Milan 50 Years Ago 6/1969

Looking Back at Milan’s History ~ through the lens of the Milan Community Association Newsletter started in November 1968…

Local author Bonnie Wood of Keeping NY History Alive supplements the original MCA Newsletters with “Reader’s Notes”.

Milan Community Association Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 8 June 1969

Can You Identify This House?
Local artist, Oswald Stippa, Academy Hill Road, has contributed this sketch of a Milan landmark. How many residents recognize it? See Historical Quiz and More About History below the Newsletter for the answer.

Reader’s Notes~

In addition to the Reader’s Notes posted below, MCA Meeting Notes guest speaker Fred Long’s presentation “Life in a Mouse Factory” in which he presents details about his research at Manor Research North, a subsidiary of Ralston Purina, in Staatsburgh, the discussion on the upkeep of the Town Memorial at Rock City and Mrs. Henry Thompson, Jr.’s “Letter to the Editor” in its entirety may be of interest.

Food Stamps: Monday, June 2nd, saw the beginning of the Federal Food Stamp program in Dutchess County. This program, financed by Federal funds and administered by the County, is designed to give low income families increased food buying power by the investment of food money in coupons worth more than their actual cost. Families may qualify for food stamps if they meet the requirements of family size and annual income.

Limits on income are $160 per month for one person; $220 for two per-sons; $305 for three persons; $350 for four; $405 for five; $455 for six; $505 for seven; $555 for eight, and so on. In addition, savings and other resources are not to exceed three times the monthly income. For exam-ple, a family of five would be allowed three times $405 or $1,215 in liquid assets and still be eligible.

Families who wish to inquire of their eligibility may contact: Food Stamp Unit, Department of Social Services, 20 Maple Street, Poughkeepsie, NY.

Letter to the Editor: An Excerpt- Attractive communities do not just happen; they are planned in such a manner that they become a desirable place in which to live and or operate a business. Zoning transforms plans into reality. As the town grows, zoning regulations are in continuing rev-iew to suit the inevitable changes that come with that growth. Respon-sible development on parcels of land for housing and business will give a greater yield to the town in both tangible and aesthetic values, preser-ving the best characteristics of the town for ourselves and our children.


Mrs. Henry Thompson, Jr.

Historical Quiz

In quiet elegance, this home stands today as it did in the early eighteen hundreds, giving testimony inside and out to skilled craftsmanship and restored with delicate balance in landscaping and interior arrangement by its present owners, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Freeman.

Without searching deeds, the date of the house can only be approximate, but it was probably built around 1810 and very likely by the same carpenter as Row House. The exterior trim of dentil pattern, rope detail and interlaced curves in relief on the gable ends are identical on both houses as is the triple window over the front entrance.

The house contains six fireplaces with their original cupboards intact. The mantels in the two front rooms are of Adam style with matching dentil patterns on the window framing.

As in the case of many old houses, there is a puzzlement. On an upstairs hallway can be seen the original siding of the house, yet downstairs, below, on the other side of the hall is a very old room with a large fireplace, faced with brick complete with cooking crane and dutch oven. It would seem the downstairs room was a kitchen wing of one story and the rooms above it were added at a later date. Deduced from Helen Wilkinson Reynolds book “Dutchess County Doorways” (concerning Row House). “…two full stories in height, with a hall through the center, four rooms on each floor and a kitchen wing at the east”.

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