Republicans regroup, Degan elected mayor
Only a handful of predominantly Republican Central New York villages had enough registered Democrat residents to maintain a two-party system that reflected national politics. Most villages were divided on local issues into parties with names of convenience, such as the Citizens Party or, in one instance, the Square Deal Party.

Solvay was an exception; it maintained a two-party system. The village elected a mayor every two years (until 1957 when the four-year term was established), plus a police justice. There are six trustees (councilmen or councilwomen) on the village board, three elected during odd-numbered years, the other three in even-numbered years. Village elections in Onondaga County are held in March.

In 1935 the Democrats were in charge. Charles Hall, in office since 1931, was up for re-election for the second time. His opponent was John Degan, a well-known business man who had been active in civic affairs for several years.

Hall had benefited from a split in the local Republican party, which wasn't unusual. Democrats, too, often fought among themselves. The difference was that the village had more registered Republicans than it did Democrats. So when the Republicans rallied behind Degan, Hall knew he was in for a battle.

Both parties believed in — and often abused — partisanship. During the early 1930s the Democrats sometimes were blatant about it, attempting to discharge village employees who just happened to be Republicans.

BUT THE ISSUE that emerged as most important in 1935 was the Hall administration's decision to bond the village for $25,000 to pay for the resurfacing of Milton Avenue, which was a a mess after the removal of tracks that had served trolley cars for many years. The trolleys were replaced by buses.

Village property owners protested, claiming the village could have saved 75 per cent of the cost by appealing to the state to help fund the project under its Temporary Emergency Relief Administration (TERA). Degan repeatedly went after Hall on this issue, and the result was a Republican victory. Degan received 1,594 votes to Hall's 1,412. (Degan would remain in office until 1949.)

However, two of the three Democratic trustee candidates — Morris Fennelly, in the first ward, and Anthony Olgeaty, in the second ward — were winners, which assured their party of maintaining control of the village board, a situation that would change a year later when three other (incumbent) trustees were up for election

In the meantime, Republican Frank Kinder joined the village board, winning in the third ward over Democrat George Rarick.

All the elections were close — Fennelly beat Louis James, 567-544; Olgeaty beat George Grabowski, 463-461, and Kinder beat Rarick, 435-423.

Degan then set out to have Milton Avenue not only resurfaced, but widened. So wrote a Syracuse Journal columnist, A. D. Theobald, on April 24, though the newspaper piece may have been misleading. Replacing the trolley tracks, which ran on the north side of the street, automatically widened Milton Avenue, though every photo I have indicates most of this space was then used for parking.

Let's put it this way, traveling by way of Milton Avenue was almost always the slow route.

Maybe it was arson, maybe it wasn't
Unfortunately, there was no newspaper follow-up to the following story, intriguing though it was:

Syracuse Journal, May 2
Possibility of arson in a fire that destroyed a house at 234 First Street, Solvay, is being investigated by village officials today after the discovery of oil-soaked timbers on the second floor.

“It went up like a volcano,” neighbors told Captain Darrow Larkin of the Solvay fire department.

The house, a two-family frame building, was vacated by tenants yesterday. Last week a barn in the rear burned to the ground.

With a reverberating “boom!” the house burst into flames at 4 a.m. today. Passersby turned in an alarm, but the blaze had such a start that village firefighters had little chance to save anything but the charred walls.

In two hours the house was completely burned inside except for a small portion of flooring upstairs. Firemen, going through the ruins, said they found this flooring covered with an coating of oil. Nearby they also found a filled can of oil which the flames did not touch.

Sues railroad, awarded $6,500
Anna Srogi of 340 Apple Street, Syracuse, was awarded $6,500 by a supreme court jury in her suit against the New York Central Railroad Company for the death of her husband, Walter Srogi.

Srogi was killed when a train struck his bakery truck at the Gere’s Lock crossing near Solvay, May 21, 1934. She charged the crossing was not properly protected and the engineer failed to bring the train to a stop when he had an opportunity to do so. The railroad company contended Srogi was guilty of negligence in driving on the tracks ahead of the oncoming train.

Moviegoers have talent
In March Lowe’s Theater in downtown Syracuse began a series of theme amateur talent shows, the first one open to all people named Smith or related to a Smith family. Two weeks later the magic last name was Miller, which opened the door for Kenneth Norman of 116 Pennock Street, Solvay, who was related to a Miller family. Norman didn't win the show, but his banjo-playing was good enough for third place.

Dissatisfaction practically guaranteed
Syracuse returned to minor league baseball with the Chiefs, a member of the International League. As an attendance-boosting promotion, the team started a cash giveaway called "Bank Night." The idea proved a bit tricky — and frustrating — because a person didn't have to actually go to a game to have his or her name included among those drawn on any given day (or night) that the team was playing.

However, the person whose name was drawn had to be present at the game to claim the prize. And not one of the people whose names were announced was present at any of the first 10 games, which prompted the Syracuse Journal to do a story about the 10 people who were installed as members of what the newspaper called "The Hard Luck Club." How much money these people missed depended on the order in which their names were drawn. The first drawing was worth $200. Since there was no winner, the $200 was added to the next game's pot.

Missing out on $1,000 — the prize at game number five — was Edwin Sauda of l05 Lamont Avenue, Solvay, a tailor who was working at the time. He had signed up for the promotion at a bowling alley, probably Solvay Recreation. The newspaper awarded Sauda and other members of "The Hard Luck Club" a season's pass to the Chiefs and the opportunity to sign up again for "Bank Night."

