John J. Gann Jr. was worried about the future. It was the summer of 1969, and city dwellers were becoming annoyed with urban conditions. They were moving to the country, and suburban developments were becoming common sights. Now, city problems such as preservation of open and farm lands, rising taxes, pollution and traffic congestion were becoming country problems. Gann made a speech at the Rural Urban Mixer at Duanesburg’s Pine Grove Dairy on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1969. The mixer was an annual summer party, sponsored by the agricultural committee of the Schenectady Chamber of Commerce, Schenectady County Extension Service, Schenectady County Farm Bureau and local granges, among other organizations.
A long table is full of folks breaking bread at the annual Rural Urban Mixer at Pine Grove Dairy in Duanesburg on Aug. 6, 1969. About 450 attended. (Gazette file/Sid Brown)
Arthur Hilliard, left, of National Commercial Bank and Trust Co., presents Paul Orzolek with the bank’s 1969 4-H Club College Scholarship. Joel R. Soobitsky of 4-H looks on. Orzolek, a 1969 graduate of Bishop Gibbons High School, had been a longtime 4-H member. He received the award at the mixer.
Chicken chefs at the Rural Urban Mixer withstand smoke and heat. From left are MacDonald Kuglar, Norris Stout and Ernie DeMarco.
Guys who cooked up the 1969 Rural Urban Mixer take a corn break. Standing from left are Don Tuttle, Walter Durniak, John J. Gann Jr., Bill Star and William Fitzner.
There are enough smiles — and enough chicken — for everyone at the Rural Urban Mixer in 1969.
Donald Jewett of Jewett’s Poultry Farm, left, talks to Sidney Frissell, manager of Schenectady’s Bureau of Municipal Research at the 18th Rural Urban Mixer.