25 YEARS — 1988, 1989
The historic AuSable Chasm Inn, built in the 1880s, was destroyed by a fire that started in the kitchen. The newly opened restaurant and lounge had been booked for New Year’s Eve. Keeseville Fire Chief Bryan Marsha said the icy roads were a factor, and the two-story stone building was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
At a City of Plattsburgh Common Council meeting, a concerned resident told the city it should make better efforts to protect historic buildings and neighborhoods. The resident suggested that a local historic preservation act should be enacted, creating a citizens board to hear requests from owners of historic buildings who want building permits. Currently, owners of homes on the National Register of Historic Places must request permits from the Planning Board.
Clinton Community College is offering a full-scale music program for youngsters and adults during the spring semester. Directed by Elizabeth Gorevic and Ann Alton of the Valcour Chamber Players, the program will offer private instrument instruction in violin, viola, cello and bass, as well as music theory courses.
50 YEARS — 1963, 1964
Work on a new airstrip in Schroon Lake is expected to begin this winter. The 2,500-foot strip will be constructed on land recently purchased by the town, 2 miles north of Schroon Lake on Alder Meadow Road. The gravel landing area will mainly be for the use of summer residents who fly to Schroon Lake for the weekends.
The 1964 outlook for Clinton County farmers is good. Merle Reese, a Clinton County agent, predicted an increase in milk production and prices for dairy farmers. Recent competition has pushed out less-efficient farmers, and changes to farm methods, such as mechanization, will increase output. Apple growers are also expected to have an excellent year.
Moriah School District voters will decide between two proposed sites for a new central school with a difference in purchase price and development cost of $100,000. The two sites are the Porter Farm near Port Henry and the Grover Hills Property in Mineville. School Board President John Scozzafava said the development figures include the cost of building an access road and a disposal system, and drilling a well. The Grover Hills property already has its own sewer system and water supply, while the Porter Farm does not.
75 YEARS — 1938, 1939
An annual highway report by Clinton County Highway Superintendent John Coffey said that $184,000 will be spent for highway construction in 1939. About $81,000 will be for construction of roads, while the balance is for reconstruction, including new tops, surface treatment and maintenance. New roads include the Bradley Pond-Lyon Mountain Highway, Rand Hill in Altona, Schofield Corners in Peru, Lavalley’s Corners Road and others.
A new white patrol car equipped with a radio and a siren is now being driven by Clinton County Sheriff’s Office deputies while answering calls throughout the county. The car is a warning to reckless and speeding drivers, especially during this holiday season. It is the property of the New York State Sheriff’s Association and is here for demonstration purposes.
One of the largest seizures of illegal meat in the history of the New York State Conservation Department struck Long Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Indian Lake and other locations in the Adirondacks. Two district game protectors and 12 game protectors armed with search warrants raided 26 residences for deer meat, seizing more than 1,000 pounds of illegal venison and skins of other mammals.
100 YEARS — 1913, 1914
A half-mile track on the ice of Lake Flower in Saranac Lake has been created by members of the Saranac Lake Driving Club for horse races. Local horsemen are looking forward to the events, and the village is expected to have many good horses. A series of matinee races is planned for January and February.
More than 500 men were laid off at the Mineville portion of the Witherbee-Sherman Company of Port Henry the week before Christmas, almost shutting down the mines. The mines and other properties are now being operated by 135 men. The shutdown effects Port Henry and Moriah Railroad, which now has one train in operation, making three trips each day.
Luther Hager of Cumberland Head has lost many sheep in the past two weeks. Stray dogs entered his sheep yard, killing 20 animals and injuring many more. His flock of more than 100 sheep was one of the most valuable in the county. The fence was thoroughly inspected, but there was no indication of where the dogs entered the property.
— Compiled by Contributing Writer Amy Heggen