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•50 Years Ago - June, 1959•

Warrensburg graduates shine

The Warrensburg Central School outdoor graduation commencement exercises were conducted on the front lawn of the school on Friday, June 19, 1959 at 7:30 p.m. The valedictory was given by Saralee Orton and the salutatory by Sandra Carpenter. The school band, directed by Kenneth Niles furnished the music and the Girls Ensemble, under the direction of Robert Frank, sang.

Awards were presented by Principal Durwood Weaver. Diplomas were given out to the senior and ninth grade classes by Howard W. Savage, president of the Board of Education. The class of 1959 is made up of 13 boys and 15 girls. There were 48 students who graduated from Junior High School.

(Note...There are 68 graduates in the class of 2009. There are no longer graduation ceremonies for ninth graders.)

Local Buying and selling

The Warrensburg P.T.A. held a rummage sale on June 6, 1959 at the Odd Fellows Hall (now VFW and the Warrensburgh Museum of Local History) to raise money to purchase a piano for the Warrensburg school.

The popular Blue Bird Bakery, at 50 Main St. Warrensburg, is owned by Mr. and Mrs. William Dorner. (Note...In 2009 the historic old Warren House, said to have once been the home of James Warren for whom the town was probably named, is now owned and lived in by Dorner's daughter, Gloria and her husband, Benjamin Gonzalez. Dorner's grand daughter, Heidi Bennett has run a barber shop, Heidi's Clip Joint, in the former bakery part of the house for many years.

Ken Niles is selling strawberries from his garden at 18 Prospect Street, Warrensburg, for 50 cents a quart.

Robert Thomson, automobile dealer at 47 Canada Street, Lake George has for sale brand new 1959 Dodge Silver Challengers, with whitewall tires, for $2,530.50.

Warrensburg real estate broker Mark Bruce reports that the Rothman property on Lower Library Ave. has been sold to Mr. and Mrs. Hennig of New York City as a retirement home.

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