In 1971, Local Vietnam Vet Killed, New Bank Opens

Other news included $1,500,000 worth of real estate sold since the beginning of the year, and a grant for the North Salem School District.

About 41 years ago, area folks were reading about the discovery of unusual metals in the Tilly Foster mine in Southeast, the freak accident that killed a 21-year-old Vietnam veteran and the appointment of a new president for the Patterson Chamber of Commerce.

Those stories, and several more, made the front page of the Feb. 25, 1971 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 information in that issue included a list of Brewster High School students who had made high honor roll, tips from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office on emergency care for a heart attack and a column on potholes—which were (and still are) scattered all over Brewster and Southeast.

Here is a snippet of what appears to a be a letter-to-the editor on Page 1:

"Thanks to the solid foundation of learning that I received at Brewster High, I am able, even at this late day, to earn my way in this work-a-day world..."

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.

Erin E. Meagher February 26, 2013 at 09:46 PM
This is my favorite of the whole paper: WHO CAN TELL? The Landmarks Committee of Southeast Museum would be glad to hear from anyone who can tell the date of the death of Walter Brewster and the place of his burial


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