January '69: New beginnings for a new year
Some people put away their formal clothing on New Year’s Day.
Others keep top hats and tuxedos ready for other January events. The first days of a new year are often times when groups and societies install and introduce new personnel.
In 1969, Rev. Robert W. Withington was smiling — he had just been introduced as the new rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Schenectady. Leslie Harris was also dressed for the moment, and his installation as commander of St. George’s Commandery 37, Knights Templar. Bernard Siegel wore his top hat when he became master of Corlaer Lodge 932, Free and Accepted Masons.
Some people dressed informally for their inductions — but these men and women all seemed glad to be part of their groups during the first days of 1969.