April 8, 2013

Lookback: April 8 to 14


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25 YEARS — 1988

The Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad voted to accept its first female member, and the next day she was supplied with firefighting gear. Mary Stunzi, a licensed practical nurse at the General Hospital of Saranac Lake, is the department’s first woman.

Three Champlain town residents have pooled their property at the west end of Smith Street in Rouses Point and are offering it to the state Department of Corrections as a potential prison site. The three advised the town board by letter that their combined property totaling 125.6 acres was available for a potential prison.

High school and college students no longer have to stand in line, hoping they’ll be picked for a summer job. They have their pick. Times have certainly changed; now it is the employers worrying that they cannot find enough help to run their businesses.

A heated confrontation between a town of Schuyler Falls official and a resident during and after a town meeting last week has led to harassment charges being filed by the resident. During the public forum sessions, Town Highway Superintendent Herbert St. John voiced opinions about Reginald Facteau’s new housing development and requests from residents to obtain public documents, which touched off a debate they carried on after the meeting and into the town hall parking lot.

Franklin County legislators promised to step up collection efforts against three doctors who received medical scholarships from the county and then reneged on their repayment agreement. From 1972 to 1984, the county provided 10 area residents with medical scholarships totaling $137,500 on the premise that they would return to Franklin County to practice once a graduated from school.

50 YEARS — 1963

The State Conservation Department dropped a hint that next month it may discontinue the $504,000 Point au Roche grant it has been holding in reserve for Clinton County for more than a year. The state is pressing Clinton County to decide its intentions for the proposed recreational area.

City Police recruits will go to school for a month this fall instead of the usual two weeks, Chief Clement Young said. The recruits will spend more time in the classroom studying law and the criminal code, Young said.

Champlain Valley School of Nursing will continue in operation despite the withdrawal of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart. The nuns will be replaced with lay personnel.

A tri-county vocational education survey to determine the need for a vocational training center will cost schools in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties $13,000, or a dollar a student.

75 YEARS — 1938

A new ferry line across the lake between Shelburne Bay, Vt., and Port Douglas, N.Y., will be in operation sometime this summer, if authority is gained from the Vermont State Public Service Commission. Preliminary studies have determined that Shelburne Bay is deep enough to support ferry traffic.

New York  legal experts dusted off century-old records and treaties in preparation for a court battle to decide whether Indians in the village of Hogansburg, Franklin County, are subject to taxation. The inquiry into historical records followed a decision by Attorney General John J. Bennett Jr. to intervene in an action brought by the federal government for an order restraining Franklin County and the town of Bombay from taxing the Indians, who are wards of the United States.

Three Ellenburg Center youths who allegedly stole potatoes from a neighbor farmer and sold them in Winooski, Vt., are in the Clinton County Jail awaiting action by the Grand Jury on charges of third-degree larceny. The three were arrested by Troopers of the Chazy outpost and charged with stealing between 35 and 40 bushels of potatoes from Joseph Boyer, also of Ellenburg Center.

100 YEARS — 1913

The mystery surrounding the robbery of a safe from the home of Mrs. J.C. Cook, of Chateaugay, when the robbers secured in the vicinity of $2,000, has been cleared up by the confession of one of the parties implicated in the crime. Sheriff Edwards was assisted by a detective and a bloodhound from the New York Central Railroad, and the bloodhound was able to track a man named Bushey to his home on the Canadian side of the border.

Frank Hill and Norman Van Buren, the two negros arrested by Sheriff Tierney and Deputy Sheriff James Ryan at Valcour after a long chase, were before city court charged with attempted robbery of the Graves store on Rugar Street. After hearing the charges against them, they expressed a desire to plead guilty, but the charges against them being felonies, the plea could not be accepted by the court.

A pitiful case of destitution was brought to the attention of Commissioner of Charities Finn this week when he was informed that a woman and two children who were in the depot at Ellenburg without money or food, having been put off a southbound train, were stranded in that city. The two boys with her were her children, the oldest a lad of 16, who had been crippled by the loss of a leg when he was but a lad.

The Common Council, upon the recommendation of the Board of Health, authorized the employment of a visiting nurse for the City of Plattsburgh. The matter of employing a trained nurse to visit the homes of the poor and instruct them as to the best and most sanitary methods of living and especially in the care of their children was brought to the attention of the city fathers by Dr. LaRocque, city health officer.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan