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The Way Things Were -- 05/28/2014 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - Updated: 9:58 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF MAY 28, 1965, At HAMILTON COUNTY, state Comptroller Arthur Levitt announced the distribution of monies as per capita assistance to the cities, towns and villages of the state. This quarterly payment was the first to be made under the provisions of the Anderson Bill, which established new formulas for the computation of per capita aid.

These included a new unit of distribution known as the town outside village area. This unit was devised to assist towns in providing services to persons who reside within its boundaries but not in any of its incorporated villages. Hamilton County received $6,199.77.

To the New York state boating enthusiast who heeded the three Cs of boating -- care, courtesy and common sense -- the long Memorial Day Weekend would be a welcome harbinger of another fun-filled boating season. But Memorial Day loomed as the "end of the road" for the careless and reckless operator who had little regard for the rights of others on the water.

Conservation Commissioner H.G. Wilm warned boatmen that the U.S. Coast Guard and statewide enforcement agencies had adopted a hard line with regard to operators' violations. So far in 1965 15 persons had died and 13 had been injured in 25 reported boat accidents.

Statistics from the department's Division of Motor Boats emphasized that the greatest number of accidents occurred during the early part of the season, when boatmen were getting back into stride after a long winter layoff. This, combined with the fact that the Memorial Day observance would be of the "long weekend" variety that traditionally sends accident statistics soaring, made it doubly important that boatmen used added caution on the water.

State aid grants totaling $221,373.54 had been awarded to 47 counties that conducted NYS Navigation Law enforcement patrols during 1964, it was announced by the NYS Conservation Department. Hamilton County was awarded $1,603.

At INDIAN LAKE, Master Sgt. Charles H. Philo, son of Mrs. Julia C. Philo, Indian Lake, would participate in Royal Flush 10, a North American Treaty Organization combat reconnaissance training exercise in Central Europe during May. Sgt. Philo was an aircraft instrument superintendent in the 66th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Laon AB, France, a unit of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe that constituted the major air component of NATO for the defense of allied countries.

At INLET, the difficult task of selecting the girl with the most talent, poise, personality and beauty in the group of young ladies entered in the Miss Central Adirondacks Pageant to be held in Old Forge rested upon two ladies and three men who would comprise the judging panel.

Assigning quality points on the same basis as was done at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City would be (1) Mrs. Ceil Jones, head of the Ceil Jones Modeling Agency in Utica; (2) Mrs. Charlotte Williams, head of the music department at Utica Free Academy; (3) Mason Taylor, executive editor of the Utica newspaper; (4) Assemblyman Donald Mitchell of Herkimer; and (5) Assemblyman Glenn H. Harris of the Fulton-Hamilton County district.

Robert Castle of Castle Ford, Herkimer, had given $200; Utica Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. had given $100; and $25 each had been contributed by the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, The Town of Webb and the Central Adirondack Association. Miss Central Adirondacks' wardrobe for the Miss New York Pageant was to include gifts from the Boston Store, Utica; Ben Cummins Shoe Store, Utica; and The Village Store, Old Forge.

The Central Adirondack Association and the Town of Webb, co-sponsors of the pageant, had also purchased sterling silver "Miss America" charm bracelets for each contestant and trophies for Miss Central Adirondacks and the first three runners-up.

A spectacular early morning fire demolished the Kenmore Hotel, one of the historic landmark hotels on 4th Lake. Besides the main hotel, the boathouse was also burned to the ground. The fire was discovered and the alarm sounded in all Central Adirondack communities shortly after midnight Wednesday.

Fire companies from Old Forge, Big Moose, Eagle Bay and Inlet responded to the alert and sent equipment to the scene. They fought the stubborn blaze for hours to keep it from spreading to nearby cottages and the heavily wooded and dry forest that surrounded the hotel.

The Kenmore, owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Richard McCarley, was being prepared for the summer's opening. The McCarleys had purchased the hotel from Mr. and Mrs. Oswald Schoelz of Clinton about 10 years before.

The Conservation Department planted over 40,000 trout in local waters. The trucks rolled up to Eagle Bay and all hands were on deck to slip 23,000 rainbows into the big lake; 5,000 brook trout were released into Third Lake and many hundreds were set free in the surrounding ponds and streams.

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Puffer spent the weekend at their home in Inlet. They had as Sunday guests their daughter, son-in-law and grandchild; and Mr. and Mrs. John Titus and family, all of Rochester.

At LONG LAKE, in a special election, voters in Long Lake turned down, 102-100, a proposed $30,000 bond issue for a new ski lift and installation.


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