I found no story about anyone receiving money as a "Bank Night" winner, although this must have happened a few times during the season. However, I did find stories about two lawsuits filed by people who claimed they should have received the cash.

When you consider how this lottery was constructed, you can understand how it was unlikely that the name drawn during any game would be that of a person in attendance. If, say, 50,000 people signed up for the promotion, but only 1,000 — even 2,000 — showed up for any particular game . . . Well, the odds were against the "winner" actually winning.

Short takes:
Santos Mozo
of Solvay High School was given a rating of excellent in the violin section during the second annual New York State band and orchestra competition at Syracuse University on May 11 . . . Arlona Bryers is named valedictorian of the Solvay High School graduating class . . . Betty Snyder, Solvay High School senior, was queen of the 15th annual June Festival at Woods Road Field. More than 1,000 students participated.

It's still a weird nickname
As one who attended Solvay High School, I used to wonder just what the heck was a bearcat? That is, besides being our school nickname? Well, in early October, 1935, a pair of Binturongs, commonly known as Malay bearcats, were born at Syracuse's Burnet Park Zoo, first of their breed ever born in captivity. Both babies were female. The adult couple was given to the zoo in 1932 by Peter Kallfelz, a name I can't write without thinking of his family's bakery, which made the best cupcakes I've ever tasted.

Too often the hunter is the target
It's hard to imagine now, but there was a time people would shoot birds just for the fun of it. Popular targets were crows and starlings, admittedly birds that are not popular, but certainly deserve to be left alone. (NOTE: My recollection of childhood leads me to believe that birds we identified as starlings were, in fact, grackles.)

Today anyone trudging into a field, shotgun in hand, with the intention of shooting anything that flies would risk arrest.

The 1930s was a different time. It was more dangerous in those days to go for a walk in the woods or across a country field, especially if you or a companion were carrying a rifle or a shotgun . . . because where there are guns, there often are accidents.

On February 22 Bias Armani, 40, of 330 Darrow Avenue, Solvay, took a walk in a field north of Milton Avenue, not far from the Pass & Seymour factory. With him was a nephew, Henry Armani, 17, of 503 Second Street. The elder Armani carried a shotgun or a rifle (this was never made clear) with the intention of doing some hunting, though the Syracuse Journal never mentioned the prey.

Out of sight — and in another part of the field — were Edward Kazel, 16, of 111 Boyd Avenue, and Charles Widger, 17, of Center Street, who had set out to shoot starlings at what used to be the Milton A. C. baseball field.

Kazel had a 12-gauge shotgun, and decided to test the gun by firing at a sheet of metal, unaware the elder Armani was resting behind it. When the boy fired, several pellets hit Armani's legs.

Hearing a man cry out in pain, Kazel and Widger ran to investigate. They then helped young Armani carry his uncle to Pass & Seymour, where they commandeered a car and took the wounded man to the office of Dr. Raymond Pieri on Woods Road.

Frank Paplioni of 105 Freeman Avenue, a hardware merchant then took Armani to St. Joseph Hospital. The wounds, while painful, were not life-threatening.

MORE TRAGIC was the fate of Robert Avery, 14, of 103 Meadow Road, Westvale, who on May 31 was killed when he was accidentally shot while hunting crows in a woods near Fellows Falls in Tully. The shot came from the gun of the boy's friend, Richard A. Pollard, 15, of 123 Terry Road.

Pollard ran to the power house at nearby Tully Farms and said his friend had been shot and needed medical aid. A Tully physician was called, but when he reached young Avery, the boy was dead.

Never slam doors, especially on children
On January 28 there was a truly regrettable accident at Solvay's Prospect Hose Company that could have been avoided. The firehouse was being used that evening for rehearsal of a play that would benefit the recently chartered Stanley B. Pennock Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The rehearsal was conducted by representative of the Universal Producing Company (not to be confused with Universal Studios).

Noise from the rehearsal reached the streets and attracted the attention of neighbors who didn't know what was going on, except that the people inside seemed to be having a good time. Some of the neighbors investigated. Among the curious was James O'Leary, 7, of nearby Caroline Avenue. The boy attempted to enter the building, said his father, Anthony O'Leary, and was rudely greeted by a young woman who worked for Universal. She shooed the boy outside and slammed the door.

Unfortunately the boy slipped on the icy, iron plate that covers the threshhold and his hand was in the doorway when the door slammed shut. He lost most of his left middle finger in the incident. A physician asked that a search be made for the missing digit, believing it could be grafted back in place, but it wasn't found.

Bedroom is no place for a shotgun
Another shooting accident severely wounded a 23-year-old resident of Lakeland Road on September 4. Mrs. Lillian Walters, 23, was in the bedroom when she was shot in the back when her husband's shotgun discharged.

Chauncey Walters told police he was unaware the gun was loaded when he picked it up from a bed to put it away and accidentally fired a shot. He claimed he never kept a loaded gun in the house and theorized that a youth who recently visited the house may have loaded the gun and didn't mention it.

Mrs. Walters recovered from her wounds.

Justice of the Peace overturned
Detective Cornelius Cook of the Syracuse police department was a good samaritan near Jack's Reef on July 20. Returning to the city from his camp, Cook saw a sedan overturned in a ditch. Two men, one of them Justice of the Peace John D. Kelley of 203 Orchard Road, Solvay, were trapped in the machine and the detective broke the windows in the car to release the occupants. Justice Kelley escaped with a cut hand and his companion was not injured. Detective Cook suffered a minor laceration of one hand in breaking the car windows.

