Years ago: January 1949 and 1964

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Years ago: January 1949 and 1964


January 1964: Ernest N. Munkelwitz (left), chairman of the annual dinner-dance held by the Sayville Chamber of Commerce at Land’s End, lends a hand as past president William G. Citron (right) presents the gavel to newly elected president Samuel Snyder.


70 Years Ago

January 1949


The West Sayville Christian School was dedicated at ceremonies held in the handsome building and attended by several hundred students and parents. Special tributes were paid to John Boogertman, the contractor who obtained materials at cost and donated much labor to the project; and to Peter Kwaak, whose contribution of labor to the building topped all others. Mrs. Dewey J. Hoitenga is the principal and Miss Ethel Mulder and Miss Dorothy Wielsma are teachers at the school. 

At the annual meeting of the Sayville Library Association, Mrs. Marvin W. Strong was reelected for a five-year term as a member of the Board of Trustees. Mrs. Strong was also reelected president of the board.

Roger O. Lafferrandre, manager of the Sayville Federal Savings & Loan Association, was elected a director of the institution this week.

Amiya Chakravarty, well-known lecturer and a friend and counselor of the late Mahatma Gandhi, spoke on “The New India” at a meeting of the Sayville Forum. 

Boy Scout Troop 15, sponsored by Smith-Wever Post 651, American Legion, of Sayville, received its charter in an impressive ceremony conducted in the Legion building. Ernest N. Munkelwitz, chairman of the troop committee, acted as master of ceremonies, and introduced Cmdr. Wallace Murray. 

Miss Ann Wolstencroft of Overton Street, Sayville, went to Boston by train and drove her new Chevrolet back. 

Miss Muriel Dvorak, of Sayville, has become a member of the choir of St. Ann’s Church for the Deaf in New York, where she is making progress reciting hymns and prayers in sign language. 

The red-hot Purple and Gold cagers of Sayville High School turned in their most important win of the season, defeating an aggressive South Huntington, 38-37. Solid performances came from Bob and Clarence Vander Borgh and Alvin Van Wyen.

Fourteen teachers of the Sayville and West Sayville elementary schools attended a science clinic at the Larkfield School in East Northport. Those who attended were: Mrs. Helen Ennis, Mrs. Madeline Overton, Carl Hojnowski, Mrs. Josephine La Fountaine, Mrs. Barbara Warner, Mrs. Margaret Church, Mrs. Lucille Stabo, Mrs. Jeanne Miller, Mrs. Ruth Gossman, Miss Lois Price, Miss Elizabeth Knoell, Miss Mabel Chambers, Mrs. Edna Dickers and Miss Helen Sanbron. 

This week, Bayport Girl Scouts Evelyn Veverka and Sue Frieman are in charge of the flag raising in the park. 

Valerie Heinonen entertained a number of her friends at her home in Sylvan Avenue in Bayport in celebration of her 8th birthday. Those who enjoyed games and refreshments were Rosalind Nester, Sandra Stoll, Barbara Bogel, Harriet Brown, Lorraine Banazak, Kay Downer, Phyllis Lipson, Penny Bluhm and Cynthia Heinonen. 

Charles Nash of McConnell Avenue, Bayport, is on jury duty.

Cadet Midshipman Jack Lewis, of West Sayville, was a member of the Merchant Marine Academy Cadet Corps which marched in the Presidential Inaugural Parade. 

Miss Helen Anderberg of Oakdale was a guest at a concert given by the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York. 

Mrs. Jerry G. Doubrava of Karshick Street, Bohemia, entertained the following guests at a television party, where the following ladies enjoyed watching the inauguration of President Truman: Mrs. George Whitaker, Mrs. Emil Castka and Mrs. Edward Krepela. 

Playing this week at Sayville Theatre: Cary Grant in “Every Girl Should Be Married”; Ray Milland in “The Sealed Verdict”; and Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in “Mexican Hayride.”



55 Years Ago

January 1964


About 80 members of the ’77 Club of Sayville held their annual costume dance at the Suffolk County Republican Club in Blue Point. The theme was “Characters from Literature.” Some of the winning costumes included Mrs. Clarence Besemer of Sayville, as a character from “Arabian Nights”; John Obrig of Bayport, as the Mad Hatter from “Alice in Wonderland”; and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Britt of Oakdale, as Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler from “Gone with the Wind.”

The Sayville chapter of the People-to-People movement was formally chartered at a dinner-meeting of nearly 70 members at Adelphi Suffolk College in Oakdale. The charter was presented to Lawrence S. Greene, president of the local chapter. 

Miss Honour-Marie Campbell, teacher of English at James Wilson Young High School, has been awarded an all-inclusive grant in journalism during the coming spring semester at New York University. 

Miss Jane Roe of Handsome Avenue, Sayville, has become an active member of Gamma Phi Beta national sorority as a student at Northwestern University. 

The Bayport Senior Girl Scout Troop, “Trailblazers,” will hold a Juliet Low birthday party with a pool party at Brookhaven National Laboratory followed by dinner at Howard Johnson’s. Their leaders, Mrs. Edward Divis and Mrs. Vincent Fleming, will accompany them. 

James March Jr. of Kensington Avenue, Bayport, celebrated his 12th birthday with a luncheon and bowling party at the Oakdale Alleys. 

Miss Vicky Prall came home from Beaver College at Glenside, Pa., for a vacation between semesters with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilber Prall of Snedecor Avenue, Bayport. 

Miss Lillian Conkle of Chester Road, West Sayville, was capped as a nurse at exercises at Glen Cove Community Hospital. The ceremony was attended by Mr. and Mrs. James Conkle, Allen Conkle, Miss Claire Style and Miss Isabelle Style. 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Westerbeke Jr. of Division Avenue, Sayville, entertained for 100 relatives and friends at a party to celebrate the christening of their baby son, Frank Jr.

George Sheldon, of Oakdale, celebrated his 88th birthday at a dinner party. Among the guests were Arthur Lynch and Charles Faust, who have been Mr. Sheldon’s friends for over 50 years, and Mr. and Mrs. William Cook. 

Five-year-old Richard Paul Sharko of Madison Street, Bohemia, celebrated his birthday with guests Edward Boricek, Beverly Milko, and William, Emily and Rose Ruml of West Sayville. 

Playing this week at the Sayville Theatre: Joan Crawford and Diane Baker in “Straight Jacket”; and Dean Martin and Elizabeth Montgomery in “Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed?”

Compiled by Vanessa Graniello