Thursday, June 23, 2016

Delmar Fire Department

Here's a throwback for your Thursday afternoon.  This picture is also part of the continuing saga of things that just turn up on my desk - or in this case in the mail.   Enjoy!

And if you know who any of the gentlemen on the truck are, please let me know.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Morehouse Barn

I received a letter recently from Doug Hauser in which he told many stories of growing up in Slingerlands on McCormack Road.  He lived there from age 1 in 1955 to 1976.  The one I want to share today is about this barn.

The photo, courtesy of the Bethlehem Historical Association, is found on page 52 of my book Bethlehem and here's my caption: 

Today, the intersection of Van Dyke Road and Delaware Avenue bustles with traffic around Bethlehem Central High School, Eagle Elementary, and the district's bus garage.  In this photograph, from May 10, 1953, just before the high school was constructed the following year, the area retains its rural atmosphere.  The Morehouse barn was later demolished, and Londmeadow Drive took its place.

Here are Doug's remarks:

The barn across from the Bethlehem High School was "disassembled" by my father, with help from by brother and me, around 1970, not quite "demolished" as you say.  He took it apart, board by board, beam by beam, to finish the inside walls of his living room on McCormak Road, and to build a "summer house" (screened in detached porch) which hung over the valley.  He brought the wood home, sometimes balanced precariously, in the back of his Volkswagen Micro-Bus.

Isn't it nice to know the barn boards and beams were re-used?  Thank you Doug for the correction and the stories!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Harry Paige

Here's a fun old snapshot to liven up your Tuesday morning. 

Harry Paige grew up on Rural Place and Douglas Road.  He graduated from Bethelehm Central High School in 1941.  That's Adams Hardware Store, A.K.A. I Love Books in the background.