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Mohawk airline takes the stick — 1961

August 1, 2009
By Howard Riley,

My friend Kerry Kelly has a copy of the Enterprise from Sept. 11, 1961. He has it on loan to me under threats of bodily harm should any harm be done to that copy. More about Mr. Kelly later.

The lead story and a number of other stories in the Enterprise are about Mohawk Airlines "Assuming Formal Control at the Lake Clear Airport." Under authority from the Civil Aeronautics Board Mohawk took over from Eastern Airlines.

Most of the advertising lineage was from local businesses congratulating Mohawk but the most interesting piece to me was Mohawk's own half-page ad listing the rates and flight schedule.

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From Saranac Lake to Albany, three flights daily, one way, plus taxes - $15.95. In addition there were 3 flights daily to these destinations Boston, $27.45; Burlington, $5.80; Glens Falls, $13.05; Keene, N.H., $21.05; New York-Newark, $22.25 and Worcester, MA, $24.30.


All the news that fits, we print - local news from 48 years ago:


Golf tournament

"Jake Kleist of Syracuse won the Kate Smith Golf Tournament this weekend at Lake Placid with a low gross of 142 for 36 holes of medal play. This is one over the tournament record of 141. Tom George III of Lake Placid won the first low net prize with a 134. Ed Yelle of AuSable Forks had 140. There were two prizes for local entrants. First gross prize went to Emerson Beaney for his 164 and first net to John Fell with 142."


Truck overturns

"A pick-up truck driven by John B. Peria, 18, of Harrietstown Road and owned by his father, John H., skidded and overturned Friday evening at 10:58 slightly injuring young Peria and his passenger Phillip Duprey of Ray Brook.

"Peria told state police he was traveling east on the McKenzie Pond Road about a mile outside of Saranac Lake when the front wheel of the truck started to shimmy, forcing him off the pavement. (John: I have noticed that those pick-ups, will tend to develop a little shimmy at about 85 mph HR). The driver was bruised about the face and Duprey received a small laceration of the scalp. Both were treated at the Saranac lake General Hospital and released."


Go-kart racing

I found my by-line on this story on the sports page.

"The first annual Tri-Lake Go-Kart Championships, the poor man's Grand Prix of the North Country, ended Saturday night with 45 racers burning up the asphalt track at the Saranac Lake Kartway,

"Bernie Kentile, Sr., and Jr., Craig Duso, John Pedroni, Jr., and Angus Vourden all wheeled into the winners; circle.

"Don Carter of Saranac Lake flipped his No. 17 A-Standard when he collided with John Loveday of Plattsburgh, neither man was hurt."

Andy Fortune who was calling the races jokingly announced over the PA system, 'Carter fortunately landed on his head.'


Other sports notes

"Saranac Lake Golfers won the Perkins Trophy in an annual tournament held yesterday at the Saranac Lake Golf Course. Eight-nine members of the Saranac Lake, Malone and Tupper Lake Clubs participated in the event. Saranac Lake's low score of 971 copped the trophy with Tupper Lake second with a 990 and Malone third with 994. The low gross score for the par-72 course was turned in by Joe Raimondi with a 70."


Mantle hits No. 53

"Mickey Mantle picked up his 53rd home run in his bid to break Babe Ruth's 1927 record of 60 Sunday when he and his New York Yankee teammates were whipping the Cleveland Indians 7-6 and 9-3. The Yankee's Roger Maris, who has 56 homers, had to be content with two singles during the day."


The ads say it all

The movies playing at the Palace Theater in Lake Placid in 1961 featured William Holden and Kim Novak in "Picnic" and in the good old days there was always a double-header so the second movie, (probably all for a quarter), featured Doris Day, Jack Lemmon and Ernie Kovacs in "Twinkle and Shine."

The Dorothy Sargent School of Day was announcing registration for classes which included ballet and tap and acrobatic classes.

The Dorothy Yepez Galleries on the Bloomingdale Road was introducing Princess Red Wing who was a U.N. Delegate on American Indian Affairs. The Gallery was showing original paintings by American Indian Artists from ten tribes.

There probably was not a big turn-out because the ad read: "Admission to Gallery and Lecture - $150." Maybe the error was caught in time for a correction.



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