The way things were
by Anne Weaver

ABOUT THE WEEK OF FEB. 28, 1964, the Honorable Sherman Adams, former governor of New Hampshire and presidential assistant to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, would be the speaker at the 10th Annual Loggers’ Banquet at Hotel Utica in Utica April 7. Adams had several years experience in the lumber and paper business with Parker and Young of Lincoln, N.H. The Loggers’ Banquet was part of the 10th Northeastern Loggers’ Congress to be held at Hotel Utica April 6-8. Topics would include “Reducing the Costs of Logs and Logging.” Speakers included Arthur Engdahl, general manager of Jamestown Plywood Company in Poland, N.Y.; Frank Beneze and Gerald Kavanaugh of Tupper Lake; “Woody” Olmstead of Glens Falls; and Stewart Irwin of Northern Lumber Company in Poland. The recreational potential of the Adirondack Forest Preserve, a 2.3 million acre wilderness retreat owned by the people of the State of New York, was the main theme of the Conservation Department’s annual mid-winter exhibit at the Sports, Travel and Vacation Show in New York City. Division of Conservation Education Director Albert W. Bromley said the graphic presentation of the Adirondack area was “one of the best educational displays on the preserve ever presented to New York City residents.” Instead of thinking of the forest preserve as “just a lot of forest land in Northern New York,” he said, “we hope to present the importance of the preserve in its proper perspective.” An electronically controlled relief map of the Adirondacks pinpointed the various Conservation Department facilities included in the High Peaks region. These included fire protection towers, campsites, trails, lean-tos etc. At HAMILTON COUNTY, Superintendent of Highways John S. Kathan had closed several roads to vehicles weighing over six tons starting March 15. Several high school students had won Regents Scholarships: Indian Lake - James Blanchard, Rosemary Donohue, Paula J. Gauvin and Marcia Lanphear; Inlet - Bonnie Delmarsh and Donna Peters; Long Lake - Sanford Mace and James Hosley; and Wells - Willard Frye, James Fuller and Robert Gosson. A press release from the Governor’s Office said from 1952 to 1963 inclusive the State of New York had helped build 36.8 miles of town roads in Hamilton County: Arietta - 18.9 miles, NYS $38,152, Town $114,455; Hope - 5.5 miles, NYS $27,114, Town $17,617; Morehouse - 3.2 miles, NYS $6,200, Town $18,600; and Wells - 9.2 miles, NYS $35,355, Town $37,925. Scheduled for the 1964 construction season were: Arietta - 1.5 miles, NYS $3,375, Town $10,125; and Wells - 1 miles, NYS $3,376, Town $5,624. At ARIETTA, a resolution aiming at swapping 28 acres of Adirondack Forest Preserve for 30 acres of land owned by the Town of Arietta sailed through the state Assembly without a murmur. The “forever wild” forestland, located within Arietta, would be used to extend the Piseco Airport runway. Assemblyman Joseph R. Younglove sponsored the measure. Both house of the state Legislature had to approve the swap, as well as the next consecutively elected legislature, before an amendment to the NYS Constitution could be put before voters in a general election. At INLET, the PTC Dinner Dance was scheduled for April 4. At LONG LAKE, Navy Lieutenant Edmund R. Clement of the Medical Corps, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund J. Clement, Long Lake, was serving aboard the destroyer tender USS Everglades, operating out of Charlestown, S.C. Everglades departed Feb. 8 for a tour of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean area. The 6th Fleet was able to operate for long periods without the support of land bases. The Long Lake Fire District No. 1 Board of Fire Commissioners Secretary Edwin K. Wilson was advertising a special election for March 17 on the purchase of a new fire truck, a high-pressure 500 GPM pumper with a 200-gallon booster tank, a 1,000-foot hose body and other accessories and equipment for no more than $15,500 plus trade-in credit for a used G.M.C. American LaFrance pumper. In Raquette Lake, Lil and Gerry’s bar and restaurant was open. At MOREHOUSE, the Bear Path Inn taproom and restaurant advertised home cooking. The owners were Birge and Rose Darling. At SPECULATOR, a liquor license was issued to L. Hamilton Chequer and Frances D. Chequer dba Melody Lodge, a hotel located on the west side of the Speculator - Indian Lake Highway. The Bucks bar and restaurant (now The Inn at Speculator) advertised “A Wonderful Place For Wonderful Food.” The superintendent of the NYS Department of Public Works Division of Operation and Maintenance, Chas. E. Walsh Jr., had closed Routes 8 and 30 from Speculator southeasterly toward Wells for 9.73 miles to vehicles with gross loads in excess of four tons per axle. Village of Speculator Clerk and Treasurer Thomas A. Perkins was advertising a tax sale. A liquor license was issued to Floyd Symonds dba Squaw Mt. Lodge on Main Street.