Milan 50 Years Ago 11/1969

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. 2 No. 1 November 1969

Ossie Stippa sketched another Milan landmark 50 years ago in November 1969 for the MCA Newsletter. Who can identify this house and lake on Milan Hill Road? What are your memories of the area? Does anyone have a current photo?

Reader’s Notes~

New Member- MCA Welcomes Mr. William F. Gallagher 50 Years Ago!

“The Milan Community Association welcomes Mr. William F. Gallagher, South Road, Stanfordville, not only as a new member, but as a working member, which is the needed kind. Mr. Gallagher, who moved to Milan last spring with his wife and 3 year old daughter, has agreed to serve on the Association’s Recreation Committee, replacing Susan Van Kleeck.”

MCA Newsletter November 1969

MCA Meeting Notes- November 11, 1969: Spotlight on Richard Campbell of the Milan Feather Farm

“Speaker for the night was Richard Campbell of the Milan Feather Farm who treated the audience to an inside view of pheasant raising, pheasant hunting, and pheasant hunters. With a flock of around 1,400 breeding birds, Mr. Campbell sometimes has over 30,000 in the brooders. Eggs (worth 20 cents apiece) are collected every day for three months, May through July, taken to a hatchery in Connecticut and then returned. They are brought along in stages, first indoors then gradually outdoors. (The strain comes from China and Mongolia, and is quite hardy, not prone to disease or susceptible to cold.) At eighteen weeks, the feathering is at a peak for hunting. Out of 600 licensed preserves in the state, 74 are in Dutchess County, more than any other in the U.S., the first being opened in Millbrook in 1930. Mr. Campbell raised his first bird at the age of 18 in New Jersey and since that time has not only raised many thousands more but had an opportunity to observe some of the finest wingshots in the country including Winston Guest and Adlai Stevenson.”

MCA Newsletter November 1969

The New Faces- George Campbell and Thomas Crown

“The new County Representative-elect, George Campbell was born in Milan in 1936 and has lived in Milan nearly all his life…Thomas Crown was born in 1938…This is Mr. Crown’s first public office and now that he has jumped in, he seems eager to get to work.”

Highly Recommended Reading: The sketches for Mr. Campbell and Mr. Crown reveal not only autobiographical details but also the ongoings at the county and local level in 1969.

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