10-06-2016 Tri-City Area History


90 years ago – 1926

 Dedication of the new paper mill addition was celebrated on Oct. 29, 1926. The structure is approximately 100 feet wide by 160 feet long, being a continuation of the present coating mill plant. The fire department took over in order to let the locality come in to inspect the new building.  Unknown parties harvested F.M. Keasey’s grape crop for him on Oct. 18, 1926. Mr. Keasey is said to have a suspicion that it was the same outfit that looted the Lee State Bank in another city.  Mayor F.W. Brown and the city commission recently sold the old pumping equipment for $300. The equipment consisted of a suction pump, motor and automatic control that had become of no use to the local plant when the new wells and pumping plant opened.

60 years ago – 1956

 Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Lyman quietly observed their 65th wedding anniversary on Oct. 11, 1956 at their home on County Line Road, where they have resided for the past 51 years. Mr. and Mrs. Lyman, who are 88 and 86 respectively, are enjoying good health except for taking things a little slower.  Pvt. David S. Castle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Castle, Watervliet, is attending a Guided Missile school at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. David received his basic training at Fort Hood, Texas.  Specialist Third Class Henry G. Zass, Watervliet, participated in Organization Day activities with the 25th Infantry Division on Sep. 29, 1956, in Hawaii. Zass is a driver in company A of the division’s 89th Tank Battalion.

30 years ago – 1986

 On Oct. 13, 1986, the Panther Pride Band traveled to Niles to participate in the SWMBOA District 6 Marching Band Festival. The band received a Div. 2 rating for its most commendable efforts.  Amy Zandarski is the Watervliet Public Schools’ “Student of the Week”. Amy represents her class on the Student Council and is vice president of the group. She plays trumpet in the 6th grade band and is editor of the school’s student newspaper.  Watervliet High School Principal Kenneth Bannen accepted a $900 check from the Lioness Club. The contribution will be deposited in the Gene Bednarowski Scholarship Fund. The money represents proceeds from the Gene Bednarowski Run sponsored by the Lioness Club.


100 years ago – 1916

 A team owned by Fred Wing, a fruit grower residing southwest of the village, indulged in a runaway on Maple Street Saturday evening. The principal damage resulted when they collided with a Ford automobile owned by Ora Makyes of Sister Lakes, the car being heavily damaged.  Hartford is taking a partial holiday this week, while her people are enjoying the pleasures of the county fair. A majority of the stores are closing every day from Noon to 5:30 p.m. in the afternoon, and the fair is the center of attraction for the village folk as well as for people of the countryside for miles about.

75 years ago – 1941

 A little coal black spaniel dog was running frantically about the intersection of Main and Center streets Thursday noon, obviously lost. The excited canine was paying no attention to men but dashing back and forth across the street to accost the ladies, turning from each one disappointedly. “It’s a woman’s dog, looking for its mistress,” said Mrs. O.J. Wells as the friendly little fellow ran up to her. Mrs. Wells, who lives just north on the Keeler-Hamilton town line, befriended it. She drove around town to restore it to anyone that this skipper could suggest, but all of the little black dogs were at home. Mrs. Wells did not want to turn it loose to be killed in the traffic so she took the dog home. On Monday, Mrs. Miller called the Day Spring newspaper to insert an advertisement for her lost black spaniel and was advised that Mrs. Wells had her. Mrs. Miller drove to the Wells farm to claim her dog.

50 years ago – 1966

 The Hartford Fire Department has purchased a rescue truck, which is being financed entirely without tax funds. The department ordered a GMC van from E.V. Godlew, Bangor. Money for the down payment came from events the firemen have sponsored; the balance will be paid by firemen donating a portion of their pay each month.  At a dinner last night the firemen honored Reginald Moore and Edward Ison by presenting certificates recognizing the efforts of the two men in trying to save Leon Spencer, who burned to death in a cabin fire west of Hartford last April.


100 years ago – 1916