July 29, 2013

Lookback: July 29- Aug. 3, 2013


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25 years — 1988

▶ Now that the smoke has cleared from the Saranac — Dannemora annexation issue, Dannemora residents have emerged with a proposed tax rate that is half of what they would have paid had annexation not gone through. Saranac School Board members adopted a new tentative budget for the newly formed school district that cut the rate Saranac residents rate by $2.07and that Dannemora residents old tax rate by $12.89.

•  Six years after bankruptcy shell-shocked the influential Lake Placid Club Resort, the future of the property went into the hands of the Daedalus Development Corporation of Toronto, which is backed by British distillers Guinness PLC. They closed on a $12 million purchase of the club from the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation, and are now owners of the 1,100 acre resort.

▶ The state is looking for ways to crack down on the tax — free sale of cigarettes and motor fuels on the nine Indian reservations in New York, including the reservation in Hogansburg. The state Department of Taxation and Finance has proposed regulations that would limit the amount of tax-free goods distributors could deliver to the reservations which, because they’re sovereign nations, are not subject to state tax laws.

▶ Lake Champlain, the newest Aegis cruiser in the Navy fleet, has completed Navy acceptance trials and will be commissioned in New York City on August 12. A commissioning is the official occasion when a ship joins the operational Navy fleet and gains the “USS” designator.

50 years — 1963

▶ Some 90,000 heat — weary Canadians headed south into Clinton County this weekend, most of them looking for chance to swim in the lake. Border officials at Champlain, the county’s largest port of entry, projected a head count of three times the normal weekend traffic.

▶ The actions of a mother, her neighbor and two members of the Morrisonville Fire Company saved the life of a 15 – month – old boy. Little Gary Seymour, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Seymour, had been rushed to his mother by an older brother after he swallowed an excessive amount of water after the child apparently was accidentally dunked in a washtub filled with water by some older children.

▶ The snack bar and souvenir stand at the Lake Champlain ferry dock at Port Kent was totally destroyed by fire according to state police. The fire started quietly at about 10 a.m. under the rear part of the kitchen, and women who were working in the building didn’t discover the smoke until about five minutes later.

▶ The construction boom in Plattsburgh is well over the million dollar mark for the first seven months of 1963, according to the city Building Inspector’s office. Permits for construction for a new post office and for the new Mount Assumption Institute boosted June’s figures.

75 years — 1938

▶ Francis J. Prarie, now 31, is officially recognized as the youngest American World War veteran, and has been decorated with virtually every medal possible by the American and French governments, and is an honorary Colonal in the French army. The young Prarie, from Plattsburgh, enlisted for the World War at the age of 12 years and five months.

▶ After several weeks of military drills and mock combat, the Citizen’s Military Training Camp in Plattsburgh will close at the end of the week. The week was highlighted by a tactical river crossing, and an assault on an “enemy” encampment near Plattsburgh.

▶ Fifty fresh air children from the slum and tenement districts of New York City will arrive in Plattsburgh today to spend the next two weeks in homes in and around Plattsburgh. They will arrive by train to start their two week vacation during which they will benefit from the sunshine and fresh air of the North Country and the wholesome food fed to them by our hospitable residents.

▶ The general superintendent of the Republic Steel Corporation announced that operations at the Harmony Iron Mine would be resumed immediately, with a working force of about 200 men. The operation will be the first initiated by Republic Steel since the company leased the property from the Witherbee Sherman Corporation.

100 years — 1913

▶ Efforts should be made to have a canon now displayed in Pittsgrove, N.J. returned to Plattsburgh, where it rightly belongs. The canon, resurrected from obscurity, had been dragged in the wake of the armies of Napoleon and Wellington, and fell into the hands of the American forces in the War of 1812, when it was captured from the British forces by the American defenders under General Macomb.

▶ One of the most foolhardy and daring feats yet attempted in Ausable Chasm, and which may result in the death of the man who enacted the deed, took place at Rainbow Falls when Rodman Law went over the 70 foot falls in a flat bottomed boat. Law entered his craft above the falls and after the moving picture machines had been adjusted and the signal given he paddled to the brink, plunged over and disappeared in the boiling foam below the falls, and when he rose to the surface it was seen that his boat had been shattered into small splinters and that he himself was injured.

▶ Using stones as weapons the occupants of two berrying parties in camps on what is known as the “Flat Rock” in Altona engaged in a free fight as a result of which several of the participants are nursing cuts and bruised heads, and the Sheriff holds warrants for seven of the men engaged in the melee. The fight apparently started when the residence of one camp were invited to another camp to attend a dance, which turned out to be a ruse, and instead was a trap which was sprung on the unwitting would-be dancers.

▶ It took only a comparatively short time for the Essex County jury before which James Patterson was on trial for the murder of his brother to arrive at a verdict of guilty of murder in the second degree. Without delay the prisoner was sentenced to an indeterminate term at Clinton prison, the minimum of which is 20 years and the maximum life.

▶ An example of an inhumane father was remarkably demonstrated in this city last night when a man answering the name of Kelley was reported to be taking about with him a little six-year-old girl, found to be his daughter, compelling her to enter with him a number of saloons in the center of the city, where the child was told to answer questions asked her at the prompting of the father, which dialogue was followed by the passing of the hat and the funds secured converted into liquor.

— Compiled by Shawn RyanContributing Writer