Years ago: January 1949 and 1964

Years ago: January 1949 and 1964


January 1964: Leo Carbocci, head custodian at the Sunrise Drive School in Sayville, gives a firsthand demonstration of the workings of the school’s boiler room and heating plant to groups of students as part of a unit of study in their classes.


70 Years Ago

January 1949


The first Native American pow wow to be held in this area in quite some time was held in Oakdale. The group included Chief Short Wing, brave Heavenly and Chief Little Moose as guests of Mr. and Mrs. Hans Thorsen of Oakdale. Mr. Thorsen is chief photographer for the Museum of Science and Industry in New York.

Comic opera in the form of “H.M.S. Pinafore” was brought to Sayville by the Connetquot Square Club and played to near-capacity audiences in the high school auditorium under the musical direction of Charles Huffine. 

Marvin Ehrenberg, of Sayville, attended the Columbia University College of Pharmacy graduation dinner at the Glass Hat, Belmont Plaza Hotel.

Fuller Adams, formerly of Sayville, returned home from California on the plane that broke the world’s record time from Chicago to New York. The trip was made in 47 and a half minutes.

The subject of the lecture given by Nathaniel R. Howell as part of the course sponsored by the Sayville Historical Society is “Long Island Leaders in the Revolution.” 

John C. Bernius of Lincoln Avenue, Sayville, received his liberal arts certification in mid-year exercises at Champlain College in Plattsburg. 

The Bayport Branch of the Southside Hospital Auxiliary met at the home of Miss Maybelle Carroll of Snedecor Avenue, Bayport, with Mrs. Fred Merdes, Mrs. Frank W. Antos and Mrs. Kenneth Jost as co-hostesses.

The regular den meetings of the Bayport Cub Scouts were held at the Bayport homes of Mrs. Louis Knue and Ms. Courtney Vieland. The boys are busy making place cards for the Blue and Gold banquet. 

The Bayport High School basketball squad maintained its undefeated pace by beating a good Kings Park aggregation 29-24, thanks in part to the long-range popping of Billy Bruch, who broke the zone of the visitors wide open.

Bayport Girl Scouts Carol Dill and Lois Platt will raise the flag in Memorial Park during the month of January as part of their community badge work. 

Arthur Bentsen celebrated his 6th birthday at his home on Kensington Avenue, Bayport. His guests were Ronnie Vieland, Bobby Beitel, Richard Kinsey, Allan and Joe Bredberg. 

Miss Lois Buys entertained at a housewarming for Mrs. Cyril Kwaak in West Sayville. Those who enjoyed a delightful evening were Grace Saidler, Virginia Travell, Alice Eversdyke, Viola Zegel, Jeanet Newhouse, Neddie Rysanek, Carol Van Vessem, Mrs. Fred Stein Jr. and Mrs. Cornelius Van Hulsentop.

Former residents of West Sayville, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Dykstra, visited the home of Louise Van Popering to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary by holding an open house for family and friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lendowski of Hubal Street, Bohemia, are the proud parents of a baby boy born Jan. 16. 

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Klem, of Bohemia, attended the Czechoslovakian Industries fair at Rockefeller Center in New York City. 

A picture of the hockey team of the Gunnery School, Washington, Conn., taken by Adrian Prince of Oakdale, who is a student there, was printed in the Sunday Sports section of the New York Times. 

Charles Jenrich, of Oakdale, was a guest at a cocktail party given by the American Yacht Designers’ Association held at the Harvard Club in New York. 

Playing this week at Sayville Theatre: Lana Turner, Gene Kelly, Van Heflin and Angela Lansbury in “The Three Musketeers”; Rex Harrison and Linda Darnell in “Unfaithfully Yours”; and Roy Rogers in “Grand Canyon Trail.”



55 Years Ago

January 1964


At its annual church meeting, the Sayville Congregational Church officially and unanimously declared its membership open to all persons who accept the obligations of membership in the church, without restriction as to race, class, or ethnic background. 

The cast of the Sayville Musical Workshop’s production of “The Glass Menagerie” includes Dr. Charles Rogers of Sayville as Tom and Maureen Roddam of Bayport as Laura. 

At a meeting of the Sayville High School Honor Society, Sue Daye, representative of the Long Island Alumni of Phi Beta Kappa, presented the Phi Beta Kappa award to Naomi Dankers. 

Susan Lowenkron, of Sayville, a student at the University of Rochester, has been accepted as a member of the Eastman Band, playing the flute and piccolo. 

The Board of Education of the Sayville School District announced that Superintendent of Schools Fred Ambellan will retire at the end of the school year. 

Miss Ellen Stadtmuller was the guest of honor at a Sweet Sixteen party given by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stadtmuller of South Gillette Avenue, Bayport. The buffet supper was held at the Sayville Yacht Clubhouse in Blue Point followed by dancing. 

Mrs. Edwin Pigeon, formerly of Bayport, better known by her pen name, Marcella Powers, is now an editorial assistant on New Mexico monthly magazine published by the department of development in Santa Fe, where Mrs. Pigeon now resides.

Mrs. John Courtney and daughter, Christine, Mrs. William Wollert and daughters, Barbara and Janet, all of East Road, Bayport, celebrated Christine’s 14th birthday at a bowling party at Oakdale Lanes followed by a pizza party.

The Martha Group of the Bayport Methodist Church met for luncheon at the home of Mrs. Walter Ormsby of Gerritsen Avenue, Bayport, with co-hostess Mrs. Everett Dunkerley. 

Sandra Schaper of Brook Street, West Sayville, won first place in the annual Meengs freshman speech contest held at Hope College in Holland, Mich. 

Lowell Ockers of Division Avenue and John Verbeke of West Avenue, West Sayville, returned home by plane after being away for more than two months on a trip to Florida. The made the trip down by boat and sailed to Nassau and other islands of the Bahamas. 

Kathleen Durish celebrated her 12th birthday twice when she was the guest of honor at a surprise party held at the Washington Avenue, Oakdale home of Arlene Hahn. The next day, another party was held at Kathleen’s home, also on Washington Avenue. 

Mrs. Anne Kalisak of Windwood Road, Bohemia, judged the Connetquot Cat Club of Suffolk County’s annual cat and kitten show at the VFW Hall in Centereach. 

Playing this week at the Sayville Theatre: Doris Day, James Garner and Polly Bergen in “Move Over, Darling!”


Compiled by Vanessa Graniello