Girl bounced from car
In August a six-year-old Solvay girl was badly injured when she fell out of an open car and landed on the pavement of a road near Fair Haven State Beach. Sylvia Johnston of 204 Lionel Avenue was taken to Syracuse Memorial Hospital, her skull fractured in three places.

Adventures of 'The Lone Wolf'
Solvay seemed to have a reputation, at least, with the Syracuse press, for being crime central. On January 14 the criminal de jour was 17-year-old Harold Shields, described as Solvay's "lone wolf" bandit, wanted to burglarizing several homes and stores during a crime spree following his escape from a juvenile facility in Industry, New York.

How strong his connection was with Solvay was never explained, though apparently he lived for awhile on Milton Avenue. Shields was elusive, escaping again after he was sent to another facility, in Coxsackie. Finally, after collecting several weapons and going on another crime spree in Greene County, he was arrested and safely tucked away in prison in 1937.

'Solvay mob' still active
Although liquor was legal, bootleggers remained in business because some saloons were too cheap to pay for the real thing. Which is why, in January, some bootleggers in the Utica area, stepping in when federal officers shut down stills in Buffalo, produced booze that was poisonous. What arrived in Syracuse — no surprise — was delivered by a Solvay mob. Or so police stated.

Syracuse Journal, February 1
One hundred gallons of liquid death — the poison booze which claimed 31 lives in the Mohawk Valley — was delivered in Syracuse last week, The Journal learned today.

An analysis by Syracusans involved in the bootleg racket revealed the presence of wood alcohol in the shipment and it was hastily returned to Utica before any of it got into circulation in Syracuse or in Solvay.

The Syracuse bootleg fraternity knew that a shipment of 100 gallons of the lethal liqhor, enough to claim scores of lives, arrived in Syracuse last week, handled, it was said, by a Solvay mob. Fearing a double-cross by the Utica racketeers who sent the alcohol here and fearing that the “alky” had been watered, tests were made by the Syracusans, revealing the poison content in the liquor. The shipment was returned to Utica with the comment, “No sale.”

Police made 22 arrests, most of them in Utical and Gloversville. Those arrested were charged with selling liquor illegally; two were charged with manslaughter. Of the 31 deaths, 27 were reported in and around Gloversville.

Problem remained unsolved
Supposedly a fortune awaited anyone who could concoct a commercial use for the chemical waste that the Solvay Process Company dumped into Onondaga Lake and along State Fair Boulevard. Hardly a year passed without a story about someone who was certain he or she were on the brink of success.

On July 21 the Syracuse American spotlighted Mrs. June Sherwood of 901 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, who claimed she had used the waste for several invenstion — a soap to remove grease and paint from hands; a cleaner for nickel and windows; nine paints, including five water colors and four oils, and a fireproof paint for roofs. Like many, she also was attempting to manufacture a brick from the waste material. All of this was being developed through experiments in a bedroom in her upstairs apartment. Like others who had made similar claims, Mrs. Sherwood couldn't convincingly back up hers.

Even much more qualified people fell short. One man who spoke out often about the Solvay waste problem was Edward N. Trump, a chemist who had been one of the first officers of the Solvay Process. Retired by 1935, Trump was still trying to find a solution. Syracuse newspaper columnist Louis Burrill reported in the American on October 13 that Trump had told the Onondaga Historical Association that the waste could be put to practical use in the manufacture of cement. In the meantime, the waste kept piling up and the problem remained until the plant closed many years later.

Explosion injures three
Three men were scalded by acid, one seriously, in a mysterious explosion at the Solvay Process Company plant shortly before midnight on July 6. Edgar Holdren, 123 South Avenue; Robert Billings, 131 North Midler Avenue, and Walter Kelly, 215 Medford Road, were taken to University Hospital. All were badly burned, with Kelly's injuries considered the most serious.

According to the Syracuse American (July 7), "Solvay Process Company patrol officials shrouded the explosion with mystery by their reticence and refusal to discuss the manner in which the men were burned. They failed to report the blast to any outside authorities and early this morning Solvay police were still ignorant of what had happened."

Doctors told the newpaper the men were expected to recover, but probably would be confined to the hospital for several weeks.

Mission control, we have liftoff
On July 28 there was an incredible event at a two-story house on West Genesee Street in Westvale — 2805 West Genesee, to be exact ... and while I'm being exact, it was called a turnpike in 1935. Luckily the tenants, Mr and Mrs. John Brown, who rented the house from the ownerRay C. Noble of 2904 West Genesee, weren't home. They were in Kings Ferry, visiting her parets.

Apparently there was a build-up of gas in the basement which produced an explosion that was like a preview of he space age. The rocket in this case was a hot water tank, which was thrust through the ceiling of the basement, through the ceiling in the first floor and through the roof ... and flew an estimated 250 feet into the air before it came to early in the front yard, about 70 feet from the house.

It happened late at night and woke neighbors, one of who called the Solvay fire department, but luckily no fire developed after the detonation.

Raccoons upstage horses
The main attraction at an event staged at the State Fairgrounds track in the town of Geddes on February 16 was supposed to be harness races on ice. Featured were honest-to-gosh trotters skipping over the icy track in short races, the harness version of quarter horse races. Eleven races were run, all of them featuring four horses or less.

