Restaurants Millbrook, NY-Great Choices for All!

As I continue to think of posts for this site Millbrook Memories, I thought of my life in how many restaurants have come and gone throughout the years and how many I may have pictures of in my father’s collection!

So I decided to go on a search in the images I have already scanned and share them with all of you!

However, first I had to do some research to see who is still actively doing business now in Millbrook, New York!

So here is the list I was able to create of the Restaurants in Millbrook, NY that may be of interest to you, especially with Valentine’s Day next week!

As many reading, this may remember in how The Google of Millbrook was The Corner News Store and it would always endorse local businesses, and I would like to use this site to do the same!

Enjoy Valentine’s Day by supporting these local restaurant’s in Millbrook, NY.

Millbrook, New York Restaurant List

Cafe Les Braux

Cafe Les Baux

Cafe Les Baux
Millbrook Cafe

Millbrook Cafe


Babette’s Kitchen

Babette’s Kitchen

Trattoria San Giorgio, Inc

The Farmer’s Wife

The Farmer’s Wife

Farmer's Wife

The China Chinese Restaurant- (845) 677-6502












Slammin’ Salmon

Slammin’ Salmon (Reopening on Valentine’s Day!)Slammin' Salmon





Nooch’s Pub & Grill

Nooch’s Pub and Grill






The following I am still searching through the thousands in my father’s collection!

Updates to follow!

Please support them!


Have a love filled Valentine’s Day!

Enjoy Millbrook Memories!

It Worked!


I am so excited to share this review on a new E-book I discovered on Clickbank!

The name says it all!

“Save Your Photos and Your Sanity:  to Organize and Safeguard Your Entire Photo Collection…in as little as 10 days, without losing your mind!”

Now , how’s that for a title to get your attention?

I hope I have yours now!

If you have taken a stroll through Millbrook Memories, you will see that I am on a quest to accomplish getting my fathers (John Kading) lifetime of photos and slides into an organized system so in that I will be able to share them with their stories on this website!

I am on a quest to bring JOY to all those that these images will give to many people around the world!

I mean, after all, Millbrook had the Bennett College for years that had students from around the world!

We also had Millbrook School too!

And so many that have their Millbrook Memories!

Dad’s Workplace for Organizing his Pictures

Here’s a sneak peek of a corner in my father’s living room that we have created into the workspace to get this major project completed in the months to come! Those boxes are all filled with pictures!


What makes me excited is that the suggestions in this Ebook were what I had set up for my dad to organize his lifetime of pictures, and it is working! Yeah!

So the possibilities of this Ebook in helping you or anybody that has been feeling guilty of not organizing their family photos, I can now say it is so very possible to get it done with this information! You now have a way!

Storage of Your Photos could be Destroying them right now!

The suggestions of the proper way to store your photos is also a very important factor to consider when you are ready to organize your photo albums too!

Did you know that you are destroying your beloved pictures if you have them in one of those magnetic albums?

Yep! I know but The Corner News Store, as well as so many other stores, sold them for displaying pictures!

This book will tell you how and why you need to rescue them immediately from being destroyed in those magnetic albums!

My Plan, Your Plan

What I loved about the planning to organize your photos is that we are all so different to what may work for us, and that is so important to have a successful outcome too in accomplishing this task!

Just for those that are overwhelmed with the idea to begin this task of organizing your photos, I have to honestly say that you are not alone because that is the #1 reason why people avoid it!

But I want to share with you a poem that was included in this Ebook called:

“Save Your Photos and Your Sanity: How to Organize and Safeguard Your Entire Photo Collection…in as little as 10 days, without losing your mind!”

Strangers in a Box

Come, look with me inside this drawer,

In this box I’ve often seen,

At the pictures, black and white,

Faces proud, still, and serene.

I wish I knew the people,

These strangers in the box,

Their names and all their memories,

Are lost among my socks.

I wonder what their lives were like,

How did they spend their days?

What about their special times?

I’ll never know their ways.

If only someone had taken time,

To tell, who, what, where, and when,

These faces of my heritage,

Would come to life again.

Could this become the fate,

Of the pictures we take today?

The faces and the memories,

Someday to be passed away?

Take time to save your stories,

Seize the opportunity when it knocks,

Or someday you and yours,

Could be strangers in the box. !

By: Pam Harazim, East Hampton, CT

Now, I don’t know how you took this poem, but I can tell you that I honestly don’t want anyone to become a stranger in a box, do you?

