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History — not hearsay (Saranac Lake: August 1936)

August 14, 2010
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

The following items are from the SLPD blotter from August 1936. All entries are verbatim, except some names are changed for obvious reasons.


Two maids missing

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We have all heard the stories about how many times Professor Albert Einstein capsized his sailboat, only to be rescued by locals. But here for the record, in the last entry, is absolute proof that the good man had other problems with his sailboat. In faint print across the entry is written, “recovered.” The top item refers to Lee and Monroe Gladd’s Ford Garage on Upper Broadway. Remember there was no Lake Colby Drive at that time.
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Call from Susie Sheldon, 116 River St., saying that her maid, Josephine Hearn went out last night about 10 p.m. with a party and has not come home as yet. She is 17 years of age and was last seen with Clark Russell. Russell was not in his room at 165 Broadway at 11 a.m. this date.


Call from Mrs. Worden, Park Avenue, that her maid, Miss Helen Toole, had disappeared from her home and the maid is "not quite right" and wants us to locate her. Sgt. Duprey learned at the New York Central Depot that Miss Toole had left on the New York train for New York City. - Duprey


Fire at the Odd Fellows Hall

"Charley," the janitor at the Odd Fellows Hall on Main Street (which was then located next to the Hotel Saranac, a beautiful building where summer theatre was held), reports that someone set fire to a bunch of papers in several places in the hallway of said place between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. of said place. Investigated by Ryan, found same to be true. - Ryan & Brown


Missing money caper investigated

Call from the Alpine Tavern. Investigated and found Ann Carter and Athelie Carter had money stolen from their purse, which they left on the table while they were dancing. Ann Carter lost $4, Athelie lost $1. They claimed that Joe LaRue, Lake Flower Avenue, was near the table while they were dancing. Questioned LaRue who was with Art Charland and Bill Dupree. They all said that LaRue had not been near the table but Jack Davis, a waiter at the tavern, had been near the table. Questioned Davis, he denied being around when the money was stolen. - Duprey


What's in a name?

Call from Ben Gay that someone had stolen his car. (See stole property book.) Notified troopers and they said that they had had a complaint from Wilmington about some car driving away from gas station without paying for gas. Car was headed for Lake Placid. - Garwood


Car borrowed from Tom Ryan's

Call from state troopers to be on the look out for a 1933 Plymouth coupe, license 1F 96-22. This car belonged to Mr. McCoy of 15 Lafayette St., Plattsburgh. He let a man by the name of Ed Wilson of Morrisonville take it from Tom Ryan's (a bar in Bloomingdale that later was the Pleasant View) at 11 a.m. (it was them 10 p.m.) and he hadn't returned it yet. Wanted us to tell this Wilson to take it back to the owner. - Garwood


A mere misunderstanding

Call for officers to go to 13 Virginia St. John Doe and wife having trouble. He has rented house and was moving out. She thought that he was leaving her. But he said she was welcome to go to the new place that he had rented.


A brief date

Dr. Bickford from Dannemora reports that while out with a girl at Saranac Inn yesterday she took his gun. 38 Colt. No. 422625. Advised him to notify the state police. - Chief Coughlin


Complaint about kids

Complaint from Mrs. Homburger of 20 Park Ave., against kids of Mrs. Lambert at 22 Park Ave. Says they throw stones at her kids and call them names. Mrs. Lambert denies all charges but agrees to watch her children closely and see that her children do not do it while her back is turned. - Jones

Returns to the scene of the crime

Roger Cooper, 8 Edward Street reports that sometime between 7 p.m. and midnight while he was working in the Bowling Alley on Woodruff Street 10 gallons of gasoline were stolen from his car parked across the street near Monica's Upholstery Shop. He owns the Buick roadster that used to belong to Lawrence Lancto. Sometime time ago Lancto reported gas stolen from the same car parked in the same place. - Brown


Stolen art

Call from Mrs. D. Blair Jones. Her car was parked near the Library last evening. At about 11 o'clock, some one went through some pictures in the car and took three water colors and one pencil drawing of Tom Mix. (See stolen property book). - Jones



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