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May 11, 2013

Local people sought income in many ways in 1933


The prize the competitors were seeking was never reported or advertised, which made the contest suspicious and risky. On Monday, May 15, the Star reported the event “folded up” at 1:30 a.m. that day because “the public had not sufficiently responded to the enterprise.”

“As is in such enterprises, those taking part will go without the prizes which were offered.” Those taking part “would be given 24 hours in which to recuperate, and then be given transportation back to where they came from to enter the contest.”

It was reported on Wednesday, May 10 ,that Sidney’s silk mill, having been idled for some time, was set to re-open the next day with a new manager. Harry Seigel of Paterson, N.J., was moving his family to the village for the new position.

No number of employees put to work was given, although the factory would be a 24-hour per day operation and that the firm had contracts for at least a year’s worth of work.

From near Roxbury it was reported that if you were good at raising some animals or shooting unwanted ones, the Batavia-Kill Rod and Gun Club had an offer to make for new and existing members.

At their meeting hall in Denver on Thursday, May 12, attendance was good as the club announced that they would pay 50-cents for every pheasant raised to the age of six weeks and liberated. Pheasant eggs were distributed that evening. The club would also pay a $5 reward to those who discover any person destroying a pheasant.

The club was ready to pay bounties on woodchucks, gray foxes and owls. They didn’t indicate how much the bounty was, but if your aim was good, there were no limits reported.

On Monday: Some local life and times in May 1968.

City Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or email him at His website is His columns can be found at




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