1999, 2000 --These pages are part of the Schuyler co., NY Genweb page.  Not for commercial use.
c1950 Newspaper Clippings,
Schuyler co., NY & vicinity
Contributed by Dee Watt.  Extracted & typed by Linda O'Halloran.
Most are from the Watkins Review & Express newspaper.
~under construction~

February 11, 1948 - Youth Hostel at MAGEE Property; Montour Chamber of Commerce banquet.
Meeting at the Jefferson Hotel Friday, tentative plans were formulated for the establishment of an American Youth Hostel at the Recreation Building of the MAGEE International House property on N. Madison Ave (Watkins)...Patterned after the European Youth Hostel movement, the American program includes a 25 cent fee for an overnight stay, a small fee for the use of cooking equipment, and members must hike or ride a bicycle to a hostel community.

B.C.CATE, presiding at the father-and-son banquet sponsored by the Montour Falls Chamber of Commerce, in St. Paul's parish house, Mon. night, greeted the sons, the dads, and in particular the oldest dad present, A.I. MARTIN, 87 years old.  The speaker of the evening, Dr. Erl BATES, of Cornell University, was introduced by the vice-president Lloyd COTTON.  His subject was "Indian Moons over Montour".

September 28, 1949 - Harry MASON invents step-ladder; Prof. THOMPSON speaks to BPW club.
- Harry G. MASON of Rock Stream RD, has invented, patented and is now manufacturing in his garage-workshop what he describes as a "step-ladder that just won't tip over."  It looks like any other step-ladder except for one important feature which accounts for its stability:  the props which support the steps are  hinged in such a way that when spread they form a V.
- BPW club members laughed with Prof. Dr. Harold W. THOMPSON of Cornell University Mon. night when he spoke on "American Humor" at the first dinner meeting of the season in the Jefferson hotel.  Much of his talk was devoted to Mark Twain, "the great master of American humor", whose little-known letters are full of wit...."Local anecdotes are part of American humor and folklore", he said, citing stories of Seneca and Keuka lakes.  He also told stories of community life of the past, the "Trumansburg Giant", and the classic Hugo N. FRYE prank at Cornell University.

November 30, 1949 - Seniors at Odessa Central School present "Doctors Orders" as annual play.
Senior play on Dec. 3.  The cast:   Norma TUTTLE,  Helen ADAMS,  Rena COATS, Rodney CORNISH,  Peggy WILLIAMS,  Arlene COPE,  Evelyn JAYNES, Wilma LOVELL, Roger Van BUSKIRK, Beverly FLATT, Dick BURRIS, George PATTINGTON, Robert PETERSON.  Edward DOLAN, senior class advisor, is directing the play.

November 30, 1949 -Truman P. LOWN dies after shooting deer.
Success in deer hunting cost Truman P. LOWN, 58, of Burdett, his life on Thanksgiving day.  Mr. LOWN died after killing a deer with one shot near the village of Burdett.  Dr. Milton J. DAUS of Watkins Glen, a member of the hunting party, said that Mr. LOWN had dragged the animal about 20 feet when he complained of a pain in his heart.  He died instantly of a heart attack resulting from over-excitement and over-exertion, the local physician said.

November 30, 1949 - Schuyler scene on cover of American Legion Magazine.
A Seneca Lake country farm scene is on the front cover of the December issue of the American Legion magazine.  Painted by Reg MASSIE of Astoria, L.I., the scene portrays the home and farm buildings [and dogs] of Mr. & Mrs. Sam COBEAN of the Old Corning Road, just outside Watkins Glen.  COBEAN is one of America's best known cartoonists.

December 7, 1949 -VEDDER & SCOTT merge firms at Falls.
Vedder-Scott Inc. opened for business last week in Montour Falls.  The new concern, a merging of the Earl VEDDER and Wendell SCOTT establishments, will sell furniture and provide funeral and ambulance service.  Mr. VEDDER has been in business at Montour Falls for 25 years.  His new partner, Mr. SCOTT, came here from Rome two years ago, succeeding Joseph HIBBARD in the undertaking business.

December 7, 1949 - Plans approved for Falls postoffice.
Plans for a $150,000 post office building for Montour Falls are included in a list of 312 federal building projects approved recentlly...a site for the building on Main street opposite BUCCANINGS pharmacy was secured before the war, but  preparations were halted because of the defense program.

