Peace at last
In April, Nazi Germany fell, then four months later Japan surrendered and the curtain fell on World War 2.
September 3: Solvay was well represented yesterday aboard ships in Tokyo Bay where the Japanese surrender was signed.
Aboard the USS Missouri, scene of the official surrender, was S 1/c Stanley J. Barnell, 2357 Milton Avenue, Solvay.
Aboard the USS Shangri-la, an aircraft carrier of the Pacific fleet completing the first stages of the occupation of Japan, was EM 3/c Raymond Pirro Jr., 204 First Street, Solvay.
Aboard the USS Alabama, battleship of the Pacific fleet, was S 2/c Frank Jerome, 414 Abell Avenue, Solvay.
|January 4: School honors Solvay's war dead
The annual “Janitors’ Ball” will be conducted tomorrow night in Solvay High School. There will be an orchestra, novelty decorations and a floor show. Proceeds will go toward a memorial to be established for the Solvay students making the supreme sacrifice in World War 2.
March 21: Degan relected as Republicans sweep
Mayor John J, Degan, Republican of Solvay, led a Republican sweep in the village election yesterday. Degan defeated Stanley Major, Democrat, 1,653 to 862. Daniel F. Mathews, Republican, was elected police justice, 1,575 votes to 907 for Howard Johnson.
Republican elected trustees were George Bome, first ward; Stanley Duda, second ward, and Roscoe M. Bourlier, third ward, who defeated Democrats Laurence Spencer, Joseph Chesneski and C. Jay Darrow.
May 12: Valedictorian and salutatorian are announced
Miss Louise Moreira and Miss Patricia Laubacher have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the June graduating class of Solvay High School.
Miss Moreira is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albano Moreira of 321 Seventh Street, Solvay. She has maintained an average of 94.4 for the school year.
Miss Laubacher is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Laubacher of RD-1 Camillus. her average for the year is 93.6.
Class officers at Solvay High are Richard Schmutzler, president; Lee Keller, vice president; Jean Moorhees, secretary; and Mary Lennon, treasurer.
Graduation exercises will be held June 23 at 8 p.m. in the school auditorium. There are 102 graduates.
|June 8: Festival to recall area men killed in war
Miss Mildred Lawton of the senior class at Solvay High School was crowned queen of the 24th June Festival of the Solvay schools last night. The 44 Solvay High School boys killed in this war were honored by a huge cross of green foliage filled in with white flowers.
July 9: Firemen's field days held
Approximately 2,000 persons attended the two-day weekend celebration held in Solvay village park under the sponsorship of the Solvay fire department.
Featured on yesterday’s program was a hose fight between teams from the Solvay and Fairmount departments. After 15 minutes, during which time both teams won equal honors and became equally wet, the judges decided it was a draw.
September 3: Parade highlights victory celebration
For the first time, veterans of World War 2 marched today in the streets of Solvay, as a colorful parade marked the end of the village's three-day victory celebration.
Music was provided by the Rome Army Air base band, the IBPOE Junior Elks’ Band of Syracuse and the House of Providence drum corps. Every village organization was represented.
Among these were the Stanley B. Pennock Post, V.F.W., the post’s auxiliary, the Solvay Tyrol Club and auxiliary, the Club Portuguese, Vasco De Gamma and the Spanish-American Society of Solvay. The police department headed the march and the rear was brought up by firemen and firefighting equipment.
The three-day event was held to raise money to establish a fund for the rehabilitation and entertainment of disabled veterans by assisting civic organization in veterans projects such as the Westfall Trout Pond and the Milton Conservation Club. Also planned is the reactivation of the VFW youth camp at Otisco Lake for underprivileged children.
September 9: Clams for everyone
At the English manor on the grounds of the old Hazard Estate on North Orchard Road, Al Curtis, "general manager" of the estate, greeted those who turned out for a community clambake. On the side lawn of the home owned by E. W. Hagadorn, potatoes, chicken, clams and corn began to steam early in the afternoon. By 6 p.m., when the eating began, most of Solvay's leading citizens had gathered.
