Sunday, August 31, 2014

JAKE DINKLER & JAKE TUTTLE

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

And now some uplifting news...

Everything Croton loves to feature articles about its young men (and women too) who exemplify the best about growing up in a small village like Croton.

Here's the latest: To the left, Jake Dinkler; to the right, Jake Tuttle--click on the photo--both of whom served as corner guard at yesterday's fire department tribute to the late Charlie O'Connor (http://bit.ly/1rHbJUX). Let it suffice to say for now that both "Jakes" were engaged early on in establishing a record of service to their community -- our community -- and continue to do so. A BIG EVERYTHING CROTON SHOUT-OUT to you guys. 

Hmmmmmmm...there seems to be a STRONG Croton Fire Department/EMS connection here! That just can't be a coincidence....

You may also have an interest in
--CROTON'S MATT PUCCI http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/05/everything-croton-salutes-matthew-matt.html
--CONGRATULATIONS EXPLORER POST 2089 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/06/congratulations-explorer-post-2089.html

Stay tuned for more.... 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

OUTSTANDING 19TH CENTURY PHOTO FIND: BETHEL CEMETERY GATEWAY, CROTON

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

NEW @ CROTON HISTORY & MYSTERIES: Bethel Cemetery Gateway, circa 1860-1870 -Although you’d never guess it from looking at the driveway on Old Albany Post Road, during the time of the Civil War worshippers and mourners visiting Bethel Cemetery and Chapel would have entered the property through this quaint wooden gateway. READ AND SEE MORE HERE http://crotonhistory.org/2014/08/30/bethel-cemetery-gateway/

FYI: Tomorrow is the last day for summer services @ the Bethel Chapel - 10 a.m. You may also have an interest in seeing some photos from Asbury's 2014 "Historic Sunday" at the Bethel Chapel; click on the link http://bit.ly/1v5t5bu

PHOTOS FROM TODAY'S CROTON FIRE DEPT. FAREWELL TRIBUTE TO CHARLIE O'CONNOR

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As many of you know, today was the funeral service for Croton Fire Department Life Member Charlie O'Connor. "Charlie O" had been a part of Croton Fire Patrol No. 1 for over 20 years and was a Top Responder in that Company for most of that time. 

The funeral procession drove past the Harmon Firehouse today, where fire trucks and firefighters were lined up to bid farewell. Click on the photos below, all rights reserved:
   

Friday, August 29, 2014

CIRCA LATE 1970's: RUSSIAN TENOR MISHA ALEXANDROVICH TO PERFORM AT TEMPLE ISRAEL

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

Circa late 1970's - RUSSIAN TENOR MISHA ALEXANDROVICH TO PERFORM AT TEMPLE ISRAEL. Click on the photo.

You may also have an interest in 2014 High Holy Days at Temple Israel of Northern Westchester. Click on the link http://tinw.org/sites/default/files/uploaded_documents/2014_hh_schedule.pdf

CROTON'S FIRST TRAIN STATION, NEW @ CROTON HISTORY & MYSTERIES

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.  

Croton’s First Train Station, circa 1849--This is a very early photograph—possibly the earliest—of the first train station in what was then called Croton Landing. Courtesy of Ken Sargeant etal.--READ MORE HERE http://crotonhistory.org/2014/08/28/crotons-first-train-station/

MORE FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC. FROM EVERYTHING CROTON

Sara found this charming vintage Santa Claus image laminated on a tile last week at the Peekskill flea market; just love the elves! It's followed by a wonderful vintage photo of a gorgeous woman in a masquerade costume, circa 1908.

Click on the photos. 

--Howard Lamey of littleglitterhouses.com is working on a new "Spook Hill" putz house; see it in early stages of construction here: http://www.cardboardchristmas.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=692

--And...since so many of us do vintage and vintage-inspired Halloween displays, Paul Race has set up a thread with fab Halloween putz house and accessory related links here: http://www.cardboardchristmas.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=691

--An interesting catalog/website: Touchstone http://www.touchstonecatalog.com/

--Check out this gorgeous "Savanah Star Quilt" http://bit.ly/1wLBZiV

--8/28 NEW POSTING FROM ROB & MONICA'S SALE-ING ADVENTURES: IN THE ZONE--BOY DID THEY FIND A LOT OF COOL STUFF! http://bit.ly/1nJECZf

--Remembering Lee Marvin http://www.legacy.com/news/today-in-history/died-august-29/2607/

--Want more vintage? Go here  http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/01/more-fabulous-vintage-websites-finds_31.html

--From the Golden Glow of Christmas Past FB page:
------Tree with "end of day" antique glass ornaments and a wooly sheep putz with bottle brush trees http://on.fb.me/1qacCTj
------Nice of collection of vintage/antique Christmas candy boxes http://on.fb.me/1ljR0nc

Thursday, August 28, 2014

RICHARD NAGLE RESIGNS AS DIRECTOR OF CROTON'S EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SERVICE

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We've just learned that Richard Nagle, Director of Croton's Emergency Management Service, has resigned his position effective 9/1/14. Mr. Nagle has been an outspoken critic of the Toughman's effects on public safety, traffic, etc. (http://bit.ly/1pb2fcF)

You can read about this and more in the 8/28/14 edition of THE GAZETTE, front page: Croton to okay 5-year agreement for Toughman triathlons

We wish Mr. Nagle every success in his future endeavors.

