November 4, 2013

Lookback: Nov. 4-10


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25 YEARS — 1988

The season’s first major snowstorm dumped about 20 inches of snow from Long Lake to Malone, leaving many areas without heat or electricity. Residents were left cleaning up with shovels and chainsaws. The Saranac Lake-Lake Placid Chapter of the Red Cross prepared to open an overnight shelter for those without electricity, and some towns were asked to conserve water since electric pumps were out of commission.

Clinton County and Family Court Judge Robert J. Feinberg retires after 18 years and thousands of cases. Feinberg saw many changes over the years, including significant increases in the number of indictments, custody suits and sex-related cases.  Feinberg said he enjoys the dynamic of a jury and likes the drama of a courtroom. 

A major Texas-based energy company is ready to file with the state Public Service Commission for permission to build a 26-mile natural gas pipeline from the Canadian border to Plattsburgh, with several electric power plants along the way. The company has already signed an agreement to sell steam to C & A Wallcoverings and is negotiating similar deals with Georgia-Pacific Corp. and Plattsburgh Air Force Base. 

In Clinton County, the Bush-Quayle ticket won 15,612 votes to 12,609 for the Dukakis-Bentsen entry. In Franklin County, Bush defeated Dukakis 8, 831 to 7,601, and in Essex County Bush won with 9,061 to 6,476. Clinton County voted against the highway bond act, Franklin County voters were against the $3 billion transportation act, and Essex County voters said no to the state’s proposal to borrow for roads and bridges. 

50 YEARS — 1963

County 4-H’ers and Home Demonstration women learned the art of holiday decoration at a workshop conducted by Cornell University Professor Ernest Schauffler, whose field is ornamental horticulture. More than 115 people attended, including 12 home economics students from SUNY Plattsburgh who were studying 4-H as an informal educational program. Schauffler demonstrated how to make wreaths, a Christmas tree centerpiece and a mistletoe kissing ball.  

The Town of Plattsburgh tax rate doubled with the adoption of the 1964 budget, and was mainly because of increases in the highway department funds. The department needs funds for the purchase of new equipment, including two trucks, and for outstanding bills incurred by highway superintendent Charles Goodman, who will soon vacate the office.

Local historians and military officials meet to stop the demolition of the oldest barracks building on the Plattsburgh Air Force Base. The building designed as officer’s quarters dates back to 1839 and will cost more than $100,000 for repairs. Project officer Lt. Col. Donald Corley would like to see Congress declare the building a national monument or museum. 

75 YEARS — 1938

An impressive ceremony was held in Ellenburg to celebrate the corner stone laying of the $350,000 school financed by the Public Works Administration. Hundreds of school children and residents attended the event, where the foundation for the new school has already been completed. The copper box containing a newspaper report of the ceremony, a list of all the school children and teachers in the newly formed central district, a list of the members of the board of education and a copy of the federal grant from the PWA was placed in the corner stone. 

In Clinton County, Republicans emerged from the recent election with every county office. In Essex and Franklin counties, the situation was similar. The strong anti-New Deal sentiment in the area was shown in the votes for Republican candidate for Governor, Thomas E. Dewey, who defeated Gov. Lehman. 

100 YEARS — 1913

The Clinton County department of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society stands fourth in the territory covered for the number of complaints made during the past nine months, exceeded only by Albany, Troy and Schenectady. Charges included child abandonment, endangering morals, child in disorderly house, violation of labor law, horses worked when lame or sick, unblanketed horses in winter weather, animals abandoned and dog fighting, among many others. 

The Port Henry Light, Heat and Power Company finished construction of a dam at North Pond, which will flood an area of 200 acres. The concrete dam is the fourth built by the company in the last two years, and it will feed the large reservoirs at the company’s plant in the village.

A law prohibiting the killing of does made for more deer in the Adirondacks this year than in the last 20 years, an encouraging improvement. The Conservation Department commissioner feels he is making good on the department’s promise to sportsman to furnish more fish and game.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Amy Heggen