And this is exactly what motivates me to continue this project of what I have referred to as A Forever Gift!

It would break my heart to not be able to finish this project of sharing my father’s pictures and have him be able to tell the stories that go along with them.

So if this is touching your heart, and it would break your heart to not take care of your family’s beloved pictures, then please just take the first step to order right now:

“Save Your Photos and Your Sanity: How to Organize and Safeguard Your Entire Photo Collection…in as little as 10 days, without losing your mind!”

You’ll be glad you took the first step too! And your family will thank you too!

Taking the first step for organizing your photos will surely begin to bring about a sense of accomplishment, too!

(I thought I’d take advantage right now of one of my adult colouring pages with that word Accomplishment!)

That word is fitting for me considering I want so much to accomplish this project as a Forever Gift to honour my parents and to share my father’s images!

After the pictures are organized!

They will need to be scanned into the digital format to share on this website, and this Epson FastFoto is on my WishList to do that task!

Then after the pictures are done, we will be moving on to my father’s slide collection!

After months of research, I have finally come to this flatbed scanner by Epson as the one, to scan the slides and to get that job done! It will scan 4 slides at a time and automatically edit and correct when it is done the scanning.

Because we only get one life to live and it’s up to us to save the images that have captured our lives and our loved ones by our pictures!

My hope is to inspire you to desire to share your life’s photos, once they have been organized and brought about an awakening of sorts inside of you!

My hope is to bring that cherished photo’s out of the boxes in that dark closet, out to have you and your family and friends get a chance to admire them before they become Strangers in A Box!

Here’s the link to SAVE YOUR Pictures!

“Save Your Photos and Your Sanity: How to Organize and Safeguard Your Entire Photo Collection…in as little as 10 days, without losing your mind!”









Saturday morning After Dad’s Open Heart Surgery


January 29, 2011

Saturday morning.

Dad is doing very good. Grateful!

On his board has the dismissal date as January 30 Sunday, which is tomorrow, for him to go to rehab.

He’s chosen the Lutheran home or the Tompkins house. (Note in the end it became The Pines he would do his rehab at!)

At this rate he’ll be all set at home by the time we leave for Vail, Colorado on February 12th.

Ashley is coming this year to ski with her dad, and am grateful that they have this bond between them with their love of this sport of skiing!

Recovery with Visitors Always Speeds Healing

Back to my Dad’s recovery from his open-heart operation on Tuesday.

He had my Uncle Henry and Aunt Ann come for a visit yesterday afternoon, which it is always nice to be in their company.

I’m so glad I have held so many great memories with both of them, and their two grandchildren, Emily and Hank, Jeff and Marcie’s children, on the Alaskan cruise.

We had done a family Alaskan Cruise back in August 2009.

What a great time we all had! (But that’s another post I will certainly cover at another time!)

Dad’s in Pain

However, later in the afternoon my dad had appeared he was in some kind of pain.

So I called and his nurse, Anne to check on him.

She found that his catheter wasn’t hook up properly, so she fixed that and then sat him up straight, instead of reclining, which seemed to help a bit.

But then it came more and more obvious something else was going on.

So the nurse called a PA to come to check it out.

He came in, ordered the medication, which just so happened to be the same medicine which mom and I have taken many times when we have had a urinary tract infection.

So I make a little joke and say to my dad,” Well, now you will know what mom and I have had to feel like when we have that infection!”

However, if this is the only thing that my dad gets from the surgery. I am so very thankful.

Time to take care of ME

I’m going to get a massage today, too! Got to take care of myself!

Believe me, especially after this stressful week with my dad’s open-heart surgery on Tuesday.

I’m looking forward to laying on that massage table and having the talented massage therapist bring a bliss to my body, mind and spirit!

Then after my massage with her I will exchange a reiki treatment on her!

And so it is…

January 27, 2011

January 27, 2011,

My dad is doing really well after his open-heart surgery on Tuesday.

Mom and I got to see him about 11 yesterday morning.

He was sitting in the recliner chair next to his bed with those yellow socks on that had those little white dots of grippers all over the bottom!

He had tubes connected to him that came from all over the place.

Mom counted something like 10 bags hanging above him that went into a spot on his neck. He also had a couple of tubes that were emptying what was at the surgery site into two boxes on the floor. His eyelids looked upon me like he was very tired and needed to go to sleep.