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN  http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-toughman-contract-work-session.html

1915 CROTON: COBB CRASHES MARGARET MAYO'S PARTY

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

Discovered a rather curious article from 1915 with all the bells and whistles--especially Croton bells and whistles. You'll find the husband of beautiful suffragette Inez Milholland (see Robert Scott's Chronicles of Croton's Bohemia http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/02/inez-milholland-scotts-chronicles-of.html), playwright Jimmie Forbes, Clifford Harmon and Margaret (Maggie) Mayo of Mayo's Landing fame.  Irvin Cobb is featured, as well as the MERELY THEIR HUSBANDS' CLUB--and many other social notables of the day. Click on the images below.

INTERIOR OF A FABULOUS VINTAGE ICE CREAM PARLOR

A friend of ours who collects soda fountain memorabilia and ephemera shared a fabulous high resolution photograph (taken in 1974 by the US Government, no known restrictions on publication) of Zaharako's Ice Cream Parlor in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana--which remained pretty much the same as the day it was built way back when. We've sliced it up so you can appreciate all the fabulous details--a grande dame of ice cream parlors. Click on the images. Enjoy!

PROHIBITION IN CROTON: FOUND COFFIN PACKED WITH BOTTLES OF BOOZE

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Ah....prohibition in Croton...circa 1920, 1921, another chapter: FOUND COFFIN PACKED WITH BOTTLES OF BOOZE. Click on the photo (thank you Everything Croton elves!)

Want to see more? Go here http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/07/croton-prohibition-aerial-bootlegging.html

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CROTON FIRE DEPT/EMS: REST IN PEACE CHARLIE O'CONNOR

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON. 

A MESSAGE FROM THE CROTON FIRE DEPARTMENT -  It's with a heavy heart that the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department announces the passing of Life Member Charlie O'Connor. "Charlie O" has been a part of Croton Fire Patrol No. 1 for over 20 years, being a Top Responder in that Company for most of that time. We extend our deepest thoughts and prayers to his wife and family. https://www.facebook.com/CrotonFire

PHOTOS, FIRE DEPARTMENT TRIBUTE http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/08/photos-from-todays-croton-fire-dept.html

CROTON LIONS CLUB HAS ACCEPTED YORKTOWN LIONS' ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON. 

CROTON LIONS CLUB HAS ACCEPTED YORKTOWN LIONS' ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE! CLICK ON THE LINK TO SEE THE VIDEO! http://on.fb.me/1p9n7B0

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN 
--The Top Three 2013 Croton Lions articles at Everything Croton http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/01/top-three-2013-lions-club-articles.html

A FABULOUS VINTAGE FIND INDEED: THE AEROCAR!

Today we share a seldom seen toy from TH--who says: 

(Before you click on the photos, read on.)This is one of my all time favorite friction toys I had as a kid.  I clearly remember going into the basement of the Duckwall's store in Hays, Kansas and finding this one there.  It cost all of $1.00 (none of that 99 cents nonsense back then). And I was immediately drawn to it.  This toy is a fairly accurate replica of an AEROCAR that had been around in various forms since 1949 and in 1955 I sent off for a brochure of it (wish I still had the brochure). The details of the 55 are a bit different than this but the entire concept is identical.  

As a bit of background, the Duckwall's store in Hays was one of their flagship stores - something on the order of a big city Kresge or Woolworth.  I think the reason may have been because A. L. Duckwall graduated from Fort Hays State College (now University) in the late 1930's and was a classmate of my dad's.  

Years later the Duckwall store was replaced by an ALCO store and later that was removed.  Seems Hays was too big of a city to have an Alco as they concentrate on smaller sized cities.  But I fondly remember that store and it is a cherished memory of mine as is this toy - but at least I still have it.

This is a classic piece of post war Japanese tin plate so dear to a certain older generations childhood.  And yes this one was used - quite a lot I may add.  Many years ago I had to effect a repair of sorts because the axle had become so worn that it was shifting around and going out of alignment and would not mesh with the other gears.  

I took it apart and made a sort of axle separator to stabilize it (see photo of the rear) and it still works well.  At one time the propeller turned but no longer (though it sort of tries in sort of a huff & puff way).  The shaft of the propeller had a sort of cone shaped bit of rubber on the end which contacted the flywheel of the motor and turned the propeller shaft. 

I have included photos of the bottom latch mechanism and the way the wings attached.  In the real airplane the wings folded against the tail and could be towed behind the vehicle (tiny wheels attached to the tail and wings effected this transition.) 

Thanks TH for the photos and this very detailed background.

We very much enjoyed your sharing this wonderful piece of made in Japan tin.

And for those who want to know more about the real AEROCAR, click on the link below
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerocar

p.s. Aerocar International's Aerocar (often called the Taylor Aerocar) was an American roadable aircraft, designed and built by Moulton Taylor in Longview, Washington, in 1949. Although six examples were built, the Aerocar never entered production.