Years ago: November 1948 and 1963

Years ago: November 1948 and 1963


Chief cook Edward Divis displays culinary art before bottle washers at the Bayport Methodist Men’s Club supper in November of 1963. His admirers are chairman John Turner, Richard Hambley and Robert Kemp. 


70 Years Ago

November 1948


Hallowe’en mischief was kept to a minimum in Sayville and nearby communities last weekend, but there were some notable incidences. Mrs. Charles Schlosser of Kensington Avenue, Bayport, reported that four stop signs had been thrown onto the Schlosser lawn. In another occurrence, several boys with old-fashioned ideas deposited an outhouse in the center of Snedecor Avenue just south of the Bayport High School building. 

John St. Lawrence Sr., for many years a well-known resident of Sayville and presently an aircraft mechanic general at the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Va., has received a $100 award from the Navy for suggesting a device for lubricating certain aircraft parts. It is estimated that the Navy will save $3,900 a year.

Mr. and Mrs. Forest Munsell and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Munsell, all of Sayville, motored to Mastic to spend the day visiting with relatives and friends. 

William Fox of Garfield Avenue, Sayville, was confirmed at the Patchogue Jewish Center.

Mr. and Mrs. August Hubal, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thuma, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul O’Grady, all of Sayville, attended the football game between New York Military Academy and Admiral Farragut Academy, where August Hubal Jr. is a student and member of the team. The game was at Cornell-on-the-Hudson, the seat of the military academy. 

A color motion picture entitled “Adventure in Alaska” was shown at the weekly luncheon of the Sayville Rotary Club at the Foster House. The program was under the direction of Tony Romaine, local representative of the Gulf Oil Company.

Mrs. Theodore Lap, of Bayport, entertained the Women’s Auxiliary of St. Ann’s Church at their annual All Saints’ Day luncheon when she gave a monologue entitled “The Twelve-Pound Look.”

Twenty boys of Bayport’s Boy Scout Troop 130 met in the scout rooms under the leadership of R. Stuart Platt and George Brewer. James Veverka won a 1949 Boy Scout Diary for a whittling contest. Louis Knue, who came out on top in the monthly achievement contest, received a hatchet. 

Mary Singleton of Middle Road, Bayport, entertained a number of her classmates at a Hallowe’en party. The guests were Joan Carr, Martha Mathias, Jacqueline Delehanty, Sue Frieman, Lorraine Polleti and Evelyn Veverka.

Mrs. George Enger entertained her sewing club at her home on Montauk Highway, Bayport.

The Bayport High School soccer team captured the Suffolk County title for the second straight year, coming from behind to nip Mattituck 3-2, thanks to spectacular performances by Jack Adams, Artie Bahnmuller and Denny Maud. 

The Bayport Girl Scouts will hold a service on Armistice Day in Memorial Park. Helen Glover will say a prayer and Lois Platt will play “Taps.” The flag-bearers and color guard will be Natalie Schott, Janet Ward, Marion Spellman and Barbara Meyer. 

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Purga, of Bohemia, are the proud parents of a baby daughter, Linda Joyce. 

Bill and Sawyer Thompson Jr., of Oakdale, attended the Columbia-Cornell football game at Baker Field. That evening, they attended the Dewey rally at Madison Square Garden.

Mrs. Duffield Prince, of Oakdale, is the new chairperson of the Ways and Means Committee of the Oakdale Southside Hospital Auxiliary. 

Mr. and Mrs. John Beintema, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Gaiser and F. Francisco, all of West Sayville, attended the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden. 

Playing this week at Sayville Theatre: Jane Wyman and Lew Ayres in “Johnny Belinda”; Robert Montgomery and Susan Hayward in “The Saxon Charm”; and Loretta Young, Robert Mitchum and William Holden in “Rachel and the Stranger.”


55 Years Ago

November 1963


A large brick and cement building which housed a welding business was gutted by fire east of Railroad Avenue and south of the Long Island Rail Road station in Sayville. Sayville firefighters, led by Chief Thomas Greene, had the spectacular blaze under control within 20 minutes despite the fact that clouds of thick, black smoke roared out of the blazing structure, with flames threatening residences on Hiddink Street and Lincoln Avenue. 

Ms. Miller’s second-graders in the Cherry Avenue School, Sayville, will present an operetta, “Book Alive or A Trip to the Library,” by Margaret W. Gilbert. Those participating include Larry Slovick, Karen Rogers, Donald Roventini, Gail Muller, Jean Italiano, Donna MacCarroll, Scott Devlin, Dawn Lehmann and Allan Trinkwald. 

David Miller was elected president of the Sayville Kiwanis Club at its meeting at Land’s End.

Mr. and Mrs. Dirk Schwedersky of Foster Avenue, Sayville, showed their long-haired dachshunds at the Union County Kennel Club in Elizabeth, N.J., where South Bay Maid Marion completed her championship. 

Eric Kost and Billy Isaacson received winning certificates from Neil J. Spare of Sayville Ford for performances in the Pass, Punt and Kick football competition, an event co-sponsored with the Sayville Kiwanis Club. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Ronnerman of Alfred Street, Sayville, entertained at a masquerade and buffet supper party. 

Alison Scott of Bayport has been designated a Student of the Month at James Wilson Young High School. She is active in yearbook as well as in her role as editor of the school newspaper, and is also a member of the French Club. 

Cub Pack 129 of Bayport went by bus to attend a performance at the Syosset Cynamascope Theater to see “How the West Was Won.” The adults who accompanied them were Herbert Williams, Mark Zetterberg and Benjamin Poidomani. 

Navy Lt. George C. Knies Jr. of Connetquot Road, Bayport, is serving as a shipboard instructor-observer in the Air Department of Fleet Training Group at U.S. Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 

Mrs. Bernard C. Pagels of Church Street, Bohemia, returned from her cruise aboard the S.S. Bahama Star from Miami, Fla., to Nassau. 

Raymond Audett and Chief Gerald Navratil of the Bohemia Fire Department presented plaques to Debbie Byrnes and Elizabeth Collins, pupils at St. John’s Parochial School, as winners of the fire department-sponsored fire prevention essay contest. 

Playing this week at Sayville Theatre: Robert Mitchum, Elsa Martinelli and Jack Hawkins in “Rampage”; and Susan Hayward in “Stolen Hours.”


Compiled by Vanessa Graniello