December 14, 1949 - Misc. News:
- Jeanne FROST, 17, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Wm. P. FROST of Watkins Glen, was reported in good condition Sat. afternoon as she left Shepard hospital after being treated for a severe cut of the right wrist.  Miss Frost was injured accidentally while drying dishes early Fri. evening.  She was treated by Dr. Milton J. DAUS and later removed to the hospital where several stitches were taken.
- Julia GURNETT, postmaster, reminds the public that all greeting cards cost 2 cents to mail if they are unsealed and contain no written message.
- Mrs. Marjorie BAKER of Altay, wife of Charles BAKER, Tyrone Highway Superintendent, suffered a broken shoulder shock and multiple bruises as a result of an accident in Altay Friday evening.  The accident occurred near the Altay community hall where a chicken supper and bazaar was being held.  Mrs. BAKER slipped and fell behind a car driven by Clayton SHEPARD, also of Altay.  Unable to get out of the way or make him hear her screams, Mrs. BAKER was run over by the rear wheel.  Realizing he had hit something he stopped his car immediately.  Dr. Donald TWADDELL of Dundee was summoned and administered emergency treatment.  Mrs. BAKER was taken by ambulance to the Penn Yan hospital where she is improving.

December 21, 1949 - Watkins Glen High School Students present Dickens' "Christmas Carol".
Over 100 young people participated...Directing the musical part of the program was Miss Mildred DENSON...Miss Lucy VIGLIONE & Mrs. Louise STILLMAN had charge of dialogue...Scenery..was created by the art & woodworking classes under direction of Miss Ellen PARKER and Dominic GIAMBO.  Cast:  Carl ISLEY (Scrooge), Kenneth SYMES (Bob Cratchit), William WHITING (Fred), Estelline RARRICK (Mrs. Cratchit), William RYAN (Marley's ghost), Larry SCOTT (Tiny Tim), Jeanne FROST (Belinda Cratchit), Jerry SMYDER & Rhea ANGELO as Cratchit children.  Charles POTTER played Scrooge as a boy, Robert HENDERSON and Robert MARCINIAK were cast as waifs, and Peter LANDSBERG played Joe.  Nancy MILLER and Sandra RICHARDS were "hags", and Nancy INMAN and Patricia KELLEY were "sprites".  Nancy BISHOP was Scrooge's former sweetheart, Ted SPECCHIO and Sam BARTHOLOMEW were "portly gentlemen",  Joe Del ROSSO and Lincoln WAGNER were "merry gentlemen".  Vicki VITALI played Little Fan, Scrooge's sister.  Accompanists for the production were Betty BASSETT and Jeannette JONES.

Geneva Daily Times, Tuesday, August 31, 1954
At Ordnance Depot
Ancient Baptist Church Being Moved
By Bill de Lancey
An ancient landmark in Seneca County east of Kendaia, the First Baptist Church, is being carefully leveled at its site on the Seneca Ordnance Depot grounds, and will be re-elected northwest of Watkins Glen. It will become part of the restoration of Old Irelandville.  G. L. Freeman, Watkins Glen, publisher of books on antiques and Americans, was the successful bidder on the 50 x 40-foot structure and is personally supervising the work.  Several husky college and high school youths swarmed over the second floor meeting hall, lowering the huge axe-squared beams. The roof and top story of the 60-foot-high church had already been moved to Watkins.

Pieces Marked
Mr. Freeman re-nailed boards of the front door frame which had become loosened in removing it, and marked all the pieces for future re-assembly.  The new owner explained that he lives in the original home of John Ireland, a pioneer land owner. This house is three miles northwest of Watkins and one-half mile off R. 14. Mr. Freeman said his plans are not sufficiently complete to be announced, but that he expects to restore the area near his home into a village of the pioneer period in this region. He considers the Baptist Church a fine example.  On the ground a few yards from the edifice lay its four 20-foot, white doric columns. These appear to be in good condition.  "The church was started in 1795," Mr. Freeman said. "It stood a few feet east of where it is now. In 1820 it was moved to this site, raised slightly, and the portico added."  Inside, on the ground floor, the plaster finish is in good condition. The one remaining original seat, or bench, stands in the hallway.

According to Mrs. Dr. Claude Smith, Geneva, whose family have been associated with the church for generations, the building was given careful consideration by Col. Arthur Dana Elliot when the property became included in the ordnance depot grounds. The Colonel is said to have done as much as he could to put the church in good condition, rather than have it meet the usual fate of tearing down or burning.  Improvements included a hardwood floor on the meeting hall, and arrangements to have the old benches copied at a  nominal sum if the members wished to make a memorial, Mrs. Smith explained. The latter plan fell through.

Names Noted
The cemeteries on each side of the church have been well maintained and fenced off from the working areas of the depot. Within the older cemetery we noted such names as: Smalley, Townley, Coryell, McGafferty, Wilcox, McWhorter, Scobey, Parker, Denniston, Bartlett, Sayre, Stanley, Baldridge, Watrus, Hotrum, Folwell, Torrey, and Gillette.

During early construction days at the Depot, the building was used variously as police headquarters and as a "break house" where workers could have shelter, tables and a stove while eating their lunches.  Mr. Freeman pointed out that most of the pioneer-hewn beams are in good condition, but that a few of them show areas that have rotted.  The original church glass was plain, we heard. The later memorial windows, and some other similar mementos of the historic church are said to be in the possession of church members still residing in the neighborhood.  Mr. Freeman said, "By next spring I may be able to give you a good many
more details on what our plans are for Old Irelandville."

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