The clambake was given by Mr. Hagadorn, president of Finishing Laboratories, Inc., a native of Syracuse who recently moved to Solvay and has assumed interest in community activities there.
|November 17: "Pride and Prejudice" presented
The senior class of Solvay High School presented "Pride and Prejudice," by Pauling Phelps, directed by their drama coach, Miss Beatrice F. Bibbens. The cast included Theodore Doehner, Joy Nasteff, Lois Mackey, John Louise, Alice Kinsella, Margarette Millnicki, Delores Bagozzi, Lena Fernandez, Lois Mackey, Bud Hewa, Joan Ballardini, Frank Klippel, Don Lovell, Paul Malo and Marjorie Rosenberger.
|December 6: Flu epidemic hits Solvay High
What was described as a mild influenza epidemic swept into Central New York. Nearly 4,000 students were absent in the city of Syracuse. Hardest hit county school was Solvay High School where 260 pupils, a third of its enrollment, missed school on a single day.
A strike begins . . .
Syracuse Herald-Journal, July 13 —
“The Army is not interfering in the Solvay Process strike, it is not trying to arbitrate or conciliate the two parties,” said Col. Louis C. Freeman Jr. this morning. Col. Freeman is executive officer of District 3, Second Service Command.
The Army did enter the picture last night when it took part in a meeting of labor union and management officials at which 22 men were released from the strike to take part in work considered vital by the Army, Freeman revealed.
As a result of the Solvay strike, operations at the Semet-Solvay plant, an affiliate of the company, have been held up.
The 22 men were released from the strike in a free agreement between the company and union officials so that tank cars containing essential oil could be moved to Semet-Solvay. The oil is used in production of a vital ammunition.
Workers at Solvay Process are represented by Local 12,457, United Mine Workers of America, District 50. The strike became effective at midnight Wednesday after 1,159 workers voted to walk out. Opposed were 116.
The company’s 1944-45 contract expired June 13, but had been extended through Wednesday to permit notice to expire in accordance with the Smith-Connally Act.
Yesterday at 4 p.m. a work crew prepared the plant for the shutdown.
. . . and ends
Syracuse Herald-Journal, July 16
Employes of Solvay Process Company were back on the job this morning after a strike lasting three and a half days.
At a mass meeting yesterday afternoon in the Polish Community Home, Park Avenue, 1,400 employes voted to discontinue the strike. Reportedly, however, the vote was not unanimous.
Official word of the end of the strike was given by Earl Moran, president of Local 12,457, United Mine Workers of America, District 50. But Moran refused to discuss under what terms the workers were returning to their work.
In addition, union officials would neither confirm nor deny negotiations will continue now that members are back on the job. Yesterday’s meeting climaxed two all-night sessions at which labor and management reportedly failed to reach complete agreement. As a result, yesterday’s announcement of the strike’s end came unexpectedly.
The two all-night sessions Thursday and Friday were held in the State Tower Building office of the plant’s attorney. During these conferences Army officers were present at all times. However, the Army emphasized its only concern was speedy resumption of the production of war material.
Principal issues at stake in the strike, according to the union, were a $25 bonus and changes in the contract in regard to presidential directives. Moran refused to say whether or not the union’s demands were met. He was quick to point out, however, the “fine behavior” of the strikers during the walkout.
No way to treat a lake
Today is it difficult to believe that Onondaga Lake, important as a gathering place for native American tribes of the Iroquois Confederation, would have been allowed to be used as a dump for human and chemical waste, and used on such a scale that it became our most polluted body of water for its size.
In the 19th century it was used primarily for recreation. Resort hotels lined its shores, so did White City, an elaborate amusement park. Onondaga Lake was where thousands of Central New York spent their summer weekends, even their vacations.
However, before the 20th century arrived, some expressed concern over the way the lake was being polluted. While blame could be spread around to several sources, the main culprits were the city of Syracuse and the Solvay Process Company. It was chemical waste from the Solvay factories that did the most severe damage.
Today the lake is being dredged in hopes of aiding its recovery. What follows are two stories that indicate the concerns expressed in 1945, but between the lines you can spot some double-talk from engineers and others who claimed to share these concerns.
