Press-Republican

Lookback

January 30, 2012

Lookback: Jan. 29-Feb. 4

25 YEARS AGO — 1987

▶ Plattsburgh State's Dr. Thomas Rumney, assistant professor of geography in the Center for Earth and Environmental Science, received a grant from Canada supporting his research on "Canadian Economic Impacts on the Northern Borderland of N.Y. State: A Geographical Inquiry," which takes a look at the economic impact of Canadians on northern New York counties such as Clinton, Essex, Franklin and St. Lawrence.

▶ The proposal to ban smoking from city-owned buildings — backed by Mayor Carlton Rennell — deemed smoking harmful to the public health and welfare, a fire hazard, and a nuisance. The proposal's purpose was to limit smoking to designated areas and would present a $100 fine to violators. The proposal was snuffed out by the Common Council.

▶ Ever wondered the history of Plattsburgh street names? Books of local history yielded the following harvest of trivia: Broad Street used to be South Street until Nathanial Platt donated land to "broaden" it. Durkee Street used to be River Street, but was renamed after Sheldon Durkee, a soldier who captured three British soldiers after the Battle of Plattsburgh. Main Mill Street was actually Maine Mill, after a Maine paper company built a mill there, until someone misspelled it.

▶ The Rouses Point-Champlain Chamber of Commerce planned a Winter Carnival Ball for the 14th of February in Rouses Point. Tickets had officially gone on sale, and were available at four locations in the Northern Tier for $12.50.

50 YEARS AGO — 1962

▶ The remains of two of the four missing crew members of the crashed B-47 jet bomber have been identified. The bodies of Pilot Lt. Rodney D. Bloomgren and Co-Pilot Lt. Melvin Spencer have been shipped to their individual homes. The Air Force has listed the remaining two crew members — Lt. Albert W. Kandetski and Kenneth R. Jensen — as officially dead, though their bodies have yet to be identified.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Lookback
Videos: Editor Picks
Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead at 87 Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later
CVPH Job Opportunities