But as the day went on, it wasn’t as noticeable to me anymore. All in all, he looks very good for what he had gone through just the day before.

I’m so grateful for this outcome of this serious operation to fix his heart problems!

We all are in a deep sense of relief that this surgery is over and had been successful, too! You can instantly see the difference in the color of his face, that has now a pinkish color to it, that it didn’t have before the operation, either!


Hello to all the Millbrook Lovers,

I wanted to write this post because I felt it was time, and I needed to stop to ASK something of all of you reading this now.

First, I want to tell all of you in how much I appreciate all that have encouraged me to create this site to honour my parents, John and Marilyn Kading.

I am so touched by of all the comments that have been posted on the Millbrook Memories FaceBook page and want everyone to know whenever I visit my dad, I read them all out loud to him!

There are still some names he remembers, too!

Thankful for that!

It touches me so deeply in what words so many people have written in their memories of him, or my mother or The Corner News Store, too.

I am so grateful.

But I need your HELP

I need your help to comment, either on the website or the Facebook page to ideas in what you would love to see my post that will make your heart jump for joy in the memories they will bring up to your mind?

Ideas such as these:

  • The Corner News Store through the years
  • Bennett College
  • The Millbrook Central Schools-Elm Drive, The Middle School, The High School (Old and New)
  • The businesses throughout the Village of Millbrook
  • The Restaurants of Millbrook
  • The Churches-St. Joseph, Grace Church, Lyall Memorial Federated Church
  • Thorndale
  • Tribute Gardens
  • Millbrook Library
  • Thorne Building
  • Parades-Memorial Day, July 4th, etc.
  • Millbrook Community Day

These are just a few of the picture ideas I know that my dad has in his collection, but would appreciate your feedback in what would you want me to first focus on to bring the joy of his pictures into your hearts?

Millbrook Memories Store

My father’s famous saying I have heard him say over and over again throughout my life is this:

“Find a need and fulfil it!”

So with that, I need your suggestions to what may be your needs that I can fulfil here on this website called Millbrook Memories?

My intentions when I began this site was to share my father’s lifetime of pictures of his beloved Millbrook!

And as I continued in my research I discovered many Print On Demand companies that will take your photo or image and print it on products, such as t-shirts, mugs, calendars, blankets, pillows and the list goes on and on, just depends on the company.

Then I found a company that would take your images and make an adult colouring book from it! (I have caught that Adult Coloring Wave, and plan to never get off it either!)

Then, of course, there are the Photo Books that many images in my father’s collection would make a SPECIAL gift for someone!

Organize the Memories

Another category that I am finding in actually performing this project of sorting and organizing my father’s lifetime of pictures as well as his slides, is the “HOW TO” Do it in the correct way so in that they can be found easily again?

Honestly, I have to confess that I have been researching this for years.

I guess I knew that this day would eventually come where I would need to use it!

And this is the time when I need to get this done!

Are you too feeling this sudden urge to get this done in your life?

Are there others like me that have suddenly awakened to the fact that time is running out to get this done when your family member is still able to tell you who’s in that picture and where that picture was taken and well, the whole story behind the picture?

Maybe, you are like me that just has to get this project done and complete before there is no more time to ASK?

Do you have someone, maybe a parent or family member that had taken all those precious pictures of your family, and even the extended family and friends for years, to have them either being forgotten in photo albums or in shoe boxes?

Do you say that someday you should get them all organized and scanned for your children or your grandchildren?

Well, maybe you should start today, and let’s do this together, shall we?

I’ll share some ideas that have been working for me and you share what may be working for you too!

Amazon Has it All!

While learning MY HOW in how to create and build this website, I learned in how I could help my readers find the perfect products for what they needed and wanted to satisfy their deepest wishes!

So I joined the Amazon Associate program to have those most helpful and necessary products that went together along with what I am doing to organize my father’s lifetime of pictures and slides!

I wanted to show you what I used all along this exciting and yet “urgent” journey to successfully get this done and complete!

Here are some items that may be of interest to you too!

I am sure as I continue on this adventure that I will discover many more helpful products to help you too.

I just recently found a product that I am very excited about and it is called The Flip-Pal!

It will scan the pictures onto an SD card or even through the wireless technology to your computer, tablet or phone!

But what gets me so excited is that once the pictures are in your computer you can have someone tell those stories that go with all those pictures too! Amazing!

Honestly, I can’t tell you how many times I lay there in my bed wondering in how I was going to get my dad to tell the stories to his thousands of pictures in a way that would work!

But finally my prayers have been answered!

There’s The Flip Pal! Check it out!

I just ordered mine, and will keep you all updated in how it works as I continue this “Forever Gift” I am creating to honor my parents, and share the joy my father’s images gives to so many people!

With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up, and you never know when your chance to ASK those questions to your loved one is up!

Check out The Flip Pal!

I would appreciate any suggestions that would be of help to me in this quest to successfully complete the sharing of my father’s lifetime of pictures of the beloved Village of Millbrook!

Thank you!

Enjoy the Millbrook Memories!













Day 2 John Kading’s Heart Surgery

(Note-Dad didn’t look like this the day after, but loved the picture with Jasmyn and him! She was around 2 and a half years old in this picture!)

January 26, 2011 (7 year’s ago!)

It’s Wednesday morning around 9:30 AM and the day after my dad’s open-heart surgery.

He is doing fine after the surgery and thankfully it had gone as planned.

They first did a triple bypass, then they replaced his aortic value, too with one from a pig, believe it or not!

Then did something important with the aorta and grafted it so it wouldn’t break or tear. Hey, I am not a nurse!


The caseworker came in at 5:45 PM to tell us that the surgeon had just finished in the operating room a few moments ago and would be in to talk to us soon.

Just a few moments later he came in to tell us what he did, which is pretty much what I already said in the beginning.

An important thing that he told us was that he had placed some kind of zapper thing in there, too. I think it’s similar to a pacemaker that helps to get his heart beating like it should be.

Pacemaker in the Future?

He went on to say that if he ever needs a pacemaker, it will be no biggie to now put it in him.

Another note I want to say is that he talked in the ‘we’ way, when we discussed the reduction aspect of the aorta and the graphing of that ‘something’ in him, which I found so comforting and truly a professional approach.

It seems to me that there was a bit of research done to come up with this way in doing what needed to be done to fix the problem of this ‘something’ in him on his aortic value, too,too.

The doctor told us that this is not as a common procedure than what he had thought he’d do in my dad’s case. But he emphasized that ‘we’ part of the group of professionals that were on the team for this operation.

Thankful to the Professionals

I’m so very thankful for all their knowledge and experience in how to fix my dad’s heart problems.

The professionals at Vassar Brothers Hospital are the greatest!

He also made it quite clear that my dad aortic value, too was by far one of the worst he had seen and whatever the name for it ( I am no nurse, you know!) affects only about 20% of the population.

So what my dad had been actually quite rare.

But today, thanks to this operation.

It’s now perfectly fine, even though I know there’s part of a pig in him now! LOL!

Thank you, whoever you are pig!

That part of you has given my dad hopefully many more years with all of us that love him so very much!

I’m so very grateful this morning to be able to write about the success of the series operation that my father had gone through yesterday.

I’m so very thankful to have a hospital with these highly trained surgeons to be in my neighborhood.

Years back you had to drive to Westchester County Hospital to have this procedure done!

However, today it’s done right in Poughkeepsie, New York!

Thanking my Spirit/Reiki Guides

I thank all for your comfort and felt all of you with me as I sent the Reiki through my hands to the top of my thighs that represented my father’s body during the surgery.

I also thank you for that symbol of the number five that had told me that it would be around that hour of five that we would hear from the doctor.

And it was indeed 5:45 pm when we were notified by the nurse that the surgery was complete and the doctor would be in shortly to update us.

It was 6:25 when he sat with us to tell us of the success of the operation.

I love that today is a new day for my dad!

And now and in the days to come he will need the necessary rehab for his heart, but it will be so rewarding in the end!

I am trusting that all will go well.

And before he knows it- He will be on the golf course in the spring making a hole in one.

And so it is…

January 26, 2018

This is 7 years later!

I am now fully and completly engaged to create this!

This website is to celebrate my father’s lifetime of pictures and the stories that go along with them!

In addition, it is also to honor my mother, and all she had done throughout her life in bringing all of us together, too!

I wish to raise the glass to both my parents for all that they had accomplished in their lifetimes.

My mom had worn so many ‘hats’ through her life, but this one when her and Shirely Evert got into the ‘Red Hats Society’ is one of my all time favorites of my mom!

And boy, did she enjoy her ‘Seniors” on Tuesday, too!

Thank you to all that gave her so much joy in whatever part you had played in her life, too!