And while committees were formed and meetings were held, the pollution continued long after the lake was given up for dead.
Syracuse Herald-Journal, April 11
The Legislature will be asked to appoint a commission to study and stop pollution of Onondaga Lake.
After years of discussion, an organized move against pollution was started last night when 125 men met with the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.
The meeting resolved to arouse sentiment against pollution, and authorized the executive committee to select a committee for further study and appeal to the Legislature for relieve.
Crandall Melvin, president of the Merchants National Bank and Trust Company, long interested in purifying the lake, urged action. Melvin declared the Solvay Process Company has no right to pour its waste into the lake. He said the state waterways, State Health Department, Liverpool, Syracuse, Solvay, Lakeland, the State Fairgrounds and industrial plants in Syracuse are all involved in this problem. He said the Conservation Department and the Onondaga County Planning Board and others should be interested.
“Arouse public sentiment,” Melvin urged. “Ask the Legislature to appoint an Onondaga Lake Commission to get facts regarding this menace.”
H. H. Wagenhals, division engineer of the State Health Department, said that dumping of fluid from the Syracuse disposal plant is within the law. Earl F. O’Brien and Glenn D. Holmes, told the plans for sewage disposal from Solvay had been considered years ago, but said the depression and the war had interfered.
Holmes said Syracuse fluid and Solvay waste is mixed in proportion of 1 to 40, and the waste is supposed to neutralize Syracuse sludge.
Walter Pope, president of the Lakeland Improvement Association, said the Solvay Process Company is dumping its waste on property owned by the city. He mentioned the break in the Solvay Process Company dike on Thanksgiving Day two years ago, and said if this had occurred in summer or at State Fair time it might have meant many casualties
He said the city is at fault in allowing use of its property.
Nine Mile Creek on Sunday, Pope declared, was “so white it could be cut with a knife.” and all of it was pouring into the lake. Some waste beds, he said, are 1,000 feet out into the lake.
The meeting was in Heid’s restaurant. Howard Hurst is president of the Liverpool Chamber and John C. Gehm heads the executive committee which will appoint a special committee to take action.
Nine Mile Creek, mentioned in the above story, was one of the scariest looking streams I ever saw. I haven't visited the area in a few years, so I don't know if it is still greenish-white. The idea that somewhere along its approximately nine-mile length people actually swam in it once upon a time is mind-boggling.
One can only hope for a miracle, I suppose, though it does seem likely that Onondaga Lake, at least part of it, will one day be safe for fish and for fishing and perhaps a more attractive harbor for boaters.
Syracuse Herald-American, April 1
Luck that guided Lieut. Pat Campolieto, 24, of 201 Chemung Street, on 50 bombing missions over Nazi territory, failed yesterday as he died in Onondaga General Hospital.
The youthful bombardier and athlete succumbed at 4:08 p.m. of injuries suffered early Wednesday in an automobile crash at West Genesee Street and Charles Avenue, Solvay.
Physicians at the hospital had doubted that he could recover after examination revealed he suffered fractures of both legs, internal injuries, concussion and shock.
Two other men riding in the car with him, both veteran of many air battles over Europe, are recuperating in hospitals.
Sgt. Anthony Lizzi, 25, of 409 Chemung Street, wounded tail gunner on a Flying Fortress, was transferred from Onondaga General Hospital to Rhodes General Hospital in Utica yesterday. He has several rib fractures, lacerations about the head and suffered from shock.
Joseph Marshall, 22, of 217 Freeman Avenue, Solvay, owner of the car, is in Onondaga General Hospital for treatment of a broken right arm and cuts about the leg and left hand.
Marshall is a discharged veteran of the 19th Air Force. He held the rank of sergeant and was a gunner on a Flying Fortress. He was honorably discharged last December after completing numerous missions over Germany.
The sedan in which the three men were riding crashed broadside into a tractor truck that was being backed across the highway. It was operated by Miles Canino, 34, of 26 Salina Street, Baldwinsville.
Lieut. Campolieto returned to the United States last October 12. At Vocational High School he starred in football, basketball and baseball and played football and boxed at Morrisville Junior College. He left college in 1942 to enter military service.
