Years ago: October 1948 and 1963

Years ago: October 1948 and 1963


70 Years Ago

October 1948


Effective this week, MacArthur Field weather observations will be taken hourly between midnight and 5:30 p.m. daily.

All week, the chief topic of conversation in this vicinity has been the superb performance given by Cordelia Otis Skinner in the Sayville High School auditorium. Besides being a mistress of dramatic arts, Miss Skinner is a monologist and writer.

Referee John P. Cohalan of the Supreme Court and Mrs. Cohalan celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by attending a mass of thanksgiving in the Lady Chapel of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Manhattan. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. John P. Cohalan Jr. and their children, Peter and Sheila, of Sayville. A picture of the whole family appeared in city papers. 

The Girl Scouts in Troop 4 of Sayville elected the following officers: president, Joy Kenyon; secretary, Carol Jane Norton; hostess, Vera Graunke; and cleanup chairperson, Nancy Erhardt. The girls have been enjoying acting pantomimes and playing dodgeball and punch ball outdoors. Last week, they hiked to Bayport with their leaders, Mrs. Bloemeke and Miss Hempel. 

Mr. and Mrs. George Van Wyen were married at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Sayville. 

Miss Barbara Van Vranken, for many years a resident of Sayville and now residing on Chicken Valley Road, Locust Valley, has been elected to the vice presidency of the sophomore class at Friends’ Academy in Locust Valley. 

A Girls Sports Club as been organized at Bayport High School, which intends to take part in a variety of sports including field hockey, soccer, basketball, volleyball and speedball. The officers are Margaret Vollmuth, president; Anne Bruch, vice president; Lynette Peter, secretary; and Rose Vollmuth, treasurer.

Mr. and Mrs. Shand, of Bayport, drove through the northern part of New York State and stopped to see their sons, James and Craig, who are students at Syracuse University.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Miller of McConnell Avenue, Bayport, are the parents of a daughter born at Southside Hospital.

A number of friends gave Donald Ramsay a farewell dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Dill on Bayport Avenue. Those who enjoyed the event were Mr. and Mrs. Everett Trochelman, Mr. and Mrs. George Ell, Mrs. Edna Dickens and her son, Christopher, Mr. and Mrs. Dill and their daughter, Carol. 

The Bayport High School soccer team blanked Kings Park, 3-0, in a Section II encounter. Dennis Maud booted two of his team’s goals while the third was scored by Bill Bruch. 

Joseph Sanc has been accepted as a probationary member of the Bohemia Fire Department.

Mr. and Mrs. William Stochl Jr., of Bohemia, drove to Geneva with their daughter, Jacqueline, who has returned for her sophomore year at William Smith College. On their return trip, Mr. and Mrs. Stochl stopped at Cooperstown, where they visited the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

Adolph Rysanek, of Bohemia, was honorably discharged from the United States Navy after serving for six years. He was last stationed at Kodiak, Alaska.

Miss Alice Johnson, of Oakdale, entertained guests at a cocktail party and musical. The guests included Mr. and Mrs. Wally Anderson of Sayville, Mrs. Helen Carlisle, Austin Miller, and Mr. and Mrs. James Bunting of Idle Hour.

Playing this week at Sayville Theatre: Susan Hayward and Van Heflin in “Tap Roots,” and Rosalind Russell in “The Velvet Touch.”


A problem of gastronomical proportions is studied by Brett Stoehr, Elliot Easton and Guy Kirouac at Bayport Methodist Church’s cake sale in front of Shand’s Market in October 1963.


55 Years Ago

October 1963


Two recent graduates of James Wilson Young High School, Christine Engebretsen and Charles Greaves, received word that their scores on the Advanced Placement tests were high enough to receive college credit. Miss Engebretsen took the examination in English and was given six hours of college credit by New York University, where she is a student. Mr. Greaves took his exam in Latin and was given three hours of college credit by Marist College, where he is enrolled. 

Howard Gillette of Sylvan Avenue, Sayville, was the honored guest at a party for his 75th birthday at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William Gillette, in East Patchogue. 

Mrs. George Palmer, of Sayville, received a 100-hour service pin from Herman K. Rudiger, director of Southside Hospital.

Mrs. Jerry Vasak and her children, Emily, Keith and Martin of Willet Avenue, Sayville, spent Saturday in New York and attended the Moscow Circus. 

Karen Adams of Academy Street, Bayport, celebrated her 6th birthday with refreshments at her home and a trip to Heckscher Park in Oakdale for games and rides. Her guests were sisters Kelly, Leslie and Claudia, and Jeanne Kartalis, Jean Smith, Frances Fabiani, Kate Kennedy, Maureen Houston, Kerry Jo, Jonni Lee and Scott Hotaling, all of Bayport. 

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hoek Jr. of Rollstone Avenue, West Sayville, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dunn of Cherry Avenue spent the weekend in upstate New York and the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. 

Denis Newhouse of Rollstone Avenue, West Sayville, is a member of the freshmen class at State University College at Fredonia, where he is majoring in education.

Mrs. Edward Popering of Brook Street, West Sayville, is one of a group of women of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church who spent the day in New York. They stopped at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Brooklyn, where they took a guided tour and had lunch. They then went to Manhattan to the national headquarters of the Episcopal Church. 

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stewart of Woody Lane, Oakdale, attended the German Shepherd Dog Club of America’s annual election meeting and banquet at the Salisbury Club of Nassau County. They were also present for the National Shepherd Club’s 50th conformation and obedience specialty show, at which 500 shepherds were present. It was the largest single-breed show ever held in this country.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hindla of Church Street, Bohemia, attended the annual dinner of the Long Island Horticultural Society held at the Marine Dining Room at Jones Beach. 

Playing this week at Sayville Theatre: Doris Day and James Garner in “The Thrill of it All!”

Compiled by Vanessa Graniello