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In 1959, Southeast Considered Wells-McCabe Land for Recreation Purposes

Other news included a story on the completion of a professional building on Main Street in Brewster, as well as the death of an active community member.

About 53 years ago, conversation at the dinner table in Brewster and Southeast may have focused on local recreation facilities, a Christmas party at the Elks lodge and an upcoming Brewster Fire Department lecture on extinguishing propane gas fires.

Those stories, and several more, made the front page of the Dec. 10, 1959 edition of the Brewster Standard, available online via the Brewster Public Library. The paper existed from 1869 to 1982, and covered the Brewster-Southeast area, as well as Danbury (CT), Pawling, Peekskill, Poughkeepsie, White Plains and Yonkers.

Other big news in that issue was the completion of a professional building at 173 Main Street in Brewster and the death of a 16-year resident who was very active in the community. The names of several Brewster High School students made the front page too, as the teens made the honor roll.

Here is a snippet of the recreation story concerning a property on Oak Street in Brewster.

"The representatives of Wells-McCabe interests will present to the Town Board a statement of conditions and terms under which they will sell their property to the Town of Southeast for recreational purposes."

Click here for Page 1 (which features the stories referenced above), here for Page 2, here for Page 3, here for Page 4 and here for Page 5.

Do you have a memory of an event (or news report) that took place in Brewster years ago on this day? If so, please tell us in the comment section below.

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