December 3, 2012

Lookback: Dec. 3 to 9


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25 YEARS — 1987

▶ A $50,000 grant was awarded to the town of Saranac through the efforts of the Rural Preservation Company of Clinton County, a group which was founded by the senior citizens club of Saranac and which has become a major factor in helping to provide suitable housing for the elderly in the area.

▶ The Council of Community Services, which has acted as a catalyst for the identification and servicing of social needs in Clinton County, will cease operations at the end of the calendar year.

▶ Following a flap last week with the Municipal Lighting Department over the propriety of using city crews to install Christmas lights on private businesses, downtown merchants say they intend to install recently purchased festive lights themselves by the end of the week.

▶ Unless Santa Claus, in the form of a parking committee, delivers about 130 more parking spaces to the campus of Plattsburgh State University College this Christmas, students will continue to face parking dilemmas next semester.

▶ The regional director of the Department of Environmental Conservation told Essex County lawmakers that if nothing is done to solve the county’s trash problems, DEC will crack down and began to enforce its policies regarding solid waste disposal.

50 YEARS — 1962

▶ Two soft-spoken senior students at Mount Assumption Institute will be arraigned on charges of first-degree murder. They are accused of beating a 66-year-old salesman to death on Bridge Street.

▶ Three public officials, among them Mayor John J. Tyrell, have lent support to Plattsburgh proposed $2.25 million high school. In public statements Mayor Tyrell, Clinton County Assemblyman Robert J. Feinberg, and Robert S. Long, president of the Board of Education, gave their reasons for approving the bond issue which comes to a special vote soon.

▶ Area farmers may take advantage of a farm management program which will begin Jan. 1 under sponsorship of the Clinton County Agricultural Department, said agricultural extension agent Merle Reese. At least 22 farmers are enrolled in the program, according to Reese.

75 YEARS — 1937

▶ Officers of Clinton Prison in Dannemora laid the foundation for the organization of an Officers Club which will absorb all recreational activities of the staff and provide a much-needed outlet for the great number of men who composed the prison staff. The major objective of the new organization is to raise sufficient interest for the launching of the campaign that will ultimately provide the Club with the building to house at least for bowling alleys, a gymnasium and dance floor, a reading room, a swimming pool and an up-to-date bar.

▶ Corner Edward A. Cargill filed a verdict of murder and suicide in the tragedy which claimed the lives of Faith V. Soper, 22, of Malone and Francis H. Hoyos, 25, of Niagra Falls, earlier this week. David Doughtery of Churubusco, who witnessed the double shooting on a lane leading from the old Malone-Chateaugah Highway at Trout River Bridge, was the principal witness.

▶ While no official announcement has been made, it became known that the International Joint Commission of the United States and Canada has written the proposed Champlain canal, also known as the Montréal-Troy-New York ship canal, off its books for the time being. In a report sent to the war Department the commission said that the proposed canal is not now regarded as a possibility in view of the prolonged delay in the United States negotiating a treaty with Canada for inaugurating constructions of the St. Lawrence canal.

100 YEARS — 1912

▶ An honor, heretofore unknown to an Essex County resident, that of Knight of the Legion of Honor, has been conferred on Walter C. Witherbee of Port Henry, who was appraised of the fact by letter. Mr. Witherbee is a member of the Witherbee-Sherman company which operates extensive iron mines in Essex County.

▶ County Judge Riley has denied the motion of attorneys for Silas McCasland, indicted on a charge of manslaughter in the first degree for the killing of Charles Facteau at Redford, for permission to inspect the minutes of the case was under investigation by the grand jury. They must now proceed to the trial of the case without any knowledge of the evidence which District Attorney Hogue will produce to prove the guilt of the accused.

▶ The Board of Supervisors went on record as unanimously favoring the establishment of a tuberculosis hospital. The matter came up as a special order of business and there was a large delegation present who were interested in the matter.

▶ John W. Clark, for a number of years one of the most prominent businessmen of Champlain, dropped dead in that village, apoplexy being the cause of his sudden taking off. Mr. Clark had been his usual health, and when partially dressed yesterday morning he went to the bathroom. As he was leaving the room he fell to the floor and expired instantly.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan