Posts made in June, 2013

Warwick Valley Telephone Company

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in Warwick In History Minutes | 0 comments

“Warwick in History” – The following is a resolution taken from the Warwick Town Board minutes of June, 1928: Be it resolved that the Warwick Valley Telephone Company of the Town of Warwick, State of New York, its successors or assigns, be and hereby is authorized to build and maintain a telephone system with the necessary exchange or exchanges in the Town of Warwick, New York, and for that purpose to set poles, string cables and wires, construct subways and do everything necessary for the building and maintenance of such telephone system in conformity to law, for a period...

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Reformed Church of Warwick dedicated June 26, 1890

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Warwick In History Minutes | 0 comments

“Warwick in History” – On June 26, 1890, the present Reformed Church of Warwick was dedicated. it cost $40,000, seats about 500 and is constructed of native fieldstone. In 1770 the church acquired its present property when two acres were reserved as a burial ground for the use and benefit of the Presbyterian Church of Warwick. The first church was not completed until 1792. In 1812 and 1847 new¬†buildings were constructed to take care of the growing congregation. The 1847 church stood until the present one was begun, at which time the old church was moved down the street and...

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“Hitch Your Wagon to a Star. . .” (and more)

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Warwick In History Minutes | 0 comments

“Warwick in History” – The commencement exercises of the Class of 1930 were held on June 25, at the new Junior-Senior High School Auditorium on Park Avenue. Nathaniel Baird was class president and Catherine Houston, vice-president. There were sixteen in the class, which included Ruth Haight, Laurence Roy, Kenneth Black, and Herbert Baum. The Reverend James Bristow gave the invocation and Margaret Farrell the valedictory. The baccalaureate sermon told the class: “Hitch your wagon to a star and beyond all things keep your eyes fixed upon the star.”

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This day in 1885 the first issue of THE WARWICK VALLEY DISPATCH was printed.

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Warwick In History Minutes | 0 comments

“Warwick in History” – On this day in 1885 the first issue of THE WARWICK VALLEY DISPATCH was printed. Although the publisher, George F. Ketchum, who was the grandfather of Betty Wright, one of the present (1976) editors, had planned to have mechanical power to turn the “New Country” Campbell press, the only power available was that of two brawny young men. They took turns at the flywheel of the¬†new press. The first edition came off sometime before evening, several hours after its rival, THE ADVERTISER. THE DISPATCH was then a four page, eight column affair...

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School Matters – 1889

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Warwick In History Minutes | 0 comments

“Warwick in History” – Bellvales RISING STAR for this date in 1889 gave the following information: In the earliest record of school matters obtainable (in Bellvale), we find Benjamin Burt, John Garthwait and William F. Wheeler as trustees. The first teacher of whom any account could be given was Paul R. Brown. Stephen A. Burt was district clerk for sixteen consecutive years, Andrew Houston filled the same office for the next 24 years. The first schoolhouse was near the H. W. Houston dwelling. The second school was moved and made into a barn near its old site. Its old place...

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