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The Way Things Were -- 04/23/2014 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - Updated: 10:01 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF APRIL 30, 1965, Prof. James F. Dubuar, who was director of the New York State Rangers School at Wanakena for 38 years, gave an interesting address at the 23rd Woodmen's Club Annual Dinner in Old Forge. Mr. Dubuar began his address with a vivid picture of a possible timber shortage expressed by well-informed foresters 50 years ago, but stated the shortage had not taken place except in the supply of high quality trees.

The anticipated timber shortage was avoided by several courses of action. The protection of the forest became an important objective for states, the federal government, and forest industries 50 years ago. This led to the construction of fire towers, the training of crews, the development of better firefighting equipment and the education of people concerning the hazards of forest fires. Better forest management on both public and private land had been a major factor in improving both the volume and quality of timber.

This factor will become more effective as more progress is made in the production of better quality trees through improved tree seed selection. The utilization of a high percentage of the tree including lower stumps, the use of slabs for chips and better sawing methods in the sawmill have been important factors in maintaining the timber supply.

The development of new products and new ways in which the wood can be used has contributed to a better use of available wood supply. Research in the development of these products and in other phases of the forestry program has made an important contribution and is bound to have the influence on future development.

The speaker pointed out that the development of industrial forestry had been much more rapid than was anticipated 50 years ago. This program has included forest management, utilization and research.

As mills have located in permanent sites, they have been increasingly conscious of the need for a long-term timber supply and have been taking measures to provide it. Mechanization and improved methods had contributed much to the advancement of forestry, log production and manufacturing.

These included logging equipment, sawmill equipment, computers, aerial photography and other modern developments. The modern age has brought a new appreciation of the forest in terms of recreational opportunity and watershed values as well as timber supply and products.

There is an increasing awareness of those values by the private and public landowner. The speaker also mentioned the increase in population growth may bring about a period of scarcity and put more strain on natural resources. He believed this problem could be met in large measure by more research, better forest management and more complete utilization.

More than 100 persons attended the meeting of the White Tail Deer Association held in Herkimer. The Association agreed to work with legislatures to bring about a better deer management program under the NYS Conservation Department.

Present was Assemblyman Glenn Harris, who had introduced several conservation bills in connection with the deer program. The group voted to study a deer feeding program. On the committee was Harvey Carr, Blue Mountain Lake. The association would conduct a deer forum in Old Forge in 1966.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, the Annual Dinner Meeting of the Hamilton Health Association Inc. was held at Wakely Lodge in Indian Lake. Mrs. L. Milton Buyce, president, presided over this meeting of nearly 40 Hamilton County residents.

Mrs. Lila Tefft announced Hamilton County had been awarded a citation for excellence in the Christmas Seal campaign since it was third in sales in the state. A resume of association activities during the year included: continuing the Respiratory Disease Program with emphasis on the dangers of smoking; Heart Emphasis on Strokes; Health Booth at Wells Old Home Days; sponsored 11 students (representing all three high schools) at the Student Health Organization conference at Geneva (with financial help from the Long Lake Lions Club and use of the Wells school bus); 98 students given tuberculin skin tests; over 20 persons regularly supplied with penicillin (available without charge to all rheumatic fever patients on their doctor's prescription); delegates attended conferences of the New York State Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association Inc. and the New York State Heart Assembly Inc.

They also promoted the use of the AMA Emergency Medical Identification Card; distributed over 5,000 health pamphlets to school children; contributions for research. These officers were elected: President Mrs. Preston Simons; vice presidents Ivan Virgil and Charles Wickes; Treasurer Mrs. Harold Kaulfuss; Secretary Clyde Diedrich; Members at Large Mrs. James Higgins and John K. McAfee; Representative to NYSTB and RDA; Mrs. Buyce; alternate, Mrs. Simons; Representative to NYSHA, Mrs. Buyce, alternate, Mrs. Kaulfuss; and directors (three years) Mrs. Edgar Beaudin, Norton Bird, Mrs. Frederick Edwards, Dr. Joseph H.B. Foote, Mrs. Roswell Greene, Mrs. Harry J. Gallup; Mrs. John O'Connell, Mrs. Frank Parker, Robert Shaw and Ivan Virgil.

At INLET, Mr. and Mrs. James Evans Jr., Eagle Bay, welcomed a son, Jeffrey Allen, born Monday, April 26, 1965, in Syracuse Memorial Hospital. The baby had two older brothers and an 18-month-old sister. Mrs. Evans was the former Mary Jeanette Burkhard.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kolwaite of New Medford, N.J. also welcomed a son, Stephen Paul, born April 18, 1965. The baby weighed 6 lbs., 14 ozs. Mrs. Kolwaite is the former Jacklyn Burth of Inlet.

At MOREHOUSE, Attorney Charles S. Tracy of Amsterdam and Lake Pleasant had received word that approval had been granted by the state comptroller on his application for the Town of Morehouse for approval to build a town garage and also for the issuance of a capital bond issue in the sum of $35,000 to assist in the expenses of the building.

Attorney Tracy, Town of Morehouse attorney, stated the new building will be constructed at Hoffmeister and would be of concrete. It would house town trucks, snowplows and highway equipment, and also provide a workshop for the repair of town equipment.

Supervisor Charles Partello stated that notice to bidders would be published in the near future so construction would get underway as soon as possible. The plans and specifications for the building had been prepared by Engineer Charles Carroll of Indian Lake, assisted by L. Hamilton Chequer, Speculator.

At WELLS, John Hosley Sr., 74, of Wells, a former civil engineer with the state highway department, died April 25, 1965. Mr. Hosley at one time was a Hamilton County election commissioner.

He was born in Wells and was graduated from Wells High School. He married Mabel Judway in 1915. He retired in 1960. He was a past president of the Board of Education and a member of Fish House Masonic Lodge and the Methodist Church.

Besides his wife, he left a son, John Jr. of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; two daughters, Mrs. Edward Collins of Mechanicville and Mrs. Harold Van Amburgh of Albany; and a sister, Mrs. Truman Brown, Wells.

The funeral was held in the Methodist Church with the pastor, the Rev. Paul Dufford, officiating. Burial was in Wells Cemetery. Masonic rites were held.


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