Years ago: December 1948 and 1963

Years ago: December 1948 and 1963


December 1963: At Lightner’s Boat Yard in West Sayville, this ancient clam boat was in the process of being cut in half, when some Dutchman came along and posted a smart-alecky sign on the pilothouse. 


70 Years Ago

December 1948


Santa Claus will pay a flying visit to Sayville on Monday, Dec. 20, according to an announcement by a spokesperson for the busy dispenser of Yuletide Joy. Santa will arrive at the Sayville Airport on Broadway Avenue at 4 p.m. sharp and has asked that many of his young friends be there for the occasion. He will then be escorted to the village and through the shopping district in a Sayville Fire Department truck. 

For the countless hours he has spent in organizing and working with the juvenile bugle and drum corps of the Sayville Fire Department, Rollinson (Hi) Smith has been chosen as the third recipient of an award made for outstanding service to the community. The award was announced by Cmdr. Wallace S. Murray of Smith-Wever Post, American Legion, Sayville. 

Mrs. Bryan M. O’Reilly, of Sayville, has received the King’s Medal for Service in the Cause of Freedom for her work as the head of the local British War Relief Unit during the war. Only 300 such medals have been distributed in the entire United States. 

Mrs. William W. Shelbourne, assisted by Mrs. George Jacob, Mrs. Edith Bishop, Mrs. George S. Rhodes and Mrs. Charles H. Huntoon as co-hostesses, entertained the Sayville Village Improvement Society at the annual Christmas party. 

About 125 firemen and their wives and friends enjoyed the annual dinner of the Bayport Fire Department held at Kelly’s in Sayville. Guests of the department included Chief John Beebe of West Sayville, Chief George Pope of Blue Point, and Chief Stanley Albrecht of Bohemia. 

James and Craig Shand, of Bayport, arrived home from Syracuse University to spend the holiday vacation with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Shand.

Mrs. Fred Bluhm entertained the Tuesday evening sewing club at her home on Snedecor Avenue, Bayport.

James Hibbard entertained several of his friends at luncheon at his home on Fairview Avenue, Bayport, in celebration of his 6th birthday. His guests were Lynne Smith, Brook Cauvet, Bard Mohlenhoff, Bobby Prall, Bobby Myers, Betty Ann Clifford, Marie Gillette, Tony Canning, Carolann Downer and Bobby Hibbard. 

The assembly program for Christmas at Sayville High School consisted of the portrayal of three beautiful scenes accompanied by music: a toy shop, a family group, and the Nativity. The stage committee was composed of Fred Burger, Joseph Gradischer, Douglas Whitaker, William Oster, Gus Blazek, Stanley Albrecht and Stanley Hajek. 

Mr. and Mrs. Dingness Kwaak Sr. celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary by having an open house for their relatives and friends in the afternoon and evening at their home on Rollstone Avenue, West Sayville.

Mrs. Sawyer Thompson, Miss Joan Hemingway and Miss Joan Boehm, all of Oakdale, attended a Christmas musical and play given by pupils of the Hewlett School in East Islip, where Miss Thompson was a member of the cast.

Miss Alice Johnson of Tower Mews, Oakdale, a teacher at P.S. 154, Queens, has been put in charge of music, the study of nature and school gardens. She has also been busy producing their Christmas play, “Hansel and Gretel.”

Mrs. Otto Haselbauer was hostess at a brush demonstration party of 14 friends at her home on Smithtown Avenue, Bohemia.

Playing this week at the Sayville Theatre: Bette Davis and Robert Montgomery in “June Bride”; John Wayne and Walter Brennen in “Red River”; and Errol Flynn and Claude Rains in “The Sea Hawk.”

55 Years Ago

December 1963


The first snowfall of any consequence this winter began early Thursday morning and continued throughout the day, blanketing the Sayville area in several inches of snow. The storm climaxed five days of sub-freezing weather, resulting in a thin coating of ice on the Great South Bay, creeks and canals.

Charles G. Raynor III, a student at Sayville High School, has won a Bausch & Lomb science award for superior scientific aptitude. Winners in the nationwide competition are all eligible to compete for science scholarships at the University of Rochester. 

Judy Limouze will be home from Cornell University, Ithaca, to spend her Christmas vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Limouze of Benson Avenue, Sayville. 

Mr. and Mrs. William Lang of Candee Avenue, Sayville, celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary with a cocktail party at their home and then took their guests to dinner at Michael Felice’s in Patchogue. 

Barbara Bogel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H.J. Bogel of Connetquot Road, Bayport, was one of the participants singing Handel’s Messiah at Bellport High School as a member of the Ursinus College Glee Club. 

Bayport Girl Scout Troop 33, with their leaders Mrs. Douglas McNicol and Mrs. Daniel Hughes, drove to deliver toys and games to the children at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson. 

Lewis Worrad Jr., a senior at Houghton College in New Jersey, arrived home to spend the holidays with his parents on Bayport Avenue.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Voyack Jr. of First Avenue, Bayport, celebrated the first birthday of their son, Frank, with a dinner party. 

Mr. and Mrs. John Grahlert of Gillette Avenue, Bayport, have received word from their son, Walter, that he has been advanced to lieutenant commander and that he will be back in the United States just in time for the holidays. Lt. Cmdr. Grahlert has been stationed in Thailand for the past two years, flying transport for the MAG in Bangkok. 

Mr. and Mrs. John R. Meyer of Locust Avenue, Bohemia, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at a party held at the Saxon Arms in Oakdale. 

Donald Ogilvie, of Oakdale, and a student at La Salle Military Academy, won first place in the boys’ original oratory at the annual high school forensic tournament held at St. John’s University. 

Everett Griek, of West Sayville, was the tenor soloist on Sunday in the rendition of “The Messiah” at Massapequa High School by the Massapequa Symphony Orchestra and the Babylon Chorale. 

Playing this week at Sayville Theatre: Jerry Lewis in “Who’s Minding the Store?,” “Gun Hawk” and “The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze.”