The Way Things Were - 01/29/2014
By Anne Weaver

ABOUT THE WEEK OF JAN. 29, 1965, At HAMILTON COUNTY, two men who broke out of Hamilton County Jail were captured early Monday, Jan. 25. Ronald Coleman, 28, and James Robison, 38, overpowered the jailer, Alfred Cole, 68, locked him and his wife in a cell and escaped.

After the escape a third prisoner, Wilfred Steurnagei, kept working a switch, blinking an outside light. This attracted the attention of Allen Hunt, who was driving by. He went to the jail and called Sheriff Arthur Parker.

Shortly after midnight Undersheriff Jason Knapp and Game Protector Homer Preston captured Coleman about 10 miles away on Route 8. Robinson was picked up at 3 a.m. in a woods five miles away by State Police Investigator S.J. Vainauskas and Knapp.

The two prisoners awaited trial for burglarizing camps in the area.

Hamilton County VFW Commander Theodore Harwood wrote a letter to the editor: "As of last week, Sunmount Hospital, Tupper Lake, is no longer admitting veterans in need of hospital care. They are instead referred to Albany or Syracuse, where a long waiting list grows longer.

"Yet, Mr. Driver, Director of Veterans Administration, would have us believe hospital service for those veterans needing it, will be more efficient, and less expensive than before. Across the country, 11 are slated for closing this July, three are located in New York State. How can this be justified?

"The records of these hospitals show they are nearly filled to capacity seven days a week. Where are these men going for treatment? Many disabled veterans go in one day a week for therapy. The closing of Sunmount will deprive these men of treatment, in spite of hollow promises of the Veteran Administration.

"The Hamilton County American Legion is strenuously protesting this action of the Veterans Administration, as are all Veteran groups, but we will need the help of everyone. Letters to our congressmen and Senators Javitts and Kennedy are needed."

Hunting fatalities in New York state in 1964 tied the record low of seven set in 1953, the Conservation Department announced. With a total of 124 gunning accidents, it was the second safest year in a decade.

This compared with the all-time low of 102 mishaps in 1962, when 11 fatalities were reported. Conservation Commissioner H.G. Wilm explained that although hunting license sales had nearly doubled in the last 15 years, total accidents from hunting had dropped 10 percent and fatalities had been cut 35 percent.

Nearly a million hunting licenses were sold in the state in 1964.

At INLET, the Covey-Pashley Memorial Ski Meet had been scheduled for February at McCauley Mountain, Old Forge. The two-event slalom and giant slalom meet for boys and girls, junior I and II, was sponsored by the Polar Bear Ski Club in cooperation with Covey-Pashley Post 893, American Legion and Town of Webb High School.

Competition interest in ski races was mounting with the good ski conditions current in most northeastern ski resorts. Junior racers who had been disappointed week after week with cancellations of popular race events were very anxious to compete in almost every remaining event.

A large number of entries had already been received for the Covey-Pashley Meet, and with a heavy fall of snow of the past two days it was expected that this event would be one of the largest of the ski season.

There would be a box social at Arrowhead Park. It would include the entire family as girls brought boxes of lunch that would be raffled to boys for $.25 or less. It would be the first time in many years an old-fashioned box social had been held. The proceeds would be used to buy playground equipment.

In March the American Legion would hold a Smorgasbord and Dance at The Wood Hotel, Inlet.

At INDIAN LAKE, the Rev. Frank Reed, Leo Westfall and Mende Shulman journeyed to North Creek to attend a meeting of the Adirondack Park Association. There were 35 directors and members present and the business on the agenda was to set plans for the coming year.

A $20,000 budget was approved and the actual breakdown for expenditures was reviewed. A drive for added membership was reported by John C. Gould, Warrensburg, chairman of the Membership Committee. John said with more members the association could use their dues for extra advertising costs.

J. Vernon Lamb, Lake Placid, reported as chairman of the Advertising and Promotion Committee, saying the new magazine and brochures had been drawn up and would be ready for printing in the next few weeks. A resolution was proposed by Cyrus H. Woodbury of Diamond Point to enforce and abate water pollution in our areas. This was approved unanimously by the board.

The chairman of the Nominating Committee recommended that Mende Shulman, the new secretary of the Central Adirondack Association, be appointed to act as regional director. He would replace J.P. Smith.

Frank Reed of Old Forge spoke on Industrial Development in the Park and requested that the Park Association send a member of the organization to a dinner meeting to be held in Syracuse.