June 24, 2013

Lookback: June 24 to 30


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25 YEARS — 1988

▶ While union leaders and officials from the International Paper Company sit down in Glens Falls, there is a contingent of disgruntled mill workers who claim the union’s hierarchy misled its membership on the consequences of turning down IP’s proposed three-year contract. These members, part of local 497 Papermakers and Paperworkers, and local 5 Pulp and Sulfide Workers, charge the union’s eight-member negotiating committee has grown too powerful and is not looking out for the best interest of the rank-and-file, a charge union leaders dismiss.

▶ What some Delaware & Hudson Railway workers hoped to gain by coming under new management — namely their jobs and a weekly paycheck — slipped away when paychecks weren’t issued and about 100 people were told their jobs would be cut — affecting eight local workers. D&H’s parent company, Guilford Transportation, reportedly refused to release payroll money, creating additional confusion among employees.

▶ Clinton County legislators have turned to the Old County Courthouse in an effort to cure employee overcrowding in the Human Services Center. The County Legislature unanimously rejected a proposal move 110 health department workers out of the Human Services Center and into newly renovated office space in the old Grand Union building downtown.

▶ The fate of Frank Arvay’s ambitious City Plaza project will probably be decided late this summer when he applies for federal money and seeks approval from city’s Planning Department. However, assuming he can get over these two hurdles, Plattsburgh’s designation as a state Economic Development Zone will help Arvay pull together financing and attract tenants.

50 YEARS — 1963

▶ The long-talked about Cadyville/Plattsburgh expressway is still being talked about, but that’s about all. The proposed divided highway can’t become a reality until the state comes up with money for it, says James Norton of Watertown, district engineer for the state Public Works Department.

▶ The Crete Memorial Civic Center Commission accepted the preliminary plans for the proposed $1.5 million community building, and sat back to await word on its application for federal aid on the project. Mayor John J. Tyrell, commission chairman, repeated he is optimistic approval will come soon on the request for $750,000 in an Accelerated Public Works Act grant to pay half the estimated construction costs. 

▶ The city isn’t going to count on an Accelerated Public Works Act grant to help it solve its water problems. Common Council members voted to have engineers prepare contract drawings for an expansion project tentatively estimated to cost $525,000, saying the city faces a shortage of water because piping and filtration facilities can’t meet the demand.

▶ The tentative, although nearly certain, date for beginning the sale of the 1,500, one-acre lots on a subdivision development in Jay is July 12, according to John Eaton, president of the AuSable Acres Corp. Final approval will depend on what happens at a July 3 public hearing by the State Water Resources Commission at the Jay Town Hall.

75 YEARS — 1938

▶ Beginning July 1, the blast furnace of the Chateaugay Ore and Iron Company will operate at 60 percent of capacity, according to J. R. Linney, general manager and vice president of the company. However, Linney revealed that resumption of work at the furnace in Standish is not necessitated by any upswing in business.

▶ The Public Works Administration approved an outbreak grant of $90,000 for the construction of additions to and alterations of the West Chazy school building at an estimated cost $202,000. The project comprises the construction and equipment of two new one-story fire resistant wings to the present school building, alterations to the present school building and purchase of land to enlarge the site.

▶ Work of demolishing the vacant buildings at 8, 10, 12 and 14 Margaret St., site of the proposed Montgomery Ward company store, will begin in the very near future. Claire H. Rainey, who was broker in the purchase of the property, said that the contract calls for the work to be completed by Sept. 1, after which it is expected that the construction of the proposed new building will get underway.

100 YEARS — 1913

▶ One of the worst fires in this city thus far this year occurred when flames were discovered coming from the barns and storehouses of Thomas E. Jacobs, the groceryman, at 118 South Catherine St. and within the space of little more than half an hour, property valued at about $3,000 was reduced to ashes. Included in this loss were the stables, hay and carriage barn, storehouses, ice house, wood shed with about 75 cords of wood, and a chicken coop, all belonging to Jacobs.

▶ The scene of District Attorney Hogue’s investigation into the death of John Heffernan, the convict who was found dead in a punishment cell in Clinton Prison last August, will this week be shifted to Rochester where Heffernan is buried. The District Attorney has secured all the evidence possible at Clinton and Great Meadow’s prisons, and will now go to Rochester for the purpose of having the body of Heffernan exhumed and an examination of the skull made by physicians, for the purpose of determining whether or not death was of his own act in striking his head against the wall of his cell.

▶ By direction of Coroner Fiske, undertaker Brown is holding the remains of the man who was struck by a D. & H. freight train near Coopserville and who died at the Champlain Valley Hospital the same evening, in the hope of locating relatives and friends of the unfortunate man. After he had been struck and while at the YMCA rooms in Rouses Point the man, was deaf and dumb, wrote the name “Joseph Guyette” on a piece of paper and this is thought to have been his name.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan