September 3, 2012

Lookback: Sept. 3-8


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25 YEARS — 1987

▶  Despite the objections of its executive director, the Town of Champlain Local Development Corp. has voted in favor of a medium-security prison being located in the town. LDC Director Robert O’Neill of Rouses Point introduced a resolution on the prison proposal at the LDC Board of Directors meeting.

E The First Presbyterian Church in Plattsburgh is housing its second refugee family. Dr. Earl Johnson, pastor, said the program at his church was an outgrowth of a several-year study of refugees by his congregation and a continuation of his work with the Interfaith Council on the refugee problem.

▶  In conjunction with the County Fireman’s Association field day, an independent fundraiser is planned for the family of Kari Lynn Nixon. The Swinging Doors will perform a benefit concert on the Old Base Oval. Proceeds will go to the Nixon family to cover costs of a private investigator. Kari Lynn, 16, was reported missing June 22.

▶ The terminal at Adirondack Airport is often overcrowded, there are requests to build more hangers, an industrial park is desired, and more private airplanes are using the airport for corporate use. The demand for airport use seems to reflect the growing awareness of the Tri-Lakes area as the number of second homes and businesses increases here.

50 YEARS — 1962

▶  Villagers in Rouses Point who responded to a recently conducted poll have come out against a state campsite on the Commons, just north of the village. The 411-acre site, which includes Fort Montgomery, has been proposed for development as a state recreation area by Howard Marsha, Clinton County Republican chairman.

▶  Forty elementary schools and 16 secondary schools comprise the diocesan school system, which extends over an area that includes the whole of northern New York state. During the last school year, the 56 schools enrolled 15,552 students. The anticipated registration for the coming year is expected to be well over 16,000.

▶  Construction bids on Plattsburgh State University College’s $2 million science building will be advertised in two weeks, Assemblyman Robert Feinberg said. State Architect Carl W. Larson has notified the assemblyman that final drawings for the building are being printed in preparation for the bid-letting.

▶ The Town of Plattsburgh hopes to be among the first in line when the state starts passing out grants this year for new sewer system projects. Studies will concentrate on populated areas: Cadyville, West Plattsburgh, South Plattsburgh, the Rugar and Cornelia streets and airport areas; Wallace Hill and Tom Miller roads and Route 22; the area north of the city around Route 9 and Cumberland Head, and all the town west of the city.

75 YEARS  — 1937

▶  Members of the Farmers Dairy Union in Clinton County are about to begin picketing the four plants of the Irona Creamery Co. in an effort to prevent non-union patrons from delivering their milk. The plants are located in Plattsburgh, Champlain, Irona and Ellenburg Depot.

▶  Possible loss of life and serious property damage was averted by members of the Plattsburgh Fire Department when an exploding oil stove set fire to the residence of P.W. Perry at 19 Montcalm Ave. The explosion took place shortly after 3 p.m.

▶ Berry Green, 34, bartender at the Log Cabin restaurant on South Peru Street, who was seriously wounded in a shooting accident, died in the Champlain Valley Hospital a few days later. Green was shot with a hand-fashioned gun while firing at birds in Cooke’s woods nearby. The gun clogged, and while Green was examining it, it accidentally discharged.

100 YEARS  — 1912

▶  The owners of the water power privilege and the site of the old white mill on Bridge Street have decided after careful consideration to erect a two grinder pulp mill on their property. Preliminary work of construction is already under way. J.J. Fitzpatrick and Sons has the contract for the removal of 1,800 yards of rock from the bed of the river below the dam, this excavation to form the tail race of the new mill.

▶  A young man whose name could not be learned is in the Champlain Valley Hospital suffering from injuries received in an automobile that occurred on Peru Road near the southern limits of the city early in the evening. The young man who is in the hospital rented the rig from Calkins’ Livery for a leisure ride.

▶  Twenty-five cents is the admission price to the Clinton County Fair, which comes off next week. An investment of $30,000 in property and an annual investment of $15,000 is made each year to secure the greatest educational entertainment for the citizens of Plattsburgh.

▶  Daniel F. Payne, owner of the water power privilege on the Bouquet River at Kingdom, near Elizabethtown, has awarded the contract for the construction of a new concrete dam on his power privilege to Charles E. Malone of Port Henry. The new dam is to replace the one washed away during the spring. The contract price is reported to be in the neighborhood of $11,000.

▶ A committee that was appointed at the recent Grange picnic at the Miner farm, for the purpose of forming a county organization to act in conjunction with the Plattsburgh Chamber of Commerce, is considering the question of a Farm Bureau and other matters of benefit to the agriculture of the county.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan