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February 11, 2013

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75 YEARS — 1938

The Sherman Paper Company, which operates three pulp and paper mills in northern New York, was declared bankrupt by federal judge Frederick H. Bryant. The Sherman company was a pioneer in newsprint production in northern New York and employed 250 persons.

Introduction of a bill asking for permission to issue $50,000 more in bonds to complete the shelter house and elevator atop Whiteface mountain has caused the Assembly Ways and Means Committee to summon before it officials in charge of building the road up the mountain and the structure on top. Members of the memorial commission defend the additional sums asked, saying the original plans have been added to and that costs have not risen because of any error in plans drafted by the public works department.

Sheriff Edward B. Frenette has inaugurated a school for the inmates of the Franklin County Jail in Malone. After a survey conducted by the sheriff revealed the average education of the prisoners ended at the sixth grade, Frenette converted a room in the jail basement into a classroom and is teaching academic subjects to the inmates.

100 YEARS — 1913

The death house at Clinton prison gave up its last victim when Frederick Poulin, the Rensselaer County murderer, walked with a quick and firm step the short distance between the cell he occupied for the past 15 months and the fatal chair in which he was to give up his life for the murder of Charles Leonard in 1911. Poulin carried in his right hand a little crucifix that has been in the hands of 19 condemned men who had preceded him on the fatal walk to the chair.

A party of 14 men, residents of Champlain and Mooers, narrowly escaped drowning in the river at Champlain when the rig in which they were riding broke through the ice and dropped the men into about 12 feet of freezing water. There had been horse races on the river below the bend, and a heavy sleigh drawn by a pair of horses returning from these races ventured too far out on the river where the ice is known to be much thinner.

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