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Estate auction in ’61 brought sizable crowd, plenty of bargains (with photos)

Stanley Orzolek offers two pictures from the Van Derzee estate in West Glenville. Dozens of bargain seekers made purchases during afternoon and evening bidding.
Photographer: Courtesy of Sid Brown
Stanley Orzolek offers two pictures from the Van Derzee estate in West Glenville. Dozens of bargain seekers made purchases during afternoon and evening bidding.
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An old car, cast iron kettles, quilts and gilt-framed pictures — they had all been important to Henry Van Derzee. But Van Derzee no longer needed worldly possessions. The West Glenville resident had passed away on April 2, 1961, at age 85. Surviving family members decided to conduct a cash-and-carry sale to clear clutter inside the house. That’s what brought auctioneer Stanley Orzolek to Potter Road on Saturday, July 1, 1961. Dozens of people showed ...

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