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The way things were by Anne Weaver

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - Updated: 7:33 AM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF NOV. 21, 1963, state Comptroller Arthur Levitt had announced the distribution of money as per capita assistance to the cities, towns and villages of the state. This payment was for the third quarter in the state’s 1963-64 fiscal year.

Unlike other types of state aid, which were granted for a specific purpose, the per capita aid could be used for any general municipal purpose. Hamilton County received $4,065.93.

County Clerk Earl C. Farber had announced the sale of Conservation Department licenses in Hamilton County for October as follows: Resident - 354 Hunt and Fish, 162 Hunt, 89 Fish, 62 Trap, 723 Big Game, seven Archery, three Free Fish; Non-Resident - 26 Hunt, 34 Fish, 11 Six-Day Fish, 20 Big Game, five Archery.

At INLET, the Central Adirondack Association held its annual Directors Meeting at Albedor Lodge. In the absence of President Leo Westfall, Executive Vice President Pitt Smith conducted the meeting.

Smith gave a report on the association’s activities during the past year, which was accepted as read. The directors voted to approve the 1964 proposed budget of $7,700. A membership drive was also voted for the 1964 season with a Cadillac convertible to be given away as grand prize.

A resolution was passed citing the outstanding contributions to the association by the late Earl Barrett, who was one of its founders. Directors and their wives who attended were Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Callahan, Mr. and Mrs. William Wark, Mr. and Mrs. P.E. Hurley, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rivett, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Uzdavinis, Mr. and Mrs. Norton Bird, Mr. and Mrs. Hans Holl, Mr. and Mrs. Pitt Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Higby and William Dunay.

Search parties combed the Adirondack woods early this week in 1963 for Edward DeRoberts, 24, of North Syracuse, a big-game hunter missing since the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 17. Meanwhile, two other hunters, reported missing Saturday, were located.

A 75-year-old Long Island baker, who was serving as a spotter for a deer hunting party, was lost in the Adirondacks Saturday night without food and in about 30-degree temperatures. George Fritchie of Sayville, Long Island, was spotted at about 11 a.m. Sunday by Robert Harwood, Inlet, who was flying over the area in a seaplane.

Harwood dropped food to the hunter and then circled the area, about 10 miles south of Raquette Lake, until the plane attracted the attention of a search party. The ground search for Fritchie started at daybreak Sunday with 10 searchers under the direction of State Police Sgt. William Shurter, Saranac Lake.

The ground party reached Fritchie about noon Sunday. He was reported to be in good condition. Meanwhile, George Huguenin, Verona, was located by Forest Ranger Marty Allen, Thendara, Saturday evening after he was reported as a missing hunter earlier in the day.

The Inlet Town Board recently appointed these men to a newly created Planning Board: Fr. Francis Edic, the Rev. Livingston Bentley, the Rev. C.E. Humiston, Frederick Raab, Harold Scott, Richard Willis and Richard Payne Jr.

The board had already met once and would make a report to the Town Board at its December meeting, with particular emphasis on the development of the recently acquired Arrowhead property.

The first annual Fall Ball sponsored by Old Forge Knights of Columbus and Masonic Lodge would be held at the St. Bartholomew’s CCD Center. An excellent dance band had been engaged from Utica to provide music for the evening’s festivities.

Many door prizes had been donated and it was hoped that a large crowd would be on hand so the event could become an annual affair. Refreshments would be served throughout the evening.

At RAQUETTE LAKE, the body of a hunter from Sauquoit was found Saturday in a 16-foot outboard boat that had crashed into a submerged rock off a small island in Raquette Lake. State Police identified the man as William C. Hyde, 45, a member of the Paris Town Board since 1958.

An autopsy was performed by the Hamilton County coroner but he withheld his ruling pending completion of tests to determine if the hunter suffered a heart attack before or after his boat hit the submerged rock. State Police said Mr. Hyde suffered fractured ribs, multiple cuts on his liver and a coronary thrombosis.

A hunting companion, George A. Hesse, Utica, told troopers Hyde had set out in the boat late Friday night to go to his hunting camp two miles away. Hesse said he decided to sleep in his car.

When Hyde failed to return to shore the next morning Hesse started a search. Hyde’s body was found at the bottom of the boat near Steve’s Island by two Raquette Lake residents.

Mr. Hyde was born in Erie, Pa., a son of William H. and Neil Carter Hyde. He lived a short time in St. Johnsville and moved to Utica as a child. He was graduated from Utica Free Academy and attended Hamilton College. He married Vivian Collins in 1939.

Besides his wife and mother of Rochester, he left two daughters, Mrs. Gifford R. (Susan) Timian of Sauquoit and Deonne Hyde, at home; two sons, William and Robert, both at home; and a sister, Miss Elizabeth Hyde, Rochester.

At WELLS, NYS Superintendent of Public Works J. Burch McMorran had announced receipt of a low bid of $1,682,750 from S.A. Scullen Co., Watertown, for reconstruction of state routes 8 and 30, where they follow the same highway, from Coon Creek about 3.6 miles northwest of the junction of the two routes, northwesterly 4.08 miles to .67 mile west of the Wells / Lake Pleasant Town Line.

Two bids were received. The new highway section would be relocated on the south side of Sacandaga River. It would have a new 22-foot pavement. Work was expected to begin shortly. It was scheduled for completion by June 20, 1965.


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