Lookback: Week of Sept. 2 to Sept. 9

PRESS-REPUBLICAN ARCHIVESPlattsburgh Air Force Base Wing Commander Col. Robert Dawson holds an illustration of a prayer pin being produced by supporters of the base. The apple, the local staple crop, represents confidence; the sword represents the sign of the cross; and the praying hands represent the men, women and children of PAFB. The pins signify not only a hope that the base remains open, but best wishes and thoughts for the people of PAFB and their futures. (1994)

25 YEARS AGO — 1994

• Supporters of Plattsburgh Air Force Base have been resorting to the power of the pin to show their faith. PAFB Wing Commander Col. Robert Dawson and the base chaplains came up with a morale-boosting idea amid flickering hope that the base might be saved. A prayer pin was created in the form of an apple with a sword and a pair of praying hands through it. The apple, the local staple crop, represents confidence; the sword represents the sign of the cross; and the praying hands represent the men, women and children of PAFB. The pins signify not only a hope that the base remains open, but best wishes and thoughts for the people of PAFB and their futures.

• New tenants could be on Plattsburgh Air Force Base before the military leaves next year. The onus is on the Plattsburgh Intermunicipal Development Council, the agency charged with redeveloping the base. PIDC Interim Director Steve Erman said the group has launched preliminary talks with the Air Force about leasing specific buildings for two potential tenants. The “home run” of the pair is Bombardier Corp., a Montreal-based rail car manufacturer. The PIDC is also talking with United Parcel Service about moving one or both of its existing Plattsburgh facilities to the base, Erman said.

• A consultant says the Crete Center and outdoor concert area is a virtual goldmine that could generate $124,000 a year with just four major events. But consultant Jay Collier also says the city needs to invest — and pronto — about $62,000 in equipment and improvements and that much again as soon as possible. Collier says the Crete Center serves well for trade shows and the like, but has limitations for concerts largely because of the relatively small seating capacity. He said the outdoor site requires a $15,000 concrete slab for a staging area, a $7,000 portable stage and a $20,000 forklift to move equipment.

50 YEARS AGO — 1969

• The appointments of William Eveleth, Miss Patricia Mack and Michael Helinger by the Clinton Community College Board of Trustees were announced by President John A. Mears. Eveleth has been appointed as dean of Student Personnel Services, Mack will join the faculty as an instructor in biology and Helinger will join the faculty as an instructor of mathematics.

• The U.S. Supreme Court has let down the bars by declaring a right to print obscenity and the pornographers are pouring through in pursuit of a fast buck. It’s best to be decent yourself and rear your children in decency. That was the message from Msgr. Robert A. Farmer, pastor of St. John’s Church. “Those who have a sense of decency and are concerned about moral health know that moral sickness, a sort of degeneracy, eventually becomes mental sickness.”

• John C. Colver, the Republican candidate for mayor, is proposing a South Platt Street park and civic center as a pilot for a citywide system of neighborhood parks and centers. “It would be my intention to develop this as a park with picnic tables, fire places and sports facilities. Further, we would acquire the present water development building at this site to develop as a neighborhood center.

75 YEARS AGO — 1944

• Possibly the most severe earth tremor ever experienced in this area occurred at 12:20 this morning, awakening sleepers and causing much anxiety as was evidenced by the numerous telephone calls that were received at the office of the Press-Republican. The length of the tremor was estimated at between three and four minutes. Apparently, it moved from north to south. Walls here were shaken, dishes were knocked off shelves and picture frame positions were changed on walls.

• Joseph Pavone of 87 Broad Street is proud of a display in the show windows of his shoe hospital on Margaret St. for the display was taken from his victory garden. Mr. Pavone specialized in tomatoes this summer and has a wide assortment of large ones — two-pounders that he displayed with pride at the office of the Press-Republican last evening.

• When Plattsburgh State Teachers College opens next Monday, a record enrollment is anticipated. Along with the interest and pride that Plattsburgh takes in this large student body, there comes also a problem, which is more acute at this time — the difficulty in securing suitable rooms for students near the College. In homes where sons or daughters are away at school or in the armed services, accommodations may be offered to other daughters away from their own homes attending the college.

100 YEARS AGO — 1919

• Master John W. Boyland, the 4-year-old son of John P. Boyland, manager of the Home Telephone Company of Plattsburgh, has the distinction of being the youngest boy in the state of New York to make a flight in an airplane. The little fellow has been an enthusiast in the matter of aviation ever since he has begun to watch the birdmen doing their evolutions in the vicinity of the city. His father recently took him out to the aviation field at the Post to obtain a close view of the plane, but the sight of the big Curtiss machine was not enough for Master John and nothing would do but he must make a flight. The two of them got into the passenger seat in the plane and while Mr. Boyland held John in his lap, Lt. Davies started skyward.

• A near riot which was quelled by the arrival of the police occurred at about 10:15 last evening at the grocery store of Louis J. Prarie on Bridge Street when three soldiers, two patients and one from the Medical Corps, engaged in a struggle with the proprietor of the place. A call came into the police and Officers Marsh, Liberty and Deputy Sheriff Brunell went immediately to the store. Nobody was seriously injured, although Mr. Prarie suffered bruises around the nose. According to Mr. Prarie, the soldiers were in an intoxicated condition.

• The village of Dannemora held a welcome celebration last evening for the men from that city who participated in the World War. The celebration took place in the State Hospital and was arranged through the citizens of the village. The celebration began at 8 with a turkey dinner which went straight through to ice cream, pie and cigars. Dannemora sent 83 men to the war. Of this number, three are dead in the cause of liberty: Sayre W. Stuel, Richard Leedham and John Howenth.

— Compiled by Night Editor Ben Rowe

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