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100 Block of East Broadway

by Jerry Kasperek

Let me recap my last couple of columns. The 100 block of East Broadway was once home to Finocchario’s Barber Shop, Murphy’s Gift Shop, Scanlon’s Liquor Store, Frawley’s Restaurant, the Percival house, the Broadway Restaurant, Gayer’s Drugstore, the Acme Market, and Jonientz Texaco Station.

The Broadway Restaurant was known as Stubby Quade’s. Joe Frawley’s Restaurant became Kanaley’s when I was a teenager, and the drugstore building/apartment house was renovated into the Sealright Recreation Club-bowling alley. And, the Commodore Restaurant was located in the downstairs of the drugstore building before it became a bowling alley.

Such is change, which pretty much brings me up to today and an e-mail from Rene Hewitt as follows: “I just read yesterday’s journal and Gage’s Drugstore was mentioned. I immediately recalled Mr. Gayer and wanted him to be identified correctly. He was such a nice man. My cousin Arnold ‘Deke’ Dievendorf assisted him for several years and many Fultonians would remember him too.”

From me to Rene: “Was Gage’s (as it was called it my last column) really Gayer’s? I seem to remember it being Gere’s. It’s funny how our memories work.”

From Rene back to me: “Yes, Jerry, his name was Wade Gayer and my cousin worked for him before he went in the service and again when he was discharged. He and his wife Ruth lived in the apartment upstairs. I stayed with them occasionally and remember all of this so vividly.”

Rene asked me if my grandmother’s name was Florence MacDoughall. “I remember hearing she lived up there at one time,” she said. “So many memories and I’m trying to put them all together…This is great exercise for my brain!

“I was also thinking of the time you left your purse in the rest room on one of the bus trips, and so thankful when you went back it was still there,” she wrote. “Thanks for the memories.”

Rene does indeed have a good mind and I was surprised that she knew my grandmother’s name. As far as the lost pocketbook, here’s the story.

We were in St. Louis, Mo. at the Archway’s conference center-museum when I left my purse in the movies while watching a presentation on how the Arch, this modern miracle of architecture, was constructed. When I got back to the bus, I discovered no purse!

Luckily, with the offer of help from Jimmy Smith, who could run like the wind, we dashed back to the conference center — about a block away — where I retrieved my purse in the Lost and Found department, much to the relief of yours truly and to the amusement of my fellow senior citizen bus companions!

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A unique experience is coming to Fulton

Tuesday, July 23 at 7 p.m., the Divisi Children’s Choir of Valencia, Spain will be performing at the Fulton Alliance Church.

They will do a variety of sacred and secular music. This choir of “voces blancas” has performed around the world, most recently in the Vienna’s Golden Hall at the United Nations World Peace Concert and in Dorog, Hungary.

Two of the choralists are daughters of a former Fulton resident Renee Rice, and granddaughters of Richard and Joyce Rice of Fulton.

Sofia and Raquel have been members of the choir for six years and have performed in Romania, Macedonia, Hungary, Austria, and are proud to bring their choir to Fulton.

Their U.S. tour will begin in Washington, D.C. singing at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. They will then travel to New York to sing in the Casa Galicia, Astoria, Queens.  hey then will travel to Boston to sing with the PALS Children’s choir.

While in the Fulton area, they will sing a Latin mass by Diericx at St. Mary’s Church in Auburn Sunday, July 21, at 9:45 a.m.

The concert is free and an offering will be taken for the choir.

The Fulton Alliance Church is located at 1044 N.Y.S. Rte. 48 South.

Ash tree tagging event to increase threat awareness

The Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, a partner in the St. Lawrence-Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management, along with The Nature Conservancy, will host a community event Saturday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The event will identify ash trees at SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station. The project will help increase awareness of ash tree species present in the region and at Rice Creek.

Once tagged, the trees will remain marked for several weeks, educating users of Rice Creek to the presence of ash trees and the threats to their survival posed by the Emerald Ash Borer beetle.

Staff from the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District will be aiding participants in the identification of ash trees.

The Nature Conservancy, through the SLELO-PRISM, will present information on the EAB, which lives and feeds exclusively on ash trees.

Those seeking to register may call Joe Chairvolotti at 592-9663 or Shelby Delgado at 387-3600.

