Years ago: October 1948 and 1963

Years ago: October 1948 and 1963


On a balmy autumn afternoon in October of 1963, Beth Canning takes her horse, Ginger, for a cooling ride in the Great South Bay off Bayport. 


70 Years Ago

October 1948


Hallowe’en came to Sayville ahead of schedule this year, judging by the complaints received in local police headquarters. The bench in front of Barney’s barber shop was removed and left in the road; the rear license plates were taken from Harvey Rhodes’ car parked on Candee Avenue; grating was removed from the front of Reid’s flower shop; and James Sempepos, proprietor of the Pine Grove Inn, found his blood pressure up a few points when he discovered that two lampposts had been taken from his front lawn.

Members of the Sayville Rotary Club were urged to lend their support to efforts of the Community Park and Recreation Board to develop youth activities on the former Gillette property. The club was given thorough insight into the board’s activities by chairperson Mrs. Grover A. Silliman, who spoke as the guest of Warren Mengel. 

Bryan M. O’Reilly, of Sayville, gave a half-hour radio broadcast on Oct. 1 over station WHCC in North Carolina as one of a series being given on the subject of “The Truths Men Live By.” The station wrote to Mr. O’Reilly that they were overwhelmed by the favorable comment.

Mr. and Mrs. George S. Johnson, of Sayville, celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary with a supper party. The guests included Mrs. Charles Widney and Albert Johnson, of Sayville, and Mr. and Mrs. William Sprague, of West Sayville. 

Dr. Leland J. Haworth, of Bayport, was named director of the Brookhaven National Laboratory by the board of trustees of Association Universities Inc. Dr. Haworth has been associated with Brookhaven National Laboratory since August of 1947 when he joined the executive staff as assistant director in charge of special projects. 

Miss Mary Ann Morris and Miss Judy Hillenbrand entertained at a bridal shower for Miss Barbara Houston at Miss Hillenbrand’s home on McConnell Avenue, Bayport. The guests included Mrs. John Houston, Mrs. Otto Hillenbrand, Miss Jean Clendinnen and Mrs. George Hillenbrand, all of Bayport.

The cast for Bayport High School’s senior play, “Gangway for Ghosts,” has been chosen by Mrs. John Potter, dramatics teacher of the high school. The members of the cast are Marjorie Spellman, Peter Brewer, Joan Keane, Jack Federhart, Jean Clendinnen, Eleanor Schlosser, Betty Sipos, Shirley Schenck, Tom Graurvek, Richard Wilson, Donald Roeding, Jean Terry, Gay Field and Otto Medeck. 

Mrs. George Brewer and Mrs. Lincoln Thiesmeyer, both of Bayport, are taking the Gray Ladies course of the Red Cross at the Northport Veterans Hospital. 

Marvin Ehrenberg, of Sayville, and a senior at Columbia University, College of Pharmacy, was one of four students chosen to represent his college in the student and faculty procession at the Installation of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower as the 13th president of Columbia University. 

Emil Cejka, of Bohemia, celebrated his 50th birthday on Columbus Day with family and friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Paul Jr., of Bohemia, entertained in celebration of their wedding anniversary. 

Pfc. Norman Ockers, of West Sayville, who is presently stationed in Florence, Italy, will be married this month to Miss Ernestine Caeciapoupi of St. Teresa, Naples. Mr. Ockers and his bride are expected to arrive in the states sometime next month. 

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. George Remmer, of Oakdale, at Brooklyn Hospital. His name is George H. Remmer Jr.

Playing this week at Sayville Theatre: Jane Powell and Wallace Beery in “A Date with Judy”; Veronica Lake and Mona Freeman in “Isn’t It Romantic”; and Tyrone Power and Anne Baxter in “The Luck of the Irish.”


55 Years Ago

October 1963


Karen Hasselriis and director Tom Turner have been diligently rehearsing for the Sayville Musical Workshop’s production of “Once Upon a Mattress.” The musical fable will be presented Nov. 29-30 and into December in Sayville High School auditorium. 

Douglas Wallace has been elected president of the General Organization at Sayville High School. 

At the semi-monthly meeting of Sayville’s Wet Paints Studio Group, Miles Cortner showed color slides of scenes in Hawaii and coastal areas of the Southern California Gulf. 

Sayville High School’s soccer team won its second league game of the season, defeating Wyandanch 2-1. Gavin Clowe scored both goals for coach Huron Smith’s team on penalty kicks. 

William F. Goertemoeller of Hamilton Street, Sayville, is the assistant director for “Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?” to be presented at the Arena Theater, Oneonta, N.Y. He is a junior at the State University College of Education at Oneonta. 

A/3c Robert Collins spent a four-day furlough with his wife and baby daughter on Bay Avenue, Bayport. 

The Esther Circle of the WSCS of Bayport Methodist Church met for lunch at the home of Mrs. Edward Divis on Fairview Avenue, Bayport. Other members present were Mrs. Richard Barrett, Mrs. Russell Lechner, Mrs. Harold Billard, Mrs. Robert Brunner and Mrs. Frank Edmunds.

David Rust of Snedecor Avenue, Bayport, received his Master of Science degree in physics from Cornell University. 

Students of the Month for October at James Wilson Young High School are Miss Cathy Lott and Robert Lewis, both of Bayport. Miss Lott is editor-in-chief of the yearbook and Lewis is official photographer for the yearbook. 

Miss Beverly Van Popering, of West Sayville, was capped as nurse at the ceremony at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, Bayside. Those attending the ceremony were her mother, Mrs. Edward Van Popering, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Van Popering, Christopher Zegel and Miss Diane Ball. 

Mr. and Mrs. John Boogertman and daughter, Dorothy, of Rollstone Avenue, West Sayville, spent the weekend in New Jersey, where they attended at trailer rally at Panther Lake. 

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Cullen returned home to Oakdale following an eight-day wedding cruise in the Bahamas. 

The Holy Name Society of St. John Nepomucene R.C. Church, Bohemia, held an enjoyable barn dance to the music of Richard Seitz’s orchestra. Fred Schumer of Pine Avenue won the basket of cheer and Denovan James was chairman of the affair.  

Playing this week at Sayville Theatre: Robert Cummings and Dorothy Malone in “Beach Party,” and Laurence Harvey and Lee Remick in “The Running Man.”


Compiled by Vanessa Graniello