Though I am not a writer by any means I do dabble as one as a hobby. Like a weekend golfer, at best I am a "duffer" as a literary person. Still I have scribbled many half finished stories over the years and not a few have been about Warwick. Some of you have proposed sharing your stories so I thought I would risk starting the ball rolling. Please send any and all, long or short.
Below is a story from Millie Sudman about Greenwood Lake and one I wrote about Monk Crover that I have kept for years.
More to come.
At the Movies
Poley and Augie
Greenwood lake in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s
There was wonderful ice skating in
the winter. The village had a small shelter with a stove to warm the skaters
and music to add to the joy of skating. I am sorry but I cannot remember the
name of the man who played the music and lit the flood lights for the night
skating. One year when the ice was not good there was a group of men who cut
through the bad ice so that the new “black ice” could freeze over and make a
wonderful area to skate. For some reason, possibly currents, the ice under the
In the 1930s and 40s I went to
school in a little four room schoolhouse. Margaret Tilt was my teacher for the
1st and 2nd grade. Margaret Feckner was the teacher for
the 3rd and 4th grades, Elizabeth Larkin was the 5th
and 6th grade teacher and Harry Harp was the principal as well as
the teacher of the 7th and 8th grade. My graduating class
had eight kids!! Then it was off to the “big school” in
The “Recreation Girls’ was an all girls drum and bugle corps that started in 1939. This group had much fun traveling around to various parades in the area and I believe it was the spark that started the Queen Village Queens in 1961.
My grandmother and my mother ran a boarding house called Sudman’s Hillside Lodge. Room and board in the late 1930s was $16, $18, or $20 dollars per week and that included 21 meals. My grandmother told me that when she started back around 1920 the room and board was only $3 a week.