The SUNY Oswego Rice Creek Field Station is located on Thompson Road in the Town of Oswego.  Written directions and a map can be found at


Summer concerts continue at Phoenix’s Henley Park

Elvis at the park – Tom Gilbo (Elvis) gives sash to women in the audience at the Tom Gilbo & The Blue Suedes Concert. Summer concerts are continuing along side the Oswego River Canal in Henley Park in Phoenix.
Elvis at the park – Tom Gilbo (Elvis) gives sash to women in the audience at the Tom Gilbo & The Blue Suedes Concert. Summer concerts are continuing along side the Oswego River Canal in Henley Park in Phoenix.

Summer concerts are continuing along side the Oswego River Canal in Henley Park in Phoenix.

This year, the Town of Schroeppel is joining forces with the Village of Phoenix, which also received funding, to promote a concert series that includes both Monday and Friday nights for the months of July and August.

The goal for all involved is to encourage a greater appreciation of arts and culture in the area.  This is done by promoting, supporting and celebrating arts and culture locally.

By popular request, this summer’s Monday night concert series will feature a variety of music, especially country and oldies.

The concerts will take place at Henley Park, on State Street in Phoenix, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The remaining concert schedule is as follows:

• July 22 – Susan Taylor Trio (variety)

• July 29 – Weekend Pass (country)

• Aug. 5 – DeSantis Trio (variety)

• Aug. 12 –  The Custom Taylor Trio (Popular current country)

• Aug. 19 – Phoenix Community Concert Band

The Village of Phoenix’s grant from CNY Arts for the “Friday Nights of Fun” concert series, will feature a variety of musical styles performed by some of the most talented musicians in Central New York, and it will be held on Friday nights at 6 p.m. at Henley Park as follows:

• July 19 – Stone River Band

• July 26 – Vote for Pete

• Aug. 2 – Hendry Band

• Aug. 9 – Western Swing

• Aug. 16 – Clean Slate

• Aug. 23 – Nite Life

The rain location for all of  the concerts, except the Phoenix Community Band, will be at the Phoenix fire station (Route 57).

The Phoenix Community Band concert will be canceled in the event of bad weather.



In and Around Hannibal

Rita Hooper


The year is 1865, the American Civil War is ending, and in Hannibal, the Congregational Church and Methodist Church were meeting in their new buildings and the Baptist Church was undergoing extensive repairs.

The Masons were formed with 16 members and had moved into the former Congregational Church building which they had purchased and had moved down to the downtown corner…where parking for Kim’s is now. The official population of Hannibal was 3,322, representing 709 families. The population of the village was 470.

The township had 638 dwellings and 93 miles of public roads. In the last census by the way the town population was 4854, the Village 555. The village had 3.11 miles of roads and the Township 56. Common thinking is that the county and state has taken over some of those original 93 miles of roads.

Hannibal was a happening place. In October of 1866, the first newspaper was published in Hannibal by Dr. George V. Emens, the local dentist. It started as a monthly sheet known as the Hannibal Reveille. Dr. Emens lived on Oswego St. next to the Hannibal Hotel and had his dental business there as well. He also sold insurance, jewelry and watches and held stock in the Hannibal Peat Company…oh he also produced his own toothdrops which he sold at the local drug store. He served in the Civil War and was active in the Masons and Dental Society. He was married three times and had four daughters, death didn’t slow him down as he was buried twice!

In February of 1869, the paper was late and he offered this apology: The month of February is usually the least busy of all the year with us; but this year it has been crowded day and night with work belonging to our profession. During the past month, we have made 18 sets of artificial teeth and filled 56 cavities besides other work which can not be mentioned in this connection. Anyone can see from this report that not much time for editing a paper could have worked in.”

By January 1873, the Reveille was being published weekly and in July of that year it was sold to A.N. Bradt.

Meanwhile, Charles H. Parsons and Clarence B. Brower started the Hannibal News in 1876. In less than a year, Parsons dropped out and N.B. Brower joined his son in the newspaper business.

A.N. Bradt bought the Hannibal News and consolidated the two papers into the Reveille and News, and then he sold the newspaper to his brother who six months later sold it to Clarence Brower. He built it into a 28 columns weekly that represented the businesses and social interests of the town. Within several years, Brower sold the paper to Stewart Guthrie who sold out to a Fulton Newspaper.

Since time immemorial people have always had a need for the news. Some societies “drummed” the news to the countryside and some like the old joke “told a woman.” Our country forebears have seen fit to protect our right of freedom of speech, including the freedom of the media. Those rights protect us from government interference.

