Lookback: Week of March 2 to March 9

PRESS-REPUBLICAN ARCHIVESEleanor Sweeney (from left) Natalie Le duc, Mary Wister, Linda Ericson and Lorelei Sefcsik prepare for Daffodil Day, which will be held in Lake Placid, Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake and surrounding towns. Volunteers will be selling 20,000 daffodils to benefit the American Cancer Society. (1995)

25 YEARS AGO — 1995

• The Adirondack Park agency will be able to keep its two visitor interpretive centers open as a result of Gov. George Pataki’s decision to restore eight of the 11 positions he proposed cutting in his executive budget. The visitor interpretive centers are an educational and tourism tool used to teach people about the Adirondacks, wildlife and the wilderness, APA spokesman John Sheehan said. One center is located at Paul Smiths, the other in Newcomb. Fourteen employees man the centers year round.

• An organized bicycle route along Lake Champlain roads can only improve tourism and the basin’s economy, officials supporting the idea said. Lake Champlain Bikeways, an organization that has grown by leaps and bounds the last two years, has completed a tentative trail system and will release a map for cyclists this summer. The route, which uses existing roads along the shoreline and into the interior of New York, Vermont and Quebec, will allow cyclists to coordinate their touring efforts. “We want to talk with businesses to hear what they can do to be bicycle friendly,” said Carolyn Harding of the Plattsburgh Area Chamber of Commerce.

• Two policemen stood at the back of the Warren Ballrooms in the Angell College Center at SUNY Plattsburgh as Sarah Weddington, best known for arguing the winning side of Roe vs. Wade, approached the podium. But that famous case was not the first thing on Weddington’s agenda. Her lecture, “Some Women are Born Leaders,” also the topic of her new book, was instead a pep talk for women to protect what she calls the small victories they have already won using the 1973 Supreme Court case as an example. “Victories are written in sandstone, not granite, so these victories must be protected,” Weddington said.

50 YEARS AGO — 1970

• Village officials about to start trapping Rouses Point’s troublesome pigeon population expects to donate the trapped pigeons to a dog training program. The move may bring loud objections from those who have been objecting to various pigeon disposal plans, but indications are that the village will accept an offer from Plattsburgh attorney John Snell to take the birds — as many as 1,000 of them — off village hands.

• Location, academic excellence, size and cost are the factors most in the minds of a number of area high school seniors looking for colleges. Students are worried “a little” about campus disorders, according to Joseph B. Cox, guidance director at Plattsburgh Senior High School. “They don’t mind a little dissent, but they don’t want to get involved with a place that’s been torn apart,” he said. W. Graeme Francis, Peru Central School guidance director, said in many cases the question of campus strife doesn’t come up “because the bulk of our students go to branches of the state university.”

• How crucial to downtown free parking is the dispute between the mayor’s parking committee and Ward 3 Alderman Lynn King? The future may answer the question, but it appears to be in the semantics stage at the present moment. King came away from a closed-door conference between the Common Council and the committee with the impression that the committee has rejected a proposal to make the present River Street lot immediately free to the public. On Monday, committee chairman Bernard Woolman denied that that was the impression the committee meant to give at the Feb. 24 meeting. The point the committee tried to make, he said, was that as a committee, it had no authority to accept or reject. All it could do was recommend.

75 YEARS AGO — 1945

• The first of a series of programs from Special Service Division was presented at the AAF Convalescent Hospital, Plattsburgh Barracks. The unit gave five shows — one in the Post Theatre, three in the hospital wards and the fifth at the Officers’ Club. Four enlisted men, “The Daffy Draftees,” presented a fast-moving show of patter, jokes, music and fun. Pvt. Jackie Whalen acted as emcee, with Cpl. Bill Cohen, Pvt. Arnie Sultan and Sgt. Eddie D’Elia, ably giving forth with song and dance.

• An intensive campaign in the interest of increasing Clinton County’s Boy Scout and Cub Pack membership, launched at a county-wide meeting Tuesday night, is gaining momentum in Plattsburgh and practically every community in this area. Much enthusiasm has been evidenced among the 180 men who attended Tuesday’s meeting, men who represent the committees already formed for 27 new Scouting units, including a dozen troops, four senior troops and 11 cub packs. There is every indication that Clinton County is in store for its greatest development in Boy Scout history.

• Staff Sgt. Roma W. Barnard, son of Mrs. Anna Barnard of 67 Peru Street, recently met a Plattsburgh boy for the first time since he’s been in the service. It was Pfc. Clarence Quilliam at that — and the two boys who had a day and a night to talk things over somewhere in Germany are old friends from high school days at Our Lady of Victory academy. Sgt. Barnard, who has been in the army four years and overseas for nearly three, could hardly believe his luck, he told his mother in the letter describing the meeting.

100 YEARS AGO — 1920

• A northbound D&H freight train in charge of Conductor James Roades and Engineer George Sylases struck a load of smuggled whiskey about 25 feet north of Chazy station at about 1 a.m. yesterday morning. The engineer of the train did not see the horses hauling the load until they ran onto the track directly in front of his engine. Sixty cases of Canadian whiskey was found in bags in the sleigh.

• Editor’s Note: Gen. Leonard Wood was a popular Republican primary candidate in the 1920 United States presidential election. The local Gen. Leonard Wood Club is booming right along. W.B. Jacques has been elected president and within a few days the club will receive 50,000 “Leonard Wood” seals for use in correspondence which may be secured at Jacques’ store or at the Witherhill Hotel or from any of the chairmen. It is a matter of great interest and satisfaction to the club to note the gain Gen. Wood is making daily and that the Philippines and Hawaii are to send delegates for him.

• Over 50 farmers met at the Courthouse yesterday afternoon and organized the Plattsburgh Branch of the Dairyman’s League. Kenneth Fee of Mooers acted as temporary chairman and explained the objects and benefits accruing to dairymen from connection with the league. The work of organization has begun and nearly all of the farmers present signified their intention of becoming members of the society, the sole object of which is to better conditions for dairymen and for the obtaining of equitable prices for their products.

— Compiled by Night Editor Ben Rowe 

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