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Posted: Monday, August 5, 2013 3:28 am

25 YEARS — 1988

Opening day of Malone County Fair turned into a horror show when a Malone man was gunned down on the midway. A Mississippi man, Fred Dixon Jr., was later charged with killing John Henderson, shooting him four to five times point blank in the chest in front of the AmVet food booth. Dixon allegedly shot Henderson only hours after learning that Henderson had smashed the windows and slit the tires on his pickup truck. Henderson had allegedly vandalized the truck because he was upset that the mother of his two-year-old son had become friendly with the man.

The Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court has officially ordered Ticonderoga to fire two-thirds of its police force, including Chief Horace “Ben” Snow. The order, although not unexpected, came after the justices ruled in July that six police officers and constables were improperly hired.

By a vote of 120 to 73, Clinton County’s union employees rejected the county’s latest three-year contract offer. The County’s most recent contract offer, reached after lengthy negotiating sessions.

Indians at the Ganienkeh Mohawk Territory are taking applications from area residents looking for work in the state-opposed high-stakes bingo hall the Mohawks plan to open in mid-September. While construction crews put final touches on the blue steel-sided building on Devils Den Road, two women worked in the hall’s office, answering telephones and handing out applications to people interested in getting one of the more than 75 jobs available in the bingo operation.

50 YEARS — 1963

A former president of the Crown Point Central Board of Education gave his unqualified support to embattled Principal Fred D. Walsh. But present members of the school board are adamant in their refusal to discuss their charges against the principal, and continue to push for his ouster.

It looks like another bumper crop for the Champlain Valley, as area apple growers are predicting a record harvest. Clinton County orchards all agree the apple harvest will hit around the 1.1 million bushel mark, eclipsing last year’s history-making harvest.

City aldermen are divided as to whether area fuel-oil dealers should be allowed an exemption from the 2 percent city sales tax. One aldermen said that if the exemption were carried out, many other businesses would look into a possible exemption for their products.

Two elderly Saranac men are in serious condition in Champlain Valley Hospital after they were beaten and robbed by two unknown assailants. A police dragnet has been thrown up around the attack area, involving at least six plainclothes officers and numerous uniformed troopers.

75 YEARS — 1938

Willard Derothy, 29, of Winthrop, is in serious condition at Mercy General Hospital after having lain for more than 12 hours in the woods with a gunshot wound in the knee. A 30 – 30 caliber bullet, accidentally discharged from his own rifle, shattered bone in his left knee, inflicting a gaping wound.

Upstate New York’s toll of deaths indirectly attributed to heat reached 12 today as temperatures for a third successive day clung to the 90 degree mark. Official weather forecasts at Albany and Rochester of cloudy and slightly cooler with probable local showers indicated at least temporary relief.

The Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York formally voted to grant a provisional charter incorporating Wadhams Hall at Ogdensburg. Wadhams Hall was opened through the efforts of Bishop Conroy in 1924 as a preparatory school in which young men of the Diocese of Ogdensburg should have an opportunity to test and develop their vocations to the priesthood.

A strike by 20 truck operators, employed in carting gravel and sand stone has delayed construction of a 6-mile section of the highway between Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. The operators struck when their demands for 15 cent increases in payment for carting the material was refused.

100 YEARS — 1913

Lozier Motor Company has issued an emphatic denial to the story that Lozier will abandon the manufacture of its motors. Appearing originally in a Muskegon, Michigan paper, the article purported to be an interview with an official of the Continental Manufacturing Company, stating that the Muskegon concerned would make Lozier motors in 1914.

The Board of Public Works has ordered that granolithic walks he built on the east side of Peru Street, to the point where the D&H tracks cross the street. The city engineer has been instructed to order a car of bituminour oil for street work, and it is the purpose of the board to have a new top dressing placed on North River St. from the south side of Trinity Park, north To Cornelia Street.

A feeling of discontent which it seems has existed at Conifer logging camp near Tupper Lake among the employees of the Emporium Forestry Company culminated in a strike and as a result the sawmill works are idle. The strike started when the night shift refused to start without a raise of 3 cents per hour, and there was some trouble through the night and several men were roughly handled by the strikers.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan