From the Sentinel Files – Wilson’s clothing store moves, doubles floor space


Compiled by Erik Pekar

75 years ago, Nov. 13, 1947

The Wilson Clothing Company announces their removal next month from their present location, 28 Main St., to their new location at 26 Main St. This building has been enlarged and will be a completely new, up-to-date building with more than double the present floor space. Wilson’s is selling all their present stock, most at 20 per cent reduction; when they move, Wilson’s will have only new stock.

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hayes have opened a new diner, but it is not a new business for them. They served the people of Granville as well as the surrounding community for a number of years. After disposing of their lunch room and bowling alley, they thought it would be nice to retire, but soon discovered they were too young. They have now opened a diner on Main Street, next to the Post Office building.

Plans are being completed for a gala evening of fun and laughter on Monday evening, Nov. 24, at the Granville High school gym at 8 p.m. The occasion is a turkey bingo party, sponsored by the Granville Parent-Teacher Association. Proceeds will be used to purchase badly needed playground equipment for the elementary school.

The Granville Parent-Teacher association met Monday evening, Nov. 10, at the high school auditorium. Reports were given by the standing committees. Elton Murphy was chairman of a presentation called “Know Your School,” which included several Granville teachers discussing their teaching fields.

Few men from Granville have ever served in the armed forces for as long as Capt. Glen Beecher, who has seen 27 years of Army life. Tuesday evening he related some of his experiences to the local Rotary club, from the time he enlisted in 1917 to the present time.

Although the weather was decidedly cold and many people were seen shivering even when wearing heavy coats, a good crowd witnessed the parade held here Armistice Day. It was much larger than those held on previous occasions.

The Middle Granville Presbyterian Church dedicated its new Memorial Chimes on Sunday, Nov. 9.

Showing at the Ritz: Today and Friday, “Moss Rose”; Saturday, “Range Defenders” and “Dick Tracy’s Dilemma”; Sunday and Monday, “Dear Ruth”; Tuesday and Wednesday, “Last of the Redmen” and “The Macomber Affair”.

Weddings: Marion Moffitt, Comstock and Gene Brown, Barnesville, Ohio; Lois Reid, Belcher and Kenneth S. Farrell, Evans Mills; Florence LaJoyce, Rutland, Vermont and David Minard, North Clarendon, Vermont.

Obituaries: Eira Williams, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, formerly of Granville; Mrs. John W. Edwards, East Orange, New Jersey, formerly of Poultney, Vermont; Zipporah Davies, Middle Granville; Benjamin W. Newton, Alburg, Vermont, formerly of Poultney, Vermont; Albert Flower, Granville.

50 years ago, Nov. 16, 1972

The farmer-members of Granville Agway held their annual meeting Nov. 3 at North Granville Grange Hall and elected three farmers to the store’s member committee; Elon Parker, Gus Herrick and Phillip Clark. Elon Parker reported the store’s operation for the past fiscal year, given by manager Roger O’Dell; sales volume amounted to more than $2 million.

Craig McHenry, Dean of the School of Music at Ithaca College for the past 15 years, will retire at the end of the current academic year. He was a student there, graduating in 1930; he has been a member of the Ithaca College music faculty since 1931.

An interesting talk was given by Fred Enos of New York Telephone on “Communications and Defense” at the regular monthly meeting of the Mettowee Valley Business and Professional Women’s Club, held at the Masonic Temple, Granville.

Capital Newspapers of Albany has named Bernard A. Zovistoski as managing editor of the Times-Union. A native of Granville, at age 32 he is one of the youngest men to hold that position in the paper’s history.

The Friends of the Pember Library will sponsor their third annual open house and tea from 2 to 4 p.m., Nov. 19, at the library. Mrs. Frances Halverson is chairman of the event.

Showing at the Ritz: Wednesday and Thursday, “Brother of the Wind”; Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, “Bonnie and Clyde”; Saturday and Sunday matinee, “Fluffy”.

No weddings reported.

Obituaries: Peter Bushee, Hartford; M. Mabel Cook, East Poultney, Vermont; Dr. Mina Grace Welch, Granville; Clayton G. Barkley, Hebron; Harold C. Baldwin, West Hebron; Evan W. Roberts, Poultney, Vermont; Claude S. Steves, West Fort Ann; Blanche Smith, Poultney, Vermont; George L. Ross, Whitehall.

25 years ago, Nov. 19, 1997

The first snowstorm of the season dropped nearly 10 inches of the white stuff over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, catching area residents and local school districts by surprise. Classes were not canceled until almost 7:30 a.m.

Custom Floors on Main Street will celebrate 10 years of business and the opening of their new showroom with an open house throughout the remainder of November and the month of December.

Three Granville seniors were named to the Northern Section II All Star team and played one final game. The players were Chris Bogart, D.J. Cary, Aaron Torres; Bogart played linebacker while Cary and Torres were fullbacks. The Northern team played the Southern Section II All Star team in Shenendehowa on Nov. 13; Northern won, 34-6.

The Granville Central School district is seeking coaches for the boys and girls modified basketball programs; if none are found, there will be no modified basketball teams this season.

At the Nov. 17 meeting of the Granville Central School District’s board of education, Granville Youth Soccer head Marc Teller asked the board to begin a modified soccer program for the 1998-99 school year. Granville ranked fourth in population for varsity football in the division but did not offer soccer. Teller also had a petition of 218 names in support of such a program. He was told by the board that it had been proposed prior, and that they asked for more information, which was never submitted. The board agreed from Teller’s petition that there was enough interest. Board president Beverly Tatko suggested they find out more facts. A member of the public repeatedly requested the board to make a decision in the moment, resulting in a heated exchange; the board stayed steadfast with their plan of looking into the matter through their regular channels.

Births: a daughter, Kaitlin Renee, to Renee K. and Thomas White, Fort Edward; a son, Tylor E., to Tara Desabrais and Chip Black, Granville; twin sons, Allen William II and Joseph Miles to Debbie Richardson and Allen W. Bogart, Granville; a son, Jeffrey Scott, to Jessica Sheldon and Scott Shaw.

No weddings reported.

Obituaries: Myrtle Barkley, West Hebron; Clara Derome, Granville; Alec Labas, Granville; William Hughes, Granville; Osmyn Kinney, Poultney, Vermont; Rose Fales, West Rutland, Vermont.