September 2, 2013

Lookback: Week of Sept. 2 to 8


---- — 25 YEARS — 1988

Tupper Lake’s police chief expects to step down by the end of the month, after twice failing to pass the required state civil service examination. The Civil Service Administration has denied the village board permission to grant chief Robert DeGrace the third, provisional appointment.

The Adirondack Park agency faces what many are calling a landmark decision considering an expansion plan for Willsboro Bay Marina. As the nineteenth day of testimony in these APA hearings drew to a close, with several more days of hearings planned, the agencies project examiner heard pleas from all quarters, in favor of and against the marina expansion.

Construction of “Camp Moriah,” the state’s newest minimum-security prison, is well underway on Fisher Hill Road. Inmates, according to corrections department officials, should be housed at the site by the end of January, with construction completed by mid-February.

Bulldozers and backhoes are still moving dirt to make way for new buildings at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, but they are competing with roofers and carpenters fishing off buildings that have already gone up. In just four months acres of field land overlooking high peaks have been transformed from a meadow to housing units for Olympic-hopeful athletes training in the Lake Placid area.

 Roger Jakubowski, who bought the Big Tupper ski area from the town of Altamont just two years ago, signed a contract in principle to sell the mountain to North Country businessman Patrick Cunningham. Cunningham is no stranger to the ski business, owning Ski Barn Inc, with shops in Lake Placid, High Falls Gorge, North Creek and one at Gore Mountain.

50 YEARS — 1963

A rare black woodchuck, probably the first ever reported in the United States, was shot in Churubusco. The biological rarity, which was shot by a local hunter, is now destined to be a museum piece.

The downtown reappraisal made several months ago to quiet protests over property tax rates proved to be the fodder for a new barrage of tax complaints. Nearly 50 merchants registered their protests at the annual grievance day held City Hall by the taxation assessment commission.

Plattsburgh Bay will be remembered as a national historic landmark with the unveiling of the plaque at the Champlain Monument by the Bay on Sept. 11, the anniversary of the day in 1814 when American Commodore Thomas MacDonough defeated the British in a naval battle on Lake Champlain, just off Plattsburgh.

Three Crown Point Central School teachers testified that faculty morale had sunk to an all-time low during the five-year administration of supervising Principal Fred D. Walsh. They were among the first witnesses called in the hearing the school board is conducting into 23 specific charges leveled against Walsh.

75 YEARS — 1938

Resplendent in their vari-colored uniforms, the units of the Union of Catholic Guards of Canada and the United States convened in Plattsburgh over the holiday weekend, and made in those three days a series of demonstrations the likes of which Plattsburgh will not soon forget. The occasion was the first-annual assembly of these drill teams and the next annual convention will convene in Lowell, Mass., next Labor Day.

The world famous Adirondack Olympic resort of Lake Placid, the scene of the 1932 winter Olympics, may be the site of the 1940 games if local officials carry the day. Officials refused to deny or confirm the report, declaring that it is still premature to discuss the rumors which were given credence in usually well-informed quarters last week.

A searching party today located a man of Miami Beach, Fla., was lost in the thickly wooded Adirondack mountain forest near Schroon Lake. William Fenton, 43, with his two companions left Schroon Lake destined to climb Mt. Pharaoh, 5 miles northeast the village, but Fenton fell and twisted his ankle and became separated from his party.

100 YEARS — 1913

A terrible accident occurred in the mines at Lyon Mountain when a miner, employed in one of the lower levels, had the entire top of his head blown off and his companion was burned about the head from the explosion that was the cause of the accident. William Yakavick, a Swede, and Conselo Casivelo, a Spaniard, were at work trying to remove a large rock that had fallen to the floor of the pit, and finding it impossible to remove by other means, had taken a heavy sledgehammer, were endeavoring to break the boulder, when for some reason a terrible explosion caused the unfortunate incident.

The rural mail carriers of Clinton and Essex counties held their annual meeting in Plattsburgh. The Association was organized five years ago and has as its principal object betterment of the rural carrier service, and at every meeting this is the principal topic of discussion.

Millard LaGraves, one of the three prisoners who escaped from the county jail, was captured by Sheriff Tierney in a barn near the home of his brother at “Sherlock Hill,” a short distance from Ellenburg village. Sheriff Tierney received a telephone message informing him that LaGraves had been seen in the vicinity that night and that his brother, who lives in a log cabin at “Sherlock Hill,” was aware of the prisoner,s presence in the community.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan