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The Way Things Were By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, June 05, 2013 - Updated: 6:01 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF JUNE 5, 1964, Memorial Day had come and gone in the Central Adirondacks and, from a business point of view, it was highly successful. Temperatures remained in the 60s both Saturday and Sunday and although there was a cool breeze over the mountains, rain held off until late Sunday night.

Traffic began to pour into the Central Adirondacks as early as Thursday and motels, hotels and private camps were humming with activity by early Friday. The cool temperatures kept most vacationers off the lakes and beaches, although there was some boating on the Fulton Chain over the long weekend.

Crowds gathered in Old Forge and Inlet for the Memorial Day services Saturday, with Inlet being the focal point of the largest gathering due to the county ceremonies held there by the Leonard-Mick-Roberts American Legion Post.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, unofficial tabulations of votes cast in the Primary Election showed Hamilton County came up with a thumping 1,064 votes to give Glenn H. Harris a seven vote victory over four opponents, giving him the Republican nomination for member of Assembly from the Fulton / Hamilton District. The county vote for the other candidates was Donald C. Scribner 160, William G. Sarris 21, Edward S. Lomanto 52 and Marion Yates Buchner 89.

In the senatorial race Dalwin J. Niles won the district. Hamilton County gave him 342 votes, Donald J. Reile 446 and Walter Van Wiggeren 591. John E. Heffernan won handily over Ernest Hutchins, 929 to 569. For the nomination for sheriff, Arthur Parker nearly doubled the score, 960 to 529 over A. Douglas Call.

In Long Lake for supervisor to fill vacancy the vote was Republican Robert Jennings 160, Charles Farr 115; and Democratic Jennings 49 and Farr 36. This was the only Democratic race in the county.

A press release from the New York State Department of Commerce plugged the Central Adirondacks as follows: "Motorists planning to cross New York State on the way to and from the World's Fair can make a visit to the Central Adirondacks a rewarding part of their tour.

"A glance at the map will explain why these 250 square miles of forest are sometimes called the Lake District of the Adirondacks. Old Forge, largest community in the area and typical of its resort communities, is the headquarters of the Central Adirondacks Association.

"Other villages which have catered to generations of summer vacationers are Big Moose, Eagle Bay, Forestport, Inlet, Speculator and Wells. Blue Mountain, Indian Lake, Lake Pleasant and Raquette Lake are communities named for the scenic bodies of water on which they are located.

"The Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake is an excellent place to make a quick acquaintance with the area. The New York Free Zoo, at Forestport, exhibits animals native to the region. A chair lift on McCauley Mountain, at Old Forge, leads to a panorama of forests, lakes and mountains.

"One of the most enjoyable ways to see the Adirondacks is by boat. Sightseeing trips on the Fulton Chain of Lakes operate from Inlet and Old Forge. Fishing plays a big part in the activities of many visitors to the Central Adirondacks.

"Camping is another favorite activity. Sixteen state operated camping areas in the region have more than one thousand tent sites, including some on islands. There are ten state-maintained launching sites for small boats and all the larger lakes have boat liveries."

At INLET, a representative of the Utica Social Security Office would visit the Old Forge Post Office, District Manager Raymond L. Schultz announced.

The 1964 summer season at Big Moose Community Chapel would open with a worship service Sunday, June 7, conducted by the Rev. Frank A. Reed, who would be the minister for June. Dr. Fred Holloway was to be the summer pastor again during July and August.

Gaiety Theatre announced the following movies: "Rampage" with Robert Mitchum, Elsa Martinelli and Jack Hawkins; "Sabu the Elephant Boy;" and Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in "Irma LaDouce."

Mrs. Emma Rivette Hill, who would have been 92 years of age in December, died May 23, 1964, in Murphy Nursing Home, Utica, where she had been making her home for the past three years. Mrs. Hill, widow of James Hill, was one of the pioneer residents of the Central Adirondacks.

She was born in Moose River, daughter of Joseph and Mathilda Gebo Rivette. In 1892 she was married to Mr. Hill in Port Leyden. They resided in Horseshoe, an Adirondack community near Tupper Lake, a number of years.

Mr. Hill served as superintendent of the Augustus Low estate for many years. Mr. and Mrs. Hill later bought the Manhasset Hotel (the former Fourth Lake Hotel). In 1964 it was a YMCA camp. In later years, they sold the hotel and moved to Old Forge, where Mr. Hill built several houses along Main St.

Mr. Hill died in 1940. Mrs. Hill was employed by Mrs. Anna Fulton, Old Forge Lake, for 42 years. She was a member of St. Bartholomew's Church and the Daughters of Isabella. Survivors included many nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held at the Eldridge-Autenrith Funeral Home, Old Forge, and St. Bartholomew's Church, with the Very Rev. Patrick B. Riley officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, Old Forge.


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