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Memorial Day 1944

May 23, 2009
By Howard Riley,

Other news on that day 65 years ago:

"Sgt. Edward L. Disco, Jr., of Saranac Lake has arrived safely at a station in England with the Army, according to word received by his wife in the village.

"John Samuel Griswold of this village has been promoted to the rank of sergeant in the Army Air Forces at his base somewhere in Italy. Sgt. Griswold entered the service on March 10, 1943. He trained at Miami, Fla., Lowery, Denver, Coll., and Salt Lake City, Utah. He is stationed in Italy as a technician with a bomber squadron."

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My brother Ray gave me a box filled with old copies of the Enterprise, and when I opened it, there on top of the stack of newspapers, was an Enterprise dated Friday, May 26, 1944 ... and looking right at me from the top of the page was none other than Mike Boon’s father, Herb…along with plans for a big Memorial Day Parade. See for yourself.


Big turnout at St. Bernard's

"More than 500 persons filled St. Bernard's church hall last evening when members of St. Bernard's Parochial school presented a special annual program of entertainment. (The play was 'The Millionaire's Daughter')

"The cast of characters included: Barbara N Maple as Gertrude; Margaret Buckley as Edith; Doris Jarvis as Bessie; Elizabeth Golden as Hilda; Louise Branch as Jenny; Gloria Parrotte as Grace; Patricia Duffy as Florence and Hilda Castellon as Evelyn, the new maid. Rosemary Sheil was Bridget the cook; Geneva Perras was Mary Ann, a housemaid and Ann Oberst was Gladys."

(That was my graduating Class of 1944 at St. Bernard's so I'll have to ask my friend Louise Branch Wilcox why they put on such a great play with no roles for the boys or I guess I could ask Patricia Duffy Oddy or Geneva Perras Courtney.)


The advertising said it all

The features at the Pontiac Theater included "Rosie the Riveter"; "Bar 20" with William Boyd as Hop Along Cassidy and "See Here, Private Hargrove" with Robert Walker, Donna Reed, Keenan Wynn and Robert Benchley.

W. C. Leonard & Co., was advertising cotton dresses for $4.50 and $10.50 - "See these informal little cotton dresses on our second floor."

However, the real deal for women was at the "Thomas & Mary Hair Stylists, the Shop of Reputation through Recommendation on the second floor of Leonard's". They were advertising a 'beauty substance' called Endocreme containing activol and a 30 days supply cost only $3.50 plus tax. Here is the pitch: "Personnel managers say that a woman works better if she looks better."

Classified ad: "Men for permanent work as machine tenders in new Sintering plant in Newcomb locality. Outdoor work, $40.00-$45.00 per week. Apply Box H-4 Enterprise."



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