Sunday, January 29, 2012
Yetto, Rivet, Mylott Picnic at Saratoga Lake, circa 1950 and Under Age Drinking!
There once was a time when a camp at the lake was really a camp. It was rough living, no soft chairs and picnics weren't set up on patios. Food was simple and beer was cheap. After WWII, Americans wanted to have a little fun with their friends and family. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, the effects of alcohol on toddlers, wasn't given much thought and you see what I mean when you watch this clip! In this home movie, Rivet, Yetto, Mylott, and LaMarche families and more gather together at Saratoga Lake where someone was renting a camp. Don't be shocked when you see adults giving beer to toddlers - it was a totally different state of mind back then.
By the way, all four families -Rivet, Yetto, Mylott and LaMarche were French-Canadian family names with Anglicized spellings and/or pronunciations
Many of the children in the video are alive so I won't be naming young folks. There are many older folks who have passed and I do recognize - Al Rivet, Art Mylott, Doris LaMarche, Walker Yetto. You can catch a glimpse of a very young Margaret Yetto sitting on the picnic bench near the end of the clip. There's several other adults who I don't know....I would love help from any Yetto or LaMarche who might be able to name some of the adults!