November 12, 2012

Lookback: Nov. 12 to 18


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25 YEARS — 1987

▶ Plattsburgh Georgia-Pacific union employees narrowly voted in favor of accepting a three-year contract with the company. United Paperworkers International Union Local 387 President Norm LaMare said the union rank-and-file members voted to ratify a contract, which calls for some concessions, by about 14 votes.

▶ At the November meeting of the Altona Town Board, Legislator Sam Trombley spoke to the board and public in attendance about the bingo hall that is rapidly being erected by Mohawk Indians in Altona. Trombley said he is receiving many complaints from area fire departments and churches that depend on their bingo operations to supplement their funding.

▶ The Franklin County Solid Waste Commission has designated the site in Constable on Route 30 and the Town Line Road as the preferred location for a new County landfill that must be in operation by April 1992. Solid waste Commissioner Jim Frey and consulting engineers from Stearns and Wheler spent the last month investigating approximately 30 parcels, 100 to 200 acres in size, as potential sites for the landfill.

▶ The Sunmount building program at midpoint has brightened the business outlook for retailers in Tupper Lake, but is yet to trigger any significant new development observers say. Major sand and gravel purchases have been made at Saranac Lake quarries, and six out of ten major construction contracts were awarded to Plattsburgh firms, pumping dollars into those communities.

50 YEARS — 1962

▶ Pledges totaling $12,000 were added to the Mount Assumption Institute Development Fund as solicitors heeded their chairman’s advice to “sign your own pledge cards first so you can call on the prospects with a clear conscience.” Recent pledges bring to $56,000 the money so far pledged in the drive for the proposed new Brother Lawrence Memorial Gymnasium and Students Center.

▶ The Champlain Development Corporation has been directly responsible for the addition of 176 persons to the County’s payroll since January 1. The new jobs resulted from expansion of one industry – Mercury Industries at Treadwell’s Mills – and the settling of three new industries in the county since the first of the year.

▶ The New York State Milking and Shorthorn Queen of 1962 has been wandering around the halls of the State University College of Plattsburgh unrecognized. Ms. Sharon Vaadi, a pert and pretty strawberry blond freshman, received this title shortly before the state fair in Syracuse this summer.

▶ The Plattsburgh Board of Education approved a set of plans for the proposed $2.25 million senior high school. The plans will be submitted to Albany for state approval today.

75 YEARS — 1937

▶ Two convicts escaped from the Clinton prison sanatorium by cutting a hole through the wooden wall of the building. As soon as the escape of the two men was discovered, a general alarm was sounded in approximately 100 guards and state police were still combing the woods in the vicinity of Dannemora.

▶ The 26th Infantry was given an assumed situation to render relief without delay to the population in the vicinity of Utica, N. Y., theoretically flooded by the heavy rains into the Delaware and Susquehanna rivers. All troops were assembled in the necessary orders issued to affect this movement without delay.

▶ Rioting indictments were returned afternoon by a Clinton County grand jury against 24 men as the result of disturbances occurring during the 10 county milk strike sponsored by the dairy farmers union, now in its third week. The charges, most of which are in connection with the dumping of milk, carry states prison sentences of two and a half to five years.

100 YEARS — 1912

▶ Two inmates being held awaiting the action of the grand jury, escaped from the Clinton County jail and were still at large a day later. The two men had torn their blankets into strips and made a rope, and lowered themselves from the roof to the ground.

▶ Members of the United Spanish War Veterans Association in this section, together with several prominent residents of the city, are working to secure executive clemency for a man who is serving a life sentence in Clinton prison for the murder of his father in New York about 14 years ago, and it is believed that when the facts in this case are presented to Governor Dix that he will either grant the man and absolute pardon or commute his sentence so that he will immediately become eligible for parole.

▶ After being marooned on Juniper Island for three days, three Vermonters who had started from Burlington in a motor boat for a pleasure trip to Port Henry returned to the Queen City none the worse for their unusual experience, but all satisfied that Lake Champlain is not the most comfortable and inviting place on earth during one of the fall storms which are so frequent each year.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan