New York Troopers - History
Preserving the Past for Those Who Follow
 
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Corporal Howard C. Blanding born on June 26, 1914 in East Aurora, NY is considered the oldest living New York State Trooper having served from the fall of 1936 to May 1, 1946. As did many patriotic troopers during WW II, Howard enlisted in the US Coast Guard serving in the Pacific Theatre from July 1, 1942 to January 1, 1946. He witnessed the raising of the American Flag at Iwo Jima on Mount Surabachi. He returned to his trooper position serving until May 1, 1946, when he went on GI leave never to return. He Found his niche in photography establishing a successful business in Fredonia, NY. About to turn 97 years of age, his memory and recollections of the old time troopers are priceless. He now resides at 788 Sandi Drive, Bonfire Park, Leesburg, Florida 34788. He would love to hear from young and old who want to know about how the job was 70 years ago. Happy Birthday Howard. Wishing you continued good health.  Howard can be contacted at his email address.   (hblanding@embarqmail.com

 
1937 - Howard Blanding
 
1938 - Fiendship, NY
 
 
1938 - Arthur Rich
 
1937 - Angola, NY - Harry Ashe - Stanley 'Stick" Smith
 
  1937 - Kenneth Hemmer
 
1937 - J.G. McDonald - Alex Larsen 
 
Above photo is mismarked - Trooper is Joe Lyons
 
 
1937 - Lyman Fortner-Ken Hemmer-C.Leo Watkins
 
 
1937 - BCI - Oscar Lazeroff - Ed Doody
 
 
 
Ray Regan - Angola, NY  1938
 
1938 - Robert Chandler - Ingwald Hicker
 
1938 - Stanley Smith- became Batavia City Police Chief after retirement.
 
 
 
1938 - John G. McDonald
 
 
 
1938 - John McDonald & his children
 
 
1938-Batavia Spring Cleaning-Ken Hemmer-Wm. Welch-Claude Stephens-
Don Kinne-Judson Peck
 
1940 - Donald Girven
 
 
 
1940- Earl Wilkerson - William Szymanski at Batavia
 
 
  1940 - Herbert Southworth
 
 
1939 - J.Vincent Serve, son of Sergeant Michael Serve - became CountyCourt Judge.
 
 
 1940 - Claude Stephens
 
 
 
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We would be remiss, if we didn't mention George S. Heisel who is also 90 plus years old. George was from the Rochester, NY area. He sworn in as a Trooper in May 1936 and resigned in November 1936 serving less than six months. George now resides in a nursing home in Colorado and has failing memory. He never attended the State Police School or functioned fully as a trooper during his brief career. He left establishing the successful National Ambulance Service of Rochester that is still in operation today. Although he was sworn in earlier then Howard Blanding, we consider Blanding the oldest fully trained and field tested trooper having served in eleven different stations during his career. 
 
1937 - Howard Blanding
 
 
 
 
1938 - Sgt. Michael Serve
 
 
1938 - Joe Lyons - Clayton Bailey
 
1938 - Irving, NY - Lt. L.C. Nelson- Joe Brandstetter-Ralph"Hoot" Gibson
 
1937 - Above is mismarked - Trooper is H.I. Moose 
 
 
 
 1938 - Batavia, NY - Norman Lippert
 
1937 - Ralph Gibson
 
1937 - Richard Brecht
 
 
1937 - C.Leo Watkins
 
 
1937 - C.Leo Watkins - John Chambers - Gus Nelson
 
1938 - Howard Blanding - Clayton Bailey
 
 
1938 - Batavia- Arthur McGaughey - Clayton Bailey
 
Above photo is mismarked. Trooper is Joe Lyons 
 
 
 
1938 - C. Leo Watkins
 
1938 - Sam Vint
 
1939 - John Chambers
 
1040 - Judson Peck
 
 
1940 - Andy Fisher - Harold Hackett
 
 
 1940 - William  Welch
 
 
1939 - John McMahon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1939 - John Krick on left.
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