Lookback: Week of Oct. 7 to Oct. 14

PRESS-REPUBLICAN ARCHIVESLaura Fedele of the Peru High School Marching Band Blue Berets sings “Wind Beneath My Wings” during a recent homecoming-day tribute to Plattsburgh Air Force Base. The band, under the direction of Ed Gioia, praised the contributions of PAFB students, parents and other community members for their contributions to the school. The base is in the Peru school district. (1994)

25 YEARS AGO — 1994

• The North Country now has natural gas.

For the first time ever in the North Country, natural gas is being used as an energy source.

Falcon Seaboard officially opened its cogeneration power plant Friday, after 6 1/2 years of wrangling with local officials.

David Dewhurst, the chairman and CEO of Falcon Seaboard, the Texas-based company that owns the Saranac Energy Co.’s new plant, said not only was the $200-million plant “environmentally benign,” but it had generated 350 construction jobs while being built and 30 other full-time positions for day-to-day operations.

• When SUNY Plattsburgh graduated its class of 1944, only women stepped up to get their diplomas. World War II kept the men away.

That class will be honored this weekend when the college celebrates Homecoming ‘94.

The men who expected to graduate in 1944 were held up because of the war, and so some of them graduated later on.

Yet, a few will be attending homecoming as part of the honorary class. “This is the class they started out in, and the one they consider their own,” Director of Development and Planning Malcolm Lavery said.

• The opening of a high-tech plastics-manufacturing firm will ring in the new year in Westport.

On Jan. 1, 1995, General Composites Inc., of Clifton Park, will be expanding into the former village shed on Pleasant Street.

The company will be manufacturing plastic with the strength of steel there, and company President Jeffrey Allott projects that 10 to 20 local people will be hired over the next three years.

The company makes items such as kayaks, high-performance bicycle forks, racing-canoe paddles and satellite struts.

50 YEARS AGO — 1969

• The United States Border Patrol operation here has become the biggest in the entire Northeast Sector, according to Senior Patrolman Miles Adams.

Adams, addressing Rouses Point Kiwanians, said there are now more arrests here than at any other station.

Adams said the area is on the “main line” between New York City and Montreal.

The senior inspector said many of the people the patrol turns back are from other countries.

They fly or take a boat into Montreal, catch a ride to a point near the border and cut through fields or back roads toward Plattsburgh where they catch a bus or plane to New York City.

• A group of Plattsburgh State University College students hope to enter an anti-war float in Saturday’s homecoming parade.

The group called the Plattsburgh Independence Committee for Peace in Vietnam (PICPIV) also hopes to muster a “funeral cortege” to follow the float along the parade route.

Potential “mourners” of the American soldiers lost in Vietnam were asked to wear black armbands as a symbol of their protest.

A Wednesday night meeting of the group overflowed the Hawkins Hall cafeteria and had to move to a lecture room. Between 90 and 100 students — and a sprinkling of college staff members — attended the meeting.

75 YEARS AGO — 1944

• Miscalculation of the boat’s speed and the shoal water by Pilot Grant Edson is the official explanation of the stranding of the steamboat Ticonderoga of the Champlain Transportation Company’s fleet off Point Au Fer reef on Sunday, according to an inspectors report.

The report does not show any violation of the United States law of navigation.

• A group of young folks met at the schoolhouse at Schuyler Falls to organize a recreation club.

Mrs. Robert Supernaw presided at the meeting as adult advisor of the Schuyler Falls home bureau.

The officers were elected, committees appointed and the name, Cozy Corner Canteen, decided upon for the club name.

The group expects to start work on the renovation of Hubert DeLong’s old store and will be glad of any assistance or ideas from members of the community.

• Motion pictures showing the United Nations’ war effort are now available to the schools of Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties through the Adirondack Film Library at Plattsburgh State Teachers College.

The films, of the 16mm sound variety, depict the military contributions of the United States and its allies, including that of the Latin American republics.

• Neither wind, nor rain, nor dark of early morn stay Rouses Point newspaper carrier James Jarvis from his appointed rounds — even though he drives a boat ten miles a day to get to his route.

James, his two sisters and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Jarvis, spend their summers at a Point au Fer camp.

Jim lives at 11 Delaware St. in Rouses Point eight months of the year and has a 55 customer Press-Republican route in the village.

He uses a 25-horsepower motor on a 14-foot aluminum boat to get back and forth to Rouses Point.

100 YEARS AGO — 1919

• In the north window of the Genet liquor store, 187 Margaret Street, there is a display to thrill any nimrod, especially lovers of big game hunting. The display is one backed by a profusion of veri-colored autumn leaves, with a sprinkling of evergreens.

To one side, there is a prize deer head, a trophy bagged by Henry E. Gener at Meacham Lake last season.

Directly opposite is another prize head: a twelve-pointer, taken by H.D. Hemp, seaman, now at sea on a destroyer.

• Sheriff John B. Fiske has received notification from the Navy Department at Washington that beginning Oct. 1, all restrictions have been removed on all amateur radio stations, technical and experimental stations at schools and colleges and all other stations except those used for the purpose of transmitting or receiving commercial traffic of any character, including business of the owner of the station.

The latter restrictions will be removed as soon as President Wilson proclaims a state of peace exists.

• Among the sixteen flyers who start from Aviation Field, San Francisco, on the greatest aerial race in history is Maj. John Bartholf, son of Mrs. Isabella P. Bartholf and the late Maj. John H. Bartholf of Plattsburgh.

The Pacific Coast contestants start from Aviation Field on the 4,500 mile race from coast to coast and back.

Maj. Bartholf, who but a very few years ago was “Jack” to his friends, was always inclined to athletics and sports.

It is not so long ago that he was one of the star players on the Plattsburgh High School nine.

That was in 1908. He was of the class of 1918 in Harvard.

— Compiled by Night Editor Ben Rowe 

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