Stanley Orzolek, auctioneer at the Henry Van Derzee estate sale on July 1, 1961, shows off an oak table as prospective buyers consider monetary proposals. Tools and household furnishings were sold during the proceedings.
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 up for bids and bargains. Their cars and trucks stretched for one mile on both sides of Potter,