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The Way Things Were 09/04/2013 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - Updated: 1:50 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF SEPT. 4, 1964, the seven swimming O'Connor sisters, one of the outstanding aquatic teams in the Southwest, would be a leading attraction of the forthcoming The Wonderful World of Sport, being presented in September at Utica Memorial Auditorium by Columbia Festivals, with Bob Maxwell as executive producer.

The girls, oddly enough actually sisters, were from San Diego and ranged from age 12 through 20. Each had at one time or another won local California swimming championships, including a total of 12 awards in the annual LaJolla Rough Water Swim.

The sisters bore first names indicating all might have learned to swim in the chilly waters of Galway Bay rather than the warm waters of Southern California: Diane, Sheila, Colleen, Maureen, Mavoureen, Sharon and Karen.

Other athletic specialists, recruited from 14 nations, appearing in The Wonderful World of Sport included a team of eight kilted Scotsmen in a colorful and tradition-rich display of ancient Highland games; a team of Thailand boxers, who fight with their feet as well as with gloves; a team of Japanese experts in the time-honored martial sports of judo, karate and samurai swordsmanship; and teams of gymnasts from both the United States and Israel.

Also slated were a precision motorcycle team representing the West Berlin police department; a team of Australian aborigines in a show of incredible boomerang-throwing accuracy; a group of Mexican Aztec Indians who "flew" from atop a 100-foot pole; and Raul Garcia, a world high-diving champion from Acapulco, who would dive from a height of more than 80 feet into a small tank.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, the Hamilton County Cancer Drive thanked all the chairmen of the various towns, and their workers, for their splendid help, also those who contributed so generously to bring the total to $1,831.

Results by towns and chairmen: Indian Lake, Mrs. Margaret Merwin, $503.65; Long Lake, Mrs. Margaret Danis, $368; Lake Pleasant, Mrs. Mary King, $280.50; Wells, Mrs. Irene Knowlton, $198.25; Hope, Mrs. Charlotte Wadsworth, $75; Raquette Lake, Dennis Dillon, $50.61; Inlet, Legion Auxiliary, $120.50; Benson, Mrs. Walter Theurer, $84; Arietta, Mrs. Almina Baker, $123; and Morehouse, Mrs. Eleanor O'Bryan, $12. Campaign Chairman Ouida Girard said $90 in memorials was included in the total.

Fifty-five pints of blood were collected in Speculator during August. This meant the Hamilton County Chapter of the Red Cross could continue for another year its program of free blood for all residents of the county.

The Chapter wishes to thank the donors and those who gave their services. Plans now call for the Bloodmobile to be in Indian Lake next year.

At its regular meeting held in the county Court House, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors suggested that each town adopt the countywide house numbering system. The establishment of a Civil Defense emergency operating center in the Court House was referred to the Building Committee.

$3,500 was approved for repairing a bridge in Benson. County Judge James D. Curry was authorized to attend a state Family Court Conference.

At INDIAN LAKE, log-loading cranes were for rent and John Deere and Case tractors were available for lease and purchase through William J. Kattrein Jr.

At INLET, Mrs. Georgiana Hildebrandt Wood, 73, wife of C. Leland Wood of Lake Worth, Fla., and a former resident of Watertown, died Aug. 26, 1964. Mrs. Wood was well known in the Central Adirondacks. Her husband, C. Leland Wood, and his father, W.C. Wood, surveyed the entire Fulton Chain for Mr. Webb.

The Gaiety Theatre announced the following movies: Peter Sellers and Elke Sommers in "A Shot in the Dark;" The Beatles in "A Hard Day's Night;" Olivia DeHaviland in "Lady In a Cage" with Ann Southern; and "A Distant Trumpet" with Troy Donahue, Suzanne Pleshette and Diane McBain.

Colprovia for driveways, tennis courts and walks and crushed limestone and concrete and mason sand were available at Old Forge Supply Co. in Old Forge.

Bulldozing, grading, trucking with Housekeeping Cottages on sand beach with Clayton's Cottages and Minnowbrook Motel in Inlet. Book matches, personal or commercial, and rubber stamps could be bought at the Hamilton County News in Inlet.

Johnson Sea Horse motors, Traveler and Penn Yann boats and canoes were all available at Payne's Boat Livery on 7th Lake, Inlet. New York State Retail Liquor Store with your favorite brand in Inlet. Strong's Rochester Bar was advertising good food and a big time in a little place in Inlet.

At LAKE PLEASANT, the lowest prices and the largest selection on the beautiful Adirondack Trail, with a discount on full cases of each brand and no sales tax, were to be found at the Liquor Store at Speculator.

Dunlop's Marine Service was advertising new and used boats; Chris Craft, Scott and Evinrude motors; custom craft; shipmate trailers; and traveler boats. The Buck's (later to be known as The Inn at Speculator), a bar and restaurant, was a place for wonderful food in Speculator.

Melody Lodge in Speculator boasted of pleasant dining, fine steaks and chops, rare roast sirloin of beef with a bar and grill.

At LONG LAKE, Petter Nagle, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Nagle, Rumford, N.J., was found about 6:40 a.m. Sept. 3 after spending the night in the woods near Long Lake. He had been lost since 2:30 p.m. the preceding day.

Taking part in the search were Game Warden James Hall, Ranger Elmer Morrissey, State Trooper Herbert Boudreau with bloodhounds, the county Sheriff's Department, volunteers from the Long Lake Fire Department and visitors and residents of Long Lake.

John H. Stufflebeam, son of Mrs. Greta Stufflebeam, Long Lake, was to enter Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy in the fall.

At RAQUETTE LAKE, Burke's Marina had Johnson Sea Horse motors, Dura Tech, Feather Craft, cruisers, Boston Whalers, was an authorized dealer for "Cay-Cat Catamaran," an all fiberglass sailboat, and Northland skiis. One advertisement read, "Come to Lil and Gerry's Bar and Restaurant in Raquette Lake."


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