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The Way Things Were -- 07/16/2014 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - Updated: 8:55 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF JULY 16, 1965, Glenn H. Harris, assemblyman from the Fulton-Hamilton District and the first person from Hamilton County to be elected to a state office, had announced he would stand for re-election. Born in Gloversville in 1919, he attended public schools there, the University of Miami and Utica College.

He was in the hotel and restaurant business in Hamilton and Fulton counties. A veteran of World War II, serving three years in the Navy Air Corps; a member of St. Lutheran Church; Dolgeville Masonic Lodge; American Legion Post 337; V.F.W. Post 7228; Caroga Lake Fire Volunteer Fire Department; Nick Stoner Trail Association; New York State Conservation Council; several fish and game clubs; White Tail Deer Association; and Gloversville Elks, he was director of the Adirondack Improvement Association.

He served as councilman in the Town of Arietta for 11 years. Married to the former Nora Larkin Avery, the couple lived on Route 10 in Arietta. They had two daughters and two grandchildren.

In the recent session, Harris introduced a variety of bills, totaling 21. Six were conservation bills which would prohibit the killing of antlerless deer, prohibit the Conservation Dept. from killing an excessive amount of deer for scientific or biological research, tighten restrictions on minors' hunting licenses; and institute limits on certain species of fish.

He also introduced legislation in the field of unemployment benefits, retirement benefits for town employees, Social Security benefit restrictions on school busses, emergency water supply costs for drought stricken areas, increased state aid to education and youth recreation, regulation for persons preparing or handling food, constitutional amendment for exchange of lands to expand Piseco Airport, exchange of park lands in Johnstown for the purpose of new school construction, and a bill to combine the surrogate and county judgeship of Fulton County.

Mr. Harris was a member of a group of Republicans who worked to amend the education bill on school reorganization, which for the first time gave local districts a legal procedure to be followed, and also increased the time of reorganization. Harris never missed a day of the 18th Session, working as a full-time assemblyman.

He had the distinct privilege and honor for a newly elected man to serve as minority leader on several legislative days. He was a member of the Committee on Taxation and Claims. Mr. Harris stated, "I have attempted to serve every man, woman and child regardless of race, creed or political affiliations to the best of my abilities, and will continue to do so if re-elected in the new 122nd Assembly District."

At HAMILTON COUNTY, state Comptroller Arthur Levitt had announced the distribution of funds in state motor fuel tax receipts to the 57 counties outside New York City. This money was the share of state collected motor fuel tax from the three months ending June 30, 1965, which were being returned to the counties in accordance with state Highway Law. Hamilton County received $24,264.

County Clerk Earl C. Farber had announced the sale of Conservation Department licenses for Hamilton County for June as follows: Resident -- 6 Hunt and Fish; 2 Hunt; 136 Fish; 8 Free Fish; Non-resident -- 138 Fish; 75 6-day Fish.

At INLET, conservation officers would investigate the Water Ski School at Third Lake as a result of a public hearing held at Community Hall. Complaints by neighbors were the lake was becoming "too commercial" because the school attracted so many skiers. The main objection was to the ski slalom course marked with buoys, according to F. Kurt Rolfes, Town of Webb publicity officer. Some residents complained that not only did the marked course attract water skiers from all over the state, but noise from boats pulling the skiers and waves made by the boats were annoying. Some said the waves made swimming dangerous.

Mr. and Mrs. George Boyce had operated Siders Landing from that site for the past several years and had attracted many people to the area. Mr. Boyce said the hearing and disputes had hurt their business considerably and hindered the past weekend's Kite Flying Tournament. "If things keep going bad," Boyce said, "we may be forced out of business."

Gaiety Theatre advertised the following movies: "Cheyenne Autumn" with James Stewart, Edward G. Robinson, Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, Dolores Del Rio, and Gilbert Roland; "The Pumpkin Eater" with Anne Bancroft, Peter Finch, and James Mason; "That Man From Rio" with Jean Paul Belmondo, Francoise Dorleac, and Jean Servais; and Stephen Boyd, James Mason, Eli Wallach, Francoise Dorleac, Telly Savalas, Robert Morley, and Omar Sharif in "General Khan."

At LAKE PLEASANT, the Hamilton County Chapter of the American Red Cross would sponsor its annual auction. It will be held next to Clyde Elliott's residence in Speculator. Anyone with articles they wished to donate for the event was requested to contact one of the following: Mrs. Stella King, Mrs. Clyde (Virginia) Elliott, Mrs. Carl Earley, Mrs. Gordon Wilcox, Mrs. Mary Wilbur, Miss Frances White, or Mrs. Clarence Wilson.

At LONG LAKE, Machinist's Mate 3c Douglas A. Parker, U.S. Navy, son of Sheriff and Mrs. Arthur (Loretta) Parker, Long Lake, was serving aboard the anti-submarine warfare support aircraft carrier operating in the Mediterranean.

Radioman 1c Allen J. Houghton, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin H. Houghton, Long Lake, was serving aboard the anti-submarine support aircraft carrier USS Hornet, which participated in "Seattle's Seafair" in June 1965. This was Hornet's first visit to Seattle in seven years.


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