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More from August 1952

September 11, 2008
By Howard Riley,

Last week, we covered a number of national and local events from two copies of the Adirondack Enterprise dated Aug. 12 and 13, 1952. The title of the column was "The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same." Well, that rule does not apply to everything, such as real estate and food pricesso here is some more news from 1952.

House for sale

Now here was the buy of the week or maybe the buy of the year advertised by Homeland Realty of Schenectady. A two-family house located at 28 Neil Street with income of $110 monthly for sale for $9,900.

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Cape Air serving the Adirondack Regional Airport has had a higher passenger count in July and August than any other airline in the past six years. They have good rates but nothing could compare to the rates advertised by Colonial Airlines in 1952.

Need an apartment? Small apartment available (no address listed, tel. 762-W) lights, heat and gas included $45.00 monthly and here is one for even less money - small heated apartment with bath at 58 Shepherd Avenue $35 per month.

Boat rules on Mirror Lake

"A public hearing will be held tonight on an ordinance approved by the North Elba Town Board to regulate the use of boats on Mirror Lake that lies with the town of North Elba.

"The proposed ordinance provides safety regulations and rules that no boat shall be operated on the lake at a speed excessive to 10 miles per hour, and boats passing bathing beaches, swimmers or craft within 100 feet must cut this down to five miles per hour.

"The village of Lake Placid has had an ordinance for a number of years regulating the type of boats to be used on the lake within the incorporate limits. The town's proposed rule applies to that portion of the lake which comes under the jurisdiction of the town board. The penalties for offenders were up to a $50 fine or by imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both."

Motor boats, except for special events, have not been allowed on Mirror Lake for a long time. So, at one time, did the village ban motor boats and the town allow them on the town's portion of the lake? And I never knew that part of the lake was in the village and part in the town and a boater would have to have known which part of the lake applied to which regulations. I'll have to ask Lake Placid Mayor Jamie Rogers and North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi to clear this up for me.

From the Social Page

Miss Betty O'Connell and Alfred Rabideau of Rochester, also Mr. and Mrs. Victor Rabideau of Plattsburgh were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Anderson. The Anderson's (Tony was the long-time Mayor) were one of the nicest couples in town. Mrs. Helen Anderson's maiden name was Rabideau.

Typo's existed even back in 1952 - or maybe this was a tie - Mrs. Julia Noyes was second and Mrs. Jennie Harris was second at the weekly card party of the Women of the Moose held last evening. Albert Christian took top honors for the men with Frank Harris, second, apparently also tied with Mrs. Harris.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Worthington and their daughter, Janet, of 50 Petrova Avenue left today to spend three weeks vacationing in Nova Scotia.

With more than 300 young people, many of whom were out-of-town visitors, attending the Teen Canteen Square Dance at the Town Hall last night, attendance records for this popular affair were broken. In addition to hostesses Mrs. Francis Walsh and Mrs. Chester Fobare (Mrs. Walsh's daughter) a large number of parents stopped in to watch and several of them joined the dancers.

Let's Look at the Ads

The Driftwood Room at the Hotel Marcy featured dancing to Joe Coppela's Melody-Mood Music - your host Uncle Eppy. Never a cover or a minimum - dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. - supper from 10 p.m. to closing.

The Sara-Placid Drive-In Theater on Route 86 was featuring FBI Girl with Audrey Tott and Cesar Romero and the Tupper Lake Drive-In was featuring Golden Girl with Mitzi Gaynor and Dennis Day.

The Charles Green Market was selling oranges for 39c a dozen; grapes for 25c a pound; home grown tomatoes for 25c for two pounds and 2 pounds of apples for 25c. Everything, it seems, was 25c except a tin of tuna fish which was 27c and a tin of tomato soup which was 12c.

Adirondack Transit Lines (a bus company) had a pretty good deal if one had to get to New York City. Departing from the terminal at the Hotel St. Regis, a mid-week round trip excursion to NYC was $11.10 plus tax, good for return on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

(Editor's note: This column was printed in the Enterprise on Saturday, Sept. 6 but was accidentally not posted online until Sept. 11.)



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