May 13, 2013

Lookback: April 29 to May 5


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25 YEARS — 1988

▶ St. Regis Mohawk Indians filed suit against Franklin County claiming that the county has no legal right to levy taxes on property they own in Hogansburg. The Mohawks argue that the land being taxed is properly part of the St. Regis Indian Reservation and therefore not subject to any taxation by the County or any other local taxing authority.

▶ The Rouses Point-Champlain Chamber of Commerce will open its own visitor welcome center this month at the intersection of Routes 87 and 11. As one chamber official pointed out, the 3.5 million people who cross the border and 1 million who cross the bridge “don’t cross the Beekmantown exit.”

▶ Clinton County legislators say construction of a new road down the center of Cumberland Head must be a joint venture between the county and town of Plattsburgh. A study prepared by County highway chief Frank Madden estimates the cost of a two-lane, 2.6-mile link between the ferry landing on Lake Champlain and the western end of the peninsula to be $2.5 million to $3 million.

▶ Although details are sketchy, indications are that Frontier Town, the popular Western theme park, will open up this summer after being closed for almost 3 years. According to Chestertown attorney Dan Smith, a “small publicly held” corporation is interested in purchasing the 300 or so acres of land that the town sits on.

▶ Rouses Point industrialist and developer Victor Podd, who once offered to donate Fort Montgomery to the state in an attempt to save it from total ruin, is now offering to sell the 171-year-old landmark for $2.5 million. The Fort will be featured in a one-page ad in the exclusive national publication “Unique Homes,” the national magazine of luxury real estate.

50 YEARS — 1963

▶ A student-formed peace committee won’t get to stage its protest march on Armed Forces Day, but the door is open for a demonstration at a better, later date. Common Council rejected with a 5 to 4 vote the Citizens for Peace Committee’s request for permission to parade from downtown Plattsburgh to the gates of the Plattsburgh Air Force Base.

▶ The Crete Memorial Study Commission added a swimming pool to the plans for the city civic center. The group wants architect Robert Malone to come along as rapidly as possible with preliminary planning for the new design.

▶ Two Keeseville organizations have revised the dormant issue of a youth curfew in the village. Keeseville officials have appointed a committee to prepare a questionnaire and survey other villages on their experience with curfew laws.

75 YEARS — 1938

▶ The West Chazy plant of the Dairyman’s League Cooperation Association was considerably damaged and three men narrowly escaped death or serious injuries when an explosion in one of the plants two shell coolers blew up the cooling system and wrecked the south and east walls of the building.

▶ Tolls on the Whiteface Mountain Memorial Highway will remain at $1 per person this year. The million dollar highway, considered one of the most beautiful mountain roads in the country, will remain a toll highway until the road is paid for, according to officials.

▶ A large real estate deal on Margaret Street, which has been pending for several weeks, was completed when Montgomery Ward and Company of Chicago, Il. purchased property at 6 Margaret St., 8 Margaret St. and 10 Margaret St. The owners of the property have from 30 to 60 days to vacate, it is understood.

100 YEARS — 1913

▶ Misplaced confidence has resulted in the loss to one of the officials of the D&H Railroad of several hundred dollars, with which an ex-convict to whom it was entrusted has decamped, and all efforts to capture him have up to the present time proven fruitless. The parolee, Vincent J. Verrill, has served three terms for forgery in the past.

▶ James Overton, 24, at a late hour last night reported to be in a dying condition at his home in Rouses Point from the effects of a knife wound inflicted by a man by the name of Richardson during a drunken row at the Commercial House, in that village. It appears the men were in the bar of the hotel drinking and became engaged in a dispute which led to hard words, and finally to the stabbing.

▶ The little village of Harkness met with the serious loss when the creamery belonging to E. S. Arnold and the dwelling and barns of Edward White on the opposite side of street were totally destroyed by fire.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan