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Lookback: Week of Sept. 9 to 15

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Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013 3:28 am

25 YEARS — 1988

• The Northeastern Clinton Central School Teachers Association is willing to waive class-size requirements to decrease the tax burden after the board of education created new teaching positions to keep class sizes within the limits, which would ultimately cost $19,000. The school board offers several ways to fund the new positions, including decreasing the Gifted and Talented Program, and cutting field trip funds. 

• The Putnam Central School District considers annexing to Ticonderoga Central School District, the largest in Essex County, as an economic solution for shrinking enrollment. A feasibility study will  be conducted and meetings will be held for Putnam and Ticonderoga residents to gather recommendations for the annexation.

• State Police raid a St. Regis Mohawk Reservation truck stop for the second time in nine months, seizing gaming machines. Tribal leaders said they would issue a formal protest with Gov. Mario Cuomo, and consider the intervention a violation of the Mohawks’ rights as a sovereign nation.   

 50 YEARS — 1963

• George Yokum, a professor of music at SUNY Plattsbugh, and his wife, were killed in a car accident in Quebec during their first vacation in 23 years, leaving five surviving children. The president of SUNY Plattsburgh, George W. Angell, expressed his sympathies. “George Yokum was a devoted member of our faculty and an inspiration to the students whom he instructed and to those whom he worked with as a leader of our choral groups.”

• The Conservation Department discontinues the use of DDT after a study of 11 Adirondack lakes blames the pesticide for the death of newly hatched trout. Other pesticides on the market that disintegrate more quickly than DDT will be used.

• A new perfume operation is opened in Rouses Point at the old Lyric Theater by William Thompson. The former electrician learned the business during two months in New York City. 

75 YEARS — 1938

• The clear autumn air and views from the peak of Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks make sunset parties a popular attraction. After an informal dinner, diners often climb a few hundred feet to the top, or take a comfortable electric lift to watch the sun sink. 

• Altona Central School opens this year with an enrollment of 476 students and four new faculty members, including a graduate of the Plattsburgh State Normal School. 

• Adirondack ore mining is reopened in Port Henry by the Republic Steel Corporation, based in Albany. The rock, once discarded and considered a byproduct of ore mining in Port Henry, will now be used for road building and other work. 

100 YEARS — 1913

• The Clinton County Fair reaches record-breaking attendance and a special train was dispatched on the Ausable Forks line to accommodate the crowds headed for the fair. Others came by boat, automobile and carriage, and some walked several miles. By noon, the crowd in the city was an estimated 20,000.

• The railroad station agents of the Delaware and Hudson Company held a convention at the Champlain Hotel, focusing on the history of the company and the importance of the Saranac Lake station. After the convention, attendees visited the Clinton County Fair or visited Burlington, Vt., by way of the Steamer Ticonderoga.  

• Fires have burned an estimated 40 square miles of the forests in the town of North Hudson, while 40 or 50 mph winds help to spread the flames towards Mineville. The fire is fought by four or five units of the Fifth U.S. Infantry from the Post at Plattsburgh.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Amy Heggen