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Saranac Lake 69 years ago

July 9, 2011
By HOWARD RILEY ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

While the high level criminal cases that are going on in New York City this July it is time once again to look back at various happenings in past July days in Saranac Lake as recorded in the police blotters.


July 1942

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July 8, 6:20 p.m. - Complaint from Mrs. Southard that some kids had been in her house. I went up there and found the beds rumpled and some stuff spilled out of a drawer. Kids had also mussed up stuff on the dresser. I asked Mrs. Boone next door if she had seen any kids around there and she said she chased a bunch away a few days ago but she didn't know who they were. Mrs. Southard wanted me to round up all the (alias) Jones & Smith kids and bring them to her as she said she could smell the perfume on them if they spilled it. - Ryan


July 8, 11:30 p.m. - Call from John Hyland. He had put a fellow out of his place for causing a disturbance and he was standing on the sidewalk outside raising hell. We went up there and picked him up and also picked up another fellow that was with him. Both were very drunk on Bay Rum. (At least they didn't have halitosis). Also had a call from the St. Regis Hotel about the same men. They had been working at Sekon Lodge and were bragging about it. - Ryan and Wallace


July 11, 5:30 p.m. - Mrs. Culley, Glenwood Estates, reports that Dr. Trudeau's dog, a Great Dane, almost ate up her little Spaniel in her own yard. She also is afraid of the "Brute." -?Wallace


July 11, 11:20 p.m.? -While driving on Bloomingdale Avenue saw a 1936 Ford Suburban overturned against a telephone pole no. 12. Joe F. Ohman and ---- Bruso were pinned under car. Called wrecker and ambulance and hospital but when wrecker did not arrive we turned the car over by hand. Sent both to hospital. -?Wallace


(Now this entry was on July 15, four days after the above accident.)

July 15, 6 a.m. - Call from Dr. Woodruff at General Hospital. Ohman and Bruso both just died. Dr. Woodruff wanted to know the proper county coroner to call. Advised him the Essex County coroner, Dr. Geis. -?Higgins


July 13, 1:15 a.m. - Complaint from Al Shortt that someone broke into his garage on River Street. Investigated with Al and found that entrance had been made by prying open a window in the rear of the garage. The only things missing were 3 bottles of whiskey taken from a portable bar in the upstairs office of Shortt. One bottle of Haig & Haig Scotch value $4.85. One bottle of King William Scotch value $4.00. One bottle of Virginia Dare wine, 35 years old value? (The officer must have made a mistake Virginia Dare was a cheap wine and was more likely 35 days old.) Tom Nesbitt closed the garage at 9:30 p.m. Al Shortt brought some friends in at 10:30 p.m. to give them a drink. And all his spirits were gone. Apparently done by someone who was acquainted with the inside of the garage as nothing else was touched? - Higgins and Jones


July 16, 5 p.m.?- Hugo Tanzini reports that his vacant Barber Shop at 72 Broadway had been broken into and a candy vending machine broken open and about $3.00 worth of pennies taken. Investigated by Wallace who found that Nick Tartaris had chased four kids away from the back of there yesterday. He can identify the kids. -?Wallace


July 20, 2:20 a.m. - Call from a Mr. Highland of Union City, N.J. concerning the body of Mrs. Harriet Guilbert which was supposed to have been shipped by Fortune's on the 10:10 train yesterday and has not yet arrived in Union City. I contacted Jay Stickney (who worked for Fortune) and Mr. Clark, RR Express Agent, who both claimed that the body was shipped on that train. I then called Union City on reverse charges. - Jones


July 27, 10:30 p.m.?- A bus load of young men came into town yesterday from the new Paul Smith School. The bus left this morning at about 1 a.m. The bus was parked on the Broadway Bridge while here. The young men were scattered around town at Mark's Grill, The Rathskeller, the Tavern, the Birches, etc.

While cruising in the Police Car we noticed a young fellow stop a young girl and try to get her to go with him. We started to arrest him for disorderly conduct but decided that he might be put out of the school and so gave him a break with a warning to let the girls alone in this town. These young men were very noisy when they left town in the bus, shouting and singing. - Wallace



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