Sean Kelleher, the Town of Saratoga Historian will address a meeting of the Old Saratoga Historical Association on four World War II veterans and contractors on Thursday, March 23, at 7:30 pm at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall in Schuylerville.
Kelleher explains one of the more colorful is Virginia “Ginger” Sweet from Quaker Springs, “Through careful examination of newspaper clippings and archives, we are able to tell the story of her life from Christmas performances at the Quaker Springs one room school house, to her college days at Duke, service as a WASP, then Air Force career, instructor at Siena and RPI, and numerous awards. She is an amazing story and she is just one story that we will review. The talk will include John “Lefty” Milligan (former major league pitcher and flight instructor), Lawrence Ruff (decorated naval officer serving in the Pacific), and Arthur Traver (gliderman in Europe).”
An example the research is this story the Saratogian (1 March 1943) “Former Quaker Springs Girl Joins Army Ferry Command
Mechanicville — Air Cadet Vlrglnla Sweet, Dlsbrow, daughter ofMr. and Mrs. Harry Person Sweet, Schenectady, is the first woman from Schenectady County to join the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Command of the U. S. Army. She is now stationed with the 319th Army
Air Forces Flying detachment at Houston, Tex., municipal airport. Cadet Disbrow Is the former Miss Virginia Sweet and a former resident of Quaker Springs. She is a graduate of the Mechanicville High School and was a student in the Civilian Pilot Training program at Union College and received a private pilot’s license in September, 1940. She married John Adam Disbrow, a flight instructor at the Haven Flying School, Schenectady County Airport who is now stationed at Yakama, Wash.with the Pan American Ferrying Command.“
Saratoga has long been defined by the people who by choice or by chance make up this community. There are many individuals during World War II who helped define this country, our region, and this community. It is the determination of our forefathers, in surmounting overwhelming odds that helped define the American spirit. Historian Sean Kelleher will focus on a few individuals from the Saratoga community that changed this country and even the world.
All meetings are open to the public, free of charge. For more information call 698-3211.