June 10, 2013

Lookback: June 10 to 16


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25 YEARS — 1988

The Rouses Point Village Board unanimously approved the construction of a $3.5 million townhouse to be built on 12 acres of land along the north side of Smith Street in Rouses Point. Construction of the project, which will be called Oakwood, could begin in less than 30 days.

Although opposition to off-track betting in Essex County is gaining momentum, it seems as though the Essex County Board of Supervisors will OK the measure. 

St. Bernard Catholic Elementary School in Saranac Lake is closing its sixth grade because of a drop in enrollment, and half its teaching staff will not be returning next year. Sister Brian Marie Latour, who has been principal of the school for the past three years, is also resigning.

Members of Clinton County’s municipal employee union can expect to work a long, hot summer without a new contract, and picket lines may ring county government offices. These two major developments were discussed recently as union rank-and-file met in Plattsburgh to discuss strategy on their deadlocked contract talks.

The U.S. government will pay for odor control repairs at the Ruger Street compost plant, a bailout that could be worth $1 million.

50 YEARS — 1963

A 13-year-old Plattsburgh boy was listed in critical condition after surgery at Montreal Neurological Hospital with injuries suffered when he and three other youngsters were hit by a car on Boynton Avenue. Gary Finnegan was walking home with his two sisters and a cousin from an evening at Rollerland when the mishap occurred.

Grey Gables, the sprawling apartment building erected by the Miner Foundation to house Chazy school teachers, has been suggested as an infirmary for Clinton County welfare patients. Richard Duquette, county welfare commissioner, said the board of supervisors has been approached on the possible purchase of the building.

Two Delaware and Hudson diesel engines derailed when the tracks they were on sunk in the mud near Crown Point. Nobody was injured when at least 15 cars slipped from the tracks, causing coal to be strewn for a considerable distance.

The state gave an unequivocal “no” to Dannemora for school building aid, if the school district is not affiliated with the Saranac School District. An official with the State Education Department cited a 1962 law allowing the department to withhold aid from districts that did not take advantage of the opportunity to reorganize under the state master plan.

75 YEARS — 1938

The allotment of Citizens Military Training Camp candidates for Plattsburgh Barracks this year has been increased to 1,600. In addition, officers of the 191st and 392nd Infantry reserve regiments and a military police unit from New York City will be in camp for 14 day periods.

St. Regis Indians held their annual tribal election at Hogansburg in a somewhat tense atmosphere after an abortive move by a Long House group to hold the election and stage a showdown in the long strife between the followers of the Long House Government and those loyal to the elective chiefs. Two state troopers were present but no disorder developed.

Clinton County continues to collect donations intended to go to destitute people in China, a county official reported. While $137.67 has been collected to date, the county is expecting to exceed their $400 quota by at least 50 percent.

100 YEARS — 1913

The Board of Public Works is determined to safeguard the city in every possible way in the construction of the new storage reservoir on the West Brook, this being shown in the fact that they have employed a soil expert to make an examination of the soil conditions at the site of the proposed dam and report his findings before the actual work of constructing the dam is commenced, even if permission is secured from the conservation commission for the erection of the dam and impounding of water for city use.

In connection with the investigation of the Hotel De Wilson fire in Malone last April where seven people lost their lives, William Wilson, one of the owners of the hotel property, was placed under arrest at St. Regis Falls, upon a warrant issued by Corner Oliver. The warrant is for manslaughter second-degree and negligence, and Wilson was released under $5,000 bail awaiting the action of the Grand Jury.

With positive assurance of the largest attendance in the history of the school, and with every indication that this will be the most successful session the school has experienced, which only inclement weather can prevent, Cliff Haven, the home of the Catholic Summer School of America, is now the scene of exceptional activity. A force of 75 workmen including carpenters, plumbers and painters being at work preparing the little city of cottages for the coming season.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan