Town of DeRuyter, New York

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As shown above, the new addition on the Central School is well underway and the start of brick laying is in progress.  The about 82X250-foot structure connecting onto the rear of the present building will make room for 10 more class rooms, nurse's office, teachers' room and a combination cafeteria and recreation room.  The view is looking north.  The school garage may be seen in the distance.


September 1952
    The new school wing will be used for the first time next Monday morning, September 8th, when school opens for a one-half day session.  Equipment has been moved from the old building and everything is set and ready to go.  The new addition contains auditorium, cafeteria and kitchen, 10 grade rooms - kindergarten through 4th grade, nurse's office and teachers' room.
    The first day of school for the DeRuyter Central School district will be on Monday, September 8th, with a half day's session.
    All pupils in grades kindergarten through fourth will report at 8:30 in the new cafeteria where they will be assigned to teachers and rooms.  Pupils in grades five through twelve will report in the high school auditorium for the same purpose.  Classes will terminate at 11:45.  Full day session will start on Tuesday, Sept. 9th.
   The school bus routes will be approximately the same as last year.  Wherever changes have taken place, both parents and bus drivers will be notified.
    There will be only one kindergarten section this year with two half-day sessions with noon bus to return and pick up pupils.
    At the August meeting of the Board of Education the following program was adopted concerning minimum age requirement for entrance into the kindergarten and first grade:
    1. For entrance into kindergarten the child must have reached the age of five on or before December 1st.
    2. For entrance into first grade (children entering school for the first time) the child must have reached the age of six on or before December 1st.
    This policy is in line with recommendations of the New York State Department of Education and educational leaders throughout the country.  It has been proven that the more mature child is much better able to do the work in the lower grades than those younger.  It is better for a child to learn easily from the start of his school career and be a class leader than be just an average or below average pupil throughout their school life.  This fact has been proven time and again in our schools throughout the country by checking school records and running experimental classes in many of our larger school systems.
Teaching Staff
    The following teaching staff for the coming year as announced by Principal Albert Truman is as follows:
    Miss Marian I. Poole, Kindergarten;  Mrs. June A. Lee and Miss Joyce A Han Chette, Grade One;  Mrs. Marie J. Naber and Mrs. Madaline S. Wood, Grade 2; Mrs. Beverly S. Larkin and Mrs. Mary M. Stoddard, Grade 3;  Mrs. Lillian G. Webb and Mr. Paul E. Knefley, Grade 4;  Mrs. Mildred P. Blowers and Mrs. Iva S. Skeele, Grade 5; Mrs. Beulah Kelley and Miss Shirley J. Chase, Grade 6; Mr. Kenneth J. Barlow, Grade 7; Mrs. Joyce W. Newcomb, Reading.
    Mrs. Elizabeth K. Stahl, Social Studies; Mr. Robert O. Slentz, Science; Mr. James C. Harriger, Mathematics; Mr. Gordon R. Muck, Art; Miss Catherine A. Nevin, French and Typing; Mr. George B. Ames, Music; Mr. Edward vanAalten, Music; Mr. Frank D. Slater, Physical Education; Mrs. Gertrude Seely, Homemaking; Mr. William B. Cornish, Vocational Agriculture; Miss Cynthia M. Comstock, English; Mrs. Marion T. Fox, Latin; Mrs. Anita M. Cornish, Nurse-teacher; Mrs. Josephine Hay, Physical Education.




     At the closing of school this year, DeRuyter Central School lost four long-term teachers and two Civil Service employees to retirement.
     Arthur Curtis of Cuyler, retired June 1, after 16 years as custodian at DeRuyter Central School, and his wife, Mrs. Zelia Curtis, retired at the end of school after 18 years as school nurse-teacher in DeRuyter.  She has a total of 21 and a half in-service years, coming to DeRuyter from Fabius in 1955.
     Mrs. Virginia Whitmarsh of Cuyler has been an elementary teacher for 20 years, 18 of them in DeRuyter.  She has taught fourth grade for the last few years.
     Mrs. Mary Stoddard of Truxton retires after 32 years in the teaching profession, 22 of them at DeRuyter Central School.  She has most recently taught sixth grade.
     Mrs. Mary Barlow of DeRuyter retired after 17 years of service at DeRuyter Central School as teachers aide, receptionist and treasurer.  She has been in the school office for many years, directing office traffic and doing many different jobs.
     Kenneth Barlow of DeRuyter has been a junior high math teaher at DeRuyter Central for the past 33 years.  He has taught at least two generations of students and earned the respect of both.  In addition to teaching, he has coached several different sports and has been Boy Scout leader in DeRuyter for more than 30 years.
     These six employees represent a total of 124 years of service to the DeRuyter School system.




DeRuyter Recreation Swimming Program
Finally Gets Underway
Rev. Alan Peabody and Neil Brown pictured in front of DeRuyter school bus on the disputed road, Friday afternoon, ready to take DeRuyter children for their first recreation swimming program this year.
     The village recreation swimming program that was held up last week, for the DeRuyter youngsters, officially ended last Thursday evening, when the Village Board met and signed an agreement drawn up earlier in the day by the two attorneys for the parties involved. 
     The agreement asserts the village's right to travel over the road.  The buses taking the children to and from the swimming area will not stop anywhere along the road, leading down to the recreation area.
     Mayor Milks declares that neither the village nor the lakeshore residents has a right of superiority over the road.
     The Mayor pointed out that the deeds of the property owners showed only that they had the right of way, a view he has always held since the dispute began several years ago.
     The village made no concessions.  It did not give the cottage owners a waiver of responsibility and no extended insurance coverage.
     The dispute involving some lakeshore residents and the village officials, but not the Lake Association, was settled and the taxpayers and citizens of DeRuyter and members of the Lake Association, not living in DeRuyter, were happy to see it settled in the manner in which it was settled.
     In a statement from Neil Brown, he said, "I am sorry this ever happened, I was wrong and I was misinformed all along the way."
     The Mayor faces tremendous responsibilities and many times it has involved the children.  It is important that he determines common grounds of arguments in all his efforts, in all his phases of the village activities.
     I was criticized by one man for not giving this incident more publicity in last week's paper, but then again, I was compensated by a large majority of the people for not adding fuel to the fire, by blowing this thing all out of proportion, when we were so near to having it settled.
     As to this question, our freedoms can be used for good or for evil, but before we exercise those privileges, I asked myself, "Will what I say be beneficial or detrimental to my community?"
    I felt intelligent people often sincerely express opposite points of views, but honest differences of opinions with more facts, more reason, fair discussion and the application of the Golden Rule would settle this dispute.
     We are happy that the parties concerned, and as good thinking DeRuyter citizens, used their cherished right, not to "win an argument", but to settle the dispute by finding the right answer in a sensible manner.





The article reads:

That village smithy who used to stand under the spreading chestnut tree has come a long way.  Now he drives a modern pickup truck with a two-way radio and goes to his four-legged "clients."

At least that's the way it is with Alek Narsasian of DeRuyter, who is an expert at an art which many consider to be dying.

The village blacksmith shop is no more; a part of the vanished Americana.  Tractors have replaced teams of horses on farms.

One must go many miles to find a farm team, unless a farmer who loves horses and owns a draft team of the proud and mighty French Percherons or the blocky, hairy fetlock Belgiums, takes pride in their pulling ability and takes them to country fairs or the larger state exhibitions to compete in pulling contests.

The proper setting of shoes on draft, saddle or racing horses requires the services of a skilled black smith and these smiths are very scarce.

Narsasian is a husky, farm-raised young man.  He received his training in blacksmithing from the late John Hinds, another DeRuyter man who was an expert in that line.

