From the Sentinel Files – 1948 March of Dimes has whirlwind start


Compiled by Erik Pekar

75 years ago, Jan. 22, 1948

The biggest news in bowling circles so far as can be ascertained occurred last Saturday night at the Ritz Recreation when one of Granville’s foremost keglers turned in the dream game of all bowlers: 12 straight strikes in one game for a perfect score of 300. The kegler to achieve this record was Royal B. Cook, captain of the Cooks in the Granville Interstate League.

There was a large attendance consisting of many parents and teachers, besides the 120 school children taking part in the program, at the meeting of the Granville Parent-Teacher association Monday evening, Jan. 19, at the high school auditorium.

The 1948 March of Dimes campaign is getting off to a whirlwind start today in Granville. Dr. Lester Browde, chairman of the local March of Dimes, says Granville will go all out for funds like never before. Committees were also announced.

At the annual meeting of the Henry Hose company, held in the hose company rooms on Church street, Tuesday evening, the entire staff of officers was elected unanimously to continue in office for the ensuing year.

Basketball: Granville High lost to Glens Falls High at the latter’s court Friday evening, 32-19, due mainly to their inability to drop the ball through the hoop. Gene Smith and Joe Gilbert both led the scoring for their team, with 6 points scored by each.

At the Ritz: Today and Friday, “Desire Me”; Saturday, “Spoilers of the North” and “Pacific Adventure”; Sunday and Monday, “Good News”; Tuesday and Wednesday, “They Got Me Covered” and “The Unsuspected”.

Weddings: Georgia Hadaway, Salem and Arnold Bebee, West Rupert, Vermont; Dorothy Pecue, West Pawlet, Vermont and Daniel B. Nelson, Granville; Marjorie Ann Roberts, South Poultney, Vermont and William Wood, Glens Falls; Marilyn E. Fox, Milton, Massachusetts and Henry Juckett Jr., West Pawlet, Vermont.

Obituaries: Mrs. Francis (Louise) King, South Hartford; Mrs. Bertha Warner Rudd, Bennington, Vermont; Mrs. Philena C. Vogel, Middle Granville; Mrs. James (Carrie) Moore, Salem; Edward Carter, South Poultney, Vermont, formerly of Granville; J. Francis Benway, North Granville; funeral of Mrs. Louis Capman; Owen Williams, Herkimer; funeral of Miss Ione Jones.

50 years ago, Jan. 25, 1973

In the interest of enhancing the possibility of passage of the newly proposed school bond issue, the Telescope Folding Furniture Co., Inc., has decided to make a gift of property sufficient for the proposal. The decision to make the gift was announced on Friday, Jan. 19, by Henry Vanderminden Jr., chairman of the board, Henry Vanderminden II, president and Robert Vanderminden, executive vice president. The announcement of the gift was a complete surprise to school officials who were contemplating acquisition of half the originally proposed 10-1/2 acres for half the original cost of $60,000. The gift of property is contingent upon passage of the school bond issue. It is hoped that it will generate community support for the bond issue’s passage.

The Norton Company, which has been building a new spirit of competition within its own ranks for the past 18 months, is going after some real excitement with entry of a championship racing car this year in the Indianapolis 500, Pocono 500, Ontario 500 and the Michigan 200. Team manager is Rolla R. Vollstedt and the driver will be Bill Simpson, both of whom have multiple wins in championship racing. The car will be called the “Norton Spirit”, and Norton products are being used in the car.

Washington County Sheriff Clyde Cook reports of receiving numerous complaints regarding people discarding their garbage on public highways as well as private lawns and driveways. Cook notes that this is a violation of Section 1220 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. He adds that his men will be checking for the violators, and will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. The violation is punishable by a fine not to exceed $100.

Granville Days, the superduper sales spectacular of the year, is scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2-3. To celebrate the occasion Granville stores are scheduling tremendous deep discounts on all nationally advertised brands and gearing sales staff to prepare for an avalanche of budget minded customers who thrive on values offered at this February event.

Registration for the 1973 Granville Little League will be held Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Granville Elementary School. Anyone who has not played any Little League baseball before, and will be eight years old or older before August 1, 1973, is qualified.

Hundreds attended the gala open house of the Pember Museum, sponsored by the Friends of the Museum. Refreshments were plentiful during the event, charge of which was in command of Elsie Kniess.

Basketball: Granville’s Golden Horde went into a horrible tail-spin after winning in two of their last three outings. The Horde was dumped hard by Corinth 81-29 Friday evening on the victor’s court. The loss puts the Horde at 2-3 in conference competition. Granville’s top man was Tom Somich with 8 points.

No weddings reported.

Obituaries: Mrs. Neil (Edla) McMann, Salem; Allen Lyng, West Pawlet, Vermont; David Dunkley, Hague; Carl F. Edwards, Hartford, formerly of St. Louis, Missouri; Mrs. Robert G. Plimpton, Granville; William H. Hughes, Granville; Stewart H. McCollum, North Hebron; Leslie Balch, West Granville.

25 years ago, Jan. 21, 1998

The residents in the greater Mettowee Valley region have proven their willingness to help those in need yet again, as a call for emergency supplies for the victims of the recent and devastating ice storm was fulfilled with a truckload of goods that was sent north on Sunday. The ice storm affected the northeastern region of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. In response to this crisis faced by their northern neighbors, the people of Granville, Hampton, Hartford, Hebron, Poultney, Pawlet, Wells and West Pawlet joined together last weekend to collect food, blankets, warm outer clothing, and a variety of other goods to aid their northern neighbors.

The Pawlett Historical Society is pleased to announce that it has received a Cultural Facilities Grant of $4663 for 1998. This grant, to be matched by the Society, is funded by the State of Vermont and is administered by the Vermont Historical Society and the Cultural Facilities Coalition. The funds will be used to replace the damaged ceiling, install electricity and light as well as heat in the North Pawlet School. The school, a one-room brick structure built in 1847, served as the local school until 1953. Since 1973 it has been the property of the Society and has housed its archives and artifacts.

The Granville Rescue Squad is looking to encourage more volunteers to join their ranks with an open house on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The squad boasts an active membership of about 50 volunteers who provide the squad with near complete coverage both at night (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) and in the daytime hours. They are also looking for extra hands during the daytime hours.

Granville will welcome a new business this week as local businessman Ron Cosey officially launches his new endeavor, Cosey Fuel Company.

Plans have been finalized for the first-ever Poultney Winter Weekend. The inaugural event will begin on Saturday.

The Granville Golden Horde varsity boys’ basketball team improved to a 2-3 record in league play last Tuesday with a win over the Cambridge Indians, 69-58. Matt Sharrow led the Horde with 26 points.

The Granville Golden Horde varsity girls’ basketball team was defeated Wednesday by the Cambridge Indians, 64-23. Merilee Wood and Jacqui Helinski were the top-scorers for the Horde, each scoring 8 points.

Births: a son, Jeffrey Ernest, to Ronald and Christine Pratt, Fairport.

No weddings reported.

Obituaries: Floyd Winchell, Granville village; Dewese McLaughlin, East Poultney, Vermont; Marguerite Greene, Pawlet, Vermont; Frank Lee, Whitehall; Marjorie Brayton, Hartford; Alvah Monger, West Pawlet, Vermont; Camillus Panoushek, Hampton; Irene Sill, North Granville; Philippine Kraft, Granville; Ray F. Warren, Rockwood, Tennessee.