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The Way Things Were

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - Updated: 7:51 PM

ABOUT FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 1964, Pope Paul VI had appointed Monsignor Thomas A. Donnellan, 50, rector of St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, as Bishop of Ogdensburg. The appointment was announced March 4. Donnellan was a former chancellor of the Archdiocese of New York and secretary to Cardinal Francis Spellman. He succeeded Bishop Leo R. Smith, who had died Oct. 9, 1963 in Rome.

The state Conservation Department reported hunting deaths in New York state had dropped to a near record low in 1963, with nine fatalities. In 1962 there were 102 accidents and 11 fatalities. There were nearly one million licensed hunters. In 1963 there were 147 hunting accidents with 56 self-inflicted injuries, 82 hunters shot by their companions and only nine accidents blamed on unknown shooters.

Carelessness continued to reign as the “number one” cause of hunting accidents, according to Dr. W. Mason Lawrence, assistant commissioner for Fish and Game. Investigations showed 26 were wounded as they stood between the hunter and his target, 15 ricocheting bullets accounted for 16 accidents and 21 were maimed when the shooter fell or tripped. Six were injured when their gun fell, three while crossing a fence, one by holding his gun by the muzzle, six while hunting with the safety off, seven by a clogged gun, two by a loaded gun in a car, 24 by careless handling in general and 20 miscellaneous.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, controversy still raged over the slaughter of 50 or more deer in the Moose River Plains, drawing fire from all over the state and nation. The killings were brought to light the previous week by Inlet Supervisor Norton Bird, chairman of the Hamilton County Conservation Committee, who took photographers and reporters to the area.

NYS Conservation Department officials stuck to their guns, saying the killings were for scientific reasons and state biologists were compiling data on the reproduction of deer in that area and their actions were justified.

The Board of Supervisors condemned the act and asked for the resignation of certain parties involved. The head of the Conservation Department ignored the request and said the experiment was justified.

Newspapers throughout the state had been deluged with letters to the editor, most of them condemning the act as senseless slaughter and a disgrace to the very concept of conservation. Fish and games clubs had also registered their formal protest. In the communities of the Central Adirondacks the populace was appalled.

Early in the week a federal spokesman got into the act and also condemned the slaughter of the deer.

At ARIETTA, Councilman Glenn Harris, confident the votes accorded him in the last two primary elections to pick a Republican nominee for Fulton-Hamilton assemblyman indicated widespread support, recently announced he would be a candidate for the third time in the June 2 balloting for the Republican nomination.

Although he had not said so officially, Assemblyman Joseph R. Younglove, in his 23rd year in the state Legislature, was not expected to stand for re-election. Harris was in his 11th year as Arietta councilman. He had opposed the incumbent in the 1960 and 1962 primaries, finishing second in each of the three-cornered races. In 1962 Harris came within a little more than 700 votes of gaining the nomination.

“I have conducted a business and been a resident of Hamilton County for the past 20 years,” he said. “The other years of my life I was a resident of Fulton County.” He asked for support “so that Hamilton County may have a chance for its first Assemblyman.”

Harris owned and operated Christmas Tree Lodge in Wheelerville and Sno Drift Lodge on Rt. 10 in Arietta, and had had charge of the restaurant at Kobuskie Lanes in Gloversville for almost a year.

During World War II Harris served in the Navy Air Corps. He attended Gloversville schools, University of Miami and Utica College. He was a member of the Fulton County Young Republican Club, St. James Lutheran Church of Gloversville, the Adirondack Improvement Association, the Dolgeville Lodge of Masons, Hamilton County VFW, Gloversville Elks Lodge, the Johnstown Eagles Lodge, Caroga Lake Fire Department and the Nick Stoner Trail Association, which he headed for two years.

Harris married the former Norah Larkins Avery. They had two daughters.

At INLET, work was progressing favorably on the new portion of Route 28 being constructed between Eagle Bay and Inlet, and if all continued well and no further obstacles were encountered the project was expected to be complete by early July.

The new portion began at the Herkimer-Hamilton County Line near Eagle Bay and proceeded toward Inlet for about a mile and a half, to a point on the Cedar Creek Bridge.

The McConnell Construction Company had completed preliminary work on the Eagle Bay end of the new road as it cut through the woods by eliminating the curve by Payne’s Gas Station. Clearing trees and blasting rock just above Albedor Lodge was in progress. Almost the entire relocation of this last portion was solid rock.

The Girl Scouts of the Inlet area would celebrate the 52nd birthday of Girl Scouting and hold an Investiture and Rededication Ceremony March 14 in Community Hall.

At SPECULATOR, Alfred Della Penta, who headed the staff of Speculator’s USEASA certified ski school, was a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America, which introduced the new American System of Ski Instruction that included the best features of the Austrian and Swiss system. Della Penta’s Oak Mountain Ski School was noted for its methods of class and personal instruction that measurably shortened the time required for transforming a beginner into a far safer and more capable skier.

Cadet Michael A. Tracy, a second year student at the Cardinal Farley Military Academy at Rhinecliff, had been promoted to private first class and had also be awarded a Good Conduct Medal by academy authorities. Cadet Tracy attended Lake Pleasant Central School at Speculator and is the son of Hamilton County Attorney Charles S. Tracy of Speculator.

     

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