The Way Things Were
By Anne Weaver

ABOUT THE WEEK OF MAY 15, 1964, a local branch of the United States Postal Service wrote: "It is a pleasure to report to you on the progress your post office is making in our daily efforts to cope with the mounting volume of mail. We may not be the biggest link in the chain of post offices that stretches across the country, and we lack some of the more modern mechanization in the post offices of cities like Detroit and Chicago.

"However, we are the main avenue and still the most economical avenue of communication with the world around us. We aim to keep it that way.

"One of the more difficult problems is the rising tide of our mail. It goes up at the rate of 2.5 billion pieces annually. Our national volume is more than 70 billion. In just six years it is expected to climb to 90 billion. That's because we are a great nation of letter writers.

"Many of us do business with the bank by mail. We get our magazines through the mail. We pay some of our bills by mail. In 1963 our total volume measured out to 361 pieces of correspondence, almost one a day, for every man, woman and child in the country.

"Your Post Office Department had to come up with some solution for this problem of an ever-growing mail volume without an unmanageable increase in the size of its workroom personnel. The only practical answer, and the most economical answer, was Zip Code."

In HAMILTON COUNTY, the report of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles shows these figures on highway accidents in Hamilton County during 1963: Villages - 27 accidents, no deaths, eight injuries, no pedestrian only incidents; Rural - 191 accidents, three deaths, 153 injuries, six pedestrian only accidents, two pedestrian only deaths, four pedestrian only injuries; Totals - 218 accidents; three deaths, 161 injuries, six pedestrian only accidents; two pedestrian only deaths; four pedestrian only injuries. In 1962 there were 244 accidents, three deaths and 140 injuries.

The New York State Civil Defense Commission presented a citation to Hamilton County Civil Defense Director Frank Parker, Wells, for 10 years of community leadership in the Civil Defense Program. Gov. Nelson Rockefeller took part in the ceremonies.

Sheriff Arthur Parker made the following statements: "A native of Long Lake, born Dec. 20, 1907, I have resided here all my life with my wife, Loretta. We were blessed with four children, Margaret Perkins of Speculator; Maurice, who was killed while serving in the U.S. Navy; Janet Parker, employed by General Electric Company in Utica; and Douglas Parker, now serving in the U.S. Navy.

"I am a member of nearly all local organizations, captain of the Long Lake Rescue Squad, one of the directors of the Hamilton County Red Cross, and one of the directors of the Hamilton County Health Association. I was elected town clerk of Long Lake in 1939 and held this office for six years.

"In 1946, I was elected town supervisor and held this office until the 28th of April, 1964, when I was appointed sheriff of our wonderful County by the Honorable Gov. Rockefeller. During my terms as supervisor, I was elected Chairman of the Board of Supervisors six terms. I have served on all the important committees of the County.

"I have served as deputy sheriff under our beloved late Sheriff Merritt Lamos for the past four years. Since I am a candidate for the Office of Sheriff on the Republican ballot, it is my earnest desire to meet personally with each voter of Hamilton County, but because of my duties of my new appointment, time will not permit it.

"I do hope you will understand. Your support on Primary Day will be greatly appreciated. If elected to this important office, I will conduct my duties in a manner of which everyone will be proud. I want to thank all the Republican Committeemen and all those who had anything to do with my getting the appointment of Sheriff.

"Also, I want to thank all those who helped to circulate and sign my petitions. There were approximately 600 signers..."

At INLET, the annual Central Adirondack Association Banquet was held at the Ferns Restaurant in Old Forge. A social hour preceded and dancing and entertainment followed the dinner.

CAA President Leo E. Westfall invited anyone who wished to attend the affair. The CAA would soon start its membership drive for associate members with a 1964 Cadillac convertible given away as the grand prize. Anyone who sold 10 memberships received one free and the lucky person who sold the winning membership would collect a cash bonus of $100.

With the advent of warm weather, construction crews had been making considerable progress on the new section of Rt. 28 between Eagle Bay and Inlet. The road, which when completed would eliminate a series of dangerous curves, was being blasted out of the side of Rocky Mt.

Daily blasts had been shaking the mountainside there as the entire 1.41 miles was being practically cut through the boulders. The project was expected to cost $449,000 and was being done by the McConville Company Inc. of Ogdensburg.

The new section of road began at the Hamilton-Herkimer County line near Eagle Bay and all the work was entirely in Hamilton County. Construction officials hoped to have the job completed by late summer or early fall.

At LAKE PLEASANT, everyone was welcome to an Old Fashioned Campaign Rally for A. Douglas Call, candidate for the Republican nomination for Hamilton County Sheriff, at Squaw Mountain Lodge (formerly Graham's Hotel), Speculator.

At WELLS, the annual Red Cross Drive had been completed under the chairmanship of Mrs. Frank Parker. Mrs. Parker replaced William Cole, who served for many years as chairman.

The volunteer workers for the house-to-house canvass were Mrs. John Heffernan, Mrs. Harold Harrington, Mrs. Alice Fremont, Mrs. Thelma Fremont, Mrs. John Potter, Mrs. Sanford Morrison, Mrs. William Aird, Mrs. Robert Dampier and Mrs. Willard Cole.