August 19, 2013

Lookback: Aug. 19 to 25


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25 YEARS — 1988

▶ After Saranac district voters approved the school budget, board members made good their pre-annexation promise and formally hired 21 teachers and 11 non-teaching employees from the now defunct Dannemora Union Free School District. In addition, the board hired several new staff members and created additional positions for the district — some as a direct result of annexation, others as a result of increased enrollment in the elementary schools.

▶ Ticonderoga has won a temporary stay of the recent Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court ruling ordering the dismissal of six town cops. Appellate Division Justice Leonard A. Weiss was to sign the temporary stay, which will be in effect until Sept. 1, at which time the remaining justices will rule if the stay will be prolonged until the court decides whether it will grant the town a new hearing.

▶ As Mohawk Indians prepare for the mid-September opening of their high-stakes bingo Hall, state officials and members of the mediating organization are meeting in an effort to head off confrontation over the state opposed bingo operation. The state recently asked the Turtle Island Trust, a three-member autonomous organization established to facilitate communication between the state and the Mohawks, for a letter explaining the trust’s view of Mohawk activities in the Ganienkeh Territory.

▶ Mill Manager Paul Stecko says IP will hire permanent replacement workers to keep the mill running if there’s a strike at the plant. Union leaders, a day before the union’s negotiating committee is to meet with the rank-and-file are angry, calling the letter and overt threat.

50 YEARS — 1963

▶ Dr. Dana W. Weeks labeled as “inadequate and designed for horse and buggy days,” the warning signs marking the railroad crossing where two men were killed at West Chazy last month. Alex Nephew, 43, of West Chazy and Robert Rabideau, 24, of Beekmantown, died of injuries received when their Volkswagen sedan was smashed broadside by a passenger train at the crossing on Beekmantown Road on July 22, BCI agent Fred Wright testified in the inquest.

▶ An eight-year-old tractor driver and a 63-year-old construction foreman were killed in separate accidents on county roads near Ellenburg Center, according to state police. The boy, Larry F. Drown, died of a crushed chest after the tractor he was driving went off the left side of the Tracy road, rolled down a six foot embankment and pinned him to the ground, police said. He was hauling an empty hay wagon to his grandfather’s house at the time of the accident.

▶ Mothers in Crown Point threatened to keep their children out of school until the Crown Point Board of Education calls off its feud with Principal Fred D. Walsh. The warnings came in an outburst during a special meeting called by board member Clyde Woods, the only person on the five man board who supports Walsh.

75 YEARS — 1938

▶ The completed plans for the celebration commemorating the 150 anniversary of the founding of Clinton County and the town of Champlain indicate that it will be one of the outstanding events of recent years. Of particular interest to residents of Clinton County will be the dedication of six historic markers, the gift of the state of New York, commemorating not only events of local significance but also those of national significance as well.

▶ A WPA project for the removal of two upper stories of the abandoned four-story Old High School building at the corner of Oak and Brinkerhoff Streets, and to reconstruct and renovate the first and second floors into a public library was approved by the common Council. Mayor Bouyea also discussed with the aldermen the submission of a WPA project for the reconditioning or removal of the old dam in the Saranac River just south of the Bridge Street crossing.

▶ The Most Rev. Joseph H. Conroy, Bishop of Ogdensburg, presided at a ceremony in which a papal honor was bestowed on two North Country women. Margaret D. Lancto of Chateaugay and Mira Widdowson of Odgensburg were invested with the Silver Cross “Pro Ecclesia et Pontificate” for their work for the parish.

100 YEARS — 1913

▶ State Superintendent of Prisons Riley has just issued an order instituting another reform in the prisons of the state, the order being to the effect that on and after Oct. 5 the convicts of all the prisons of the state shall be provided with a warm dinner on Sundays, the same as on other days the week. Heretofore the convicts have been allowed to leave their cells on Sundays for religious services only, all of their meals being given to them through the iron doors.

▶ A man and woman were killed almost instantly by being struck by the Chateaugay branch of the D & H at what is known as the Fisher Crossing, approaching Colby Pond, the man being dead when picked up by members of the train crew and the woman dying about an hour later. That the accident was due entirely to the carelessness of the unfortunate couple is beyond a shadow of a doubt.

▶ There is a strong possibility that the Clinton County jail may be sheltering a man wanted in Montréal on a charge of murder in the first degree, the man in custody here greatly resembling the murderer, and it is expected that a Montréal official will visit this city within a day or two for the purpose of determining positively whether or not the man in jail here is the alleged murder of Antonio Forzi, who was killed in that city a few days before the suspect was arrested at Rouses Point by Immigration Officer Pond.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan