John 0 Wagner Civic Leader Succumbs
Gary Koslow, Kenneth Incorvla, Doris Steinhardc and Sam
Simon were named seniors of the month from Farmingdale Senior
High School. The quartet have been guests at Farmingdale Rotary
Club luncheon and will serve as color guards at assembly
programs. Koslow is a member of die National Honor Society,
and president of the Key Club. Incorvia is literary editor of die
school paper, Daler Skyline, and on the art staff of die yearbook.
Doris is salutatorian of diis year's senior class, and she
is a member of the National Honor Society. Simon is valedictorian,
and president of the Farmingdale chapter of the National
John O. Wagner j 85, a resident
of Farr ingdale, since 1917, succumbed
at takewordi, Florida,
after a brief illness.
The deceased was born in New
York City. In 1886 the Wagner
family moved to Astoria, Queens
County, where die Wagner's
owned and operated a wholesale
and retail grocery business. Upon
his arrival in Farmingdale in
1917, die deceased founded Wagner's
Farmingdale Feed Company
which was then located at die
nordieast corner of Fulton Street
at Merritt Road at the western
approach to die Incorporated Village.
Food Company, is now located at
Fulton Street and MerokeePlace.
Since his retirement in 1954,
Mr. Wagner and his wife, ttie
former Anna E. Belz, have
wintered at Lakeworth, Florida.
As a youth, in die latter part
of the last Century, Mr. Wagner
Dad May Get Unexpected Help
A group of ninth graders were
working at die band saw in die
Weldon E. Howitt Junior High
School's shop. Face shields protected
dieir eyes from flying
sawdust. But something was
different. A closer look revealed
a multicolored hair band pulled
around die pretty, smoodi hair
showing above the shield.
The bandsaw operator was 14
year old Andrea Berti, fashioning
pieces of wood for earrings.
Nearby 14 year old Santa Fran-cabanders
was tightening the vice
on die piece for a three- legged
wood lamp. Still another 14 year
old, Pat Madsen, attired in a
work apron was acting as shop
superintendent makine sure that
no shavings was left by die girls.
That's right! Girls in the shop
learning how to pound a hammer
or handle a chisel.
About 20 girls show up each
Thursday, tie shop aprons around
dieir wool skirts and cotton
blouses, and go to work as members
of die school's Nindi Grade
Girls' Shop Club. The Club is
under the direction of Martin
Ephraim, who also oversees an
eighth grade shop club for girls
which also meets once a week.
Ephraim is kept busy dividing
his time between the
groups working on various
projects. He will show Elizabedv
Porteous, Vivian Hall and Joanne
Aquilino how to take die Dutch
Boy dolls from the molds. vVhile
they continue artfully decorating
them, he moves to die shop's
He gadiers Theresa Freay, Ann
Marie Cimino, Barbara Diecidue,
and Kathleen Theiling around
while he leans over die repository
for lead type letters. Some of
the girls peer over and around
the instructor's shoulders as he
plucks letters out and dien turns
around to demonstrate how to
set them up for printing name
cards, invitations, etc. The girls
are heard to ask him about
' picas' and other terms voiced
only in a print shop.
played semi- pro baseball in die
Ixing Island City area and later
under die name of " Hans" Wagner
played professional baseball
widi die Boston Doves of die
New England League.
He was a Charter member of
the Bethpage Lodge No. 975 F.
& A. M. from which he received
his 50 year membership pin
in 1963. He was also a member
of Kismet Temple of the
Order of Shriners. He was a
Charter member of die Farm"
ingdale Rotary Club and one of
its strong supporters during his
lifetime. He was also a member of
die Nassau County Grand Jurors
Association and served die Boy
Scouts of America as local chairman
and was a trustee of die
Village of Farmingdale, a position
now held by his son, John
O. Wagner, Jr. He served as a
director of The Bank of Farm-
Members of die Farmingdale
Flight, Nassau Composite Squadron
V, Civil Air Patrol, are
receiving instruction in First-
Aid in a new program added to
die groups activities. A ten week
course, given one hour every
Tuesday evening, has been planned
for senior members and cadets
of die unit and auxiliary
of die United States Air Force.
The Farmingdale Flight, a
member of die Farmingdale
Youdi Council, meets Tuesday
evenings, at Howitt Jr. High
School from 7: 30 to 10..
ingdale for 30 years.
The late Mr. Wagner is survived
by his wife, Anna, a daughter,
Ann Speng and a sort, John
O. Wagner, Jr. and six grandchildren
and one great grandchild.
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Martin Ephraim, advisor to die Weldon E. Howitt Jr. High School
Girls Shop Club, shows 13 year old Linda Cifaldi, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cifaldi, of 130 Michelle Avenue, how to
operate the band saw.
How gas heat
" People who use gas
heat don't have to call up
for fuel deliveries.
Gas is automatic,
there are no problems
with it. And it's so clean,
people don't have to
worry about cleaning
and repainting the house
all the time. I think gas
heat definitely has the
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CONNOISEUR FRUIT BRANDY
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edge over oil."
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COLLIER'S LIQUOR STORE
227 M A I N ST FARMINGDALE, N. Y.
Farmingrfale OBSERVER Thursday, March 16, 1967 PageV
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