Memorial Day in the '60s

Montgomery County, New York

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Unknown Newspaper

These articles were on the back of a clipping from an unknown local newspaper. The last article dates the year of these Memorial Day events to 1967.


Kirker Notes Apathy Danger In Address on Memorial Day

"Our danger is that, as we enjoy our strength and prosperity, we neglect, and thus weaken, those very institutions and principles which made us strong and prosperous and free," said Zone Sgt. William Kirker of the State Police in the Memorial Day address Tuesday in Canajoharie.

Sgt. Kirker, a Palatine Bridge resident, who is Montgomery County American Legion commander, added, "Our danger lies in apathy, complacency, selfishness and irresponsibility."

"As we pause in reverence to all veterans who made the supreme sacrifice, let us reflect on the heritage which is ours," the speaker said. "Let us never break faith with those who died so valiantly, but rather let us rededicate ourselves to the real America - the American worth fighting for."

The parade started in front of the American Legion home and proceeded to the Canajoharie High School lawn where the program took place.

Earl D. Davis, past commander of the Legion post, was master of ceremonies. The invocation was given by Rev. Theodore E. Hammer, pastor of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Canajoharie, and Trinity Lutheran Church of Stone Arabia.

Selections were played by the high school Band. Logan's General Orders was given by Peter Campochiaro and Neil Robinson recited Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

This was followed by the GAR Ritual by the American Legion GAR committee, decoration of the Civil War veterans' grave by the Girl and Boy Scouts who also led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Graham Cairns gave the American Legion roll call of World War I veterans and Richard Hency, the roll call for World War II and Korean Conflict. This was followed by the American Legion firing squad and salute, taps by Frank Folmsbee and the echo by Robert Keba. The Band played the Star Spangled Banner and the benediction was said by Rev. John J. Hogan, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Canajoharie.

Open house was held at the Legion home after the program.

St. Johnsville

Firemen at Memorial Rite
Are Called to Battle Blaze
Attired in Dress Uniforms

Members of the St. Johnsville volunteer fire department were holding a Memorial Day service at the Firemen's Monument in St. Johnsville Cemetery Tuesday morning when the fire alarm sounded. The ceremony was terminated abruptly and the firemen headed for the scene to battle a blaze in their dress uniforms.

Explosion of an oil burner in a kitchen range was blamed for the fire which damaged the second floor apartment of Clifford Shaut and his sons on East Main Street. The building is owned by Mrs. Frances Trask of Little Falls.

Shaut said he was washing breakfast dishes, shortly before 9 when the oil burner in the combination oil and gas range exploded and hurled part of the stove across the kitchen. Flames engulfed the kitchen almost immediately, but Shaut was unhurt. The gas portion of the range was not hooked up.

Mayor Angelo Giaquinto was arranging the public address system on the Methodist Church lawn, next to the Trask building, ready for memorial services, when the blast and fire occurred, and he turned in an alarm from the nearby fire station.

Members of the fire department were at the cemetery conducting services at the Firemen's Monument, and Chief John Bilobrowka was speaking when the alarm was heard at 8:55.

Little heed was paid to the first couple of blasts, as the alarm was due to sound at 9 as a signal for the Memorial Day parade to form. When the alarm continued to sound the firemen realized that it was a fire, and hurried to the scene.

Reaching the fire in approximately three minutes, they quickly checked its spread, but extensive damage was done to the apartment. Shaut was unable to estimate his loss, but said he carried no insurance.

The store beneath the Shaut apartment is vacant. The adjoining store is occupied by the Spinning Wheel, a variety business conducted by Herbert J. Smith, the apartment over the Spinning Wheel is vacant.

Firemen ran hose lines into the vacant apartment to reach the fire in the Shaut premises, but used no water in the vacant apartment, sparing Smith's merchandise from water damage.....(rest of article cut off)

Fort Plain

Memorial Day
Talk Given
By VFW Head

Sanford Rider of Albany, Third District VFW Commander gave the address at the Memorial Day exercises Tuesday at the Grand Army of the Republic plot in the Fort Plain Cemetery.

He traced the American wars from the Revolutionary War up to the present time and based his talk on patriotism.

The ceremonies were in charge of the Mohawk Valley VFW post of Fort Plain.

A record crowd witness the parade which terminated in the Fort Plain Cemetery. Harry Berry, Fort Plain was parade marshal, Earl Stock of Fort Plain RD 1, special events chairman for the VFW state organization, served as master of ceremonies for the service at the cemetery.

The parade included the VFW Memorial Squadron, massed legion and VFW colors and the Fort Plain Central School Band directed by Thomas R. Pryor.

Also participating were village officials, the VFW post, American Legion post, Gold Star mothers and the auxiliaries of both units, along with the Fort Plain Boy Scout, Girl Scout and Brownie Troops.

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Anniversary Planned

William Schnitzlein, commander of Canajoharie Barracks, Veterans of World War 1, announces that plans are being made to observe the 50th anniversary of the United States entering World War 1.

The observance will take place at 8 Monday night, June 26, in the Smith-Schultz American...... (rest of article cut off)

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