Hoosick Township Historical Society

Newsletter - February 2003

Editor: Phil Leonard
Museum Curator: Charles Filkins
Louis Miller Museum (518) 686-4682

From a 1913 press story
The enterprise of the hustling manufacturing village of Hoosick Falls, the center of a prosperous section of the Northern part of Rensselaer County, is shown in the erection of an attractive modern theatre building, the results of the efforts of attorney Charles A. McCarthy....The building is of concrete and steel, of fireproof construction, with adequate exits, a spacious stage, larger than many metropolitan theatres, asbestos curtain, undulating floor, up-to-date lighting, heating and ventilation system, and the auditorium has a seating capacity of 1,050. It has well appointed dressing rooms, retiring rooms, check rooms, a handsome lobby and a large balcony. Several notable metropolitan plays have been booked in addition to the regular motion pictures and vaudeville. John P. Donohue is theatrical manager, Mrs. Anna Graney cashier and Richard Perry stage manager. (The building was taken down in September, 1969 to make room for the Municipal parking lot.)

Membership Drive
Thank you for renewing you membership and to the many new members "welcome". We are so pleased to have the support of the community in our efforts to preserve the history of the area. If we can be of any help feel free to stop in or call. We want to help our members in any way we can.

Interesting Item
Circa 1908 the piano player for a movie house on John Street was Margaret O'Brien and the singer was Jack Eberle. They married and two of their sons Bob and Ray Eberle became famous singers of the Big Band Era.

Veteran Update
Within one day of the mailing of the newsletter, we had three calls identifying our unknown veteran. His name is Theodore Eagle. He went to the public schools and played basketball, enlisted in WWII, was in the Engineers and fought in Italy, receiving two purple hearts, went to RIT in Rochester after the War and then to work for Taylor Thermometer Company. He married a Rochester girl and moved to California where he worked for Linton Industries in the Air Space Program. He and his wife had two children that live in California. He died in 1997 at the age of 77. His sister, Stella Bozek, lives in the village.

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