However, the fan favorite turned out to be the coon hunts, with hounds competing to pick up the scent of a raccoon. There were two kinds of competition — the first dog to arrive at the tree where the raccoon was hiding and then something called "the barkup." Apparently some dogs can track a raccoon to a tree, but then just look up at the animal when the object it to bark their fool heads off.

Only one coon hunt was originally scheduled that day, but the fans were so appreciative that two more were held. Also, a dog named Freckles, which had already won 40 chases, didn't arrive in time for the first race. Beer obviously is important in the coon hunt world because three of the dogs entered that day were named Congress Beer, Black Bass Ale and Haberle's Derby Cream Ale.

They were gay before there were gays
One of the year's most eye-catching headlines — because this was 1935, after all — resulted from arrests made March 17 at La Villa, a roadhouse in Cold Springs, just north of Onondaga Lake. The headline: 8 'Gay Boys' Arraigned After Raid.

At the time the word "gay" meant "merry" or "lively," though it's possible the eight members of a dancing chorus of men who performed in the "Gay Boy Revue" were homosexuals. But that wasn't the point. Actually, it's difficult to figure out what the point was when the young men faced charges of indecent exposure.

The eight protested the arrest, saying there was nothing indecent about their show, in which they impersonated girls, wearing women’s costumes and appearing in makeup.

Arraigned with the chorus boys was Miss Fay Norman, manager of "The Gay Boys." According to the Syracuse Journal, the woman could have played Mama Rose in "Gypsy."

During the arraignment one of the boys spoke out of turn, prompting Miss Norman to bark, “Keep your trap shut, you numbskull. I’ve got a mouthpiece of speak for us. What do you think I’m paying him for? Get in that chair and shut up.”

In the end it was much ado about you-know-what, and the entertainers were released. Robert Andrews, proprietor of La Valla, a Cold Springs Road resort, canceled the Gay Boys Revue and booked Len Fries and His Texas Darlings, featuring Irene Cornell, billed as "a nationally knon passion dancer."

Passion dancer?

Earthquake hits near Syracuse
Halloween had just ended when most of the northeast was shaken by an earthquake centered at the St. Lawrence fault north of Syracuse. A Watertown woman was frightened into a fatal heart attack, the only death reported in the Syracuse Journal of November 1, though several people suffered bumps, bruises and minor injuries when they were shaken from their beds.

Tremors were felt as far west as Chicago and as far south as Washington. There was little damage in the Syracuse area, though a large chimney atop a building adjoining the Winchester Hotel downtown topped over and rained bricks through a hotel skylight on the second floor. A railroad worker from Buffalo was asleep in a room facing the court where most of the bricks landed and he was showered with debris.

A. D. Van Antwerp, a farmer on Buckley Road, north of the city, reported that his 150 chickens panicked so much when their roosts were shaken that they crashed through windows of the coop and escaped to the yard.

And while Central New York isn't known for earthquakes, this was the third since March 1, 1925, when considerable damage was caused in Syracuse and surrounding area.

Pinochle puts Syracuse on the map
One of my favorite headlines from 1935 was thie one from the Syracuse Journal on January 15:

Pinochle Tournament Will Give Syracuse National Publicity.

Wow, really?

There was a Solvay connection to the pinochle tournament, which was held in February. One contestant was Solvay native Joseph Kanasola, who had been a professional boxer in the 1920s. One of his nicknames was "The Solvay Bearcat," though, for reasons I cannot explain, he became known professionally as Canastota Bob.

Kanasola did not win the pinochle tourney, but he did chalk up a victory here and there, kind of like his boxing record which had him winning 45 bouts, losing 21, and having 11 draws.

Tomaso Ambrosi, 52, former employee of the Halcomb plant of the Crucible Steel Company of America, died September 29 at his home, 2069 Milton Avenue, Solvay. A native of Rome, Italy, he had resided in Solvay 20 years. Survivors: a brother, Salvatore Ambrosi, and a sister, Miss Maria Ambrosi, of Italy.
Joseph Armani Jr., 28-months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Armani of 501 Abell Avenue, Solvay, died November 6 of pneumonia in University Hospital where he had been a patient for several days. Besides his parents, the boy was survived by a sister, Dolores.

Solvay Journal, November 6
Hurled out of a light coupe as it went out of control on East Genesee Turnpike near Fayetteville, one Solvay man died of his injuries this morning. three others were severely hurt when the vehicle struck two parked machines and crashed into a tree.

Henry Capella, 36, 204 William Street, Solvay, succumbed to a crushed chest, cuts of the head and shoulders, and shock, at 6:30 a.m. at University Hospital.

The injured:

Frank Capella, 34, 204 William Street, Solvay; Gus Capella, 33, 103 Woods road, Solvay, and Morris Maestri, 30. 221 Freeman Avenue, Solvay.

The four men were in a coupe owned and driven by Frank Capella when the accident occurred a half-mile west of Fayetteville at 10 o’clock last night.

A large moving van owned by T. G. Buckley of Boston, headed east, had broken down on the turnpike at 5 p.m. yesterday. The driver, Frank Duhaney of Roxford, Mass., had summoned a mechanic, Earl Snow, 113 Richfield Blvd., Syracuse, from the Federal Truck Corporation, to repair a snapped wheel, and Snow had parked his light coach on the south shoulder of the road, just behind the truck.

Trooper Fred Kelly of Fayetteville patrol, who investigated, reported that flares and lanterns had been placed abot the two parked machines as the repairs were being made, when the Solvay men's coupe approached.

