These moments in history are selected and edited by students enrolled in Kate Hardy’s tenth grade Honors English class. Thank you to the Skaneateles Library and the Historical Society for providing the Press Archives.
10 Years Ago
… in The Skaneateles Press an article was published regarding Paige’s Butterfly Run. The run is used as a fundraiser for pediatric cancer and also helps bring awareness to the cause. It is held in memory of Paige, a six-year-old girl who passed away after battling a form of pediatric cancer. This year it is going to be held on June 2 in Syracuse. Over the years, this run has raised tens of thousands of dollars, according to pbrun.org. In the previous year, 1600 people attended the race to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer. This run will continue to occur and raise awareness, until hopefully someday a cure will be found.
25 Years Ago
……the Skaneateles Press published an article about the newly renovated middle school library. The library was transformed into a jungle setting for the students to sit down and enjoy a good book. Students of all ages loved reading together and got to know each other within the jungle of the library. That’s why today there is a program called 5th grade buddies which brings kids together in the jungle. A first grader is paired up with a fifth grader and the two of them read a book while appreciating the jungle environment. The middle school library jungle was a great investment as it is still being used by the students today.
50 Years Ago
…an article was written in the May 9 edition of The Skaneateles Press talking about how Bill Wall, graduate class of 1968 from Skaneateles High School, pitched his third no-hitter in three consecutive games, giving the Lakers a win over Jordan Elbridge 2-0. According to the website, Baseball-reference.com, Bill Wall decided to go straight to the MLB draft out of high school where he was drafted in the 12th round by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1968. He then made the decision to take a step back and improve his skills at a two-year college in Cayuga County. Two years later he entered the draft again and was drafted in the first round by the Cincinnati Reds. He was the 18th pick in the 1970 MLB Draft. Today, Skaneateles still has a strong baseball program. Their next game is against Jordan Elbridge on May 10th, commemorating a 50-year anniversary for Bill Wall’s historic night.
75 Years Ago
… in The Skaneateles Press, an article was published about a small conundrum that took place on Jordan Street. A woman was cooking some meat on a Sunday morning when she had to go to church, so she set her oven on simmer and left. On her way back home, with her 7 and 10-year-old daughters, she stopped at the store as her kids ran ahead. When they got through the door of their house, they thought there was a fire. The neighbors heard the commotion and called the fire department. After the excitement died down, it was found that there was no damage except for the woman’s meat. If you need to leave your home while cooking a meal today, we recommend using a crock pot as a safe alternative for your home and your dinner.
100 Years Ago
… Sauerkraut was renamed “Liberty Cabbage” in America. This was done to boost sales of the fermented cabbage, as its German name was scaring off American customers. When The United States entered World War I, sales of sauerkraut dropped by 75 percent. This was due to the Anti-German sentiment during the war, which caused Americans to rename many words of German origin. German measles became “liberty measles”, hamburgers became “liberty sandwiches”, and dachshunds became “liberty pups”. Today, Americans are still renaming foreign products. In 2003, Americans expressed their disapproval of the French opposition to the invasion of Iraq by renaming French Fries to “Freedom Fries”. Some restaurants followed the change but the term has since reverted to the original. However, Germanophobia has mostly disappeared in America today; and sauerkraut is mostly known by its German name nationwide.
May 26, 2018