The Clayville Historical Society conducts
its monthly meetings in what was once a church. I know this because I was
there the other night.
"Come talk about local history," a member of the club asked. So I did.
It was supposed to last 30 or 40 minutes. It ended up closer to two hours
because Society members had questions on a variety of topics, some of which
I was even able to answer.
On the way out the door, a lady handed me a copy of the Boonville Herald,
dated April 7, 1932. We have that issue in the office but I took it anyway.
And read it.
Some advertisements that jumped out at me:
The New York Central was offering North Country residents a "special
excursion" to New York City for a Yankee game.
The train left Lowville at 11:12 p.m., left Boonville at 11:57 and Utica at
1:16 a.m., arriving New York City at 6:45 a.m.
The travel time between Utica and New York isn't much different today. The
cost of a ticket is different, though. The fare was $6 from Boonville. Or
you could get a private compartment for $13 or a drawing room for $16.
For those preferring to get their entertainment without having to leave
Boonville, there was always the movies. "With justifiable pride, the
management of the Avon Theatre announce 'Play Girl' starring Loretta Young
and Norman Foster." The movie ad asked these questions: "Should a business
girl marry? Is she better off single? Will a wedding ring bring more
happiness and security or less? A tremendous problem of modern morals! It's
answered in this absorbing photoplay. "
And movie-goers also got to see a comedy short, a cartoon and news.
If you needed wheels to get to the Avon, a new Chevrolet coupe cost $490 at
Griffith-Chevrolet on Schuyler Street. Phone 246.
Or phone 191 and have Walton's take care of floral needs. "Say it with
flowers. The Mercury Way," which meant flowers sent by wire.
By the way, "sporting boots," designed for fishermen, were on sale at
Dellerba's Shoe Store, Main Street, starting at $1.98
Those in need of groceries could head over to the Market Basket Food Store.
For 25 cents a customer could buy four cans of sauerkraut, or three cans of
sweet corn, or two cans of Campbell's soup, or a two pound jar of peanut
Oh, and Camels, Luckies or Old Golds were $1.25 a carton.
In the classified section, Palmer's Grocery on Church Street was letting
Boonville residents know "that 90 percent of our new popcorn customers have
returned for more of that good corn. Sold in bulk."
And near that classified ad was one from the Boonville Mineral Spring
Company. "For Sale - One heavy team wagon in good condition; also one
4-horsepower International Mogul engine in perfect running condition; both
will be sold cheap for cash."
Also for sale "cheap" in the classifieds were a "girl's muskrat coat, with
fox collar, size 16;" and "about four tons of hay, cheap for cash, Fred
Fitch, West Street, Boonville;" and "five-room apartment, partly furnished
if desired, garage, Mrs. Grace Burdick, 5 Ann St."
But most of the columns in that 1932 issue of the Herald were taken up by
all sorts of community events. Lots of stuff was happening in Boonville. The
same is true 73 years later.
Joe Kelly is the editor and publisher of The Boonville Herald & Adirondack
Tourist and THE GRIFF.