The Way Things Were
By Anne Weaver

ABOUT THE WEEK OF OCT. 9, 1964, the week of Oct. 5 a large number of sportsmen would be afield from all corners of the state. The hunting season provides recreational opportunity unsurpassed for outdoor enthusiasts.

Increased popularity of hunting had caused some misunderstandings between sportsmen and property owners. In many locations no trespass signs greeted enthusiastic hunters and frustrations flourished.

The state Conservation Department had taken steps to provide a place to hunt for all those interested in the sport. State game lands, multi-use forestlands and forest preserve lands were available for public use.

In Region 4 three quarters of a million acres of public lands were available to hunters, most within two hours drive of the New York State Thruway. Adirondack wilderness to Lake Ontario marshlands were within the range of a variety of hunting opportunities.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, the Fall Dinner Meeting of the Hamilton County Health Association Inc. was held at Wakely Lodge in Indian Lake. Everyone was welcome and reservations were made through the association's representative, Mrs. Lila Tefft, Speculator.

Mrs. Virginia Morrison of Wells was re-elected county chairman at the Hamilton County meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary held in Speculator. Other officers elected were: Mrs. Florence Brown, Indian Lake, first vice chairman; Mrs. Mary Tiffany, Inlet, second vice chairman; Mrs. Mary Ann De Capria, Wells, secretary; Mrs. Anna Benton, Indian Lake, treasurer; Mrs. Lou McAfee, Speculator, chaplain; Mrs. Florence Brown, Indian Lake, historian; and Mrs. Betty Williams, Wells, sergeant-at-arms.

Mrs. Morrison named these committee chairmen: Americanism, Mrs. Mary Ann De Capria; Legion Mt. Camp, Mary Tiffany; Cancer Control, Margaret Merwin, Indian Lake; Child Welfare, Betty Williams; Civil Defense, Antoinette Baerman, Inlet; Community Service, Lou McAfee; Constitution and By Laws, Molly Rockwell, Piseco; Coupons, Margaret Erwin; Education and Scholarship, Henrietta Perkins, Speculator; Empire Girl State, Virginia Morrison; Empire State News, Anna Benton; Finance (one-year) Margaret Merwin; Finance (two years) Grace Harwood, Inlet; Finance (three years) Lou McAfee; Legislative, Molly Rockwell; Membership, Anna Benton; Music, Lou McAfee; National Security, Molly Rockwell; Pan American Study, Martha LaVergne, Indian Lake; Past Presidents Parley, Anna Benton; Poppy and Poppy Posters, Adelaide Ross, Inlet; Radio and TV Publicity, Betty Williams; and Rehabilitation, Adelaide Ross.

The group then joined the Legionnaires for a luncheon with Stanley Steves Post as host.

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met with all members present. William Wessels reported on publicity. Additional folders were distributed in New England and at the World's Fair for the first time. Fall Foliage Folders had brought results.

It was decided to inspect county roads in October. Sale of property in Hope, acquired by tax sale, was approved. County Treasurer Robert T. Osborne was appointed as 1965 Budget Officer.

State Comptroller Arthur Levitt announced the distribution of monies October. Hamilton County received $2,530.

In INLET, Pascal L. Gilson, 74, owner of Gilson's Pharmacy, Inlet, died Saturday morning at St. Luke's Hospital Center, Utica, after a long illness. A native of Mexico, he graduated from Mexico Academy and in 1912 from the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy.

He and the former Miss Madge Newvine of New Haven were married in 1913. Mr. Gilson operated a drug store many years in Syracuse before coming to Inlet in 1934. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Syracuse; a 32nd degree Mason, he was a member of Northwoods Lodge 849, F&AM, Old Forge, and Ziyara Temple, Utica.

Besides his wife, he was survived by a daughter, Mrs. Gail Muir; a sister, Mrs. Victor Parsons of Afton; a brother, Harold Gilson of Pulaski; two grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

Services were held at Eldridge-Autenrith Funeral Home, Old Forge. The Rev. Livingston Bentley, pastor of the Church of the Lake, Inlet, officiated. Burial was in New Haven. Masonic services were held at the funeral home.

The White Tail Deer Association, meeting in Speculator, opposed the opening of a road by the Conservation Department to the Moose River Plains from Limekiln Lake. It claimed the act would be in violation of the "Forever Wild" provision of the state Constitution.

The first fall meeting of the Inlet Volunteer Hose Co. Auxiliary was held in October with 15 members present. Plans were made to hold a sale of home-baked goods and Christmas novelties in November.

Pat Murdock was awarded the dark horse prize donated by Olive Clark. Grace Young won a prize donated by Laura Bird. Refreshments were served by Mrs. Young, Maude English and Mrs. B.A. Redington. They decorated the table with autumn colors of orange and brown.

At LAKE PLEASANT, a Republican Rally dinner meeting was held at Melody Lodge, Speculator, in October. Speakers were Congressman Carlton King; Judge Daiwin Niles, Republican candidate for state senator; and Glenn Harris, candidate for state assemblyman.