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The Way Things Were 01/15/2014 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - Updated: 4:23 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF JAN. 15, 1965, At HAMILTON COUNTY, all members were present at the Organizational Meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors. Included were two new members: Robert E. Jennings, Long Lake, who succeeded Arthur Parker, who had been appointed county sheriff (Charles Farr served as interim appointment); and John Orr, Wells, succeeding John Heffernan, who was elected county treasurer.

Donald Wadsworth acted as temporary chairman. William E. Baker, Arietta, was chosen unanimously as chairman. He was escorted to the chair by supervisors Charles Wickes, Lake Pleasant, and John Burgess, Indian Lake.

Walter Snide, Long Lake, was reappointed Clerk of the Board. Depositories, and limits, for county monies were established: Manufacturers National Bank, Speculator, $500,000; North Creek Bank, Indian Lake, $50,000; Fulton County Bank, $50,000.

The bonds of John Heffernan and Arthur Parker were approved. The contract for fuel oil was awarded to the low bidder, Clarence Wilson, Speculator, and the contract for printing the board's proceedings to Spadafora Printing, Rome. The Public Health Committee was named: Dr. Morrison J. Hosley, Long Lake (three years); Dr. Hubert Carroll, Indian Lake (four years); Stella King, Speculator (two years); Carlo DiMezza, Benson (one year); Donald Wadsworth, Hope (one year).

The board appropriated $750 for conservation purposes to the Hamilton County Federation of Fish and Game Clubs and $500 for publicity to the Central Adirondack Association. Civil Defense Director Frank Parker was named National Disaster Director. It was resolved that the deer season should not go beyond Dec. 1 and that it be a "buck only" season.

Because of the unusually large summer population in the county, the state was asked to raise its maximum Aid For Youth from $1,000 to $2,500. The resignation of Robert Jennings as veterans' director was accepted.

With the figures on the deer take in the Moose River area having been released by the Conservation Department the board had a great deal more in its favor against the party permit system. A total of 5,764 hunters, representing 8,000 man-days, took 208 deer: 102 males and 106 females. The fawn take was not given. Buck fawns were added to the buck take and doe fawns added to the adult does. The Conservation Department anticipated 1,000 deer and certain officials stated that if 500 were not taken there would be a January hunt.

To date there had been no word of a January hunt. Editor Clark P. Osborne asked, "Do you suppose the Department has finally wised up to the fact that the deer are scarce in this area?"

By way of contrast, the Sheldon Mountain Club, which had 125 members, took 101 legal bucks. On the privately owned Whitney, Brandeth and Nehesane parks the take was about 100 bucks, representing one for every three hunters. "This shows what can happen where the Party Permit System is not in effect," Osborne wrote.

County Sheriff Arthur Parker had been named a coordinator at the annual meeting on Police Training Matters to be held in Syracuse.

At INLET, Willard Payne was installed as Master of Northwoods Lodge No. 849 Free & Accepted Masons. Mr. Payne had taken over acting as master of the lodge since the unexpected death of Master George S. Breakey shortly after his installation in January.

Right Worshipful Dr. Robert N. Lindsay served as installation officer. Others seated were Senior Warden L.G. Barnum of Big Moose; Junior Warden Allen Stripp, Old Forge; Secretary Albert W. Brussel, Thendara; Treasurer Leslie Wilcox, Old Forge; Trustee for two years, William Brack, Old Forge; Chaplain William Brack; Senior Deacon Phillip Gandy; Junior Deacon Daryl Carman; Senior Master of Ceremonies Arthur Eyrie Jr., Junior Master of Ceremonies Louis Cornish, all of Old Forge; Marshall W. Donald Burnap, Burnap Hotel, 4th Lake; Musician, Dr. Lindsay; and Tiler, Earl Carman, Bisby Gate.

Tamarack Lodge hosted the January dinner meeting of the Board of Directors of the Central Adirondacks Association. Members present were Leo Westfall, Max Golde, John Collins, Maurice Callahan, Roy Higby, Alfred Thibado, James Evans, Richard Willis, Norton Bird, P.E. Hurley, A.R. Cohen, Frank Rivett, Hans Holl, Joe Uzdavinis, Frank Reed, John Roberts, Marion Blake, John Leach and Mende Shulman.

Frank Reed recapitulated the work done to date by the Businessmen's Group and told the board of plans to eventually build a new and modern office for the Northern Logger. This would become the office for the magazine that was published each month. Also, Frank expressed the sincere hope that one day a building or museum similar to the Corning Glass Museum might be erected beside, next to, or even behind the proposed office building.

Because of his many years of affiliation with the lumber industry, the organization planned to build a structure one day and call it the Frank Reed Building. A more devoted man to a cause than this area, or any other area, would ever see.

The Nominating Committee proposed the following list of officers for 1965: President Leo Westfall, Vice President John Collins, Vice President Joe Uzdavinis, Treasurer P.E. Hurley, and Secretary and Executive Vice President Mende Shulman. The board approved the slate and the officers took over immediately.

At MOREHOUSE, Earl C. Farber, Hoffmeister, was the installing officer at the recent installation of new officers of Newport Masonic Lodge.


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