On the other side of the coin, media is not to communicate anything that falls into the categories of slander, libel, obscenity, sedition, copyright violation or classified information. Reminds me of the witness stand: the truth and nothing but the truth.

I for one am thankful that I live in a country that has protection for the media. Would we have gotten to the truth of Watergate if it had not been for the press?  I’m not thrilled with the current Snowden happenings but I don’t think he lived up to his half of the bargain on the responsibility side of the issue.

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Fulton school board reorganizes for 2013-2014 school year

The Fulton City School District Board of Education held its reorganization meeting July 9.

The Fulton Board of Education re-elected David Cordone as president, Dan Pawlewicz as vice president and Barbara Hubbard as board clerk.

The board of education further made the following appointments: banks, Community Bank to collect taxes, school attorney: Ferrara Law Firm, internal auditor: Dermody, Burke and Brown, and claims auditor: Ronald Woodward

The board set the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month for meetings with the regular meeting to start at 7:30 p.m., preceded by Executive Session at 6:30 p.m.

The board also decided to hold one regular meeting a month in one of the schools. This schedule will be developed and advertised in the media.

At the regular meeting following the reorganization meeting, the board of education set the dates to tour district facilities the evenings of Aug. 28 and 29.

Betsy Conners, executive director of instruction and assessment, presented the district’s School Improvement Plan Goals, which are aligned and support the District Comprehensive Education Plan.

Agendas for Regular Meetings and additional documents pertaining to those meetings are posted on the District website at prior to the meeting.

The board of education scheduled a special meeting to be held Tuesday, July 30 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Summer columns

by Roy Hodge

I recently jotted down dates of some of the columns I have written about summer.

July, 1979: “When the phone rang before 6 a.m. one day last week it was a sure sign that summer vacation had started. It was Adam’s friend Peter on the phone.

“‘Is Adam there?’ Peter asked. ‘Not at six o’clock in the morning,’ Adam’s mother answered. ‘We’re going fishing,’ Peter said. ‘Not at six o’clock in the morning,’ Adam’s mother repeated.

“‘Call back at nine and you can go fishing then.’ He did and they did. Summer vacation was officially underway.”

Later that month I wrote, “If you’ve been bothered by the recent 90-degree weather you might derive some pleasure by thinking back on the ten feet of snow that covered your yard and the rest of Fulton a mere four or five months ago.”

In July, 1980 I was reviewing some “hot weather words.”

“When it’s hot for more than one day it ceases to be hot. It’s a scorcher, a sizzler, watch out for the blazing heat, and it might even get torrid. Sultry is another favorite; it almost always reaches sultry levels after a couple of days of high temperatures.

“Then the heat becomes tropical. Culinary terms are also big. Every July we cook, bake, broil, boil, roast and simmer. Soon the just plain heat of a few days ago becomes searing heat, blistering heat, and parching heat. By then it’s hotter than blazes, and we’re all smoldering.”

July 23, 1981: “Beware midnight snackers – that bowl in the front of the refrigerator isn’t chocolate pudding. It’s a nice fresh batch of night crawlers ready for tomorrow’s fishing trip.”

June 29, 1982: “’Twas the first day of summer vacation, there was a feeling of gloom;

“For the first time in weeks I was alone in the bathroom.”

And, in August, 1988, I was “playing games with the weather:”

“We do strange things. We don’t particularly like the weather when it gets too hot or too cold. But we don’t want anyone else to be able to say that they get hotter or colder weather than we do.

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Arrest made in possible meth lab in Oswego

An arrest has been made as a result of the investigation into a possible methamphetamine lab at 11 Gregory St. Oswego, according to Oswego police.

Brenda L. Howard, 41, who lives at the residence, was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a class D felony.

During the afternoon Wednesday, Oswego police, with the assistance of the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team), executed a search warrant at 11 Gregory St.

Pursuant to the execution of said search warrant, items used to manufacture methamphetamine were seized. Those items, coupled with other evidence gained during the investigation, allegedly showed that Howard possessed them with the intent that they be used to manufacture methamphetamine

Around 11 p.m., the scene has been released and Gregory St. reopened.

Howard was held at the Oswego City Police Department pending arraignment in Oswego City Court. The investigation is continuing and further arrests are possible.