Fifty-three years ago Dwight (Ike) Eisenhower was President of the United States; Edmund G. (Pat) Brown had just been elected Governor of California and U.S. Space Chief, T. Keith Glennan announced that the new federal space agency had picked 110 rugged young Americans as candidates for the first manned space flight. Just imagine, ten years later, on July 20, 1969 we had a man on the moon.
Here at home the first day of the Saranac Lake 61st Winter Carnival fund drive had been declared a success.
"D. Mott Chapin, treasurer of the Chamber of Commerce and drive chairman, reported at the close of yesterday's campaign that approximately $1,000 had been collected in the day's effort by nine teams of businessmen and women who worked most of the day calling on merchants."
Northway bill introduced
"An Adirondack Northway bill has been introduced by State Senator Janet Hill Gordon of Norwich. The bill calls for building the super highway from Glens Falls, past Lake George, Warrensburg, Pottersville, Schroon Lake, Elizabethtown and Plattsburgh.
"If the bill is approved by the legislature, it will go to the voters in November since a few acres of Forest Preserve land would be required near Schroon Lake."
Litchfield super retires
"Floyd A. Hutchins, superintendent of Litchfield Park Corp., will retire Jan. 31 after completing 35 years in the employ of the Litchfield family. On Feb. 1, 1924 Mr. Hutchins entered the employ of Edward H. Litchfield as a forest engineer to make a selective cutting of the timber on the 14,000 tract.
"He came to Tupper Lake in September, 1916 as a construction engineer in the woods department of the Oval Wood Dish Corporation.
"John W. Stock, Tupper Lake, well known forester and land surveyor will take over as superintendent on February 1."
[The superintendent of the park today is Kevin Littlefield of Tupper Lake, who succeeded Mr. Stock.]
Bloomingdale girl scouts
"Girl Scout Troop 137 held their court of awards at their meeting on Friday. Badges went to Intermediate Girl Scouts Lois Weston, Pamela Dyer, Dawn Fletcher, Patricia Sprague, Betty Ann Benware, Gwenn Hayes, Ruth Kelly, April Dixon, Sandra Plumley, Carol Moody, Sally Wagner, Carolyn Birk and Sharon Jones.
"Girl Scout pins went to three girls who completed tenderfoot requirements: Joan Kelly, Jacqueline Morford and Diane Rottner."
What's on Wednesday night television?
"My Little Margie, Mickey Mouse Club, Huckleberry Hound, Our Miss Brooks, Annie Oakley, John Daly and the News, Tugboat Annie, Wagon Train, Lawrence Welk, Ozzie and Harriet, N.Y. Confidential, Milton Berle, Bat Materson, the Donna Reed Show, Highway Patrol, Armstrong Circle Theater, Boxing, Have Gun, Will Travel and the Californians" to name a few.
Purse snatchers caught
"Police Chief Bill Wallace reports that four boys have been arrested and have confessed to taking part in the snatching of a purse Saturday night at 8:50 from Mrs. Leon Brown of 20 Broadway as she walked home from St. Bernard's Church.
"The purse was recovered two hours after the robbery back of the Elks Club. About $2 in change had been taken, but $14 worth of bills had been left in a compartment of the purse. The Chief said the boys would appear in court in the near future."
Mt. Pisgah improvements
"Mayor Frank Ratigan and the Village Board of Trustees at their meeting last night appointed a committee on the improvement of Mt. Pisgah. Trustee Kenneth Garwood was appointed Chairman. The committee includes, Thomas Cantwell, William Distin, Jr., William Scheefer, Jr., Jack Sweeney, Clayton Woodruff and Village Manager Stan Savarie. Chamber President Jacques DeMattos will serve as an ex-officio member of the committee.
"The Garwood Committee will plan and carry through the improvement with the $20,000 authorized by last week's referendum.
"The Board also voted to spend a maximum of $400 to contribute to the legal expenses involved in the hearing before Public Service Commission Examiner Thomas Brady on the N. Y. Central Railroad's petition to discontinue passenger service."
A couple of good deals
The Thomas P. Ward Real Estate and Insurance Agency advertised an apartment for rent. It was on the ground floor at 58 East Pine St. Five rooms and a bath, garage included, heat and hot water - Adults only - $55 a month.
The car deals were really unbelievable - Northland Chevrolet located in Ray Brook advertised a group of cars under a 2 for 1 deal - buying any one of a group of advertised cars got the second car for 99c - for instance, the highest priced listed on the "2fur" cars was a '57 Oldsmobile for $1,995.
The 99c cars included a '50 Ford, 2 dr., 8 cyl., '50 Chevrolet 2 dr., 6 cyl., '51 Dodge 4 dr.,, 6 cyl., '51 Plymouth Tudor Station Wagon, '51 Oldsmobile Super "88" Tudor, automatic and a '52 Plymouth 6 cyl., coupe now if you chose to buy any of the 99c cars outright the price for each was $49.50.
But wait, there's more!! Two "SPECIALS" - A '50 Buick for $21.45 and a '53 Plymouth for $19.95.
There is an old saying - "bad riding is better than good walking." Now who could have said that?