September 16, 2013

Lookback: Sept. 16 to 22


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25 YEARS — 1988

Ganienkeh Territory Mohawks open a $1 million bingo hall opposed by the state, hoping to gain economic self-sufficiency. The Mohawk Indians refused to accept delivery of a temporary restraining order signed by a New York Supreme Court judge, and Ganienkeh spokesperson Paul Delaronde said state and federal laws do no apply in the territory. 

Titus Ski Area expands into the upper mountain, a $1 million project that doubles the vertical drop from 600 ft. to more than 1,200 ft., which will offer expert runs for advanced skiers. Seventy-five percent of Titus’s skiers are Canadian, and the mountain has been hailed as vital asset to the region’s economy. 

Schuyler Falls Town Historian Leo Perry aims to create a Historical Society, along with a photo album and a historical museum with any artifacts dug up on the researching trails. “I think too much of our history has slid by. We have to go back and pick it up.”

Scientists trigger artificial earthquakes to study the geology of the tremor-prone Adirondack Mountains. Working between midnight and 3 a.m., the scientists will detonate four tons of explosives and monitor the resulting shock waves.

50 YEARS — 1963

Peru, Altona and Ellenburg Central schools teach vocational agriculture to make future farmers aware of methods to increase farm production. Harold Damour, head of the program at Ellenburg, has 31 boys enrolled in his class and most come from a farm background. No girls are currently enrolled in any agriculture program in Clinton County.

SUNY Plattsburgh breaks a record with a fall enrollment of 1,965 students. All 14 enrolled international students from around the world have tuition waived by the State University of New York.

75 YEARS — 1938

A corner-stone-laying ceremony officiated by Dr. Edwin W. Sartwell, president of the board of education for the Central Rural Central School District No. 1, will be held in Peru for the new school building that will incorporate the Towns of Peru, AuSable, Saranac, Schuyler Falls and Black Brook. The building is financed by a public works administration grant.

The First Lady, Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, vacations at a camp on Chazy Lake after rolling into Plattsburgh at 9:30 p.m. driving a small green roadster, accompanied by her secretary, Nancy Cook of Massena. Mrs. Roosevelt wore a black coat and hat, attracting little attention.

Dr. Hillegas, a professor of Education at Columbia University spoke at Plattsburgh State Normal School where he gave an inspiring address about teacher training. “Even the kindergarten and primary teachers must have a vast fund of knowledge. It is more necessary now than ever before for teachers to have at least a B.A. degree.”

100 YEARS — 1913

In addition to the fire raging west of Port Henry, another vast forest fire has started between AuSable Forks and Clintonville. The progess of the flames, which cover five square miles, are being watched from fire stations at Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain, Whiteface Mountain and other Keene Valley lookouts.

The most wonderful invention of the age, Edison’s Talking Pictures, are at Plattsburgh Theatre for a second local presentation. Not to be confused with the ordinary moving picture shows, Edison’s Talking Pictures actually laugh, talk, sing and reproduce sounds the actor makes. 

Since automobiles came into favor as an independent means of travel, the months of June and September are now deemed summer months in addition to July and August. Hotel Champlain had the biggest motor tourist turnout in it’s history this month, with business sessions in the forenoons, golf and tennis in the afternoons, and bridge and dancing in the evenings.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Amy Heggen