As I browse through all my journal writing’s over the last 16 years and how much my life is what it is today because of her.

I will try my best to honor her on this website, but I need a bit of help to have you comment to tell me a story that will give those that read it a laugh out loud or just a memory that you may have of her would be wonderful!

Life is to be lived!

Memories are to be cherished!

I am trying to do both!

Blessings to all!

Enjoy the Millbrook Memories!

January 25, 2011 My Dad’s Open Heart Surgery


Going through my past journal writings to see what may be of interest to Millbrook Memories, and came across this one and my reflections of my dad having open-heart surgery and all the emotions that it had brought into my family’s life.

However, when you read it you will see this word called Reiki that I do on my father.

So for those that may not be familiar with it, it is a spiritual healing art that helps in balancing our energy bodies, which we have 4 of them, spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical, so in that healing cam be achieved.

Some may know this, while other’s may not, that I began my Reiki Journey back in March 2006 and continued through the completion of becoming a Reiki Master/Teacher in October of that year, too!

I have taught many students throughout the years, and will continue to do so whenever there is a student or students that have a desire to learn it, too! Love sharing my Reiki!

But for the most part, I have used it for myself and the calming of my anxiety that it’s spiritual comfort has given me throughout these past 11 years!

So when my dad had this very intense open-heart surgery it was such a blessing to me to have it to use on myself, on my mother and of course on the patient himself, my father!

And as I post the updates on his surgery you will see that word quite a bit I must tell you too!

At times like this when dad was going through this open-heart surgery and the months of rehab after, it was a blessing to have my reiki and all the support of the many friends and family members that came to visit him during that time, too!

I will be continuing on with this very important event in our family’s life tomorrow, too!

Blessings to all!

January 25, 2011,

It’s a bit after one in the afternoon and I am sitting in the cardio thoracic waiting room at Vassar Brothers hospital. My dad went into surgery about 9am this morning and they’ve told us that it’ll be around seven tonight until he may be done. I am thinking it’ll be around four or five, but we will see.

I did reiki on him yesterday afternoon while he lay down on his bed and did as much as I could this morning before he left for the operating room.

I am feeling that everything will be fine.

I have asked my guides to watch over him and to let him know that he is not alone and that the reiki energy is within him and ready to be enhanced if need be.

And so it is…

Snapshots by John Kading

I wrote this on January 19, 2006!

I first want to say, I am so sorry to have waited so long!

But here we are 12 years later and I am finally able to share my father’s images with the world!

Please enjoy and share!

Snapshots by John Kading

By Diane Kading Schoessow

Tonight, January 19, 2006, my father will be doing a slide presentation at our church.

My father has all his life had a passion for his pictures, and he will tonight be able to share that passion with an audience.

I can remember all through my life vividly the flashing of that flash or the distinct clicking sound of a picture being taken by him. Now, after all these years, of his dedication in capturing the many images of his life experiences in his hometown in and around the small village of Millbrook, New York, he will be able to share his precious pictures and slide collection.

My father has always throughout his life had a camera with him, or should I say, attached to him. It was like he had a magical way, to be able to take at a moment notice any event that was worthy to have that everlasting snapshot added to his precious collection.


( Update! Remember this was 12 years ago!)

He is now in the process of organizing those thousands and thousands of pictures throughout his life!

Recently he has somehow become focused and consumed to get this overwhelming project accomplished at this time in his life.

If you really got to know my father, you’d realize that his attention span is very short, so for him to finally crack down in organizing his many images into some kind of order is truly a huge accomplishment!

Does Procrastination get inherited?

I guess that’s where I must get my bad habits from about procrastinating! Thanks, Dad! It must have been passed down in the gene pool to me in avoiding tasks that just hasn’t caught my attention to complete, yet. It usually takes something or someone to crack the wipe for me to get certain things done in my life that I really should!

Note: with my mother’s passing on November 18, 2016, that was the cracking of the wipe, I believe!)

Through the years when I worked at the store with my father and I needed him to help me finish a particular project, that the high pitch sound of the fire siren would always seem to go off, and therefore so would he be rushing off to wherever that call would be, too!

And in addition to that high pitch sound of the fire siren, there would be the call from the Millbrook ambulance squad as well, that would turn him into the Super Man and Hero for many throughout the years he was actively involved.

So all it took was a phone call from the Millbrook Ambulance answering service (Remember, there was not a simple calling to 911 back then!) that would call my father and off he would go to rescue someone, which left me to rescue that project and complete on my own!

John Kading, Gets Abducted by Aliens

It never failed to amaze me with how he would get out of doing something by having to do something else.

I had grown up thinking that he had to be the best juggler in the world to do all the things he did in a day’s time.

I would watch him in the morning, to take his daily walk to the Millbrook Diner to have his breakfast of his usual coffee, eggs, sunny-side up and toast, then he’d return to the store to do the bank deposits and another trip down Franklin Avenue to the Bank of Millbrook.

There were many times that I was sure he went to the North Pole or maybe even got abducted by aliens because he took so long to come back from either the Millbrook Diner or from the Bank of Millbrook!

However, he always managed to find his way back again at some time or another during the day.

But Mom, Shirley and I, or whoever has on duty, always seemed to manage his business pretty well, while he was off gallivanting, as my mother had called it many, many times!

He would return and we would say, “John, where were you?” With his reply always pretty much the same over and over again, “Oh, I just ran into so and so and…” (Yep! that’s my dad!)

It never failed to surprise me in how my father could divert his attention to something or someone else instead of what he was supposed to be doing.

I have to confess to while growing up there were those times when I admit to having passionately despised that fire whistle and those phone calls from that answering service because it meant that my father would have his ‘pass’ to be excused from our project!

Therefore, it meant that I would again have to finish what we had started, and had quite obviously mistakenly thought that we would be able to finish it together!

Which was a mistake on my part to ever have imagined that miracle to happen when he had arranged a never-fail system with God himself in finding ways to be legally excused? I think he had some kind of magical power to relieve himself of any such projects that he felt me, or someone else could do.


But there was sure one thing he could do really well and that was to “TALK”!

And let me tell you, he managed really well in accomplishing a lot of that, too!

Nonetheless, in between all the talking, he did manage to get a lot of other things done as well. He was involved in so many organizations as well, from The Millbrook Business Organization, Millbrook Lions Club, Millbrook Rotary Club, VFW, and of course I can not forget about 4-H and all his years sharing his passion of his sheep!

Finally, today I have come to realize that it was over those thousands of cups of coffee at the Millbrook Diner and “talking” with all those thousands of people, that had brought so much joy and happiness to my father’s life!

So today all those thousands of faces and images that had been captured with a snapshot from the camera that belonged to a man by the name of John Kading, my father, will be forever protected and cherished for years to come on this website!

Enjoy the Images of Years Past

I am hoping and praying that all in attendance at tonight’s presentation will enjoy all those images of people and places of long ago of his beloved village of Millbrook, New York. (Note: The room was full of Millbrook Lovers, and everyone did enjoy the images and the stories connected with them, too!)

I hope that the audience will appreciate his dedication and devotion to have documented all these images throughout the years and all the changes and improvements that have occurred around the Village of Millbrook and Town of Washington, as well!

I hope that my father will be looked upon and respected as an authority on his town’s history in the years to come.

SharIng the Images- Brings JOY

Maybe it is to have him share these images throughout the area that will give him that sense of joy and happiness in his life just like it had by talking to all those people over all those cups of coffee at the Millbrook Diner had done throughout the years, as well!

Yes, indeed life’s all about “sharing” with others in our lives, and it is with our choice of “sharing” that we are blessed in our lives, too!

So with that, may I introduce to you, my father, John Kading and his precious gift of these images of the days of yesterday in and around the small village known as Millbrook, New York!

About Me

Welcome to Millbrook

Reflections of Millbrook with John Kading

This is a website that is being created from my heart and soul to honour my parents, John and Marilyn Kading.

My mother passed on November 18, 2016, and it has motivated me to create this website called Millbrook Memories to share with the world!

Please come and browse through the memories of Millbrook, New York and the legacy of John and Marilyn Kading and their very much missed Corner News Store that had been the “heartbeat’ in the Village of Millbrook for 54 years!

Please be my guest as you stroll down memory lane through the many decades of my father’s lifetime of pictures!








Hi! I am, Diane Kading Schoessow, the oldest daughter of John and Marilyn Kading, and the creator of this site.

Here’s a picture of my family. My Husband Gerry, my daughter, Ashley and son, Kyle!

 That’s me on the right, then Donald, Johnny, and Debbie, who passed on June 28, 1998.

We all are a wee bit older, but thought I’d post this to all that remember us looking like this!

