October 14, 2013

Lookback: Oct. 14 to 20


▶ Several hundred teachers from the Northeastern New York Teachers Association, including principals and faculty from all public schools of Clinton and Essex counties, met at Plattsburgh State Normal School for the 93rd-annual zone convention to discuss the education of youth in the state and the rapid strides forward in education.

100 YEARS — 1913

▶ Three boys from Whitehall, all 12-years-old, were taken off a freight train near Plattsburgh by Lieutenant John O’Brien. The boys told the officer they wanted to see the sights of Montreal, but didn’t have enough money for the passenger train. O’Brien took the boys to his home, where they received a good washing up. After their appetites were appeased, he took them to the moving pictures by way of consolation and sent them home on a passenger train.

▶ More than 50 cannon balls of varying weights were taken from the bottom of Lake Champlain by workers on the harbor dredges on the Plattsburgh dock. The cannon balls, weighing up to 16 pounds, are relics from the Battle of Plattsburgh. As there is a movement to preserve the Delord property on Cumberland Avenue as a historical museum, these relics would be valuable.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Amy Heggen

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