Years ago: December 1948 and 1963

Years ago: December 1948 and 1963


Naomi Dankers lights the lamp of knowledge held by Gail Smith as they prepare to be inducted into the August E. Hubal chapter of the National Honor Society at Sayville High School in December 1963.


70 Years Ago

December 1948


Santa Claus didn’t let snow interfere with his promise to visit Sayville on several occasions this week. He arrived at the Sayville Airport in a plane piloted by Al Thomas and then toured Main Street in the rescue truck of the Sayville Fire Department. 

What was perhaps the finest Christmas party ever sponsored by the Sayville Rotary Club took place at the Foster House, with a group of outstanding songsters of Sayville High School presenting a delightful program of Christmas carols. The group included Frances Andres, Marilyn Schneider, Patricia Cambern, Judy Crosier, George Kenyon, Arthur Brown and Clarence and Robert Vander Borgh, with Barbara Buys at the piano and Charles Van Schaick leading the entire assemblage. 

The largest number of cancellations in the history of the Sayville post office were recorded on Monday, Dec. 20, when 25,258 pieces of mail, mostly outgoing, passed through the hands of clerks, according to postmaster Walter J. Greene. The cancellations were due to the third biggest snowstorm to hit the Sayville area, with 19 inches blanketing the region.

The 60th wedding anniversary of the “Grandfather of West Sayville,” Dingness Kwaak, and the bride he wed on Dec. 20, 1888, was celebrated this past week by their many friends and relatives. A native of West Sayville, Mr. Kwaak, a landscape gardener, has for over 50 years helped beautify his own town and many places in Sayville. The Memorial Park in his hometown and Sparrow Park in Sayville are among the many places which are attractive because of his artistry. 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Schacht of Greene Avenue, Sayville, have adopted a 4-month-old boy, whom they have named Robert.

Lawrence Huml Jr., of Sayville, is playing the alto saxophone in the Oswego State Teachers College band, where he is enrolled in the general elementary program.

Ripley’s “Believe it or Not” had a picture of a giant mushroom, 12 inches high and weighing one pound, grown by Barney Pazourek, Sayville barber.

Frederick W. Merdes, of Bayport, was elected president of the Islip Town School Boards’Association at the group’s annual meeting held at Frank’s Hotel in Central Islip. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Stoll of Bayport celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary this week.

Neighbors and friends of Purick Street, Bayport, appreciate the fine work of Fred Dioquardo with his snowplow during the snowstorm.

Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Hanson of Oakwood Avenue, Bayport, announce the engagement of their daughter, Doris Ruth, to Wilbur Martin Hopkins, also of Bayport. 

Arie Schaper of West Avenue, West Sayville, has won the first round in his struggle to prevent P.J. Grady from completing an addition behind his automobile showroom and repair shop in the village. 

A large group of friends and relatives gathered at the Snapper Inn in Oakdale to celebrate the birthdays of Mrs. Henry Remmer Sr., Miss Carol Remmer, George Remmer, Mrs. William Peterson and Jack Redding, of Princeton, N.J.

Abram Wessels and James Dietz have opened a food market in the building formerly occupied by Dorothea’s dry cleaning and dressmaking establishment in West Sayville. 

Frank Hromadka of Bohemia attended the football game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

Playing this week at the Sayville Theatre: Betty Grable and Jack Oakie in “When My Baby Smiles at Me”; Donald Crisp, Edmund Gwenn and Lassie in “Hills of Home”; and Red Skelton and Brian Donlevy in “A Southern Yankee.”



55 Years Ago

December 1963


The Sayville Garden Club has announced the winners of its annual Christmas decorations contest: the home of Anthony H. Yonda Jr. of 221 Sunrise Avenue won first prize for Sayville; in West Sayville, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kuhne at 146 Rollstone Avenue was the first-prize winner; Mr. and Mrs. William Moseley’s home on Gillette Avenue won first prize in the Bayport-Blue Point district; and in Oakdale, the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Trautwein on Central Boulevard was judged first.

Mr. and Mrs. James J. Shand of Oakwood Avenue, Bayport, entertained for the 6th birthday of their daughter, Heather, with the following children attending: Richard Greene, Louis Malerba, Jeffrey Irvine, Dawn White, Lillian Brucato, Leigh Murray, Lou Anne De Pietro, Leslie Hall, and Heather’s sisters, Laurel and Barbara, and brother Michael. 

Carla Martin of Dewey Street, Sayville, celebrated her 9th birthday with a small party for her friends, Patricia and Diane Kamper and Sandra Withkamp. 

Accepted into the James Wilson Young High School Leaders Club this year are Helen Ahearn, Sharon Ashe, Kathy Betjemann, Laurie Consentino, Sandra Farrands, Linda Flannery, Orlene King, Joan McDowell, Linda Shene and Caroline Travers. 

Lawrence J.M. McNamee, radioman in the United States Coast Guard, has returned to his home on First Avenue, Bayport, after five months in the Arctic aboard the Cutter Westwind. 

Adrian Van Wyen of Washington, D.C., formerly of West Sayville, was one of the members of the choir, which sang at the midnight Christmas Eve service on CBS Television when the Congregational United Church of Christ of Washington, D.C. conducted a nationwide 60-minute church service. 

Mr. and Mrs. Lester Seerveld of Rollstone Avenue, West Sayville, went to Kennedy Airport to meet their daughter, Joyce, who is spending about 10 days here with her parents. Joyce is a teacher in the Edgerton Christian School in Edgerton, Minn.

Miss Karen Remmer is home from Wellesley College and her brother, John, has returned from Cornell University to spend the Christmas vacation with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Remmer of Vanderbilt Boulevard, Oakdale.