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More news from the 1940s

September 4, 2010
By HOWARD RILEY, hjriley@adelphia.net

Mr friend Matt Moore of Lake Placid, whom I have known since our days at the Lake Placid Club, is a master carpenter, so when he tears out a wall and finds an old newspaper (used in the old days as insulation) he saves it for me. So thanks to Matt, here is some news from the Enterprise of Oct. 2, 1947.

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Hot coffee news

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Pill travels 15 miles
(Ad from 1947)

This economic downturn deserved a story of its own: "WATERTOWN - A cup of coffee cost seven cents today in most restaurants and lunch counters here, while elsewhere in the state the price generally was either a nickel or a dime. The two-cent boost here yesterday followed increases in the bulk price of milk and coffee. You pay both extra pennies even if you drink it black."

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Business celebration

"A dinner party to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the opening of Munn's Gas & Electric company was held at Durgan's. Mr. and Mrs. A. Wells Munn were the hosts. The employees attending with their spouses were:

"Mrs. and Mrs. Richard Darrah, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Rascoe, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Sawyer, James Pandolph, Mr. and Mrs. William Bailey, Arthur Fortune, Fred Bailey, Miss Elizabeth Davis, Lawrence Reynolds of Plattsburg and Mrs. Fred Jarvis."

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A wedding announcement

"Miss Sarah Louise Brown of 50 Woodruff Street, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. John Brown of North Lawrence and David Barnett Stern of 33 Main Street, son of Mrs. Isaac Stern of this village were united in marriage last night.

"Justice of the Peace Paul V. Dupree performed the ceremony, the attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Hank Stern.

The couple will make their home in Saranac Lake. Mrs. Stern is a registered nurse, Mr. Stern is employed locally as a mechanic."

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Inexpensive apartments

"Three-room furnished apartment available for $75 per month. Call C. J. Ayres, Inc." (no phone listed)

"Unfurnished apartment of two rooms and kitchenette, bath, porch, heat, hot water, gas range. Adults only. $35 per month. 44 Dorsey Street."

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The lions' roar

The Saranac Lake Lions Club used to publish a great newsletter, which was quoted here last week about V.J. Day, Aug. 14, 1945. Here is news from that publication of October 1944.

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Antique shop opens

"By the way, many of you fellows in service may not know that Emery Bernard out on the Bloomingdale Road has opened up an Antique Shop featuring old pottery, old china and other weather beaten stuff. The first customer, by mistake, bought Emery."

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Golf club

"The Saranac Lake Golf Club has had another successful year. The club again won the Perkins Cup beating Malone who was also tied with Saranac Lake at the Tupper Lake Country Club. Most of the Northern Clubs compete for this cup and so far Saranac Lake is the only club who has won it year after year.

"Dr. Walter Taylor won the Glenwood Cup and Harry Sweeney won the Pedroni Cup. Gene Christian and Gordon Partridge are the finalists in the Club Championship which will be decided soon." Then this note was added, "It has been decided, Gordon won."

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A fish story

"After a fine start, the fishing around here dried up during the intense, hot weather of July and August. A couple of weeks ago Dick Woodruff and Capt. Thomas were transporting a boat load of trout up thru the river to stock Cold Brook. Near Verdo Newman's Camp the boat for some very mysterious reason, capsized, throwing the trout, Woodruff and Thomas into the channel. After a nice long swim, Woodruff and Thomas made it back to town. Sportsmen are unable to explain these old hands acting like a couple of amateurs. At least its the very latest method of stocking fish in our streams around here."

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Mother honored

"Honored by the Navy as a 'Seven Star Mother' who has lost two sons in this war, one in the Pacific and one in Europe, Mrs. Herbert Morrow (we often see her son Ted around town; he served in the Navy) of 76 1/2 Broadway, sponsored the launching of the LSM 282, a landing ship medium at the U.S. Steel's Federal Shipyard at Port Newark, N.J."

 
 

 

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