Years ago: January 1949 and 1964

Years ago: January 1949 and 1964


After a snowstorm dumped 12 inches in January 1964, drifts of the white stuff were piled high on Main Street sidewalks in Sayville, making travel for these pedestrians quite difficult. 



70 Years Ago

January 1949


Islip Town’s memorial book, beautifully bound and containing 768 pages of pictures and histories of more than 3,300 servicemen and women of World War II, was officially presented to the Islip Town Board by town historian Nathaniel R. Howell. Mr. Howell, who began assembling the data in April 1942, said that there are 6,000 names of servicemen and women and 30 pages of civil defense, Red Cross and other local home front organizations. 

John P. Cohalan, who has been serving as temporary president of the Sayville Chamber of Commerce, has been chosen by the nominating committee for a full term in office. 

Miss Vera Pedisich will represent Sayville High School in the semifinal round competition in the American Legion oratorical contest at Islip High School. 

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ward, of Sayville Boulevard, entertained a group of their friends from the National Dairy Research Laboratory in Oakdale at an open house. 

Mrs. George Reid, of Reid’s Flower Shop in Sayville, has donated the cash award she received in the Sayville Garden Club’s annual Christmas decorations contest to the Suffolk County News Children’s Fund. 

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Jensen of Roosevelt Avenue, Sayville, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Norma May Jensen, and Herman Groehler of Greeley Avenue. 

Mrs. Quentin Beitel of Bayport attended a Home Bureau training course in bread and roll-making in Riverhead. Mrs. Courtney Vieland will go there next Wednesday to take a course in making children’s clothes.

Mr. and Mrs. William Westervelt of Bayport received a telephone call from their daughter, Helen, who was calling from Keflavik, Iceland, where she is employed at the Lockheed base. She had spent her Christmas vacation in Paris, France, and therefore had a lot to tell her family.

James and Craig Shand and Edward Kennelly, all of Bayport, returned to Syracuse to resume their work at the university. 

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sobischek of Smithtown Avenue, Bohemia, had as their guests Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sedlacek of New York. 

Jacqueline Stochl returned to her studies at William Smith College at Geneva, N.Y., after spending her winter recess with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Stochl Jr. of Smithtown Avenue, Bohemia. 

The West Sayville Flying Dutchmen basketball squad snapped back into their winning ways with a triumph over a visiting Northport. Johnny Veryzer turned in his best scoring night of the year, dumping 20 points through the netting to capture individual scoring honors. 

Andrew Sluiter of Rollstone Avenue, West Sayville, has reenlisted in the U.S. Army under the rank of master sergeant and will remain with the 1256th ASU Military Police in New York. 

Mrs. George Remmer, of Oakdale, entertained in celebration of the fourth birthday of her daughter, Karen. Guests were Nancy, Dorothy and Barbara Bogel, Sue and Ann Frieman, of Bayport, Janet and Geraldine Muff, Karen Purcell, Marlene Meier, Peter Zaccone and John Henry Remmer. 

Playing this week at the Sayville Theatre: Tyrone Power and Gene Tierney in “That Wonderful Urge”; Frank Sinatra and Kathryn Grayson in “The Kissing Bandit”; and Dennis O’Keefe and Louis Hayward in “Walk a Crooked Mile.”


55 Years Ago

January 1964


Evelyn Dunn of 36 Rollstone Avenue, West Sayville, has been assigned to a two-year term of service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia. The 27-year-old young woman is believed to be the first local resident to join the Peace Corps. A Sayville High School graduate, Ms. Dunn is also a graduate of Nyack Missionary College and Branford General Hospital School of Nursing in Branford, Ontario, Canada. 

Three Sayville couples were among those from Nassau and Suffolk who took part in special ceremonies held at Agnes Cathedral honoring them for having been married for 50 years. They were Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Sconzo Sr., Mr. and Mrs. James Shady, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dvorak. 

Gary David Smith of Fairway West, Sayville, has been elected to the 1964 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” Mr. Smith is a senior majoring in English at the State University at Albany. 

Toni Lyn Stupia of Chester Road, Sayville, celebrated her 9th birthday in the Bay Shore rink. 

January students of the month at James Wilson Young High School are Linda Gray and Michael Wriston. Ms. Gray’s major in high school is languages with her favorite subject being Russian. Mr. Wriston is currently serving as president of the American Government class and is a member of the wrestling team. 

Mr. and Mrs. James McCarthy of Locust Street, Bayport, attended the installation dinner and dance of the Suffolk County Police Conference at Felice’s restaurant in Patchogue on the occasion of the installation of Mrs. McCarthy’s brother, Walter Flanagan, of Riverhead. 

Lt. David S. Langner, USN, of Seaman Avenue, Bayport, is serving aboard the USS Shangri-La and spent the holidays in the Mediterranean. 

Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Sebree of Washington Avenue, West Sayville, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. 

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Zegel of Cherry Avenue, West Sayville, entertained at dinner after the Christening of their niece, Janie Tucker Zegel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Zegel. 

Mrs. Oliver Conkle of Rollstone Avenue, West Sayville, will entertain at the Priscilla Society of the Christian Reformed Church. 

Airman Antoinette L. Jackson of Woody Lane, Oakdale, a member of the WAF, has been assigned to McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., for training and duty as a personnel specialist. 

At the January meeting of the Charlotte Guild of St. John’s Episcopal Church, the ladies welcomed a new member, Mrs. Keith Hutchins of Locust Avenue, Oakdale. 

Mr. and Mrs. George Ruzicka of Bohemia celebrated their 33rd anniversary. 

Carol Ann Stuhler and Bernard Kolar, of Bohemia, were feted at an engagement party at the home of her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. George Kruse of High Street, Sayville. 

Playing this week at the Sayville Theatre: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Anita Ekberg in “4 for Texas.”

Compiled by Vanessa Graniello