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Nelliston Rural League 1948:
The Nelliston Rural League was a champion team in the year of 1948. The players are, kneeling, Bob Trembley, Walt Boslet, Carl Nolli, George Jones and Joe Bohacek; standing, Jim Cross, Bill Eckler, Kermit Weaver, Ed Schoonmaker, Floyd Finch, Percy Nichols and Harold Becker.
The Nelliston Rural League started in the 1930s and lasted until around 1960. Some of the Nelliston team's opponents included Stratford, Manheim, Rockwood, Ephratah, Central Bridge, Flat Creek, Springfield Center and and Oppenheim. The city of Little Falls, local villages and teams from the larger Mohawk Valley League sponsored Rural League teams. For a time, St. Johnsville had a team in the Rural League, as well as their team in the Valley League. 
This photo was given to Hector Allen, of Dolgeville by Marguerite Finch, whose husband, Floyd Finch is in the photo. He lived in Oppenheim and later was the player/manager of the Oppenheim team, sponsored by the Red Men.

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Looking Back - 8/21/2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - Updated: 10:34 PM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

Canajoharie Central School's Class of 1974 held its 20th reunion recently at the Canajoharie Country Club, a good place to trade golf stories and other stories that are stranger than fiction but mostly true. Still, they had a good time, reacquainting themselves.

The Canajoharie-Palatine Chamber of Commerce voted to request the village of Canajoharie consider retaining its own police department and not to enter into a contract with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department for village police protection. The chamber also wants the Canajoharie Village Board to immediately place the new police vehicle in service to insure the safety not only of the police officers using the vehicle, but the public as well.

Sonya Moyer has been a member of the Mid-County Junior Ambulance Corps since last January. The chairman of the Junior Corps, who is training to become a licensed practical nurse, vividly remembers her first 'ride' on a Mid-County call and recently recounted the impact that it had on her. "My first experience was a school bus accident on the Thruway," she began. Empathizing with the bus occupants, she said, "I cried. I knew it could be 'me' on the bus, and I got scared. The crew members were very supportive. Like every Mid-County volunteer who has preceded her, Sonya had 'first call' anxieties and fears. Even the most experienced senior crew members have experienced feelings of impotence and uncertainty when answering that first call to action. Senior corps member Miles Frasier, a charter member of the corps, summarized it best: "No matter how much training you have had, you always wonder if, when the time comes, you'll be able to do the job. When the time comes, it is natural because of your training." For Sonya, "It's been easier since." For the individuals that she may have helped in the interim, the training has been invaluable, perhaps even life saving.

Thirty Years Ago

Cadet Christopher J. MacFarland, son of Francis G. and Elizabeth A. MacFarland, Canajoharie, recently received practical work in military leadership at the U.S. Army ROTC advanced camp at Fort Bragg.

Forty Years Ago

Montgomery County Supervisors, including Canajoharie's Charles Conboy, by a vote of 15-3, approved a resolution authorizing the county to become part of a Capital District Off-Track Betting Corporation.

Miss Marie-Line Hillariet, 17, of Seez, France, is the 1974-75 exchange student at Canajoharie Central School. She will reside with the Spencer Warnick family, Carlisle Road.

A former Canajoharie Central School student, Mark Douglas Beavers, was recently appointed to the Orientation Committee at North Carolina Wesleyan College.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

Following its own policy, the state Department of Transportation will replant two trees for each one that it plans to move in Haslett Park, according to Fort Plain Mayor Albert Nalli. Nalli told the Village Board during its recent meeting that up to two trees have to be moved. There are two reasons the trees have to be moved — one of them blocks the view of vehicular traffic in the area of the intersection of Willett and Main streets and also is growing over the sidewalk, making pedestrian traffic difficult. The other reason is an 18-inch layer of topsoil that is being added to the park from the new sidewalk, right up to the bandstand. 

Fort Plain Central School District's Class of 1949 held its 45th class reunion with a dinner held at the Adirondack Paradise, Pine Lake. After dinner, the group enjoyed dancing at the Adirondack Paradise. The class reunion was organized by forty-niners Maxine Smith Callahan, Clara Voght Rusaw and Edward Kraft.

Thirty Years Ago

About 90 percent of the junior high students who participated in a remedial math program at Fort Plain Central School this summer showed a "significant increase" in test scores by the end of the program, according to District Superintendent Stephen Uebbing.

One of Girl Scouting's highest honors, the Silver Award, was presented to Renee DeVoe, a cadette from Fort Plain Girl Scout Troop 354. She is the daughter of Nicole and John DeVoe.

A loosely-knit group, calling itself the "Regular Eggers," meets each Monday afternoon at the home o Merrilee Collins, Fort Plain RD 3, to transform simple eggs into works of classic art in the form of anything from music boxes to ornate decorations.

Paul Baumgartner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Baumgartner, Clinton Avenue, is a worldly fellow -- in a literal sense. The 21-year-old, who is enrolled in St. Louis' Washington University, studied for 11 and-a-half months last year in Taipei, Taiwan, at Mandarin Training Center College, which is affiliated with the prestigious National Taiwan Normal University.

Forty Years Ago

The National Flood Insurers Association announced that Fort Plain residents are eligible to apply for flood insurance for both residential and non-residential properties.

The Fort Plain Free Library announced that a 22-page publication, "Books on the American Revolution" is now available.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

The village of St. Johnsville will soon be receiving a brand new pumper-tanker truck for the fire department, it was reported during the recent meeting of the Village Board. The winning bid came in from the Wild Fire Equipment Company, of Mayfield, at a cost of $161,123.

The village of St. Johnsville will be reading water meters according to Olivia Davi. Davi noted that most of the meters currently in use are the new, outside reading type, which do not require entry into the home by village personnel. There are still a few of the old style meters around the village, Davi said, noting that residents who are able to read their own may phone the readings into the village office.

Thirty Years Ago

The first two weeks of October have been set aside to observe the 75th anniversary of the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, according to Dr. Frederick Cairns, chairman of the anniversary committee.

Richard R. McGinness, of Buffalo was the school board's unanimous choice recently to fill the position of business administrator/assistant superintendent. McGinness was hired on a three-year probationary term at an annual salary of $28,000.

HT 2 Mark D. Trombetta has returned to the U.S.S. Edward McDonnell, based at Jacksonville, FL.

Forty Years Ago

The Palatine Dyeing Company has gone up for sale.

The New York state Department of Education is reducing transportation aid to the St. Johnsville Central School District by approximately $12,000 due to a change in policy.

Members of the Class of 1924 and Class of 1949 were honored at the annual dinner-dance of the St. Johnsville Alumni Association.

     

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