The way things were
by Anne Weaver

ABOUT THE WEEK OF SEPT. 19, 1963, the Selective Service College Qualification Test, used since 1951 to help local Selective Service boards decide student deferment cases, had been suspended. No test would be offered for the 1963-64 school year. The suspension of the test was announced by Henry Rogers, chairman of Local Board 40, Lake Pleasant.

The decision to suspend the test was reached by Director of Selective Service Lt. General Lewis B. Hershey, because of the small numbers of students who had applied for the test in recent years. The score on the test was made a part of the student’s official Selective Service local board file.

The score was weighed by the local board along with other information in deciding whether or not to defer a student from being drafted into the military.

A special 10-day bear season aimed at reducing the nuisance problem caused by roving bruins had been set for Oct. 1-10 in sections of the Adirondacks. The experimental early black bear harvest, the first season of its kind in the history of New York’s game management program, was made possible by legislation enacted during the 1963 Legislative Session.

Conservation Dept. Commissioner Harold G. Wilm explained several factors pointing to a potential low during the regular gunning season might result in greater bear damage another year unless the bear population was kept in check by a special season.

“Department field personnel report a poor mast crop (wild berries, fruits and nuts) which will force the bears to den early. By permitting hunters to shoot bears while they are ranging, the early season take should compensate for a potential low harvest during the fall and winter hunting months,” the commissioner said.

Hamilton County was included in the area affected. Applicants had to submit the “back patch” portion of their 1963 big game hunting licenses and a $1 fee. The permit holder was entitled to take one bear in addition to the one bear legally allowed under the regular big game or special archery license.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, Assemblyman Joseph R. Younglove had informed Hamilton County News that the New York State Public Works would receive bids for two highway jobs in Hamilton County amounting to an estimate of $1,008,000.

The jobs were reconstruction of Route 28 from the Herkimer County line at Eagle Bay easterly 1.41 miles to Inlet, estimated at $502,000; and relocation of state routes 8 and 30 from Coon Creek, about 3.6 miles northeast of the junction of the two routes, northwesterly 4.08 miles to about a half mile east of the east village line of Speculator. It would be on the south side of the Sacandaga River. The job was estimated at $1,404,000.

Mr. Younglove anticipated additional road construction in Hamilton County.

County Clerk Earl C. Farber had announced the sale of Conservation Department licenses in Hamilton County for August 1963 as follows: Resident - 2 Hunt and Fish, 2 Hunt, 680 Fish; Non-resident - 254 Fish, 336 six-day Fish, 1 LLC.

The New York State Department of Civil Service announced it would conduct public health nurse examinations on a continued basis to fill vacancies in various counties in the state. Residence in the county having a vacancy was not mandatory.

A panel of 24 persons was drawn to serve as grand jurors at a Hamilton County Court session at the courthouse in the village of Lake Pleasant. The following names were drawn: Richard Seacord, merchant, Indian Lake; Grace Harwood, housewife, Inlet; June Leadley, housewife, Speculator; John Leadley Sr., laborer, Speculator; Elizabeth Wilson, housewife, Wells; Earl J. Ball, retired, Wells; Kenneth Edinger, barber, Indian Lake; Nancy Virgil, housewife, Indian Lake; Albert Gauvin, laborer, Indian Lake; Shirley J. Wilder, housewife, Canada Lake; Joseph Joyce, service station owner, Blue Mt. Lake; Clara Autilio, housewife, Speculator; Arthur Barton, plumber, Wells; Keith Baerman, restaurant owner, Inlet; Robert Marcellus, leather worker, Northville; Fred Freeman, merchant, Long Lake; Frances Chequer, housewife, Speculator; Russell G. Carpenter, resort owner, Lake Pleasant; Lester P. King, laborer, Indian Lake; Howard Huntley, restaurant owner, Long Lake; Charles Downey, garage owner, Speculator; Kenneth G. Wilder, hotel owner, Canada Lake; Charles Johns, store owner, Speculator; and Fred Knapp, electrician, Lake Pleasant.

At INDIAN LAKE, William J. Kattrein Jr. advertised log loading cranes for rent and John Deere and Case tractors for lease or purchase.

At INLET, Old Forge Supply Company advertised colprovia asphalt for driveways, tennis courts and walks. A representative for Eastern Rock Products Inc. in Utica, the store also advertised crushed limestone, concrete and mason sand.

Bud Windhausen’s Adirondack Airlines advertised nationwide charters, day or night, fishing and hunting trips, local or Canadian, modern equipment and over 20 years’ experience.

At LAKE PLEASANT, The Liquor Store at Speculator advertised lowest prices, largest selection on the beautiful Adirondack Trail, discounts on full cases and no sales tax.

At RAQUETTE LAKE, Ensign James Colligan was spending two weeks at Huntington Memorial Camp at Raquette Lake. He had just finished a three-month course in Airborne Navigation in Corpus Christi, Texas, and would be in San Diego, Calif. for other four months of instruction.

Robert Colligan of Raquette Lake left Sunday, Sept. 15, to enroll at Adirondack Community College in Hudson Falls. He was accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Ray Colligan and Peggy.