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Families gathered on the banks of the Saranac River in Plattsburgh to watch and listen to the 3rd-annual Old Fashioned Summer Concert. Frank Helen and Anne-Marie Robert were among the spectators. (1985)

25 YEARS AGO — 1985

▶ Multiple murderer Lemuel Smith is suing the state claiming his 15 years in solitary confinement with infrequent showers is onerous punishment. Smith was convicted of murdering prison guard Donna Payant of Dannemora.

▶ The annual two-week industrial shutdown in Montreal has Immigration and Customs personnel at the Champlain Port of Entry hustling. Traffic for this vacation period is up 10 percent over 1984.

▶ A contract for the sale of the Lake Placid Club Resort between Francis Weber of Naples, Fla., and the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corp. lists closing dates of Sept. 30 or Oct. 31. Five appeals need to be decided before the closing.

E The new 700-bed, medium-security prison in Malone will be ready for business next June. Construction is expected to start in the fall.

50 YEARS AGO — 1960

▶ The City of Plattsburgh is going to give to the state Brinkerhoff Street from Draper Avenue to Beekman Street so the State University can put in a science building. The section of the street will be closed to traffic and will become part of the collage campus.

▶ James Harold Seymour, 22, of Chateaugay is released from the Clinton County Jail after relatives post a $10,000 property bail. Seymour is charged with first-degree assault in the shooting of Shirley Goodchild, 25, widow and mother of four, who lost her right arm.

▶ Two inmates from Dannemora State Hospital, fugitives for almost a week, are back at the hospital following their capture. Their arrest took place near Lyon Mountain. Neither will be prosecuted as escapees because they were inmates in a mental institution. Another inmate who escaped at the same time was caught at Keeseville two days later.

E Ten Canadians who police believe passed at least 16 counterfeit money orders in Plattsburgh and vicinity will be charged with second-degree forgery. The orders were for $75 each.

75 YEARS AGO — 1935

▶ Due to lack of orders and no future prospects, the Chateaugay Ore and Iron Co. closes its mines and mills at Lyon Mountain for an indefinite period and will close its blast furnace at Standish just as soon as the coke in transit is used up.

▶ Republic Steel Corp. announces construction of a new iron-ore concentration plant will be started immediately at Port Henry. The plant will have a capacity of 500,000 tons a year and can be expanded to million tons a year.

▶ Bids have been approved by the Public Works Administration for an additional power plant facility and service connections at Clinton Prison. These contracts totaling $298,078 brings the total approved contracts to date past the million dollar mark.

▶ Three hundred men and women employed in the Consolidated Slipper Corp. at Bombay are organizing a union. In addition, most workers have walked out and are picketing the plant.

100 YEARS AGO — 1910

▶ Orren S. Lawrence, treasurer of Franklin County for six years prior to Jan. 1, 1910, is arrested and charged with misappropriation of public funds. The examination of his books showed a shortage of something over $15,000.

▶ With more than 300 men at work, the strike which was declared against the Lozier Motor Co. a week ago is practically broken. Strike leaders declare the strike is still on.

▶ While the mansions on Prospect Hill are reduced $1,000 in assessments, the homes of poor men and widows in the city are increased in value — some as much as $300.

▶ The Williams Manufacturing Co., headquartered in Montreal, will reopen its Plattsburgh manufacturing plant, which has been closed for two years. The Improved Wellington Typewriter will be made there.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Sue Botsford, who can be reached at 834-7201 or suebotsford@hotmail.com

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