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May 20, 2013

Lookback: May 19 to 25


100 YEARS — 1913

▶ John B. Riley of Plattsburgh was named by Gov. Sulter as State Superintendent of Prisons, succeeding Col. Joseph F. Scott. The first official act of Superintendent Riley was to sack William A. McCabe of Poughkeepsie as confidential prison agent, salary $3,000 a year.

▶ Largely through the efforts of the Plattsburgh Chamber of Commerce, a preliminary survey by the U.S. Government of Plattsburgh harbor and vicinity including the mouth of the Saranac River is now highly probable, the survey being the first step in the proposed deepening and widening of our lake approaches. There is considerable “red tape” however, and different steps to be taken before the actual survey can be started.

▶ An Upper Jay dispatch states that in one of the most picturesque portions of the Adirondacks it is planned to form a lake that may rival the beauty and popularity of Placid. A few miles northwest from upper Jay brings one to a section where New York capital is considering the erection of a dam that would back, over an ideal stretch of country, a body of water some three miles long, and that along its shores will spring up hotels and cottages to make a resort that will vie with the Adirondack’s great resorts.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan

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