To all the Millbrook Lovers around the world please enjoy Millbrook Memories!

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to email me at and I will be more than happy to answer them.

To all the best,

Diane Kading Schoessow

Welcome to Millbrook Memories


Welcome to Millbrook Memories.

I am going to start with first a BIG thank you for finding this site and hope you will enjoy the content and the images that will follow through the years.

Enjoy and share.

Bennett College

Bennett College

Bennett College in Millbrook, NY is a very sad sight for any eyes to see today.

From a thriving school for girls to going co-ed in my lifetime, to see it now is heartbreaking.

Bennett College Band Competition

I am quite sure that there are many like me that can still see the images of the various colors of the uniforms of the competitions of the Marching Bands on that once beautiful green lawn, too.

My hope is this image of that will bring a joy to many when they see it too.

Please share this website to all that may bring a joy into their lives too!

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Diane’s Memory of Bennett College

My dad, John Kading, owned the Corner News Store since 1947 and would deliver the Sunday newspaper’s to Bennett College for years, and I can remember being around maybe 7 or 8 going with him many of those Sundays to help him.

I remember in how I was always in awe at the beauty of the architecture that surrounded Bennett College, and breaks many hearts in having to witness the neglect over the years since its closure.

And I always looked forward for the July 4th celebration’s that would bring so much excitement into our small village of Millbrook!

The parade with all the local Fire Companies trying to stay all in step to win that trophy they could bring back to proudly place in their showcase at their firehouse!

And to hear each of the matching bands play their particular song loudly as they marched down Franklin Avenue!

How exciting it was to have always a front row seat and one of the best seats to see the parades on the roof of The Corner News Store or right in front sitting on the curb!

It was also a concern if The Corner News Store had ordered enough American flags for all that had wanted to buy them during this big event in our small village of Millbrook, too.

Making sure there were enough red, white and blue party papers for the celebration that many would count on to buy, too.

I have wonderful memories at this time of year, as I am sure many do as well.

We were all so lucky to have had the life growing up in Millbrook and I will always be so grateful for that gift too.

The Corner News Store

What I learned from living in Millbrook is that my parents knew everyone, and many by name and their family’s history too.

And fortunately for me, I had been blessed to have the front row seat to experiencing my life growing up in Millbrook, as being the firstborn and the daughter of John and Marilyn Kading, and owners of The Corner News Store in the heart of Millbrook.

I learned quickly what that fire siren meant and how I would watch my dad drop everything to go running up the street!

Or when the phone would ring (you know that one we all had with a cord attached to it!), from the Millbrook Ambulance dispatcher that there was an accident or someone in need of its services!

Oh, the life I lived being the daughter of John and Marilyn Kading, and the best job in the whole world, working at The Corner News Store and having my Dad as my boss!

I watched in how something could happen to a local family and Millbrook would come together to help.

And I watched in how something wonderful would happen to a local family and it was shared quickly with joy for them too!

The Corner News Store was the place to come to ask anything Millbrook related and sometimes beyond, too.

The Corner News Store during it’s 54 years was like Google is to the internet too!

Just stop in and ask a question and someone there would know the answer for it!

My Mother, Marilyn Kading

As my family come upon the first year of my mother’s passing which was on November 18, 2016, I hope to share with you some memories of her too. After all, my intention is to make this as a Forever Gift

My mother, Marilyn Kading, would be sitting on her stool, but to me it would become more like her throne, for she became the Queen of all Millbrook news, and all Enquirer news as well.

She could be pretty accurate in predicting the sexes of pregnant women too! Many reading this may have even been one of her accurate predictions too! Please comment if you were one of the lucky ones!

And I can’t forget her love for those beloved Lotto numbers, and the thrill she got when one of her daily lottery customers actually won!

I hope many of you reading this one, will smile for that memory of your own winnings and my mother’s excitement for you when you came in to get your monies!

Thank you for all your cards of sympathy

My family would like to thank all that attended her services, that was the day before Thanksgiving last year, too.

As many of you that knew my mother, she never wanted any spotlight and attention,( Dad got that!) so I found it amusing that she got that because of the day before that major holiday of Thanksgiving!

I thank all that brought so much joy to her in her life too! Thank you!

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There are so many Millbrook Memories for all of us to share with each other, and just hope and pray that all that find themselves here on this site will browse through all the images that I will be posting in the future.

And let me be perfectly clear there will be lots of images from my father’s collection, believe me!…