Kelly learned that Capella’s coupe, in which Gus and Henry Capella were riding in the rumble seat, first struck the left rear fender of Snow’s parked coach, then rammed the left rear corner of the van, before spinning around and crashing backwards into a tree on the north side of the road. All the Solvay men, except the driver, were thrown out onto the highway.

Angelo Cianfrocca, 48, a resident of Solvay 31 years and formerly employed by the Halcomb Steel Company for 25 years, died in Crouse Irving Hospital on July 28 after a short illness. Survivors: his wife, Mrs. Angelina Cianfrocca; two sons, James and Michael Cianfrocca; four daughters, Mrs. Gene Pietrantoni, Mrs. Sal Mathews, Mrs. Jacob Sylvia and Miss Margaret Cianfrocca; two brothers, James and Camillo Cianfrocca, and several grandchildren all of Solvay.
Mrs. Maria Corradi, 65, died May 27 at her home, 228 Lamont Avenue, Solvay, after an illness of three years. A native of the Tyrol, Mrs. Corradi had lived in Solvay for 37 years. Survivors: her husband, Bert Corradi; a son, Sylvester Corradi; three daughters, Mrs. John Pannellatti, Mrs. Diego Scaia and Miss Laurent Corradi; a grandchild, a brothers and two sisters.
Edward J. Colelli, 6, son of Mr and Mrs. Angelo Colelli of 411 First Street, Solvay, drowned June 18 in the abandoned Erie Canal near the Pass & Seymour plant. The boy decided to take a dip in the canal before he returned to Boyd School, where he was a pupil. Besides his parents, Edward is survived by two sisters, Mary and Jeanne Colelli, and two brothers, Joseph and Lawrence.
Mrs. Emmajean Curtis, wife of G. Harvey Curtis, vice president of the Solvay Bank, died November 21 at her home, 607 Woods Road, Solvay, after a prolonged illness. A native of Hannibal, she lived in Solvay 45 years. She was a member of Freeman Avenue Methodist Church. Survivors: Her husband; a daughter, Mrs. H. Earl Hadley of Solvay; a brother, Frank Teller, and a grandson, Wendell Morris.

Anthony Dalfonso, 11, of 104 Hazard Street, Solvay died of internal injuries suffered when he was crushed under the wheels of a heavy truck in Center Street, Solvay, at noon on March 25.

The boy, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Dalfonso, was with playmates walking along the curbing when he fell under the wheels of an American Railway Express truck driven by Merrill Nichols, 228 Merriman Avenue, according to Solvay police reports.

Nichols was paroled pending further investigation by District Attorney William C. Martin.

Surviving the victim besides his parents are three brothers, Daniel, Frank and Dominick Dalfonso, and three sisters, Mrs. Mack Cichetti, Mrs. Manuel Cela and Miss Theresa Dalfonso, all of Solvay. Anthony was a pupil in the sixth grade of Boyd School.

Peritonitis, developing from a ruptured appendix, proved fatal to Mary Del Favero, 14, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Giovanni Del Favero, 433 Chemung Street, July 1 at Crouse-Irving Hospital. She was a first year pupil at Solvay High School.

Besides her parents, the girl is survived by four sisters, Louise, Clara, Diella and Ottilia Del Favero, and three brothers, Roy, William and John Del Favero.

Mrs. Clementina Di Giglio, 61, native of Italy and resident of Solvay for 40 years died February 21 at her home, 215 Power Street. Survivors: Her husband, Anthony Di Giglio; three sons, Nicholas, Palastino and Vincent Di Giglio; three daughters, Mrs. Frank De Yulia, Mrs. Nicholas Dadario and Mrs. Anthony Toscano; four grandchildren; a brother, Dominici Cosco; a sister, Mrs. Dominick Zampino of Cortland, and several nieces and nephews.
Nicholas Di Scenza, an employee of the Pass & Seymour Company, died August 23 at his home, 210 Trump Street, Solvay. Survivors: his wife, Mrs. Lena Di Scenzsa; a son, John Di Scenza, ,and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Di Scenza.
Domenico Fantinato, 67, died December 19 at his home, 421 Charles Avenue, Solvay. A native of Venice, Italy, he had lived in Solvay 16 years and prior to a long illness had worked at the Solvay Process Company. Survivors: his wife, Mrs. Santa Maria Fantinato; two sons, Bernardino and Peter Fantinato; a brother, Joseph Fantinato of Italy; two daughters, Mrs. Angelo Perrotti and Mrs. Angelo Marascalchi, and six grandchildren.
Mrs. Rose Flask, 54, of 302 Cogswell Avenue, died April 23 in Crouse-Irving Hospital. She was a native of Italy and a resident of Solvay for 40 years. Survivors: Her husband, John Flask; five sons, Benjamin, Carmen, William, Louis and Michael Flask; three brothers, John, James and Benjamin DeSpirito; four sisters, Mrs. John Demperio, Mrs. Joseph Barnello; Mrs. Joseph Gaspey and Mrs. Anthony Natale, and seven grandchildren.
Jesus Garcia, 46, a native of Spain and a resident of Solvay for 21 years, died November 23 at his home, 109 Worth Avenue. He was employed by the Solvay Process Company for several years. Survivors: his wife, Mrs. Domenica Garcia, and two daughters, Misses Adella and Mary Garcia, all of Solvay.
Mrs. Anne E. Hunt, wife of Harry J. Hunt, chief of the Solvay police department, died August 22. Services took place privately from the home, 801 Woods Road, Solvay, with Rev. Joseph R. Clair, rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, officiating. Bearers were six Solvay police officers — Thomas Brock, Edward Kurtz, Basil Valetta, William Major, Clude Salisbury and John Murphy.
Frank Klock, Solvay Process Company machinist, died February 8 at his home, 126 Worth Avenue, Solvay.
Despite constant administration of oxygen in a specially constructed “tent,” little Eola Largo, 7-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Largo, 2077 Milton Avenue, Solvay, died November 16 at Crouse-Irving Hospital, after a three-day illness from bronchial pneumonia.