Alek has been in the work for 15 years.  He covers the shoeing jobs for a radius of 75 miles surrounding his home town.  All necessary tools are carried in his truck which has a two-way radio operated by his wife, who keeps him in touch with his customers.  He drives to the horses' stables to attend to their needs.

Alek gets calls from horse owners as far away as New Hampshire who want his services, and are willing to pay air transportation both ways.  Horsemen in New York City also call for his services.  There is a need of 50 to 75 blacksmiths there, according to Narsasian.

Horses are becoming more numerous all over the country - especially saddle and racing stock.  The DeRuyter smith services 4-H Club horses and attends 4-H meetings to give advice.

Barbara Lutzelberger of Cazenovia is among those who use Alek's services.  She is a member of the Limestone Creek Hunt Club and has had her horse cared for by Alek for about four years.

Miss Lutzelberger's jumper competes in horse shows and other events.  She is typical of those who have put new life into the blacksmith business.

National statistics have shown that horses are making a big comeback, especially in New York State.  And Alek is the man to take care of them.



Ground breaking ceremony for what was to be Key Bank (currently Citizen's Bank).  Pictured are Village Mayor, Nancy Parkhurst; a Key Bank Official; and former Town Supervisor Susan Waterstripe.


Grand Opening of Key Bank.  Pictured are Village Mayor, Nancy Parkhurst, Rev. John Werley and a Key Bank official.



Winter in old DeRuyter.

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South Hill (Lincklaen Street)

Keep Shoveling



DeRuyter Woman Is State Mother Of The Year
A DeRuyter music teacher and mother of two daughters and a son has been named New York State Mother of the Year for 1975, according to Mrs W. Stewart Stephens of Manlius, president of State Mothers Committee.
Mrs. Charles Moseley, wife of the branch manager of First Trust and Deposit Bank of DeRuyter, will be honored at a state luncheon and reception April 30 in LeMoyne Manor.
Mrs. Moseley is a graduate of Ithaca High School and Cornell University.  She has taught school, private music lessons and mini-course workshops in adult education.  She is a church organist and is active in a number of community organizations.
Mrs. Stephens says Mrs. Moseley is most dedicated in her family, church and community choir and political affairs.
Mrs. Moseley will represent the state at the annual National Mothers Committee Conference May 5 in New York City.  The National Mother of 1975 will be selected from among 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia at the conference.
Mrs. Stephens, as a hostess and delegate to the conference, will accompany Mrs. Moseley.
Mrs. Stephens says that the State Mother selection is based on successful motherhood as evidenced by the character and achievements of her individual children; active membership in a religious body, participation in community, state, national and international activities, and ability to represent the Mothers of America.




Preparing for the 1982 Elections


Former Supervisor
Gordon Hull, Town of DeRuyter Supervisor from 1992 - 2003

October, 1961
Specialist 5, Gordon Hull Receiving Promotion Orders
US Army Specialist 4, Gordon A. Hull of DeRuyter, NY, presently assigned to the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), near Paris, France, has been promoted to specialist Fifth Class.  He received his promotion orders and new chevrons from Lt. Col. William R. Blake commanding officer of the 7th Signal Battalion, to which Hull is assigned.  At SHAPE, the NATO military headquarters responsible for planning and coordinating the Allied defense of Western Europe, Hull works together with servicemen from more than a dozen nations of the Alliance.



The above photo shows the ditch digger in operation on the Beeman property as they are about to cross the Lincklaen road, South of the village.  The view is looking East toward the Paradise Hill road.  Quite a number of spectators have been viewing the work of the large digger at all points.  We were informed that they cover about a mile in a day.


This picture shows more of the big digger wheel as it has crossed the Lincklaen road, thru Cleo Wilcox's meadow land, and is about to break thru the woods on top of the hill on Elna Phillips' property.



July 1956
The above picture was taken Monday morning at the Don Rainbow Farm just before the fire was brought under control.
    Monday morning at 8:15 the siren brought out our local fire-eaters to the Donald Rainbow farm where the back end of the barn was in flames.  Chief Swan immediately called for help from Cuyler, Truxton, New Woodstock and Cazenovia.  After about four hours the fire was brought under control with a loss of $500.00.
    John Beesmer and Clair Dorward of the DeRuyter Fire Company were overcome by smoke and had to be given first aid.
    The hay left in the front part of the barn was checked about 10:00 o'clock that night and everything seemed to be all right.
    Tuesday morning at 8:15 the siren brought the fire-eaters out again to the Rainbow farm, but this time no amount of help could save the barn.  "Bernie" Gillette and "Ken" Eaton on their way to work saw smoke coming out of the front of the barn and stopped at the farm.  At that moment the barn just about exploded and was a mass of flames from one end to the other.  Don Rainbow had just finished milking when "Bernie" and "Ken" rushed in and told him his barn was on fire.
    The cows and calves were herded out of the barn and most of the tools and machinery were removed.
    The Fire Companies were fortunate in saving one little corner of the barn where the milk cooler and water pump that supplied water for the barn and house was located.
    It was also fortunate that the wind was in the right direction or the house would have gone up in flames too.  Water was pumped from a farm pond on the Cres Calhoun farm down the road.  This is one thing you can't have enough of, a farm pond.
    Wednesday afternoon before the barn floor was cool a bulldozer was brought in and all the debris was pushed out and all the pipe and metal was loaded on a scrap truck.  Our local "Fire Eaters" really go all out in their work.  They deserve a big hand.



The photo shows, in the first row; Margaret Moore, Amy Ossont, Dale Wiltsie, Elaine Ossont, Jeanne Case; in the second row: Sylvia Seeley, Tamara Fostveit, Lois Angell, Sherry Hammond, Linda Ossont; back row: David Dorward, George Davenport, Gary Powers, Winton Wightman, David Wood.
The article taken from the January 21, 1960 Gleaner:
The DeRuyter Central School Chapter of the National Honor Society has now reached a membership of fifteen with the addition of five new members.  They are as follows: Amy and Elaine Ossont, Margaret Moore, Dale Wiltsey and Jeanne Case.
Members are selected and voted upon by a faculty committee amd must have at least an average of 85.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ossont of Sheds have three daughters as members of this chapter.
The welcoming address given by Mrs. Tamara Fostveit, a sophomore at C.S.T.C. is worth repeating.  It is as follows:
"We are assembled here today for the annual induction ceremony of the DeRuyter Chapter of the National Honor Society.  This Chapter was founded in 1958.  Since that time, 10 members, chosen by the faculty have been admitted to it's rank. 
The purpose of this society is to hold up it's four objectives before the entire school as goals toward which all should strive.  We seek nothing for ourselves beyond the strengthening of our resolves, coming from the bond of union which this Society establishes among us.  Our aim shall be to hold before the school such motives as shall induce others to aspire to scholarly habits, enlisting in worthy service, and leading forward in all things that shall adance the welfare of the school.
Therefore, by virtue of the authority extended to the DeRuyter Central School in it's charter from the National Honor Society, the faculty is admitting to membership in the Society today, those students who have most nearly exemplified in their school life, the worthy objective of the National Honor Society, who looks upon education as a total product measured by the four dimensions of life: CHARACTER, SCHOLARSHIP, LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE.
We hope this ceremony will be an inspiration to you because the world honors these qualities.  They are your key to success in life.  To the students who follow us, we urge you to achive these aims, for perhaps next year, you, too, may be chosen."



Pictured are Cecil Taber and Ella Wood in January of 1963 upon Cecil's retirement from the DeRuyter State Bank/First Trust & Deposit Company after 38 years.



Accident involving the Town of DeRuyter highway department's 110 h.p. Walter's truck purchased in January 1931.

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