The way things were
by Anne Weaver

ABOUT THE WEEK OF JAN. 23, 1964, the 1964 March of Dimes solicitation would be carried on mainly by the Mother’s March on Birth Defects. The need for special study for a means of preventing and correcting these defects in babies and arthritic conditions in adults was the main effort of the National Foundation research work at the time.

Money was still being used to help those with after-effects of polio and continual research was being carried on to perfect a better polio vaccine.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, State Comptroller Arthur Levitt announced the distribution of state aid for education to the school districts of the state. These payments were for the second quarter of the state fiscal year. Hamilton County received $83,033.

Levitt also announced the distribution of state motor fuel tax receipts to the 57 counties outside New York City. This total was the share for the three months ending Dec. 31, 1964 that was being returned to the counties in accordance with state Highway Law.

The money was earmarked by statute for deposit in the county road fund. Hamilton County received $25,055.71. In the like period in 1962, its share was $18,516.79.

A Civil Service examination for custodian and custodian bus driver in various school districts in Hamilton County would be held in March. Salaries varied according to school district.

There was one vacancy in the Long Lake School at a salary of $2,800 to $4,000 ($20,032 to $28,617 in 2011). Further information and applications could be obtained from the Hamilton County Personnel Officer, Court House, Lake Pleasant.

At INLET, the Central Adirondack area had been enjoying some much-needed relief from the long cold spell that found temperatures as low as 23 below zero and consistent sub-freezing temperatures for six weeks in a row. The weather took a turn for the warmer when Saturday, Jan. 18, proved to be an almost ideal winter day.

A heavy fall of rain soaked the area Monday, Jan. 20, leaving the roads and streets slippery and filled with slush. Monday night the rain turned to snow and at one time the flakes were as large as half-dollars. This mid-January thaw was the first real break in the weather since early December.

Area residents who had their own private deer-feeding programs underway could get free hay and alfalfa by contacting Jack Perry at the Thendara Station, where the food was stored.

Emory Compo, 74, the only resident of the once thriving railroad junction of Carter, near Old Forge, died Friday, Jan. 17, in Memorial Hospital, Herkimer. Death came to the woodsman 16 days after he was stricken with a heart attack in his cottage.

Mr. Compo was born at Jerden Falls, near Lowville. He was a woodsman in the Croghan area during his younger days and lived in the Old Forge area for the past 40 years. He never married.

His only relatives were two nieces, Mrs. Ambrose Tursk, Croghan, and Mrs. Rose Kelly, Constable; and three nephews, William Compo of Watertown, Edward DeChambeau of Croghan and Theodore Eby, North Syracuse.

The funeral was held from Virkler Funeral Home, Lowville, and St. Stephen’s Church, Croghan, with the Rev. Reginald Ballman, pastor, officiating. Burial was in St. Stephen’s Cemetery.

Residents of this area were shocked and saddened by the unexpected death of George S. Breakey, 38-year-old native of Old Forge, who was prominent in community affairs for many years and who had just recently been installed as master of North Woods Lodge.

George, who had been hospitalized for a week in St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital Center, Utica, due to a heart ailment, died in his sleep about midnight Saturday. He was discovered by a nurse as she was making a routine check early Sunday morning.

Mr. Breakey was born in Old Forge July 30, 1926, son of Samuel and Pearl Hovey Breakey. He graduated from the Town of Webb Schools. He learned the carpenter trade early in life and pursued this line of work in the Old Forge-Inlet area most of his adult life.

For several years he was employed with Richard Southwick, was a maintenance man at Rocky Point, Fourth Lake, for several years and was caretaker for several summer camps in this area. About a year ago he operated and managed Northern Lanes Bowling Center in Old Forge.

Active in Masonic affairs for a number of years, he had also been secretary of the Old Forge Fire Department and was in charge of collections to the company’s ambulance fund. He attended Niccolls Memorial Church.

Besides his wife, the former Beverly Tiffany of Inlet, he was survived by two daughters, Miss Gail Breakey and Miss Nancy Breakey of Old Forge; a sister, Miss Louise Breakey of Johnstown; and two brothers, Francis Breakey of Copenhagen and John Breakey of Eagle Bay.

Funeral services were held from the Eldridge-Autenrith Funeral Home and from Niccolls Memorial Church, where Masonic services were conducted. Members of the Old Forge Fire Department attended in a body. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery.

At LONG LAKE, Renauld J. Parenteau, 18, son of Mrs. Adliska Parenteau, Long Lake, had begun basic training at the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. The nine-week training included naval orientation, history and organization, seamanship, ordnance and gunnery, military drill, first aid and survival.

At WELLS, Claude H. Pinsonneault, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Pinsonneault of Wells, had begun basic training at the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. The nine-week training included naval orientation, history and organization, seamanship, ordnance and gunnery, military drill, first aid and survival.