Frank A. Maestri, 67, a native of the Tyrol and a restaurant proprietor in Solvay for many years since coming to the United States 48 years ago, died December 6 at his home, 104 Caroline Avenue, Solvay. Survivors: His wife, Mrs. Barbara Maestri; two daughters, Mrs. Paul Evertz and Mrs. Alphonse Squiliacioti; two sons, Frank and Harry Maestri; five grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Katherine Galante.

Mrs. Julia Balamut Markowicz, 37, a teacher at Solvay Intermediate School, died December 19 at her home, 306 Hamilton Street, Syracuse, after an illness of several months. She was a graduate of City Normal School and Syracuse University. Survivors: Her husband, John Markowicz; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lucas Balamut; a sister, Mrs. Stanley Pobutkiewicz, and two brothers, Ignatius and Henry Balamut.
Salvatore Meccariello, 20, died February 12 of pneumonia at his home, 415 Center Street, Solvay. Survivors: his parentds, Mr. and Mrs.. Pasquale Meccariello; a brother, Dominick Meccariello, and two sisters, Miss Louise Meccariello and Mrs. Frank Coponi, all of Solvay.
Katherine A. Muldoon, seven-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Muldoon of 206 Charles Avenue, Solvay, died December 26 in Syracuse Memorial Hospital of appendicitis. Besides her parents, she was survived by a brother, William F. Muldoon, Jr.
Mrs. Margaret Sloan O’Brien, wife of Dennis E. O’Brien, died March 21 at her home, 116 Charles Avenue, Solvay. Survivors: her husband, Dennis E. O’Brien; a daughter, Mrs. Adrian J. Grobsmith; five brothers, Leonard and Wallace of Syracuse, Frank of Brooklyn, Arthur of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, and Joseph Sloan of erie, Pennsylvania; five sisters, Mrs. Matthew Dwyer, Mrs. Alexander Socia, Mrs. George Torrey and Mrs. John Peiffer, all of Syracuse, and Mrs. William Socia of Baldwinsville, and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Myra Scott of Solvay died October 31. Private services were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Thomas Larkin, 403 Center Street. Besides Mrs. Larkin, survivors included five daughters, 23 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
James L. Smith, 109 Caroline Avenue, Solvay, died October 6 at his home. Funeral October 9 at St. Cecilia’s Church; burial St. Francis Cemetery, Marcellus. Survivors: His wife, Margaret Tierney Smith; two daughters, Mary and Helen Smith; three sons, Robert, James and Thomas Smith; a sister, Miss Mary Smith, and a brother, Thomas Smith.
Mrs. Nellie M. Spillane, 38, died March 27 at her home, 317 Darrow Avenue, Solvay. Suvivors: Her husband, William J. Spillane; three daughters, Katherine, Margaret and Ellen; two sons, James and Robert; her mother, Mrs. Rebecc Sarr; two brothers, Homer and Robert Sarr.

Peter Tarolli, 57, well-known Solvay resident for 40 years, died at his home, 910 Second Street, September 27.He was engaged in the real estate and insurance business in Solvay. A communicant of the West Solvay Christian Assembly Church, of which he was an elder since its founding in 1917, he was active in the work of the church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Johanna Tarolli; three sons, Leon, Peter A. and James W. Tarolli; two daughters, Lydia L. and Adeline M. Tarolli; a brother, Frank Tarolli of Lakeland, and a sister, Mrs. Joseph Pizzini of Tyrol.

William Tindall, veteran Solvay Process Company employee, died September 17, at the home of his son, Joseph Tindall, 3931 Milton Avenue, Solvay. For many years he served as foreman of the carpenter shop of the Solvay company. Survivors: His wife, Mrs. Isabella Payne Tindall; two sons, Joseph F. and J. William Tindall; three sisters, Mrs. William t. Rood, Mrs. P. Fred Tickner and Mrs. Charles P. Williams, and a brother, Charles R. Tindall.

Joseph Umbaca, 19, of Belle Isle, a meat cutter employed at Ruva’s Market, 104 West Laurel Street, Syracuse, was killed March 24 in an automobile accident near Elbridge. He was a passenger in a car driven by Joseph Ruva, 21, a Syracuse University pre-medical student who lives at the West Laurel Street address.

Ruva told police Umbaca grabbed his arm and asked him to stop the car and the vehicle went out of control, drove off the road and smashed into a tree. Police found no evidence to hold the driver responsible for the accident. Ruva’s father owns the meat market.