He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pasquale Campolieto; two brothers, Sgt. Michael in India, and Joseph; four sisters, the Misses Jennie, Antoinette and Gilda Campolieto, and Mrs. Nicholas DeCarlo; a nephew, an aunt and three uncles.
|Francis M. Gleason, 48, of 314 Charles Avenue, Solvay, comptroller for the town of Geddes, died January 19 at St. Joseph Hospital where he had been a patient since November. Born November 7, 1896, the son of Matthias and Bertha O’Brien Gleason, he was a life resident of Solvay. He served as a Republican committeeman in the first district of the Town of Geddes for 15 years and one term as tax collector before becoming comptroller 10 years ago. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Clothilda Scharoun Gleason; his father, Matthais Gleason, an a sister, Mrs. John McDowell.
James J. Ryan, 35, New York City fireman, formerly of Solvay, was killed in a store fire February 16. A rescue squad recovered his body from deep water that had accumulated in the basement of the store. Twenty-seven other firemen were overcome by smoke. Mr. Ryan’s father, William L. Ryan of 207 Center Street, Solvay, was notified.
Mr. Ryan joined the Manhattan fire department in 1936. Besides his father, he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eleanor Buckley Ryan; two daughters, Eleanor and Carol; two brothers, John W. and Philip E. Ryan of Solvay, and a sister, Miss Catherine Ryan of Solvay.
|Andrew Francimone, who for the past 26 years operated a restaurant at 2243 Milton Avenue, Solvay, died June 8 at Syracuse General Hospital after a brief illness. He had been a resident of Solvay for 34 years and was a veteran of World War I. He lived at 101 King Avenue, Solvay. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Francimone; two brothers, Charles and Joseph Francimone; a sister, Mrs. Frances Mongato of Italy, and several nieces and nephews.
Placido A. Balduzzi, 58, of 215 Caroline Avenue, Solvay, died August 4at his home after a long illness. Balduzzi resided in Solvay for 43 years. For five years he operated Archie’s Restaurant and Grill at 1625 Milton Avenue. Previous to that he had been employed for 10 years as an agent for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and for 12 years by the Solvay Process Company.
He was founder and bandmaster of the Solvay Tyrol band since its organization in 1914. He was also a member of the Franz Josef Society, International Society and Solvay Tyrol Club.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Erminia Maestri Balduzzi; a daughter, Miss Margaret Balduzzi; two sons, Corp. Guido Balduzzi, who is flying home from Burma to attend the funeral, and Sgt. Harry Balduzzi, who recently arrived home from Camp Lee, Virginia, after serving the European Theater of Operations, and two grandsons.
|John M. Peiffer of 402 South Orchard Road, town of Geddes, died November 24 at his home. He had been employed as a foreman by Semet-Solvay for 30 years. He was one of the organizers of Saint Charles Borromeo Church in Westvale. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Irene Sloan Peiffer; two daughters, Miss Janet Peiffer and Miss Rita Peiffer; two sons, Pfc. Robert O. Peiffer, Camp Dix, New Jersey, and First Lieut. John M. Peiffer of Belgium.
Syracuse Herald-Journal, June 4
Emotional homecoming for veterans
No wonder Capt. Henry A. Brostek and Sgt. Frank Brostek felt like crying when they saw the shores of the United States after many adventures and pretty tough times fighting the Germans and the Japanese.
Sgt. Frank had a wonderful feast on Christmas Day in the Ardennes offensive. He had one chocolate bar that had to last all day. That beat any rationing back home.
And passing some 14 hours in a foxhole, unarmed and with a German officer above him shouting orders to his troops wasn’t just exactly fun.
Not to mention being hit with shrapnel twice or Sgt. Frank’s anticipated bath in a “beautiful bathtub.” He was disappointed about that bath. He found the tub in a house but was too tired to bathe. He planned to get into the tub in the morning, but when dawn arrived the house had been blown to bits. No bath.
“I’ve seen a lot of sights,” said Sgt. Frank, “ but the greatest was the lights of Coney Island when our ship came in. I was on the verge of crying.”
