October 15, 2012

Lookback: Oct. 15 to 21


---- — 25 YEARS — 1987

▶ The Olympic Regional Development Authority is poised to begin site work for a new $5 million Olympic athletes’ training facility on land donated by Placid Memorial Hospital in Lake Placid. 

▶ Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories Inc of Randor, Pa., announced a multi-million dollar expansion to their Rouses Point plant. The expansion will contain approximately 64,000 square feet of “high-rise” warehousing space that will be equipped with modern wire-guided forklift trucks and a computer-controlled inventory management system.

▶ In their fight to secede from the Adirondack Park Agency, Saranac Town Board members and residents were advised by the APA Review board to sue the Park Agency under the 5th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The town of Saranac is attempting to withdraw from the park because officials feel that the APA land-use plan is unfairly restricting economic growth within the town, and yet demands that residents continue paying taxes on land they cannot use.

50 YEARS — 1962

▶ The new federal Public Works Acceleration program may increase the federal grant for the village of Champlain’s sewage system and disposal plant construction to about $350,000, according to Mayor Clifford LaPlante. Champlain already has been pledged about $145,000 in federal aid for the project which will cost about $546,000 altogether.

▶ Work was begun this week on the new post office in AuSable Forks, according to Postmaster John J. Murphy. Workmen started laying the footings for the building, which is expected to be completed by Jan. 1.

▶ Clinton County apple growers are mopping up this week after one of the most successful harvests in recent years. The official tally won’t come for another week, but early estimates have predicted the harvest at 900,000 boxes throughout the county.

▶ Clinton County Republican Assemblyman Robert J. Feinberg has his eye on Lyon Mountain as a future ski center. “I’m advised by skiing experts that the slopes at Lyon Mountain, if developed, can exceed in excellence the slopes now at Whiteface mountain – and can be developed at much less cost,” he said.

75 YEARS — 1937

▶ Wilfred John Bouyea, 47, of Gougeville Hill, Saranac, was being held in the Clinton County jail on a charge of first degree murder for the alleged killing of his neighbor, Raymond Kennedy, 45, as the result of an argument. District Attorney Andrew W. Ryan said that Bouyea had given state police a statement admitting to the shooting.

▶ The projected Paul Smith’s College of Arts and Sciences drew a step nearer to reality after the granting of a charter by the New York State Board of Regents. F. Ferris Hewitt, attorney for executors of the will of the late Phelps Smith, multimillionaire Northern New York utility magnate, announced granting of the charter for establishment of the college in the Town of Brighton, Franklin County.

▶ One of the longest periods of gasoline wars in this city is still raging while motorists are enjoying the benefits. One dealer in the city was selling 7 gallons of gasoline for $1.

▶ Blown loose from her moorings by a strong south wind and grounded on Hagar’s reef off the north shore of Cumberland Head, the S.S. Osceola of the Champlain Transportation Company sank. The boat was blown loose of her moorings and during the day wind and high waves smashed her against the reef, pounding a hole in her side below water line.

100 YEARS — 1912

▶ Frank Storrs, a well known resident of Cadyville and an experienced river man, was drowned at the upper dam of the International Pulp and Paper Company, near Cadyville. Storrs, who had been in the employ of the paper company for several years, was at the time of his death engaged in company with another employee in opening the gates at the slip, preparatory to slipping logs down to the mill.

▶ The Champlain Pulp and Paper Company met with severe loss yesterday when fire injured a large quantity of Swedish pulp, imported for use in the manufacture of tissue paper. The pulp was damaged to the amount of at least $600.

▶ Through the efforts of officers of the local Masonic fraternities, Edward E. Parmeter of Cortland has been able to locate the whereabouts of his son, aged 17 years, who ran away from home last September and who was found in the employ of Sentinel Publishing Company in Plattsburgh under the name of Jack Stanley. In his letter of inquiry the anxious father stated that the lad probably could be located by inquiring of a young lady named Harriet Brown, with whom the lad is smitten, and who is employed in this city.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan