Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
May 9, 1988
UNADILLA — Joyette Stryker, a Junior Girl Scout of Troop 444 in Unadilla, was the top cookie seller in her Cluster of troops and in the Indian Hills Council. She sold 511 boxes of cookies to residents of rural country roads around her home during the February and March campaign.
She will be awarded a sweatshirt from Cluster 6, Indian Hills Girl Scouts.
Miss Stryker is helping her troop earn money for a trip to New York City in June.
Last year Miss Stryker sold 303 boxes of cookies and had set her goal this year at 400 boxes.
Miss Stryker, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Monte Stryker, had the help of her family in selling and delivery.
“In order to sell 511 boxes in the rural, country back roads area, we covered a lot of miles and it took a lot of time,” said her father. “I remember her saying more than once, ‘Oh, come on Dad, let’s just go down this road, or try these houses. She’s quite a sales lady: Most people were very receptive, but of course, not everyone buys. Joyette didn’t seem upset when people didn’t buy. She’d say, ‘Oh well, maybe the next one will buy three or four.’”
Delivery was a family project, with her younger brother, Jason, sitting in the back of the truck with 511 boxes of cookies. He handed his sister the boxes as she called the orders out.
“As the money began to accumulate, she realized she would be collecting more than $1,000,” her father said.
50 years ago
May 9, 1963
RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Village Players will present the play “Harvey,” at 8:15 p.m., Friday and Saturday in the Richfield Springs Central School auditorium.
“Harvey,” a three act comedy written by Mary Chase, is being produced with special permission of the Dramatist’s Play service. Jean Charters is director and Alma Ottzen is stage manager assisted by Vera Chase.
This is the ninth production of the Richfield Springs Village Players which started out as a drama group under the adult education program in 1958.
Cast for “Harvey” includes Robert Kinner, a real life architect playing the part of Elwood P. Dowd, an architect in the play; David Charters playing William R. Chumley, M.D.; Elliott Helgfand, playing Judge Omar Gaffney, the family lawyer; Walter Merrick, playing Lymna Sanderson, another lawyer; and Robert Dierks, a real life driver education instructor, playing a cab driver.
On the distaff side, Phyllis Goodale and Jeannine Goodale (sisters-in-law) will take the parts of Veta Louis Simmons and her daughter, Myrtle Mae Simmons; Helen Chadwick will play Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet, a guest; Janet Whipple will play Dr. Chumley’s wife and Nancy Blanchard will handle the role of Ruth Kelly, R.N.