Tuesday, December 22, 2009

As Seen ... 90 Years Ago ...

The peeling of the onion floor in the bar continued today, and I uncovered the first section of the original wide plank flooring, which we intend to restore. So far it is looking very good. This is no surprise, because I uncovered an area which I suspected to be without blemish, aside from that, it had been covered for the last 90 years.


How do I know it has been covered for 90 years? As you remember, just above the wide plank flooring is a 3/8 inch oak flooring, and between the two I found a 1919 issue of the New Paltz Times, the April 9, 1919 issue to be precise. As World War I was over the next big news was the announcement of the schedule change for the Wallkill Railroad.

Aside from the New Paltz Times, I also uncovered an April 11, 1919 issue of the New Paltz Independent. What this means is that in 1919 New Paltz, a town which today has less than ten thousand inhabitants, supported two newspapers. Now that is impressive.


Dirk

6 comments:

Sarah Murray said...

Yes indeed...impressive and EXTREMELY cool. Awesome. Looks like you made good progress today. Keep going, keep going, keep going, keep going, keep going......

Gunk Haus said...

Gosh, Sarah, you leave comments faster than E! How often do you check this blog? Do you refresh it every 5 seconds?! ... ;-)

I totally enjoyed your company the last few days. We miss you.

lindaingeborg said...

Tres cool!!!

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