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The Way Things Were -- 05/07/2014 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - Updated: 11:44 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF MAY 7, 1965, At HAMILTON COUNTY, Assemblyman Glenn H. Harris had furnished this information concerning motor vehicle registration in Hamilton County for 1964: Passenger, 1,986; Commercial, 697; Motorcycle, 23; Omnibus, 2; Taxi, 1; Farm Vehicle, 37; Exempt vehicle, 109; Total, 2,873.

Registration fees paid to the State of New York were $65,230 and returned to County $17,791; Gasoline Tax Returned to County, $92,178; and State Highway Construction, $565,804. In Hamilton County the state paid $34,738 more for highway construction than it received in license fees.

State Comptroller Arthur Levitt announced the distribution of monies for April to the 65 public welfare districts in the state, representing the state share of anticipated welfare expenditures by the localities. Hamilton County received $700.

The state's 1965 share of the Town Highway Improvement Program was $3,375.

At INLET, inquires for summer accommodations were rolling in at a most rapid pace. The hotel, motel and cottage owners are pleased with the prospects for the on-coming summer season. If the barometer was true -- and many said the winter season in Florida was indicative of what could be expected here -- it was going to be a big one. That was the hope, as the winter was almost a complete washout.

An up-to-the-minute Adirondack Park area map and information guide, designed not only for the new tourist but the more experience traveler in New York state's six million acre wonderland, had been printed by the Adirondack Park Association, according to Horace E. Noxon of Schroon Lake, president of the 13-county organization.

The Auxiliary of Inlet Volunteer Hose Company had its annual spring dinner at the Tamarack Lodge. During the dinner Mrs. Grace Schwartz, the newly elected president, presented Mrs. Gloria Peters with an orchid from the ladies as special thanks for her devotion and time given while she was president. After the dinner, the ladies enjoyed a song fest, playing piano and singing familiar songs. The 21 ladies all agreed the dinner was delicious and they extend a special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Jacobi for the wonderful evening.

At the annual school meeting, Inlet voters approved the budget without opposition. Robert Egenhofer was elected a trustee. Mrs. Ralph Murdock was re-elected clerk and Mrs. William Brigham re-elected treasurer. The two bus contracts were awarded to Pete Kalil and Theodore Payne.

The Junior Girl Scout Troop from Inlet and Old Forge was among 300 Central Adirondack Junior Scouts attending a Scout-O-Nanny in Boonville sponsored by the Foothills Girl Scout Council.

At MOREHOUSE, a Certificate of Incorporation of Morehouse Volunteer Fire Company Inc. was filed May 3 with Secretary of State John P. Lomenzo at Albany. The new corporation would have its principal headquarters at Hoffmeister.

Supreme Court Justice Harold R. Soden at Johnstown approved the formation of the corporation on application of Attorney Charles Tracy, Speculator. The territory in which operations would be conducted was the entire Town of Morehouse, and it was expected a contract would be entered in the future between the new fire corporation and Fire Protection District No. 1 of the Town of Morehouse.

The directors who would serve until the first annual organization meeting, all of whom were residents of Hamilton County, were: Earl C. Farber, Hubert Dietch, William Uebele, Robert Easton, Raymond VanHyning and Arthur Gauthier.

At BEAVER RIVER, on the Stillwater Reservoir in neighboring Herkimer County, lawyers were thumbing through legal volumes to find a way to reach across nine miles of desolate railway track and beckon two children to school. The children's mother would not let them go because, she said, she believed education authorities were legally bound to build a road from Big Moose to Beaver River.

Beaver River is a hamlet in the center of 200,000 acres of Adirondack forest. In 1965 five families lived there. Passenger train service had stopped the previous week and there are no roads through the woods. Two of Mrs. Thompson's five children, Shelly, 14, and Scott, 11, boarded in Old Forge during the school week and went home weekends.

They were too young to be boarded out all the time and they certainly couldn't walk nine miles home and nine miles back every weekend. "I shall teach them at home for the rest of this term and if we still have no roads by next winter we will all have to move out," their mother said.

John Leach, supervising principal of Town of Webb Schools, where the Thompsons attended, was not sure about home teaching. "The oldest girl has to take a Regents examination this June and it is very important. I don't want her to have only home teaching. She needs high school teachers," Leach said. "I don't know what the solution is, he added."

Mrs. Thompson has consulted a lawyer, and she said he told her school authorities were bound to provide transportation to and from school for her children. "I'm sticking by this," she said. "We just have to have a road to Big Moose. If we had a road we could drive the children to meet the school bus there."

An official at the New York State Education Department in Albany said lawyers were checking the legal situation. "As far as I know this is unprecedented, but I think we can demand that the children be boarded out all the time to go to school," the official said.


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