“I felt the same way at San Francisco,” said Capt. Henry.
The two brothers are having a reunion the first time in three and one-half years. Frank has been in Europe and Henry, a Marine Air Corps officer, has been in the Pacific. Three other brothers are in service — Sgt. Joseph Brostek in the Army Air Corps in Georgia, Anthony Brostek with the Army in the Pacific and Corp. William Brostek with the Marines in the Pacific.
A brother-in-law, S/Sgt. Don Brown, has been a gunner on a B-17 in Europe.
The brothers are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Brostek of 1204 Woods Road, Solvay. The captain said his greatest ambition is to meet all his brothers again. But he’d also “like to be over Japan when we get all our forces over there.” He thinks it will take a year and a half to beat Japan completely.
Syracuse Herald-Journal, June 7
Szczech reunion in Hawaii
Alexander J. Szczech of the Navy, home on 30 days’ leave, was able to bring direct word from two of his brothers, but the third he missed.
En route home from the Philippines, where he has been serving as a gunner’s mate on a PT boat, he stopped off at Pearl Harbor for a short reunion with his brothers, Edward, chief yeoman, and Joe, a boatswain’s mate, second class, whom he hadn’t seen since they joined the service. Edward has been in the Navy five years and Joe, two.
The fourth Navy brother, John, who had been stationed at Pearl Harbor, preceded him home on leave and left home within a week of Al’s arrival. However, he got a chance to talk to him by telephone in San Francisco.
The brothers are sons of Mr and Mrs. John Szczech of 112 Abell Avenue, Solvay. Except for Joe, who suffered a slight arm injury in the Normandy invasion, none of the brothers had been hurt in the Navy. However, their older brother, Ben, a civilian, lost an arm two years ago in an industrial accident.
“Jap suicide planes are bad medicine,” said Al, who took part in the New Guinea campaign and the invasion of Leyte and Mindoro Islands in the Philippines.
During the invasion of Mindoro, the Yanks had only PT boats and planes to hold off the Jap fleet. His squadron got 47 planes.
Al, former three-letter athlete at Solvay High School, has been in the Navy since December, 1942, always with PT boats, first in Panama, then in Alaska and the Aleutians and more recently in the Southwest Pacific. Before entering service he was an expediter for the Halcomb Steel Company.
He is spending his leave with his wife and two-year-old daughter at 118 Freeman Avenue, Solvay.
Syracuse Herald-Journal, July 7
No more boxing for Woyciesjes
Declaring his fighting days in the ring are over, but that he is ready for active Marine duty, Second Lieutenant Rico Woyciesjes is enjoying a reunion with parents and his brother, Captain Michael Woyciesjes of the Army Air Force, at their Gere’s Lock home near Solvay.
Three-time Eastern Intercollegiate 175-pound boxing champion of Syracuse University, and a national finalist, Second Lieutenant Woyciesjes, on a weekend pass from Quantico, Virginia, says he plans to marry in a few months, later to settle down, and teach high school science after the war.
His brother, 23, a southpaw boxer who is now on an inactive status, after having flown 69,300 miles as a bombardier in the Pacific, will be discharged later this month. He will enter Syracuse University as a freshman where he will box when the ring sport is resumed on the Hill. Capt. Michael is seven years Rico’s junior. He also weighs about 175.
Second Lieutenant Woyciesjes was commissioned last November at Quantico after serving 26 months as an amphibious scout in the Pacific. He met his brother over seas, but yesterday was their first reunion in a long time with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Woyciesjes of Gere’s Lock.
Rico is a drill and command instructor at Quantico, and proudly saw 30 men in his group commissioned recently
Syracuse Herald-Journal, July 31
From Stalag 7-A to Sam's Place
Eleven young officers, ten from Syracuse, had reason to celebrate their first reunion Monday since their return to the United States. They were last together at Stalag 7-A prisoner of war camp at Mooseburg, Germany.
They returnees were feted at Sam’s Place, Solvay, by Mr. and Mrs. Sam Gettino, father and mother of Lieut. Nick Gettino, who arranged the party while a prisoner of war at Sagan, Germany — just one year ago.
