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January 14, 2013

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100 YEARS — 1913

▶ Thoroughly disgusted with repeated falls from grace by Homer Mitchell, who has a failing for getting drunk on every possible occasion and usually takes an extra heavy load when a relative dies, a number of residents of Lake Placid determined to teach him a lesson in decency he will not soon forget. Putting a rope around him they hauled him through the streets, still loaded, and administered a horse whip good and hard, at the same time giving him warning that unless there was immediate reformation in his conduct he would get another dose of the same medicine.

▶ John M. Derby, the well-known labor leader of the city, has been commissioned by Samuel Gompers, the recognized head of the Federation of Labor, as district organizer for the city of Plattsburgh and vicinity, and he will begin his labors as such that once. This commission authorizes Mr. Derby to form local unions of all kinds in the name of the Federation of Labor which will, when formed, be affiliated with that body.

▶ A very largely attended and enthusiastic meeting of the Plattsburgh Taxpayers’ Association was held at the courthouse at which steps were taken looking to the securing of a legislative act that will provide for the city its proportionate share of representation on the Board of Supervisors. The taxpayers of the City of Plattsburgh pay at least one-third of the Clinton County taxes, but only have one-eighth of the representation on the Board of Supervisors of said county.

▶ Road building by convicts is advocated by Joseph F. Scott, superintendent of state prisons, in his annual report to the legislature. “I believe from my experiment in building roads in the vicinity of Clinton prison, that public sentiment would support the movement and stand for some escapes that would necessarily take place.” Twenty-five men from Clinton prison were employed last year in road construction between Plattsburgh and Dannemora.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan

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