THE DEAL. Back in 1909, Willis Brazee and wife Minnie started farming in an area south of Brown’s Crossing. From the DuBois family they rented a house, barn, and milkhouse, along with 50 acres of land (half of it arable). For this they contracted to pay $20 per month and to supply landlord’s family 4 quarts of milk per day, at 5 cents per quart. After the prevailing local milk price went up, however, Willis complained about their nickel-per-quart deal. His landlord offered to pay more for milk if Willis would pay a higher rental. Willis did not reopen discussion. So says Philip H. DuBois in A Catskills Boyhood. My Life Along the
THE MITT. When “Chucky” Adsitt was a Greene lad, he decided that he must have a certain Rawlings baseball glove autographed by his favorite Brooklyn Dodger, Pee Wee Reese. The treasure was displayed in the window of Bibbi’s Sports at the corner of Bridge and Water Streets in Catskill, next to what now is The Candyman. So Chucky saved his weekly allowance and scrounged for empty soda pop bottles (each worth a 2 cent rebate) until he had accumulated the purchase price. But then they wouldn’t sell him the mitt. Absolutely refused. Would not say why. Chucky was a bit too young, as it happened, to know that Bibbi’s was a front. The real operation was located upstairs, at the card tables and at the telephones used for running numbers. Chucky’s father helped him to understand. It was easier for a parent to explain than was the case with activities at the nearby house called Nifty’s.
THE SHIP. During World War II, the transport vessel USS Catskill II was built at a
Catskill returned to
Returning to Manus 21 December 1944, Catskill sailed 10 days later with the Lingayen Attack Force, which came under air attack, although not in Catskill's sector, as it made its final approach. On
Arriving in the
Between 16 May and
Catskill received three battle stars for World War II service.AND LOOKING AHEAD. Says Jonathan Garthwaite, editor-in-chief of "conservative" web site Townhall.com, on occasion of passage to independence from sponsoring Heritage Foundation: "We expect this announcement to bring the liberals out in hoards...."