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The Way Things Were By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - Updated: 8:54 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF JUNE 12, 1964, an unofficial report at press time indicated that after a canvass of votes, Glenn H. Harris was still ahead by seven votes in the race for the Republican nomination for Member of Assembly from the Fulton-Hamilton District.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, all members were present at the monthly meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors held in the Court House. A special meeting was called to meet with the Big Game Committee of the Conservation Department.

Further plans for Hamilton County Day at the World's Fair were made. Walter Snide, Long Lake, was appointed Clerk of the Board until Dec. 31. He replaced Charles Farr, who resigned to fill the vacancy until Dec. 31 caused by the resignation of former Supervisor Arthur Parker, who had been named Hamilton County sheriff.

$20,000 was spent for repair of county roads in the Town of Wells, Hope and Morehouse. Two capital notes, totaling $35,000, to pay for the recently installed county two-way radio system, were approved. The federal government reimbursed half.

The Conservation Department had been treating and restocking Cascade Lake in the Town of Inlet. The Board, therefore, asked that the lake be closed to all fishing etc.

State Comptroller Arthur Levitt announced the distribution of monies representing settlement of the 65 Public Welfare Districts' claims for the quarter ending March 31, 1964. Hamilton County received $3,521.79.

County Superintendent of Highways John S. Kathan entertained state Department of Public Works personnel, supervisors, county officials and town highway superintendents at dinner at Melody Lodge, Speculator.

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors held a special meeting at Melody Lodge. Representing the Conservation Department were William Sevrighaus, Ralph Colson, Asa Smith, Derry Perkins and others.

Although the supervisors wanted no Party Permit System for hunting deer in Hamilton County, and although there would be no permits in Essex County, department spokesmen indicated the system would be in effect in all of Hamilton County the coming fall.

The department planned to issue from 47,000 to 68,000 permits. Also attending the meeting were the president and officers of the Hamilton County Federation of Fish and Game Clubs.

At INLET, the Central Adirondack Association's Annual Banquet was held at the Ferns Restaurant in Old Forge. This gala social affair began with a social hour followed by dinner. There was no special speaker.

Several important personages were called upon for brief remarks. Dancing followed the banquet. CAA president for the past 13 years, Leo E. Westfall of Beckers Hotel, 4th Lake, welcome members and guests.

Executive Vice President Pitt Smith acted as the toastmaster. The CAA is one of the oldest and largest promotional organizations in the State of New York. Its founding dates back to 1929 and its members numbered over 1,000 in 1964.

An annual membership drive is conducted yearly and a grand prize of a Cadillac convertible was given away to the lucky membership holder in 1964. It was on display at the Ferns Gift Center on Main Street in Old Forge.

At the annual meeting of the Inlet Volunteer Fire Co., held recently, these officers were elected: President Peter Peters; Vice President Joseph Dunay; Secretary Earl Burth; Chief Gordon Rudd; 1st Assist. Chief Ralph Murdock; 2nd Assist. Chief Alvin Chambers; Building Committee, Dunay, Robert Meneilly, Peter Kalil; delegates Rudd, Harry Fowler, Murdock, Blackwood, Robert Egenhofer; alternates Tino Martin, R. Baerman; and Squad Chief Richard LaPorte.

Following the meeting the auxiliary served a roast beef dinner.

At the Inlet Public School, the Citizenship Awards were presented by Commander Peter Kalil of American Legion Leonard Mick Roberts Post No. 1402. The award winners were: Mary Ross, sixth grade; and Randolph Byke, third grade.

The winners were chosen by the children by ballot. The award was given yearly by the Post as an incentive to good citizenship in the public schools.

The Gaiety Theatre was advertising the following movies: Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in "Irma LaDouce" and "McClintock" with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.

At RAQUETTE LAKE, the Raquette Lake Volunteer Fire Department and entire village was all set to entertain the 23rd Annual Firemen's Field Day June 13, 1964. Association officers were President William Abrams, First Vice President Donald Beckingham, Second Vice President G. Rudd and Secretary / Treasurer Floyd Simons.

Fourteen organized fire departments in the Central Adirondacks had been invited to participate in the firematic events. They included Blue Mountain Lake, Fort Johnson, Indian Lake, Lake Pleasant, Inlet, Long Lake, Meco, Old Forge, Pleasant Square, Piseco, Raquette Lake, Speculator, Wells and Hope.

Eight firemen races were planned. They included the equipment race, individual ladder race, motor hose contest, booster tank race, portable pump race, motor pump no.1, bucket brigade race and three-man ladder race.

The Raquette Lake Volunteer Fire Department, sponsors of the 1964 event, had published a 60-page souvenir booklet that was distributed during Field Day.


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