From the Times Files – K of C council celebrates golden jubilee


Compiled by Erik Pekar

75 years ago, Nov. 13, 1947

The golden jubilee of Whitehall Council No. 276, Knights of Columbus, was fittingly commemorated last weekend with a three-day celebration. A feature of the observance was the exemplification of the third degree of the order on 130 candidates from Whitehall, Granville, Hudson Falls, Fort Edward, Ticonderoga and Glens Falls in the New York State armory Sunday afternoon; State Deputy William E. Burke and District Deputy Joseph Foley, both of Utica, were in charge of the degree work. Three charter members attended the charter member night in the council rooms Saturday; they were John Hoy of Whitehall and Martin I. Sullivan and James J. Maloney, both of Albany.

A large number of persons were present at the open house conducted at the state armory last Monday. They displayed a keen interest in the exhibits of weapons and equipment. This is the first time in the history of the anti-tank company that the public had an opportunity to see their work and equipment at first hand.

Whitehall will take part in the drive to raise funds for an addition to the Glens Falls Hospital even though the area drive concludes tomorrow night. As a result of action taken Tuesday night by the local Rotary Club the campaign begins in this community today.

Ninety members, guests and friends of the Whitehall Grange attended the regular meeting held on Thursday evening. Following the meeting a program of farm movies was presented through the cooperation of J. J. Sullivan and Arthur Masters of Albany.

The annual Granville-Whitehall football banquet will take place at 6:30 next Tuesday night in the Trinity Parish Hall. The event is sponsored yearly by the Rotary Clubs of the two communities, and the football squads of both schools are guests.

More than 200 attended the services at Whitehall’s Presbyterian church Monday night, Nov. 3, when the Rev. Charles E. Rice was installed as pastor.

Whitehall Post No. 83, American Legion, presented their 28th annual Armistice Day services in Riverside Park at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Skenesboro Scraps: Jay Arr remarks on an interesting phenomenon in this week’s Times, an almost complete absence of periods. This condition was caused by the linotype machine, which, like a greedy monster, has an insatiable appetite for hyphens and periods and chews them up.

The sportswriter notes the 1947 Maroon had a “mediocre” season, noting that all the second team and most of the first team were playing football for the first time. He suggested that they may hit their stride next year if a forward passer and large fullback could be located to spark the Maroon offense.

Scott’s Dairy Bar, 194 Broadway, recently renovated with new booths, counter and soda fountain. Joseph Scott is proprietor.

Showing at the Capitol: Tonight and Friday, “Copacabana”; Saturday, “Desperate” and “Marsha; at Cripple Creek”; Sunday and Monday, “Desert Fury”; Tuesday and Wednesday, “Last of the Redmen” and “Ivy”.

Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Keys, North Whitehall; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Griffin; a daughter, Judith Ann, to Mr. and Mrs. George Kline, Burnt Hills.

Weddings: Jessie A. Broadbent, Holley and James Kilmer of Poughkeepsie, formerly of Whitehall; Yvonne Cleary, Whitehall village and Eugene E. White, Buffalo; Eleanor Levette, Whitehall village and Edward Lipka, Whitehall; Catherine Louise Ferguson and Albert LeRoy McKinstry, Patterson.

Obituaries: Catherine Agnes Edmonds, Whitehall; Mary M. Houston, Troy, formerly of Whitehall; William A. Marnes, Whitehall; Felix H. Colomb, Hudson Falls; Mrs. Dennis Creedon, Massena.

50 years ago, Nov 16, 1972

The new 102,000 square foot plant in Whitehall of Liberty Homes, Inc., of Goshen, Indiana, manufacturer of mobile homes, will employ about 100 persons when fully staffed, it was announced Tuesday by Liberty Homes vice president David O’Connor and State Commerce Commissioner Neal L. Moylan. Construction is to begin in the near future at the 30-acre site on Buckley Road. Manufacturing operations are expected to be under way early in 1973. The new plant will serve a market area including New York state and New England.

Malcolm B. Douglas, Sr., of Whitehall, was elected to a four-year term as a member of the board of directors of the Patrons on Husbandry Headquarters, Inc. He was one of five new directors elected by delegates of the 100th Annual Session of the New York State Grange in Syracuse. The P of H corporation, wholly owned by the New York State Grange, is responsible for the construction for the new State Grange headquarters currently being built in Cortland.

The Whitehall Central school district board of education Monday night appointed coaches to several athletic squads and conducted other routine business. The coaches were Rodney Willard, frosh basketball; Richard Smith, 7-8 basketball; Robert DeMarah, varsity and 7-8 wrestling; Gary Helmecke, junior varsity wrestling.

More than 20 clergy and 100 parishioners and friends from near and far gathered at Trinity Episcopal Church on Saturday for the ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests of Guy E. Kagey, Jr. The Rev. Elwood C. Boggess, associate rector of St. Luke’s church, Cambridge, delivered the sermon.

New York State Grange was well represented at a recent regional meeting for Junior Grange leaders, Youth and Membership committees, held in Whitehall and attended by more than 70 Grangers from Essex, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties.

The Washington county board of supervisors, after kicking the question around for more than a year, last Friday authorized chairman Malcolm Douglas to sign a contract with Stewart Mapping Service, Inc., of Princeton, N.J., to completely tax map the county.

Chief of Police William Stewart has announced that the ban on all-night parking on village streets will go into effect on Dec. 1.

Showing at the Capitol: Saturday matinee, “Bashful Elephant”; Sunday and Monday, “Brother of the Wind”.

No births reported.

Weddings: Karen Marie Conety, Granville and William Edward Ayers, Whitehall; Kathleen Ann Cosey, Granville and David William Ripley, Whitehall village.

Obituaries: George Wolfe, Whitehall village; George Ross, Whitehall village; Mrs. George (Carrie) Starbuck, Whitehall village; Clayton Moriarty, Rutland, Vermont, formerly of Whitehall; Claude Steves, West Fort Ann.