternoon by Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Herold of Gerritsen Avenue, Bayport, in honor of their son, Gary, who was 11 years old. His guests were Gary Mawhinney, Lance Trainor, John Martin, Walter Brunner, Gary Falk, Joseph Goral and Frederick Schwaner, all of Bayport.

The Islanders, a popular dance band, is composed of two Bayport boys, Richard Esposito and Gregory Collins, and two Blue Point boys, William Keller and Edward Musimec. They have as their motto, “Have band, will travel.” They will play for the Bayport Fire Department Fife and Drum Corps square dance on Oct. 19.

On Saturday afternoon, the Rev. Landon K. Owen and laymen John Busby, John Turner, Donald Kirouac and several senior MYF members of the Bayport Methodist Church attended the mass rally for human rights at the Hilton Hotel in New York. 

Pvt. Robert Fleming of Fairview Avenue, Bayport, graduated from an advanced course in construction engineering at the Army school in Fort Belvoir, Va.

Frank J. Johnston of Bayport Avenue, Bayport, has been assigned as manager of the New York Telephone Company’s Patchogue office. 

Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Van Popering of Atlantic Avenue, West Sayville, attended the 41st annual dog show of the Westbury Kennel Club at Phipps Polo Field, Old Westbury. Their Newfoundland dog, Bruno, won second prize in his class.

Stephen Zegel of Division Avenue, West Sayville, left for his sophomore year at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.

Brian Smith of Jeffrey Road, Oakdale, has been elected president of the student council at Seton Hall High School.

Richard Guy Barnett, of Bohemia, completed a two-week driver education workshop at State University College, New Paltz. 

Playing this week at Sayville Theatre: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson and Russ Tamblyn in “The Haunting”; Peter Sellers and Cecil Parker in “Heavens Above.”


Compiled by Vanessa Graniello