25 YEARS AGO — 1994
• Plattsburgh Air Force Base and the North Country community met for one more time Saturday, and emotions over the base’s imminent closing remain strong.
Hundreds of area residents flocked to the base to see what they could dig up in a base-wide yard sale being held to help military personnel to prepare to leave as PAFB downsizes over the next several months.
Traffic holdups caused by the bargain hunters were quickly handled by military police.
• Those stalwart Deadheads who got in line outside Peacock Records starting at 2 a.m. were mostly dead to the world until the sun rose on them at 6 a.m. Friday.
Dale Renadeau, one of the first in line, said “most of the partying was done earlier.”
Even with a lottery system, fans wanted to be sure to get their wristband — the preliminary to getting actual tickets — for the Grateful Dead concert July 13 in Highgate, Vt.
Equipped with blankets and pillow, the first three in line were Sonya Lafave and Renadeau and Brigette Hughes of Tupper Lake.
• The cool, wet spring weather has been disastrous for North Country farmers and has placed some farms in jeopardy.
Most North Country dairy farmers have not been able to plant the crops that will feed their herds this summer and sustain them through the coming winter.
“We’re behind by at least one to two weeks,” said Joanne Stafford, who owns a dairy farm in Peru with her husband, Allan.
“It’s been difficult trying to keep ahead of the rain.” It’s so discouraging, said Gloria Tetreault of Champlain on the effects of the weather.
But she is not going to lose faith and encourages all dairy farmers to keep their chins up.
50 YEARS AGO — 1969
• Sunday was an unusually active day at Plattsburgh Air Base as more than 200 men from all over the nation moved into a dormitory on the Old Base.
The group, 198 Air Force Cadets and their 12 professors, will be at PAFB for one month for studies covering every aspect of Air Force training.
Major Sylvester Jackson, administrative officer, said the Cadets come from 48 colleges all over the nation.
• A new store will replace the old commissary at the Plattsburgh Air Force Base.
It is about twice the size of the present commissary and will feature a number of new items not presently sold on base.
Captain Joe Townsend said the old store for base personnel was inadequate for both the number of people using it and the volume of business.
The new commissary will be located on the new base in a renovated transportation warehouse,.
• When was the last time you walked or drove down the street and came upon someone walking along with a leopard on a leash?
If you’re in the Rouses Point area these days, it’s possible you may do just that.
The leopard in question belongs to Mr. and Mrs. David Tune of Lake Street, and is native to Samoa.
Dr. Fang, as she is called by her master and mistress, actually never lived in her natural jungle habitat.
Tune says he’s hopeful Dr. Fang will maintain a good disposition in that she’s been bottle-fed and been given good care as she developed.
75 YEARS AGO — 1944
• Much interest has been aroused at the Peru Central school for the past two weeks by a war hero contest.
Last week, the students in each home room brought pictures of their favorite servicemen.
When they purchased stamps and bonds, they received votes which they case for their favorite war hero.
To Sgt. Donald Schwab, our former schoolmate, now in a German prison camp, will be sent the news that he has been selected the favorite “War Hero” of Peru Central School. The contest netted a sum of $1,730.
This is Peru Central’s way of backing her fighting men.
• A dinner was given recently for the 93 foremen and supervisors of Republic Steel Corporation at the Lee House at Port Henry, in appreciation of the record set in the Port Henry division during the month of May, when the operations were carried without a single lost-time accident during the month.
Many times in the past, these operations have gone 30 or more days without a lost-time accident, but not until May in which 180,360 man-hours were worked, had this been done for a regular calendar month.
• The annual picnic of the Rugar Street School was held at Macomb Park.
Miss Plumley and Miss Drum, teachers of the school, were in charge.
About 50 pupils walked from the school to the park and back to their homes on upper Rugar Street after enjoying lunch and games under the pines.
The fine was put all in holiday spirit and the picnic provided to be “one of the best.”
100 YEARS AGO — 1919
• The Junior promenade, a reception in honor of the Class of 1919, of the Plattsburgh State Normal School, was held recently in the gymnasium of the Normal School.
The gymnasium was prettily decorated for the affair, the color scheme being Red, White and Blue, the colors of the Junior class.
Streamers were suspended, interlaced, from the ceiling and the side walls of the hall were covered with huge flags and class banners.
The dancing started at 8:30 at which time approximately two hundred merrymakers glided forth to trip the light fantastic. The music was furnished by the Lynch-Bordeau orchestra.
• Whatever course the telegraph operators over the country may take with regard to the strike, which has been ordered for this morning, the local offices will be run on full time without any interruption, according to their present attitude.
At the Delaware & Hudson railroad station, three operators are engaged in three shifts of eight hours each.
They are not at present affected by the strike order, which calls for the walkout of Commercial telegraphers only at this time.
From Albany comes the word that they men employed at the offices in that city will stick to their posts as the Union in that city is not very strong.
• Plattsburgh and Clinton County’s Fifth War Loan Campaign was launched with a spectacle, the like of which residents of this area have rarely witnessed, when the personnel of midshipmen from the Naval Training Station at Camp Macdonough passed in review before thousands of spectators who lined the route of march.
For more than a century, military spectacles have been a common occurrence in Plattsburgh.
Yesterday marked the first time that such a spectacle was presented by Navy men and it was one that will be long remembered.
— Compiled by Night Editor Ben Rowe