The Way Things Were -- 06/18/2014
By Anne Weaver

ABOUT THE WEEK OF JUNE 18, 1965, At HAMILTON COUNTY, state Comptroller Arthur Levitt announced the distribution of monies as the initial installment of the newly enacted per capita assistance program to counties. "I am gratified," the comptroller said, "that counties have now been included in the per capita assistance program.

"Three years ago I caused a bill to be introduced which would have extended the per capita assistance to counties. The present law is a step in the right direction, but we must recognize that it can only be a step. The expansion of services at the local level, coupled with the spiral of increasing costs, result in constantly changing patterns of local government needs," Levitt added.

"These cannot be met by inflexible formulas, but must be the basis for continuing study and revision of the law. My office, as always, stands ready to place its full resources at the service of the Legislature so that state-local fiscal relations may be maintained on a current and meaningful basis."

Hamilton County's share was $693.

State Comptroller Arthur Levitt announced the distribution of monies of motor vehicle tax receipts to the counties in the state. This is for the three months ending March 31, which was being returned to the counties in accordance with the state Highway Law.

Hamilton County received $11,913. In the like period in 1964 its share was $11,818.

State Comptroller Arthur Levitt announced the distribution of monies for the month of June to the 65 public welfare districts in the state. These monies represented the state share of anticipated welfare expenditures by the localities. Hamilton County received $3,100.

At INLET, Old Forge and other Central Adirondack communities as far north as Raquette Lake would have a new mail schedule. Both deliveries would be taken over by the L.F. Hicks Trucking Co., which was recently rewarded the contract. The new schedule called for two trips a day, Mondays through Fridays; one trip on Saturdays; and none on Sundays and holidays.

Frank A. Reed, Old Forge, who had spent 48 years in the north woods, was publishing a book entitled "Lumberjack Sky Pilot." This story grew out of the writer's years of association with lumberjacks as sky pilot in Adirondack lumber camps and with lumbermen and loggers over a 20 state area in more recent years.

He was editor of The Lumber Camp News, The Northern Logger from January 1939 to July 31, 1965 as well as sky pilot in the camps. The book also relates the story of several other sky pilots. Frank Higgins, who visited his first lumber camp at Barnum, Minn. in 1895, became a national figure within 10 years.

His visit to the Adirondack camps in the winter of 1912-1913 led to the establishment of the Adirondack Lumber Camp Parish. Aaron M. Maddox of Tupper Lake became the first Adirondack sky pilot in January 1914 and led that program until October 1938. At the peak of his career, he was undoubtedly the best known and most highly respected man in Northern New York.

Clarence W. Mason, who left his parish at Jamesville in 1915 to join Aaron Maddox as an Adirondack sky pilot, became recognized as the greatest woodsman of his generation. In the years before winter automobile travel on Adirondack highways Clarence Mason used his snowshoes for thousands of miles of travel.

He might start in the woods near Lake Placid after Christmas and emerge from the Adirondack wilderness at Little Falls in late March after a winter spent traveling from lumber camp to lumber camp on snowshoes. The book includes some of his thrilling stories of these journeys.

Charles Atwood served the lumber camps and small churches in and around Cranberry Lake for more than 20 years. He left a profound influence upon the life of that area and trained a son who is now president of one of the nation's leading chemical companies.

A large crowd of businessmen, sales representatives and others interested in the Central Adirondacks attended the annual Spring Banquet of the Central Adirondack Association held at the Rocky Point Inn, Inlet. Mende Schulman, executive vice president of the Central Adirondack Association, was master of ceremonies, introducing Prof. Milton Richards, head of the Advertising and Design Program at Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica.

A social hour was followed by dinner. After a short meeting that included reports by various officers of the corporation, and the talk by Prof. Richards, dancing was enjoyed.

Gaiety Theatre announced the following movies: "The Satan Bug" with George Maharis, Richard Basehart, Anne Francis and Dana Andrews; and Jack Lemmon and Virna Lisi in "How To Murder Your Wife."

Mr. and Mrs. Clark P. Osborne, Third Lake, Old Forge, announced the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Sterling, to Phillip March VanDeWalker, son of Mr. and the late Mrs. Herman VanDeWalker, Rome. Miss Osborne was graduated from Town of Webb High School in 1961 and Sate University College at Plattsburgh in 1965. She would teach in the Rochester School System in September.

Mr. VanDeWalker was graduated from Rome Free Academy in 1960 and served four years in the United States Air Force. He was employed by Gleason Work, Rochester. An August wedding was planned. The couple would reside in Rochester.