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September 17, 2012

Lookback: Sept 17-23


50 YEARS – 1962

The Plattsburgh school district put its school building program into high gear recently. At a special meeting the Board of Education officially named Rugar Street the site for a new senior high school; authorized the school architect to proceed with preliminary plans for a building not to exceed $2.25 million; drafted a time schedule with the latest date for occupation being September 1964; and set the wheels in motion for appointment of a lay advisory committee.

Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller will be coming to soon visit large areas of Essex County. The governor will land at the Saranac Lake airport about noon and speak at the Saranac Lake Armory. Then he will be escorted by County Republicans to Elizabethtown, where he will address a gathering at the courthouse.

The Diocese of Ogdensburg is in need of 64 more priests, the most Rev. James J. Navagh, bishop of the diocese, said in Plattsburgh. That sum has been estimated as the requirement for building a new Wadhams Hall seminary in Ogdensburg for the training of men preparing for the priesthood.

Plattsburgh High School students flood the downtown area and stores weekday noons because “everybody’s doing it,” according to students interviewed by the Press Republican. They also claim that PHS eating facilities are not very hospitable, and much too crowded. “I’d stay at school if we had a cafeteria like they do at Broad Street School,” 18-year-old Lawrence Stone said.

75 YEARS – 1937

Violence flared anew in northern New York’s 7-week-old milk strike as 300 dairy farmers union pickets, armed with pitchforks, clubs and rocks, picketed the Sheffield Condensed Milk Company’s plant at Ellenburg and served notice on non-union producers that attempts to deliver milk to the plant would be met with physical rebuffs. Two milk trucks, belonging to the Sheffield Company, were stopped, their drivers forced to alight and the contents and trucks dumped. A third truck broke through the picket lines by crashing through a barricade pickets had set up on a bridge leading to the plant.

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