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The Way Things Were By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - Updated: 10:02 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF JULY 24, 1964, At HAMILTON COUNTY, the Hamilton County Red Cross Chapter thanked all the chairmen of the various towns for the splendid work in the 1964 Fund Drive, and all those who helped to canvass, and those contributing. The chapter was one of three of 17 to receive an award and citation from the National Red Cross, for 100 percent Fund Drive.

In its 32-year history, the chapter had oversubscribed its goal in every year but one. Classes in Water Safety were being held throughout the county with certificates and materials issued from local chapters.

Free blood for all 4,267 residents of the county (as per the 1960 Census) would again be assured if 50 pints of blood were donated by Aug. 27 at Speculator. Otherwise, the program could not be continued.

On Aug. 1, an auction was to be held at "The Four Corners" in Speculator. Contributions of any article, but not clothing, would be greatly appreciated as a variety was needed to make this a success.

At BLUE MT. LAKE, William R. Marscher, New Hartford, took first place in the lake trout division of the June segment of the Louis A. Wehle Fishing Contest with an 18-pound, 3-ounce laker caught in Blue Mountain Lake.

At INDIAN LAKE, state Superintendent of Public Works J. Burch McMorran announced that sealed bids would be opened Aug. 20 for 28 highway projects in the state estimated at a total cost of nearly $20 million. Among the work was one project in Hamilton County, calling for the resurfacing of Route 30 from the hamlet of Indian Lake south 7.08 miles along the west shore of Indian Lake.

The 18- to 22-foot wide pavement would be resurfaced concrete at an estimated cost of $295,000.

Army PFC Stanton W. Bell Jr., whose father lived in Indian Lake, and other members of the 30th Medical Group participated in field training Exercise Meddelta, which ended Feb. 12 in Karlshune, Germany. During the exercise medical units, under simulated battle conditions, performed all phases of medical duties involved in transportation and treatment of casualties from battlefield to hospital.

Bell was regularly assigned as a medical corpsman to the 505th Medical Battalion near Karlshune. The 18-year-old soldier entered the Army in April 1962, and had been overseas since the following September. Bell attended Indian Lake School.

At INLET, Governor and Mrs. William Scranton and family of Pennsylvania arrived in Old Forge and from there went to the Adirondack League Club's Preserve, Little Moose Lake, where they would spend the next two weeks vacationing. They planned to remain until the first of August. Gov. Scranton recently attained national fame via his strenuous but futile bid for the Republican presidential nomination, which reached a climax at the Republican National Convention in San Francisco.

Final preparations were being made for the annual Golf Exhibition at the Thendara Golf Course. The match promised to be one of the best ever staged in this area, with Tony Lema pitted against Doug Sanders for the Adirondack Championship.

Over 2,000 advance sale tickets had been distributed to golf and country clubs in New York state and the match was expected to attract one of the best crowds of the year to this resort area. Both golfers were crowd pleasers from way back.

Lema, who had been winning one tournament after another, had recently captured the British Open. Sanders, who appeared at the Thendara course in 1961, was also among the top pros in the country and a big money winner in matches throughout the United States and abroad.

Army Specialist Four John G. McNeil, son of Mrs. Lillian A. Burth, Inlet, participated in "Exercise High Speed," a nine-day 7th U.S. Army field training exercise for signal units in central Germany. The maneuver had ended recently. Specialist McNeil, a radio teletype operator in Headquarters Detachment of the 35th Quartermaster Battalion near Ludwigsburg, Germany, entered the Army in August 1962 and completed basic combat training at Ft. Gordon, Ga.

The Gaiety Theatre announced the following movies: David Niven, Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale and Robert Wagner in "The Pink Panther;" "Best Man" with Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson; and "Tom Jones" with Albert Finney and Susannah York.

At LONG LAKE, John C. Dewyea Jr., airman apprentice in the U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Dewyea Sr., Long Lake, was attending Parachute Rigger School at the Naval Air Technical Training Unit, Lakehurst, N.J.

He was studying the technique used in packing parachutes and had already made one parachute jump using a parachute he packed himself. Also included were studies in servicing survival equipment such as aviators' life rafts and life jackets.

At MOREHOUSE, Henry M. Butler, 73, a lifelong resident of Hoffmeister, died July 22 in a Johnstown Nursing home. He was born in the Town of Morehouse. His first wife, Elizabeth Kinney, died many years ago.

He later married Inez Girard, who died in 1939. He was a caretaker at G Lake for several years and later owned a grocery store in Hoffmeister. He left several nieces and nephews. The funeral was held July 23, with burial in Spruce Hill Cemetery on Mountain Home Road in Morehouse.


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