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The Way Things Were -- 03/05/2014 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - Updated: 6:45 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF MARCH 5, 1965, mobile cottages and camping trailers were two of the biggest reasons for the camping explosion in the United States. These four wheel "homes away from home" would be on display in the Utica Memorial Auditorium for the Upstate Outdoor Show.

They would be just two of the hottest items on display in booths that would line the auditorium floor. During the past 10 years camping had enjoyed fantastic growth. By 1965 more than 15 percent of America's population participated, with an additional 9 percent expressing a desire to join the trek to the nation's wonderlands.

These figures, based on the report of the Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission, showed more than 27 million people seeking the broad social and individual benefits derived from camping. Rapid advances in camping equipment, especially in trailers and campers, had opened the previously he-man's domain to the lady of the house who could tow most of the convenience of home into the most remote rural areas.

This surge in popularity among the younger marrieds stemmed from the low initial cost of travel trailers, including the popular tent-trailers and inexpensive vacations touring the far reaches of the country. With a trailer, camper or the popular van, a family could make a 5,000-mile trip in three weeks and spend less than $300 for gasoline, parking fees, food and other items.

One of the automotive industry's Big Three reported more than 85,000 travel trailers would be produced in 1965. Costing from as little as $700 to as much as $6,000, travel trailers ranged in size from a 7- by 12-foot model with sleeping and cooking accommodations only to an 8- by 20-foot luxury land yacht billed as a "home away from home."

Assemblyman Glenn H. Harris, representing Hamilton and Fulton counties, had introduced in the NYS Legislature two bills that would offset the loss of the assessed valuation of state-owned lands in surrounding counties.

One bill would provide that the total taxable assessed valuation of state-owned wild or forest lands on any assessment roll completed and filed in 1960, shall not, upon any roll thereafter, be reduced to an amount less than the taxable assessed valuation of the lands as upon the roll in 1960.

The second bill would make subject to taxation for all purposes all lands owned by the state for use by the Conservation Department as fish, hatchery, game farm, management area or refuge or for reforestation purposes. It would also extend provisions to include lands used as campsites, silvacultural research and wetlands.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, big game hunters in New York harvested 59,872 whitetail deer during the regular 1964 season and added 884 more to the tally in three special post season hunts, according to records released by the Conservation Department. In Hamilton County the kill was: male adults, 1,431; male fawns, 239; female adults, 1,020; female fawns, 226; total, 2,916.

At ARIETTA, Ida Simons, Piseco, was among 106 girls who passed the most recent statewide test in registered professional nursing, it was announced by the state Education Department.

At INLET, the Junior Girl Scouts, Troop 257 entertained Brownie Troop 583 on Thinking Day with a candlelight ceremony. Each girl participated in the program by bringing an article from a country where Girl Scouts or Girl Guides were active. The girls contributed their weekly dues to the Juliet Low Friendship Fund. Eilen Ponder, Janine Murphy, Heidi Fuge, and Sharon Payne took charge of the program. Adult guests were Mrs. Joseph Payne, Mrs. Theodore Payne and Mrs. Hollis Ross. The girls served refreshments.

Miss Lynda L. Payne of Inlet, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Payne, Inlet, was united in marriage to John S. Levi of Inlet, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Levi, Herkimer, in the Church of the Lakes, with the Rev. Livingston Bentley, pastor, officiating at the double ring ceremony. The organist was Mrs. Theodore Payne. The church was decorated with gladiolas and pompons. The bride was escorted by her father.

Matron of honor was Mrs. Ernest Henriksen, the bride's sister. Bridesmaids were Mrs. Sidney Payne, cousin of the bride, and Miss Kristine Levi, sister of the bridegroom. Best man for his brother was James Levi and ushers were Sidney Payne and James Payne, both cousins of the bride. After a 1 p.m. reception at the Deerhead Restaurant, Old Forge, the couple left on a tour of the South. They would make Inlet their home on their return. The bride was graduated from Town of Webb High School. Her husband, a Herkimer High School graduate, was co-owner and operator of the Payne and Levi Sawmill, Inlet.

Charles H. Strong, 63, of Rochester and Inlet, died March 2 in Rochester. He was the owner of the Rochester Bar in Inlet.

He was survived by his wife, Margaret Strong; two sons, Robert K. and Charles T.; five sisters; two brothers; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday with interment to White Haven Memorial Park Cemetery, Rochester.

Peter Hansen enlisted in the U.S. Army Jan. 18 and was taking Basic Training at Fort Dix, N.J. After basic he was scheduled for specialist's school at Indianapolis, Ind.


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