We all lost a good friend and a great source of Saranac Lake history last week when my cousin Bob McKillip died. If I didn't feel like going through a lot of research, I would simply call Bob with the question at hand and he would usually have the answer.
Just a short time ago, Emily Fogarty asked me if I remembered the Catholic priest and his family who lived at what was then known as the "Villa Dorsey." I could not remember his name, but upon calling Bob, I was not 10 words into the question when this staccato reply came zipping over the phone line: Father John Waterhouse lived there with his aunt Helen Casey who was a teller at the Adirondack National Bank and Trust Company Father Waterhouse was ordained at Wadhams Hall In Ogdensburg in May 19__ ... etc., etc.
Digging into my Enterprise files for this week's column, here are a few classified ads listed under "Boarding Cottages" that nearly jumped onto my keyboard:
Main Street was wide and brick in Saranac Lake in 1930.
(Photo — Plattsburgh State Special Collections)
"Those seeking comfortable winter quarters should be interested in a few vacancies. We have accommodations for twenty-five with five bathrooms and an abundance of hot water. Table excellent and of seasonable variety. Villa Dorsey, 51 Dorsey Street." (Drive to the end of Leona Street today, and as the road curves down to Dorsey Terrace, that is the Villa Dorsey located on your immediate left).
"Mrs. Merrill, 57 Bloomingdale Avenue. Single meals 50c. Weekly board $8.00. Room and board from $11.00 to $16.00. Breakfast from 6:00 a.m. to 9 a.m. Supper 6:15 p.m. Dinner 12:15 except Sundays, 1:15. Phone 119-W-2." (I suppose if one were to ask Jack Fogarty about rates today at his bed and breakfast, they would be considerably more than 50 cents a meal.)
Then there were these interesting classifieds under "Music and Dancing":
-"Dancing - For Grecian Ballet for local entertainments, young, athletic girls wanted. Phone 1024-M and also Classical social dancing taught by Mlle. LeBrun from New York recently of Alex Kosloff's Russian Ballet.
-"Music - Leon B. Paye, Violin and Mandolin Teacher. Studio 6 on Mills Avenue. Phone 557-J or 16-F-23 also Philip Steneri instructor of string instruments and distributing agents for Gibson Musical Instruments and supplies; also King Band Instruments and supplies. Tel. 803-W."
Compensation Referee B.W. Nye held hearings in Saranac Lake on Wednesday, Jan. 14, and the following awards were made:
-"William H. Woodruff, of 164 Lake Flower Avenue, was awarded $2,064.24. He was employed by Branch & Callanan and was awarded 122 weeks compensation at $16.92 per week for 50 per cent loss of use of his left hand.
-"Paul Hohans, of 14 Virginia Street, employed at the bakery of Jacob Kern, 163 Broadway, was awarded 12 weeks at $20.00, a total of $240.00, and the case adjourned.
-"Alfred Goodman, of Chasm Falls, employed by B.A. Muncil of Paul Smiths, was awarded 15 weeks at $19.23, a total of $288.45 and the case was closed.
-"David Marshall of 3 Winona Avenue, employed by William Mullen at 17 Blooingdale Avenue was awarded 8 weeks at $11.54, a total of $92.32 and the case was continued.
-"Agnes Buckley, of Saranac Lake, employed by the General Hospital was awarded two weeks at $9.23, a total of $18.46. The case was closed."
Other unusual 1925 news
Headline reads, "Carried into Hospital with Bullet Hole in Left Foot":
"A man giving his name as John Ryan of Morrisonville was carried into the Champlain Valley Hospital in Plattsburgh at an early hour Monday morning. He was suffering from a bullet wound in the left foot. The wound is not serious.
"The patient refused to tell how he received his injury, which is believed to be one of the by-products of the bootleg trail." (Cliff Cochran will like this short "bootleg" story.)
Headline reads, "Chair Kills 3 at Sing Sing":
"OSSINING, Jan. 16 (United Press) - Harry Malcolm, Edward Smith and Ambrose Geary, all of Buffalo, were put to death in the electric chair last night at Sing Sing prison. The three paid the death penalty for the murder of Mae Bingham, wife of a Buffalo druggist."
Headline reads, "Hard Times in Lumber Camp":
"On a recent day one of the men came out from a wood cutter's camp in the West Brandon section to get supplies. A heavy snowstorm set in and he was unable to return." (The ghost town of Brandon is near Paul Smiths).
"After waiting two days, the men in the camp, who were on starvation rations, decided it better freeze to death than starve to death and started out with their horses. They managed to make the first house, but the horses were exhausted and had to stop there."