Lieut. Gettino's fellow POWs in attendance at the reunion were 2d Lieut. Fay Bailey; 2d Lieut. Gene Bianco; 2d Lieut. Frank Bigelow; Lieut. Robert Buckley; 2d Lieut. Robert Dettor; 2d Lieut. Edward Gorman; 2d Lieut. Irving Hunt; F/O Joseph Lojewski; F/O Charles Lunberg, and 2d Lieut. John Nozynski.
Most were members of the fame 15th and Eighth Air Forces. They went down over Muenster, Frankfurt, Berlin, Northern Italy, Sicily, France and other bombing targets. One member of the party, Lieut. Robert Dettor, was an infantry office captured during the Battle of the Bulge.
Syracuse Herald-Journal, September 1
Solvay Navy nurse marries
Ensign Edith T. Mancabelli, USNNCR, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carol Mancabelli of 229 Lamont Avenue, Solvay, was married to Lieut. (jg) John N. Obermier Jr., USN, son of Mr, and Mrs, John N, Obermier of Buffalo, recently in Sacred Heart Church, San Diego, California.
Mrs. Obermier, alumna of the School of Nursing, St. Catherine's Hospital, Brooklyn, took extension courses in the Children's Hospital, Detroit, and at Fordham and Syracuse Universities. Before enlisting in July, 1944, she was supervisor in the pediatrics ward in Crouse Irving Hospital, Syracuse. She is now in the Naval Air Base, North Island, San Diego. Her husband, in service for eight years, three in the South Pacific, is stationed in San Pedro, California.
Syracuse Herald-Journal, November 29
Valletta set for Police Academy
Basil "Blase" Valletta, Solvay police chief, was notified today by J. Edgar Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, that his application to attend the 31st session of the National Police Academy in Washington, D.C., has been accepted. That session will begin January 7, 1946 and include 12 weeks of study with graduation exercises March 29.
Representatives of law enforcement agencies throughout the United States will attend.
Born in Gouverneur 50 years ago, Chief Valletta came to Solvay to live as a youngster. He served in World War I with the 306th Regiment of the 77th Division and was honorably discharged as a sergeant. He joined the Solvay police force in 1922 and became chief in 1944. His home is at 403 Cogswell Avenue.
Syracuse Herald-Journal, December 6
Solvay fireman to the rescue
ONEIDA — Solvay volunteer fireman Gerald Blair, a Syracuse welder, saved a Syracuse-owned van from destruction and a Chittenango garageman, Warren Bender, from severe burns yesterday when he happened along with a truck equipped with a fire extinguisher.
Bender was beside his garage, thawing out a gasoline line under a moving van, when gasoline air pressure backed up from the tank through the line and exploded on top of the blowtorch as Bender was working.
His brother-in-law, Seward Bloss, pulled Bender out, using his coat in an attempt to smother the flames in Bender’s clothing. Blair came along and threw his coat onto Bender and used the extinguisher from the Lehmann and Graf truck to put out the fire.
Bender was treated for burns on the legs, feet and hands, and he will be confined for a month. Blair continued on to Sherrill to work on a job.
Syracuse Herald-Journal, December 12
Wounded in Germany — playing football
The war is over, but Corp. James Sullivan, former football, basketball and baseball player, and a 100-yard dash runner at Solvay High School, was injured in Germany on October 13 — while playing football for the 28th Infantry in (of all places) Hitler Stadium at Nuremberg. He is now recovering in a hospital at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts, waiting for a cast to be removed from his hip.
Corp. Sullivan is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Sullivan of 303 Center Street, Solvay. He plans to enter college, probably Syracuse University, after his Army discharge, and his main concern is whether he'll be able to play football again.
Solvay and arch rival Camillus wound up tied for first place in the Western Division of the Onondaga County League. Each team had one loss — to each other. A third game never happened because Solvay was upset by Skaneateles in the playoffs. This was a sign of things to come because in a couple of years Skaneateles would soon become unbeatable.
