The Way Things Were 07/17/2013

ABOUT THE WEEK OF JULY 17, 1964, completion of a new "Adirondack Map" covering more than 15,000 square miles of private and publicly owned land in northern New York was announced by Conservation Commissioner Harold G. Wilm. Measuring 4.5 by 6 feet, the multi-color, four-section map was the first complete revision of the "Adirondack Map" in more than 75 years.

About 4,000 copies were available to the public at $6 a set. Three years in the making, the map incorporated many new features and was "one of the finest map works ever produced by the Department," according to William D. Mulholland, assistant commissioner for the Bureau of Lands and Forests.

New features included showing state lands other than Forest Preserve holdings; St. Lawrence River changes caused by Seaway construction; county and town boundary designations; up-to-date road locations; route numbers for U.S., state and county highways; and the proposed location for Interstate Route 87, The Northway.

The quiet upstate Village of Tupper Lake, population 7,000, would burst at the seams later in July when more than 1,000 injured "survivors" of a simulated nuclear attack were taken there for "treatment." "Operation Sun Drum II," the largest Civil Defense exercise of its kind ever conducted in New York state, would test the state's facilities for caring for injured and homeless victims of nuclear war.

Five specialized organizations would combine skills and resources to handle the injured and homeless: state and local Civil Defense units, the Veterans Administration, II Corps-U.S. Army, the American Red Cross and the Civil Air Patrol. More than 2,000 volunteers were slated to participate, including 500 Boy Scouts who would play the roles of injured and homeless survivors, and approximately 500 Civil Defense volunteers from nearby communities.

The exercise would be based on an assumed nuclear attack on the United States and Canada, with resulting heavy casualties in New York City, Utica, Rochester and Buffalo. Tupper Lake, with its 433-bed Sunmount Veterans Hospital, would be assumed to have escaped physical damage and would be designated as a reception and treatment center.

Other activities planned for the realistic three-day exercise included blood collection by the Red Cross, the assignment of radiation detection teams to inspect the village, the setting up of checkpoints and traffic control, the establishment of emergency communications and a simulated plane crash at the waterfront.

Lt. Gov. Malcolm Wilson had lifted the state-imposed restriction on burning and smoking outdoors in 11 upstate counties plagued by drought. The ban had been in effect since July 3. Hamilton County was one of the counties affected.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, State Comptroller Arthur Levitt had announced the distribution of money in state motor fuel tax receipts to the 57 counties outside New York City. The money was earmarked by statute for deposit in county road funds. Hamilton County received $20,671.76. In the like period in 1963 its share was $18,207.66.

County Clerk Earl C. Farber had announced the sale of Conservation Department licenses in Hamilton County for June as follows: Resident - six Hunt and Fish; three Hunt; 317 Fish; eight Free Fish; Non-Resident - 109 Fish, 86 Six-Day Fish.

At INDIAN LAKE, the local chapter of the American Red Cross had completed a course in life saving at Speculator and graduated four candidates who were qualified to act as lifeguards: Michael Spring, Mary Husson, Donald Spring and Marvin Pelon, all of Indian Lake.

The three-day course was given by William J. Tracy, Speculator, who was a certified swimming instructor and water front director.

At INLET, Commander Hollis Ross had appointed these drivers for the Inlet Legion Ambulance: William Brigham, Mende Sullivan, Theodore Payne, Roland Christy, Robert Ponder, Bernard Ross, Richard Willis, Jerry Morgan, Harry Fowler, Leon Douglas, Theodore Harwood, Willard Payne, Roy Houck, Wally Duguay, James Abusia, Dick Baerman, Keith Baerman, Alvin Chambers, John Searles, Rene Heroux, James Evans, Richard Payne Jr., Robert Chadwick, Hayden Billman, Sidney Payne, Ellwood Searles, John Levi, Howard Weiman, Lloyd Garlock, Peter Kalil, Alfred Thibado and Robert Egenhofer.

Gaiety Theatre announced the following movies: Jack Lemmon in "Under the Yum Yum Tree" with Carol Lynley, Dean Jones, Edie Adams, Imogene Coca and Robert Lansing; Peter Sellers, Paula Prentiss and Angela Lansbury in "The World of Henry Orient;" Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn in "Charade;" "Sundays and Cybele;" and "From Russia With Love" with Sean Connery as James Bond.

The Town of Inlet would hold the first in a proposed series of public dances at the Community Center at the site of the former Arrowhead Hotel. If successful the dances would continue each Thursday night.

A 14-piece orchestra would play for dancing this week and good music was assured for all events in the future. Particularly aimed to attract teenagers and college-age students, the dances were open to the public and a nominal admission fee would be charged.