Mrs. Frances F. Walker, wife of Alvaro Walker and former Republican committeewoman, died May 11 at her home, 333 Driscoll Avenue, Solvay. Born in Jordan, she was 58 years old and resided most of her life in Syracuse. Surviving are her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Edward Tracy and Miss Bernice Walker; four sons, Royal Walker of Baldwinsville, and Stanley, Arthur and Howard Walker of Solvay; a sister, Mrs. Irving Fulmer, and two brothers, C. J. Sidnam of Lyons and Royal L. Sidnam of Staten Island.
Solvay women are bowling champs
On February 3 two Solvay women, Angie Ungaro and Lou Ciciarelli, won the doubles title in the Syracuse Women’s City Association bowling championship at the Jefferson Academy yesterday. The rolled a combined total of 1104, which added to their handicap (144) gave them a total of 1248. Even without the handicap they had the highest score in the event
Bearcat hockey team finally loses
Solvay's hockey team, which had been undefeated for two years, was upset by Baldwinsville, 2-0, and eliminated from the county league playoffs. The Bearcats went on to win the consolation game, 4-2, over Fayetteville. Stasko scored two goals, Tarolli and Galante one apiece.

Split Rock is David to Solvay's Goliath
Oldtimers will recall when Split Rock had its own high school. It was small, but often a surprising force in scholastic sports. So it was this year as Split Rock, on March 26, eliminated Solvay from the county league basketball playoffs, 41-36, in overtime. Carman Pirro paced Solvay with 18 points; Ferrante added 9, Renders 7. Split Rock had three players in double figures — Evans (12), Harkola (11) and Rubel (10).

Solvay got off to a rough start in the 1935-36 season by again losing to Split Rock, 26-21, and then dropping its next two games to Marcellus and Baldwinsville. Again, you'd have to be an oldtimer to remember what a rare occurrence it was for a Solvay High basketball team to lose two games in a row, much less three.

Basketball triple-header
Syracuse Journal, March 28

Encouraged by their lack of casualties last year, basketball heroes of former years, now respected citizens and the main factors in conducting the Solvay village government, will resume their court feud tomorrow night at the high school.

Mayor Charles R. Hall, recently defeated for re-election, will leave office in style, leading his team of trustees — George Rarick, Morris Fennelly, James Cottrell, E. C. Chamberlin, Louis Valletta and George Grabowski, and village clerk W. J. Burns against the town of Geddes board, headed by supervisor Charles R. Tindall.

Tindall’s team includes R. Noble, R. McCarthy, G. Torrey, J. Bergner, W. Marshfield, L. Boyle and Daniel F. Matthew. The betting is that this game will not finish.

Last year the village board played the board of education. This year the school board will face a team from the Solvay Fire Department. Claude Duvall, superintendent of schools, will play for the school board team which is headed by Fred Darrow, president of the board of education. This team has added a few ringers, including Earl Hadley, director of physical education and coach of the high school basketball team.

Also in the line-up for the board of education will be E. W. Morris, J. J. Bruers, A. Kennedy, R. M. Wilson, S. J. Barber, J. C. Hardy and Ambrose Ginnelly.

The fire fighters will have a team composed of J. Hildenbrand, L. Kremin, f. Walters, W. Lockwood, J. Kelly, Lou James, J. Friedli, F. Wall and H. Moore.

The third and final game of the evening will have the high school team playing an alumni five. The event will benefit Solvay Boy Scouts who hope to send a contingent to the national jamboree in Washington.

Off they go to the Penn Relays
They called it the Journal-American marathon, but the April 5 race was about 10 miles shorter — 16 miles, to be exact. Entered were two Solvay High School representatives, J. Tearney and Jim Bethka. Representing the Solvay Aces were E. D. Kazel and H. B. Howell. Bethka ran the best race, finishing in eighth place.

Bethka also was included in an ambitious effort by Solvay High to compete in the scholastic division of the annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia on April 26. Joining Bethka in Philadelphia were track teammates Charles Rowe, Bruno Mancabelli and Floyd Taglaferri, but they failed to qualify for the finals of the medley relay event. A total of 62 high schools were entered.

Six weeks later the Solvay track team won the county league championship.

Start the season in style
The Asbury M. E. Church baseball team won the YMCA Church League title in 1934, so they decided to make a grand entrance at Liverpool's Griffin Stadium when the 1935 season began. With recently elected Solvay mayor John Degan in the lead automobile and accompanied by several ministers, the team traveled from the church to Liverpool parade-style.
Soccer fans will be soccer fans
Griiffin Field also was the scene of a free-for-all brawl among players and spectators on May 19. The sport? Soccer, of course. The game between Syracuse Turners and Clark Mills ended in a 2-all tie. The teams were members of the Central New York Soccer League.
Baseball season ends with a loss
Solvay High's baseball team made it to the championship game in the county league, but lost to Liverpool.
Korzyp's becomes Hilltop Recreation
Andy Piraino, uncle of future Syracuse bowling legend, Marty Piraino, took over in September as manager of the Hilltop Recreation Alleys in West Solvay. The establishment was formerly known as Korzyp's Alleys. Andy Piraino was a great bowler in his own right, as were other members of his family.

Expect 10,000 at Solvay
Syracuse Journal, September 6

Tomorrow will be a red-letter day for the lovers of sports in Solvay and the West End, as the Asbury M. E. Church swings into its second annual track and field day on the Woods Road Field. The combined sports events are expected to lure a crowd of 10,000 fans.

Featuring three softball games and a baseball game, the afternoon's attractions will bet underway at 1 p.m.

Opening the festivities will be the annual softball game between Asbury officials and village officials. Directly after this battle will come the "game of the century" as far as Solvay softball is concerned, when the Solvay High Park and the Woods Road Park teams clash. Woods Road won the Solvay Parks title this season with the High School team only a half-game behind, so it will be a grudge fight from the opening toss until the final out.

The Asbury Clowns, Central New York Church League champions for the past two years, will tackle their timeworn rivals, West Genesee, in a baseball game that will be worth going miles to see.

