From the Times Files – Whitehall Knights of Columbus celebrate golden jubilee


Compiled by Erik Pekar

75 years ago, Nov. 6, 1947

The golden jubilee of Whitehall Council No. 276, Knights of Columbus, will be observed this weekend. A three-day celebration will begin tomorrow morning with a Requiem High Mass in Notre Dame des Victoires Church. State deputy William E. Burke of Utica will visit. A dance will be held at the Elks Club that evening. The charter members will be honored at a smoker at the council rooms Saturday evening. A Solemn High Mass will begin Sunday.

Heman Carlton is the new supervisor in the town of Whitehall as a result of Tuesday’s election. Mr. Carlton led his Republican cohorts to a lop-sided victory with only one town office falling to a Democrat. Francis Foster was the sole Democrat elected; he defeated Republican Antimo Vinci by 393 votes for the office of assessor, four years. In the other portions of the town ticket, the Democratic candidate led in the votes cast in the village, only to be overpowered by the farm vote in District 1.

The latest enterprise to be launched in Whitehall is the newly opened Army-Navy store at 54 Main Street. Proprietors of the establishment are Gerald Selig of Glens Falls and Jack Berkowitz of Saratoga Springs; both are World War II veterans. The store sells government surplus items and opens Nov. 7.

Plans for next Monday’s open house at the state armory are proceeding in a satisfactory manner according to word received from the Anti-Tank company.

The honor roll has been announced for the first six weeks at Whitehall High School.

Compitello’s Service Station has Gulf gasoline and oil, plus Goodrich tires and Edison batteries; offers services of cleaning spark plugs, greasing cars, and changing tires; along with selling soft drinks, candy and cigarettes. The station is located at 139 Poultney Street.

Football: Maroon fumbles paved the way for a Granville victory at Rec Field Saturday and the Golden Horde took advantage of them to salt away the contest 18-6. The only Maroon score occurred in the second quarter, when Laddie McLaughlin went over for the touchdown; the kick by Neddo was blocked.

Showing at the Capitol: Tonight and Friday, “Moss Rose”; Saturday, “Dick Tracy’s Dilemma” and “Range Defenders”; Sunday and Monday, “Variety Girl”; Tuesday and Wednesday, “That’s My Man” and “The Red House”.

Births: a daughter, to Dr. and Mrs. Emil J. Chervenka of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, formerly of Whitehall.

No weddings reported.

Obituaries: Eva Bartholomew, Whitehall, formerly of Putnam; Bernadine Buckley Gordon, Binghamton, formerly of Whitehall.

50 years ago, Nov. 9, 1972

The 75th anniversary of the founding of Whitehall Council No. 276, Knights of Columbus, was celebrated Sunday with the reception of corporate communion at a Mass for deceased members in Our Landy of Angels Church, a communion breakfast, and a banquet for members and friends.

The Granville Rotary Club this year will host the joint dinner sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Whitehall and Granville honoring the football squads of the two schools. The affair will be held at the Granville Elementary school next Wednesday evening at 6:30. The joint dinner, instituted in 1935, the year the Whitehall club was chartered, has been held annually ever since, alternating between the two towns.

Richard Nixon, returning to the White House by a landslide margin in Tuesday’s election, carried all states but Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. In his sweeping victory, the President carried the Village and Town of Whitehall by the same 2-to-1 margin that he achieved in so many other areas. In the only local election, Charles Tinsley, Republican, was reelected town councilman over Vincent Frandino by an 1,148 to 741 margin.

The layout for the new South Bay bridge has been started, Ronald Woodard, project engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation, stated last Friday. Thomason and Perry, Inc., Troy contractors, will be driving temporary pilings for the middle pier of the bridge during the next two or three weeks.

The Whitehall Chamber of Commerce at its monthly meeting Monday noon in the Roma restaurant set dates for its 1973 activities. The annual winter ball will be held Feb. 17, Man and Woman of the Year dinner, April 29; Old Home Week, July 4 to 8; annual banquet, Oct. 12.

Guy Newell Garage is selling 1973 American Motors models and 1973 Jeeps, as well as used cars.

Whitehall High, scoring a touchdown in the final quarter and adding a safety on the final play of the game, defeated Granville, 10-0, in their traditional meeting last Saturday to capture the Northern Conference championship. Marty Gordon plunged over the two-foot line for the only touchdown of the game. Whiting passed to Billy Joe Greco for the two-point conversion. Despite the rain and cold, a crowd estimated at 3,000 turned out for the game. The win gave Whitehall the Northern Conference championship with a 4-1 record.

Showing at the Capitol: Wednesday to Saturday nights and Saturday-Sunday matinee, “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” Sunday to Tuesday nights, “Bonnie and Clyde.”

No births or obituaries reported.

Weddings: Priscilla Mai Huntington, Dresden Station and Barry Norman Lane.