In 1893, Solomon Deyo constructed the brick building at 58 Main Street. After Solomon Deyo’s death in 1904, his son, Philip Deyo, ran the store until January 1921. When Philip sold the building to Harvey Gregory. Mr. Gregory had a pharmacy until 1947. Peter Harp purchased the building and it housed the local Grand Union for several years. John C. Favora opened a hardware and appliance store there in 1959. Ira Bomze and Robert VanVlack were the next owners and opened their pharmacy in 1967. VanVlack closed the pharmacy in December 1987. Since then the building has housed an exercise and tanning salon. , Not Fade Away, Endless Horizons and various cafes. (Courtesy of the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection)

The “Our Cities” section is compiled monthly by Carol Johnson of the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection. Entries have been copied from the January issues of the New independent Paltz. To take a closer look at these diaries from the past, visit the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection staff at the Elting Memorial Library at 93 Main Street in New Paltz, or call 255-5030.

Sixty-nine couples attended the New Years Ball at the Opera on Monday night. The Warner Orchestra provided the music.

On January 1, the war tax on rail tickets was abolished. New Paltz’s rate in Kingston has been reduced from 58 cents to 54 cents.

It is estimated that approximately 20,000 young apple trees will grow over the next five years in the town of New Paltz. Western states can grow corn, but here in the Hudson Valley we can grow apples that can’t be threshed anywhere in the world. All that is missing is a cooperative association to advertise and organize the sale of goods.

Ice harvesting is underway at Mohonk Lake. Kingston’s Binnewater Lake Ice Company began cutting ice on the Binnewaters on Monday morning. 22-inch-thick ice was collected from the patentee’s pond [Moriello Park] for the ice cream parlor last Tuesday. Van Pine has the contract to fill the ice cream parlors at the ice cream parlor.

Many outlying communities around New Paltz are fortunate to have preaching services led by our local pastors. In addition to his regular service in the Reformed Church, Mr. Clapp preaches every Sunday afternoon in Tillson and every other Sunday in Springtown. Mr. Byles preaches every Sunday afternoon in Lloyd and Mr. Hill holds services every Sunday evening in Ohioville. Father Hopkins has two churches – here and in Gardiner. These services and Sunday schools run by lay and lay people are well attended and provide opportunities for everyone to obtain religious instruction.

The fire completely destroyed the barns on the farm once owned by Theodore Elliott at 12:30 a.m. on January 10. Three horses, eight cows and virtually all farm implements were burned.

Orange County is the state leader in the production of tear-producing onions. The 1921 state onion crop shows a decrease from 3,054,122 bushels in 1920 to 1,831,294 bushels in 1921. Orange County leads onion production with an estimated total of 600,000 bushels, while Wayne County is second at 240,000 bushels and Madison County is third at 220,000 bushels.

Assembly Member Leininger introduced a bill to the legislature consenting to the erection of a new state which will be known as “the State of Greater New York” and which will include five counties of New York, Nassau , Suffolk, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange Ulster, Greene, Schoharie and Sullivan.

The Big Brothers and Little Brothers basketball manager has spent a lot of money to introduce basketball to New Paltz and he complains that people don’t attend the games the way they should. Mr. Donahue, the owner of Riverside Casino, has been kind enough to donate the use of the hall to the teams and Mr. Harrison, the basketball manager, is working to put New Paltz on the basketball card. -ball. On Friday night, January 27, the Newburgh GAC basketball team will take on the locals on Riverside Court. This team holds the Newburgh Junior Championship and a quick game is in demand.

The closure of the S. Deyo & Son store on Main Street destroys one of the oldest merchant establishments in our village. Ownership of the store was purchased by Harvey G. Gregory who will move his pharmacy there in March. Mr. Solomon Deyo established the trading company in 1857 in the store building sold a few years ago to George Schoonmaker. A new modern brick building was erected in 1893 on the present site and the store’s goods moved into it. On March 8, 1899, Mr. Deyo sent a circular letter informing his friends and bosses that on that day he had associated with him in business his son, Philip Deyo. The company has flourished since its inception. The company name of S. Deyo & Son has not been changed since that date. Mr. Solomon Deyo died in 1904 and since then Philip Deyo has owned and managed it. Store ownership is one of the most valuable in our village and still compares favorably with department stores in the city.

Over the past month, Ulster County has seen a great deal of activity on the part of the Allied Citizens of America, an organization formed to defend American ideals and the United States Constitution and whose members have rallied committed to supporting the enforcement of the prohibition law. Branches of the organization have been established in Saugerties, Lloyd, New Paltz, Esopus, Marbletown and Gardiner with the main men and women acting as directors. At Rosendale and Hurley, the organizations will be completed in a short period of time. Ms Mary C. Brewer, deputy superintendent of the organization, who led the formation of these citizen groups says that sentiment in Ulster County is strong for proper enforcement of the prohibition law and that people are eager to support officials in charge of executive duties.

The former Collingwood-Opera House, Po’keepsie now displays a sign bearing its new name, the Bardavon Theater, in honor, no doubt of the Bard of Avon, considering that the name “opera” was inappropriate.

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