Two brilliant twirlers will oppose each other when Clary of the Clowns hurls against Watters of the West Genesee club.

In the final game of the afternoon, the Morse Dairy Milk Madens, champions of the Journal-American Girls' League, will cross bats with the original Mattydale club. The teams split in their first two games this season.

Lucille Morgan, ace twirler of the Journal League, will hurl for the Milk Maidens, while Bowman is expected to start for Mattydale.

Races, games and track and field events will be run in the evening under the lights.*

Committee in charge of the event is headed by popular Solvay sportsman, John Bryers. Assisting are Earl Haldey, Solvay High School coach, Fred Darrow, Fred Lutchsinger, Walter Weyant, Harry Hulbert, James Williams, George Vertigan, Harriet Glover, Howard Johnson, Marcus Darrow and John Hardy.

* Woods Road did not have lights for sports events. They
must have been rented for the occasion.
Gooooaaaallll! by Semino
At Syracuse University that fall, a Solvay High School graduate emerged as the star of the school's soccer team:

A rugged, 185-pound product of Solvay High School is one of the chief factors in the success of Coach Arthur Horrocks’ undefeated Syracuse University soccer team. He is Guido Semino, sophomore center forward.

Guido, student of Italian extraction in the engineering college on the Hill, has tallied 11 goals in four games. He scored to goals in Syracuse’s 5-2 win over Buffalo, two more in a 3-2 win over West Chester Teachers of Pennsylvania, ending a 44-game winning streak, two more goals in a 6-1 win over Lehigh and an incredible five goals in the 7-1 victory over Colgate.

Hey, doll, how'd you like to go to Prison?
It certainly didn't have the most inviting name, but the Prison Inn on State Fair Boulevard — located somewhere on the stretch between the Fairgrounds and Long Branch — was a popular Onondaga County nightclub that was promoted through its sponsorship of athletic teams. Most successful was the Prison Inn football team, comprised mostly of Solvay High School graduatess. The team played in the Alexander Grant's League and through six games in the fall of 1935 was undefeated and unscored upon though one game wound up in a scoreless tie. Among its stars were Mitzi Rydelek, Joe Brostek and Jim "Horse" Chesko, the quarterbck who in one game, a 26-0 win over the All Aces, completed 11 of 12 passes.

On November 24 the team finally allowed a touchdown, but won the game, 13-6, over the Baldwinsville Cubs to clinch the league championship.

Do we have to wear these uniforms?
On November 5 the Syracuse Journal announced that the village of Solvay was to represented in the Journal-American Girls’ Basketball League during the 1935-36 season. The newspaper said, "The team will be built around Helen Palladino, member of the Staten Island pro team last year. Miss Palladino was high scorer in 14 of the 23 games played by her team last year."

Other members of the Solvay team, according to the Journal, were Margaret Balduzzi, Margaret Duda, Wilma McLaughlin, Francelia Metcalfe and Pia Chemotti, who three years earlier were teammates of Helen Palladino at Solvay High School, going undefeated and winning the county title.

Later came news this team would be sponsored by the Bendixen Tobacco Company, and that the uniforms would be more or less a billboard for a company product through the words Chew Yara.

Still later came the realization the team would be called simply Yara, after the chewing tobacco, without the word, "Chew." However, the Solvay connection pretty much disappeared, as did four of the players originally listed. Two other Solvay graduates, Edith Giovanini and Elvira Beneditt joined Helen Palladino and Margaret Balduzzi, who teamed up with three Fayetteville woman, Harriet Sebring, Helen Ray and Doris Goodfellow, and the two Fatcheric sisters, Helen and Julia, from Warners.

The team started its season well and finished in a three-way tie for first place, but was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

Defense! Defense! Defense!
On November 5 the Solvay High football team won the Onondaga County League championship by defeating Marcellus, 20-0. Solvay was undefeated and unscored upon, winning five games and playing a scoreless tie against Baldwinsville. Until meeting Solvay, Marcellus had surrendered only six points all season. The Solvay team featured the Pirro brothers, Rocky and Carman, and Joe Brostek. The trio would later star on the Catholic University team.

When the high school season ended Brostek joined the Prison Inn team (see above), while the Pirro brothers played for a semi-pro team called the Solvay Aces. On Thanksgiving Day, which that year was November 28, the Aces staked claim to the Central New york semi-pro football championship, beating the Syracuse Bisons, 16-0, at Milton Field.

Four days later the Aces took on a team from the Civilian Conservation Corps camp at Moravia, New York. The Moravia team had won the CCC champiionship the week before by beating a Long Island team in New York City. Moravia also was considered the Eastern States semi-pro champion. However, the Solvay Aces prevailed, 6-0, in the game played at Liverpool's Griffin Stadium before 2,000 spectators.

Rocky Pirro helped set up the only score by blocking a Moravia punt. Then Moore, the Aces quarterback, found right end Zilinski with two consecutive passes, the second one for a touchdown. Carman Pirro attempted the extra point, but his kick was wide. Players on the Aces included Rogalski, Messere, Chemotti, Fabrizio, Armani, L. Montreal, Monti, Tracy, Benjamin, Castallani, Kossack, Vic Bieganowski and Joe O'Leary. Coaches were "Smokey Joe" Longley and Jumbo Plants.

The Syracuse Journal, on December 2, referred to the Solvay Aces as "champions of Eastern United States."

Items are from stories in the Syracuse Journal
and its Sunday edition, the Journal-American