Solvay, on the strength of its regular season record advanced into the Section III playoffs, but lost to Fayetteville, 27-25, in the semi-final round. The Bearcats were ahead after three periods, but scored only four points in the final quarter.
Highlight of the season was a victory over Camillus, a team that would go on to win the Section III title against much bigger schools, including previously unbeaten New Hartford in the championship game. However, on March 2, Casper Mozo's foul shot, with five seconds to play, gave Solvay the edge over Camillus, 24-23.
Other players for Solvay that season were Mike Gasapo, Lamiarski, Phil Zollo, Manuel Garcia, Nicolini, Baichi, Doran, Ed Alexander and George Kinder. (In the account of Solvay's 60-24 win over Baldwinsville, the Baldwinsville Gazette & Farmer's Journal referred to Solvay as Smoketown.)
Syracuse Herald-Journal, June 15 —
Solvay retained its Onondaga County Baseball League championship with a 1-0 decision over North Syracuse schoolboys, registered at Griffin Field before an enthusiastic crowd Tuesday.
The lone tally came in the fourth. Manuel Holgado’s line drive was dropped in the outfield to start the trouble. Joe Cilani followed with a single and Holgado romped across when Bill Capella’s fly was muffed.
North Syracuse made a bid for a tie in the final seventh. With a runner on first, a batsman hit a high foul. Catcher Phil Zollo of Solvay fell, but managed to get his glove under the ball. The runner dashed for second after the catch, then decided to return to first base and was tagged out.
Manuel Garcia, the winning pitcher and Francis Weaver of the vanquished squad each allowed five hits, but four North Syracuse miscues proved costly.
Note: Other games I found that season included a 4-3 win over Camillus in which Matt Grabowsky was the winning pitcher, with Phil Zollo hitting a home run. Mike Gasapo was the winning pitcher in an 11-5 win over Baldwinsville; Garcia threw a two-hitter when the Bearcats beat Marcellus, and Solvay also beat Skaneateles, 14-3, thanks to no less than 15 errors by the losers.
It's not often a team can point to a scoreless tie as the highlight of a football season, but it was for Solvay in 1945. The opponent was undefeated Fayetteville, the eventual Onondaga County League champion. Solvay had already lost a game, to North Syracuse, and was held to another scoreless tie, against Liverpool, which put the Bearcats out of the running.
Solvay's victories that season came against Baldwinsville, 12-6; against Marcellus, 27-0, and Skaneateles, 18-0. So a team that surrendered only 12 points in their six games wound up in third place.
When the Syracuse Herald-American All-County honors were announced on November 12, two Solvay players made the first team — guard Pat Piecham and end Rinaldo Mossotti. Chosen to the second team were tackle Horace Pettit and fullback George Kinder. Center Matt Grabowsky was given honorable mention.
Solvay opened the season by trouncing Split Rock, 38-14. Solvay's roster included Casper Mozo, Ed Alexander, Mike Gasapo, Phil Zollo, George Kinder, Duprey, Beachem, Jerome, Ruth, Libra, Rinaldo Mossotti.
Other December games were thrillers. Solvay got revenge of sorts against Skaneateles, 40-38, then beat Marcellus, 26-25, but was upset by Elbridge, 30-29.
Syracuse Herald-Journal, November 16
Fire damages bowling alley
Fire raged for two hours early today before it was brought under control at the Solvay Recreation Bowling Alley, 1737 Milton Avenue, Solvay, which was badly damaged.
The fire broke out shortly before 4 a.m. in the rear of the long, one-story brick building which extends back from Milton Avenue to William Street. All Solvay Fire Department truck companies, including Tanner, Prospect and Mountain Top answered the alarm. Most of them left the scene at 7 a.m., but a detail was left there until 9:30 a.m.
The blaze is believed to have originated in a storeroom containing bowling pins. Six bowling alleys were badly damaged. First assistant Fire Chief C. J. Darrow and second assistant James Costigan were in charge of the fire fighters.
The building and business are owned by Leonard M. Capucilli, 420 Fay Road, and Daniel Zollo, 917 Milton Avenue.
|Items are from stories in the Syracuse Herald-Journal
and its Sunday edition, the Herald-American.