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The news from 1948

January 17, 2009

The Saranac Lake Study and Craft Guild, which was located next to the library, printed this mission statement in its newsletter: "The Guild is a part-time vocational school of arts and crafts administered by the Franklin County Vocational Education and Extension Board receiving funds exclusively for teaching salaries from New York State and Federal sources. The Guild was incorporated on January 14, 1936."

The newsletter was edited by Eddie Vogt, longtime Enterprise columnist, and the newsletters were all published at the end of the year in a nicely done pamphlet.

Here are some items in a column entitled, "Home Town Jottings," mostly from January and December 1948:

Article Photos

A man gets a chest X-ray for tuberculosis, which, as students, we received more than once.
(Photo β€” Saranac Lake Study and Craft Guild News)

"Ice first appeared on Lake Flower on December 2nd, but it has not been entirely frozen over as yet."

"The largest deer shot during this past season was bagged by John Dewey. It was a 210 lb., ten-pointer, and was shot in the Santa Clara section."

"E. Truman Wright is the new general manager of the Lake Placid Club. He succeeds Charles E. Todd, who resigned."

"Mrs. Eleanor M. Estes and John Emil Buehler were drowned on December 5th when their boat overturned in Lower Saranac Lake. Robert Estes reached shore safely after an unsuccessful attempt to rescue his wife and Mr. Buehler." (It seems unusual, to say the least, to be in a boat in December on the Lower Lake.)"

"Lt. Colonel Marion R. Vargas of Venezuela, who has been residing here, left suddenly for his home following the overthrow of the government of President Romulo Gallegos. Vargas had been one of Gallegos staunchest supporters."

"The official title of the single-man bob run will be the Mt. Pisgah Run, according to a decision by the village trustees." (Must have taken some time to come up with that catchy title.)

"Albert Homburger shot a 26-lb lynx while hunting rabbits."

"Five lumberjacks were killed instantly on December 4th in the head-on collision of their car and a fuel truck. The men, all residents of Tupper Lake, were returning to their homes after working in the woods."

"William G. Distin, Jr., has been appointed a ski instructor at Whiteface Mountain."

"The Philadelphia Eagles, whose training quarters are in Saranac Lake, won the National Football Championships by defeating the Chicago Cardinals 7-0 on December 19."

"The coldest day of the winter so far was January 18th when the thermometer hit 34 below."

"The Rev. Patrick J. O'Connor was guest of honor at Chaplain's Night - a farewell testimonial and reception given him at the Knights of Columbus home on January 21st. Rev. O'Connor is leaving for Malone where he will be assistant to the pastor at St. Joseph's Church."

"Jean Keating and Robert Sullivan were crowned King and Queen of the Winter Carnival at the Carnival Ball, held at the Hotel Saranac on January 3rd." (They were the stars of our high school graduating class the following June.)

"Four girls and ten boys were born here at the Saranac Lake General Hospital in December, the previous October twelve new boys and ten new girls arrived here, and born in August were thirteen boys and twelve girls." (Wow, 35 boys and 26 girls in just three months.)

"At the invitation of Thomas P. Ward, the New York State postmasters will hold their convention here on June 10, 11 and 12. Over six hundred are expected to attend."

"Mlle. Marie Martha Marchand of Montreal and John Engelken of Saranac Lake were married on Christmas Day at the Baker Memorial Chapel. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Richard Herman Engelken, father of the groom."

"During the last deer season, 6094 deer were reported shot in the Adirondack area - an increase of more than a thousand over the previous year. And this does not include all those not reported."

"Marie Diana and Bill Costigan, of Trudeau, have announced their engagement. And Celeste Mezzanini and Bernard Kiyo (ex-Trudeauites) will break the news any day."

"Charles S. Barnet has resigned as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Saranac Lake General Hospital after serving in that capacity for twenty-seven years. Mrs. Lawrason Brown has been elected to replace him."

"John H. O'Toole, manager of Leonard's Department Store on Berkeley Square since last October, has resigned his position effective February 1st."

"In September 1948, fifteen hundred Elks members and invited guest were present at the 23rd annual clam bake of the Saranac Lake Lodge of Elks."



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