Many years ago in November in Saranac Lake the playing fields were packed with Red and White uniforms and the streets were packed with Red and Black uniforms - no, not the Tupper Lake athletic teams; the uniform of the hunters who would crowd into Saranac Lake from all over the Northeast for the hunting season wearing the matching red and black wool coats, lace leg pants, caps and high top boots and Cheeseman's Sport Shop would be doing a land-office business in ammo. Everyone had a 30-30 or a 30-ought-6 caliber hunting rifle.
Eldred Gauthier had a state camp on the back side of Ampersand Mountain which we would reach after a long hike from the Pine Pond Landing. Eldred and Winchester Mac Dowell would act as guides for hunters from Ohio; they would hire a plane and drop supplies into "headquarters" clearing near the camp which been the headquarters for a logging operation that went on there in the 1930's.
There were still remains of crude shelters built there for the horses doing the logging. Needless to say it was quite a task trying to find the stuff dropped from that low-flying plane that spread groceries (and maybe even a few cans of beer) into the field and into the trees and bushes.
There was story about a guy hopping across the brook to get to the high embankment on the other side where the camp was located when his quart of Canadian Club popped out of his pack basket and smashed on a rock; the story goes that a bunch of guys ran downstream a few feet trying to get a few sips out of the brook so the whiskey wouldn't all be wasted. The whiskey carrier was so distraught, as the story goes, that Winchester, who was not a drinker, hiked all the way back to the boat, went down the river to Tom Wallace's' liquor store and brought the guy back another bottle.
Red and White beats Lake?Placid
The Enterprise Sports Page:
Nov. 13, 1944
LAKE PLACID, Nov. 11 - An impressive score of 27-0 over the Lake Placid high school football team here today closed the '44 season for the Saranac Lake High team. Saranac Lake's first touchdown came six minutes into the game when John Harrigan carried the ball over the line on a long end run.
The visitor's carried the ball through the sturdy Placid line and around the swift home-team ends until the game's end. With only one minute to play in the last quarter, Tim Sweet plowed through for the final touchdown. [Strange that the story does not report who scored the other touchdowns, just the first one and the last one]
Saranac Lake High won four of its eight games during the season under the thorough training of Coach Ronald E. Knapp. [He was a tough guy; just ask big Bub McGrain. By the way, Bub, how come you were not in that lineup?
Here is the SL line-up, with me adding the first names of the players as best I can remember:
Charlie Harvey, George (Moose) Manko, Dick Talbert, Linus Fobare, Austin Gowan, Floyd Mace, Dick Newell, Tim Sweet, Wayne Sweet, John Harrigan and Bob Reyell.
And the LP lineup:
Lamoy, Krieger, Clark (Matt?), Juben (Art?), Luke Perkins, Damp (Ed or Bob?), L. Perkins, Gilles, R. Perkins, B. Colby and T. Colby.
Officials: Delehant, referee; Couzens, umpire; Christian, head linesman.
Now to the "hunting" stories
Enterprise, Page 3: Nov. 14, 1944
Fourteen violators of the New York State Conservation laws in this Adirondack section paid fines totaling $240 during the month of October, it was reported this morning at the district of the department in Saranac Lake. [Located in what is now the Madden Transfer Storage building].
Following is the list of violators, their fines and their violations:
Evangelist Stcyr of Peru, $12.50, operating a spotlight on lands inhabited by deer for the purpose of taking wild game without a license or permit.
Earl Bradley of Plattsburgh, $12.50, possessing a loaded rife in an automobile for the purpose of taking wild game without a license or permit to do so.
Ellis Brant of Westport, $15, for hunting wild deer during the closed season without a license or permit.
Francis Phinney of Westport, $15 and Robert Phinney of Westport, $10, for hunting wild deer during the closed season without license or permit.
Harry M. O'Brien of Fulton, $10, possessing a loaded shotgun in an automobile for the purpose of taking wild game without a license or permit.
Thomas S. Hall of Keeseville, $12.50, staking traps for the purpose of taking wild fur-bearing animals without license or permit.
Fred Gobin of Malone, $12.50 angling in fresh waters of New York State without license or permit.
[The following men were all fined $12.50 for carrying a loaded rifle in an automobile.]
Nelson Larry of Cadyville, Amos Benware of Chateaugay, Leonard Roberts of Clayburgh, Roland E. Skelton of Verona, N.J., and Thomas J. Yacenida of Verona.
Elmer Van Ornam of Willsboro, $77.50 for possessing one wild anterless deer without license or permit.
[Among the Game Protectors making the apprehensions were two Saranac Lakers; Richard F. Emperor and Leonard M. Morgan, Dew Drop's brother. Those two handsome guys in uniform looked like actors playing a role in the movie, "The Call of the Wild". Other officers listed were: Lee J. Phinney, J. D. D'Avignon, H. S. Light, Earl N. Garceau, K. M. Holley and R. A. Wolfe.]
Working on the tax cap?
Albany, Nov. 14 (AP) -?Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia of New York City testified today at a closed hearing before the legislative commission studying ways to aid cities in reducing real estate taxes.