From the Times Files – 20 volunteers to hand out poppies on Poppy Day

Compiled by Erik Pekar

75 years ago, May 20, 1948

A. D. Bartholomew, Sr., has been chosen as grand marshal of the Memorial Day parade here May 30. John J. O’Brien Jr. will act as aide. A second aide will be appointed later. Following last year’s procedure the marshal and his party will ride in an automobile instead of walking or being on horseback. This year the official car will be contributed and decorated by Clayton Sheer.

Twenty women and girls of Whitehall have volunteered to distribute memorial poppies on the street here on Poppy Day, Saturday, May 29, according to an announcement by Mrs. George Stewart, poppy chairman of the Whitehall unit of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Whitehall Post 83, American Legion, and the Auxiliary, Unit 83, will hold a joint meeting on cancer control Thursday evening, June 3. At that time Dr. Romack of the Mary McClellan Hospital, Cambridge, a cancer specialist, will deliver a talk.

The annual Junior Prom will be held on Friday, May 28, at 9 p.m. in the Whitehall High school auditorium. The music will be furnished by Ernie LaRouche’s orchestra. Tickets may be purchased from any member of the class of ‘49.

Washington county supervisors discussed formation of a forest fire district in the southern part of the county with conservation department representatives at their meeting in the Salem court house last Thursday.

Tomorrow night, Friday, May 21, at 7:30 o’clock, the music students of the Whitehall public schools will present a spring concert in the auditorium of the high school. The orchestra, glee club, junior chorus and sextet will offer selections. There will also be solos by Ronald Day and Lucille Pecott.

The Scott Furniture store of this place will sponsor a Bendix Home Laundry school in their establishment tomorrow afternoon (Friday).

Otto Rehm was elected district master of Washington council, 12, R. and S.M., Friday in the Masonic temple.

Whitehall High school officials have announced the honor list for the fifth period.

Clemons: There will be a memorial service at the church Sunday, May 30 and a parade and flowers placed on the soldiers’ graves with ceremonies in the cemetery conducted by the Sherwin Mountain Post No. 1553, American Legion, followed by a program and refreshments at the town hall conducted by the Auxiliary.

Putnam: The three-minute cable ferry which operates between Wrights, New York, and Orwell, Vermont, on Lake Champlain is now on regular schedule. Roma Arthur is owner and operator.

Baseball: Bus Burns and Bob Keenan were the only Maroon players able to touch the offerings of Rutland’s Jimmy Guild as the Vermont team pounded the Whitehall nine, 5-1, at Recreation field Monday night. Whitehall High school lost its second game to Glens Falls Tuesday afternoon by a score of 7-2.

At the Capitol: Tonight and Friday, “The Iron Curtain”; Saturday, “The Inside Story” and “Call Of The Canyon”; Sunday and Monday, “Sitting Pretty”; Tuesday and Wednesday, “Rocky” and “Intrigue”.

Births: twins, a daughter and son, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Beckwith, Whitehall; a son, James Edward, to Mr. and Mrs. J. Edward Hoey, Ausable Forks; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Williams, Whitehall village.

No weddings reported.

Obituaries: Worthington Green, Schenectady.

50 years ago, May 24, 1973

Anthony Barber, before a large turnout of members of the Mt. Carmel society, stated that a parade and fireworks display will be held this July 13 and 14. On July 13, a parade and concert will be held at Riverside Park at 8 p.m., with a small display of fireworks. On Saturday morning, a High Mass at Our Lady of Angels church at 9:30 o’clock will be followed by a parade through the principal streets of the village. A large display of fireworks at the society’s field in the evening will end the day.

Mrs. Carol Senecal, president, has announced that 50-year graduates of Whitehall High school will be honored at the annual luncheon of the Historical Society of Whitehall to be held in the social rooms of the Whitehall Methodist church, Saturday, June 3, at 12:30 p.m. Featured speaker at this luncheon will be Mrs. Doris Manley of Schenectady, research assistant with the New York State Office of Historical Preservation at Albany.

Whitehall will observe Memorial Day next Monday with the customary parade and exercises at Boardman cemetery and Riverside Park. The Rev. William F. Esmond, pastor of Our Lady of Angels Church and a veteran of World War II, will be the principal speaker at the exercises in the park. Judge John J. O’Brien will be master of ceremonies.

The Washington County board of supervisors, at their annual meeting in the Salem courthouse last Friday, adopted resolutions opposing proposed legislation providing for state assumption of the entire cost of financing the state courts and opposing legislation which would see state takeover of certain social services prerogatives.

John Leonbruno has announced his decision to be a candidate for the board of education in the forthcoming election on June 13. Mr. Leonbruno, his wife Leonore, and their three children reside on Williams Street. He has been an employee of the New York Telephone Company for the past 19 years.

The annual Whitehall High school Junior Prom, with the theme “Pieces of April,” will be held in the Junior-Senior High school gymnasium this Saturday evening, May 26. Music for dancing from 9 to 1:30 will be furnished by the “Big River.”

The fund drive for the Emma Laing Stevens Hospital got off to a “flying start” this week when officers and members of the Hospital auxiliary met and pledged $30,000; the pledge is to be paid over a five-year period.

Kenneth J. Whalen, a Whitehall native, has been named vice-president of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company. He has been president of the Michigan Bell Telephone Company since 1968.

Baseball: Steve Thomas hit a home run leading off the bottom of the ninth to give Granville a 6-5 win over Whitehall in an extra-inning game last Thursday.

No births reported.

Weddings: Jean Whalen, Manchester Depot, Vermont and Alfred Charles Carosi, Jr., Braintree Highlands, Massachusetts.

Obituaries: Mrs. Josephine Darling, Whitehall village; Miss E. Olive Pelkey, Fair Haven, Vermont; Henry O. Goyette, Syracuse, formerly of Whitehall.

25 years ago, May 21, 1998

Whitehall residents backed the school district’s proposal to spend more than $9 million nearly 3-1 at the Whitehall Central School District election Tuesday. Voters indicated 553 to 184 that they were in favor of the $9,056,375 spending plan. James Huntington was elected to the board with a tally of 429 votes. He was favored over candidate George Armstrong, who received 379 votes. He will take office in the beginning of July.

Nearly 2,200 landowners in the village and town of Whitehall can expect a new tax assessment by the year 2000 if all goes according to plan. The project will cost $100,000. After reevaluation, parcel owners will pay taxes on the market value of their property.

There are more reasons than ever to celebrate senior fitness. That’s exactly what local seniors will be doing at the Fitness Walk at Skenesborough Harbor on Tuesday, May 26, as part of the fifth annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day.

At the Washington County Board of Supervisors meeting on Friday, May 15, two Whitehall buildings were honored with the Historic Preservation Award. The buildings are the Adams-Coderre House and the Whitehall Head Start building.

Putnam: The Putnam United Presbyterian Church is having a Turkey Dinner on Saturday, June 6, to benefit the Summer Church Camp for the kids’ scholarships. Takeouts at 4:30 p.m., serving from 5 to 6 p.m. Adults $7, under 6 $4.

Baseball: Whitehall fell at home to Fort Edward 16-11 on May 14. The team came up empty against Lake George pitching on Monday, May 18, as Lake George pitcher Mike Mueller gave up no hits, recorded 16 strike outs, and walked only two in the 16-0 victory. Whitehall’s record drops to 1-9.

No births or weddings reported.

Obituaries: Rosemary Rushia, Whitehall village.