Berry season, summer school, forest fires and more from the front pages of newspapers 100 years ago
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Berry season, summer school, forest fires and more from the front pages of newspapers 100 years ago

Berry season, summer school, forest fires and more from the front pages of newspapers 100 years ago
The boys at Camp Awosting have a great time! (Photo courtesy of Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection)

The “Our Cities” column is written monthly by Carol Johnson from the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection. Entries were copied from the July issues New Paltz IndependentTo take a closer look at these newspapers from the past, visit the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection staff at the Elting Memorial Library at 93 Main Street in New Paltz or call 255-5030.

The berry season has been a week to ten days later than usual this season. The first carload was made on June 20th. As of tonight, three carloads have been shipped to Canada and others to Boston and Vermont. In addition to the carloads, fruit ships are moving from 200 to 300 cases from Milton to New York markets each night. Berries are bringing from 10 to 25 cents a quart in New York. Cherries are beginning to ripen and are expected to start moving next week.

Kingston and Poughkeepsie may have their annual battles on the field, but here in New Paltz we have our own annual series between married and single men from the local fire department. Tuesday night was the first game and quite a crowd came out to see the fun. This game was, as is typical for all games in this series, interesting right down to the last man in the last round. The game ended in a tie, each side having five points. These same teams will play again next week and both sides say the result will be different.

Mayor Ward, playing right field for the Married Men, made a wonderful throw from the road in right field to third base; catching Smith standing as he tried to gain three bases with his line drive. In the last inning, Ward surprised everyone (including himself) when he made a beautiful two-base hit down the third-base line. Jimmy Boyd was undoubtedly the star of the game. His catch of a high foul fly, well over the road, was the best seen in these digs in a long time. Jim got a big round of applause from the fans.

On Wednesday, a large white bus with the words “Starting Point 42 Broadway”and The Santa rode through our village with a party of children, probably about 40 of them, on his way to Arbuckle Farm.

Our New Paltz Normal’s summer school began Monday with over 200 students participating.

After several weeks of searching for a good location for a camp for the Ulster County Scouts, the committee settled on Bevier Island in Wallkill, two miles from Gardiner. The island is centrally located, has plenty of shade trees, and flat ground on which to pitch tents and play games, and swimming is safe. The camping equipment is new, there is a corps of competent instructors, and there is every prospect of a royal good time.

Irving LeFevre has returned from Camp Awosting for a few days’ vacation. He reports that the camp is doing well.

A force of 70 men has been battling wildfires that have been raging on the western side of the Shawangunk Mountains near Lake Awosting over the past week. New firefighting equipment recently purchased to fight the fires is being used with good results.

Pastor William Dalton, pastor of Highland Presbyterian Church, received a new birthday gift in the form of a Ford sedan from members of his congregation last week.

Cardinal Hayes has transferred Rev. Henry A. Curtin, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church, New Paltz, and St. Charles Church, Gardiner, to Mt. Kisco, New York. His place will be taken by Rev. William Humphrey, of Fordham, New York. The people of St. Joseph’s Church deeply regret the removal of their pastor. Through the energy, ability, and excellent work of Father Curtin, the seating capacity of the church has been doubled by an addition which was added during his short pastorate. Had he remained, his taste would have been evident in the beautification of the grounds. On Wednesday evening, the members of the congregation gave an informal reception for Father Curtin at St. Joseph’s. Father Curtin came here from Yonkers about two years ago.

We are pleased to report that the condition of Mrs. AG Baldwin, who had been suffering from ivy poisoning for several weeks, has improved somewhat.

While our correspondent Plutarch and friends were traveling on the Modena road near the farm of Frank J. LeFevre, they came upon one of the pretty animals, which you may call, if you will, a tree-cunt, which had just begun to cross the road with its young. The young ones kept to the rear, the mother skunk crossed the road, and then returned to her more timid brood on the other side, and the travelers, who had been waiting with bated breath, ventured on.

The Tuskegee Institute Jubilee Singers from Alabama’s famous Booker T. Washington School will perform at the Normal School Auditorium Tuesday evening at 8:15 p.m. The group will consist entirely of musical voices. The program will include religious folk songs and colorful dialect readings. This troupe has just arrived at Lake Mohonk and is scheduled to give several programs in that part of New York State.

Delegates, alternates and guests to the Democratic Convention will spend the night at Lake Mohonk as part of a post-convention road trip to the Adirondacks. The trip will last seven days and cover 781 miles of highway. The presidential and vice presidential candidates will be guests of honor on the trip.

The long struggle for the Democratic National Convention brings back memories of our early days. We can easily recall the Democratic convention of 1852, when Franklin Pierce was nominated for president. Editor Independent He was only eight years old, but he was more interested in the politics of the country than he had ever been since. He was an old Whig, like his father and the whole family. Great was our disappointment when Winfield Scott, who had received the Whig nomination for President, was soundly beaten in November. As to the Democratic National Convention, we remember very well that the leading candidates were Cass, Marcy, and Buchanan. After a long voting with the same result as in the last convention, Franklin Pierce of New Hampshire was put forward as a dark horse and received the nomination.