From the Sentinel Files – Lawler elected new American Legion commander


Compiled by Erik Pekar

75 years ago, Sept. 18, 1947

Granville has its second centenarian. Mrs. Adelia Dougan celebrated her 100th birthday anniversary Sept. 15 at the family home of the past 61 years on the farm just west of Middle Granville. She was born in 1847 on the adjoining farm now owned by J. W. Gillespie, then owned by her Quaker parents, Isaac and Rhoda Nichols Norton; she alone survives of the family of seven sisters and a brother.

Catholic men of Granville await with keen anticipation the arrival of W. Phillon, Grand Knight of the Hudson Falls Council of the Knights of Columbus on Sept. 18. A meeting will be held on that day in the basement hall of St. Mary’s church, for the purpose of explaining the benefits of the organization and to enroll enough men in Granville to form a council here.

Caruso and Grottoli announce that Sept. 22 is the opening date of the bowling alleys (lanes) at Ritz Recreation in Granville.

The Variety Sales Company will soon open in the former Farmers Bank Building. The proprietors are Gerald Selig of Glens Falls and Jack Berkowitz of Saratoga. It will be run as an Army-Navy Surplus store.

Miss Marion E. Brackett has been engaged to teach physical education and health at the Granville High school.

Showing at the Ritz: Thursday and Friday, “The Trouble With Women”; Saturday, “Wolf Call” and “Queen of the Yukon”; Sunday and Monday, “Possessed”; Tuesday and Wednesday, “Framed” and “That’s My Gal”. Coming soon: “The Egg and I”.

Weddings: Pauline Wilson, Rochester, Vermont and Theodore Barden, Rupert, Vermont.

Obituaries: Mrs. Owen J. (Elizabeth) Thomas, Granville; Mrs. Orla N. Smith, Salem, formerly of Caldwell, Ohio.

75 years ago, Sept. 25, 1947

The Washington County Board passed a resolution asking for the elimination of the dangerous curve on Route 22 just west of Middle Granville, at the junction of the Slyboro and Comstock roads. When the new Comstock road was constructed, plans called for the continuation of the new road through the field to the south of the present road, where it was to connect with the dirt road which crosses the bridge near the Tatko quarry in Middle Granville [Cove Road].

Mrs. R. E. Brown, District Superintendent of Schools, Supervisory Dist. No. 2, Washington County has resigned. The Commissioner of Education has ordered the redistricting of the county from four supervisory districts into three districts.

John J. Lawler has been elected the new Commander of the Granville Post No. 323, American Legion.

Rev. R. Lewis Jones, pastor of the local Presbyterian Church for the past four and a half years, resigned at the morning service last Sunday, to accept an invitation to become pastor of the First Presbyterian Church at Ballston Spa.

The bowling season opened on the redecorated and refinished Ritz Recreation Alley Monday night. Among the new changes are comfortable chairs and an “electric eye” to automatically sound whenever a bowler crosses the foul line.

The 53rd annual meeting of the District No. 1 (Vt.), Order of the Eastern Star, was held in West Pawlet on Sept. 16 at the school hall with Evening Flower Chapter No. 94 as hostess. Gertrude V. Stackwell, District Deputy Grand Matron presided.

Showing at the Ritz: Thursday and Friday, “Tarzan and the Huntress”; Saturday, “Driftin’ River” and “Big Town”; Sunday and Monday, “The Homestretch”; Tuesday through Friday, “The Egg and I”.

Weddings: Marianne Rogers Nichols, Granville and Allyn Eugene Kennedy, Randolph, Vermont; Dororty Moberg Hulett and Loren A. Mitchell; Mary Shinglar and Michael Tomasovsky, both of Granville; Madalyn Elizabeth Pauquette, Albany and James B. Lawler, Elsmere, both formerly of the Granville area; Ruth Owens, Granville and Donald E. Merriman; Phebe Esther Lape, Summit, and H. Everett Simmons, Hobart.

Obituaries: Herbert N. Locke, Fair Haven, Vermont; Henry M. McNeil, West Hebron; Howard M. Grant, Kingsbury, formerly of Granville.

50 years ago, Sept. 21, 1972

Four seek the school board position vacated by the resignation of Angelo Scott Jr. a few months ago; they are Dr. John Glennon, Beverly Tatko, Seymour Teitelbaum and Marge Vanderminden. The election is scheduled for Sept. 27, between the hours of 2 and 8 p.m.

The new electric scoreboard was officially dedicated Saturday prior to the Granville and Cambridge football game. During the ceremony Albert Berkowitz recounted the virtues and accomplishments of Coach Eppolito. The Golden Horde won the game, 10-6.

Ross Pontiac’s mammoth “all-free” open house will be held today (Thursday) Sept. 21. Everything at the event will be free, except the cars.

The Granville Fish and Game Club will hold an Open House to the public at the Henry Hose Company Firehouse, West Main Street, on Saturday, Sept. 23, 1972, to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day.

Weddings: Betty Ann Thomas, Fort Ann and John Joseph Darius, Granville.

Obituaries: Charles Hicks Sr., Granville; Howard J. White, Granville; Mrs. Joseph (Agnes) Haynes, East Poultney, Vermont; Charles H. Baker, Granville; Walter Boynton, Rutland, Vermont; Mrs. Arthur (Glendeen) Ballou, Tinmouth, Vermont.

25 years ago, Sept. 24, 1997

The Granville Central School District is preparing to launch a new program to teach children respect and responsibility, along with other characteristics. The program is chaired by school psychologist Virginia Lazzara.

Patrick Hilkey, pastor at the Jerusalem Church, Assembly of God, is departing Granville. He has accepted an invitation to become pastor at the First Assembly of God Church in Marcy, near Utica.

John D’Aluisio, Postmaster at the Granville Post Office, is being transferred in October to the Fort Edward Post Office.

A new restaurant opened in Granville on Sept. 16. The No. 1 Chinese Restaurant is located in the Grand Union shopping plaza, in the newly renovated space formerly occupied by Fu Dragon. It is owned by the family of Dao Yu Li, formerly of Fujian, China.

The Slate Valley Museum will hold its second anniversary celebration on Sept. 27. Two new exhibits will be introduced at the event. The program also includes horse-drawn wagon rides and an antique appraisal.

Sports: The Granville Golden Horde football team won over Whitehall in overtime, 36-35. Granville’s field hockey team won against Burr and Burton, 2-1.

No births or marriages reported.

Obituaries: Blanche Dietz, Granville, formerly of Lake Luzerne; Benjamin Holcomb, Granville; Florence Godzik, Poultney, Vermont; John F. Moore, Pawlet, Vermont; Jean Marie Pilvinis, Great Neck, formerly of Salem; John Huchro, Poultney, Vermont; Mary Elizabeth Lincoln Wallace, Matthews, North Carolina, formerly of West Rupert, Vermont.