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The Way Things Were -- 05/21/2014 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - Updated: 11:43 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF MAY 14, 1965, Hamilton County's 134 service establishments had total of $2.1 million in 1963, a decrease of 16 percent from 1958, according to a report of the Bureau of the Census. The service trades include personal services, miscellaneous business services, auto repair and service and other repair services. Also included were movie houses, other amusement and recreation services, hotels and motels. The establishments in the county employed 109 persons (besides proprietors) and had a payroll for the year of $449,000.

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors held its regular meeting at the courthouse with all members present. Orlo Webster of the New York State Department of Commerce and Alan Yakeley of the U.S. Department of Commerce Redevelopment Administration appeared and declared Hamilton County eligible for federal aid for area redevelopment.

It was decided to make the driveway around the county buildings one-way. The sale of county property in Inlet was okayed.

The following were authorized to attend their respective group meetings: Public Health Nurse Mrs. Beatrice Simons, Annual Health Conference, Syracuse; supervisors and county attorney, Supervisors Conference in Cooperstown; and Board of Elections, seminar in Albany. Highway projects in Indian Lake, Long Lake and Arietta were approved.

Downey's Garage, Speculator, with a low bid of $2,797.50, was awarded the contract for a special police car for the sheriff. The Annual Dinner of the Hamilton County Chapter of the American Red Cross was held at Melody Lodge in May.

At INLET, residents of every community in the Central Adirondacks were shocked and saddened by the unexpected and sudden death of Thomas A. Ponder, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ponder, who suffered a heart attack near the steps of the Inlet Community Church the morning of Sunday, May 9. He was on his way to church with his parents at the time, where he taught a Sunday School class.

The Rev. Rodger Best, pastor of the Community Church, administered mouth-to-mouth breathing and accompanied the Inlet Ambulance to Old Forge. Dr. Ernest B. Emerson Jr., Dr. Eugene Retzbach and Nurse Mrs. Alvin Blitz were waiting at the Health Center when the ambulance arrived and continued emergency revival treatment for two hours.

Thomas Ponder was a junior at the Town of Webb High School and a member of the High School Chorus and the Audio Visual Club. He was just recently chosen as TOW's delegate to attend Boy's State as an outstanding member of his class. A native of Inlet, he had spent his entire life in this area. He was survived by his parents; three sisters, Jeanine, Ellen and Jill; and two brothers, Timothy and Kevin, all at home.

This marked the fourth death due to heart attacks to strike the family of Thomas' maternal grandmother, Mrs. Mary Tiffany. Previously a son, Lansing K. Tiffany Jr., suffered a heart attack in May 1952; a daughter, Patricia L. Tiffany, 17, died in April 1955; and another daughter, Mrs. Roland Christie, 30, had died in May of 1963. Mr. Tiffany died of a heart attack in October of 1962, and a son-in-law, George Breakey, died in January of 1964.

Funeral services for the popular youth were held from the Tiffany home and the Church of the Lakes with the Rev. Rodger Best officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Old Forge. Bearers were classmates and fellow students in the Town of Webb High School: Lance Maly, Richard Giroux, Dennis Hansen, James Marleau, Paul Chambers and Michael Hiscox.

At the meeting of the Steering Committee in the Health Center, Allen Stripp reported progress in the plans for the Central Adirondack Guide, which was scheduled for publication June 10. Mr. Stripp was chosen as editor and advertising manager of the Guide at an earlier meeting and had been working industriously on its development.

The purpose of the Guide was to furnish the summer resident or visitor with necessary information to help him find the services which he needed and points of interest which he might visit to make his stay in the Central Adirondacks a pleasant one. Classified information was tied directly to the advertising section, where the advertiser described his available services in detail.

Robert Lindsay and Joe Uzdavinis reported plans for summer entertainment. This program would include three major events. John Leach reported progress on plans for a parade in July. The parade would feature "The Evolution of Transportation," beginning with the buckboard, which brought John Brown on his first journey into this area over the new Brown's Tract Road.

It would show such development as the Model T and later models in automobile transportation, train transportation and perhaps some evolution in travel by water. Several bands would participate in this parade and a concert would be held at the close.

John Foley presented a proposed constitution and by-laws for a more permanent type of organization. This was discussed and tabled for a later time.

At LONG LAKE, Machinist's Mate 3c Douglas Parker, son of Sheriff and Mrs. Arthur E. Parker, Long Lake, was scheduled to be advanced to a higher rate on May 16, while serving aboard the anti-submarine warfare support aircraft carrier USS Randolph operating out of Norfolk, Va.

At WELLS, U.S. Navy Engineman 1c Melford E. Beaudin, son of Joseph Beaudin, Wells, departed Chicago for Philadelphia aboard the destroyer escort USS Daniel A. Joy. The Joy, the largest U.S. warship permanently assigned in the Great Lakes, was on route to Philadelphia for decommissioning after 15 years as a Naval Reserve Training Ship with the "Cornbelt Fleet."

During her trip through the St. Lawrence Seaway the Joy would visit Ogdensburg, Montreal and Quebec.

Marine Private 1c Robert E. Simons, son of Mr. and Mrs. P.S. Simons, Wells, had been promoted to his present rank while serving with Marine Barracks at the U.S. Naval Base, California.


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