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The Way Things Were By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - Updated: 9:00 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF SEPT. 11, 1964, New York's bothersome bruins would be legal game in six Adirondack counties Oct. 2-11, the Conservation Department announced. A special 10-day season would be held in Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton and Warren counties, and in the "party permit" section of St. Lawrence County.

In 1963, 7,369 big game hunters killed 127 black bear during the special 10-day season. Hunters could apply in person at all Conservation Department offices where regular hunting licenses were sold.

Applicants had to submit the "back patch" portion of their 1964-65 big game licenses and pay a $1 fee. Permit holders were allowed to take one bear during the special season in addition to the one bear allowed under the regular big game or special archery license.

School began and camping ended, at least for most of the state-operated public campsites in the Adirondacks and Catskills. According to Victor Glider, general manager of forest preserve parks, caretakers at 41 of 45 campsites maintained by the Conservation Department went off duty this week, bringing the camping season to a close.

"Camping is our most popular form of family outdoor recreation," Glider said, "and attention falls off rapidly as soon as the youngsters start back to school." Caretakers would remain on duty for a portion of the fall season at four Adirondack campsites to handle late season campers.

Cumberland Bay and Wilmington would remain open until Sept. 20, Thompson's Lake until Oct. 1 and Forked Lake would have a caretaker until Dec. 1.

At BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE, the Red Grumman aluminum canoe that had logged more than 25,000 miles on America's rivers and lakes during the past 11 years was presented to the Adirondack Museum for permanent exhibition. Dr. Homer L. Dodge, who was living in "retirement" from an educational and scientific career at Burlington, Vt., made the presentation to the museum's director, Robert Bruce Inverarity, who accepted it as a historic addition to the museum's collection of Adirondack transportation and living mementos.

Dr. Dodge, who was in his 77th year, bought the 18-foot, 72-pound canoe when he was 65 to explore the famous Utah Rainbow Bridge area, reached by a six-mile hike. Danger of damage by rocks in the rapids on the Colorado and San Juan rivers made the aluminum canoe indispensable. The bridge was not known to white man until 1909.

At the ceremony Dr. Dodge received a new Grumman aluminum canoe in exchange for the one he gave to the museum, from William J. Hoffman, Grumman vice president. Mr. Hoffman on an Adirondack vacation at the close of World War II, and using the traditional wood-framed canoe, conceived the idea, and value of manufacturing a canoe of aluminum with adequate safety floatation, that would be lighter, and would not water log.

Since that time about 100,000 Grumman aluminum canoes had been made as of 1964 and were still in use throughout the world. The 11-year "log" of the historic Red Grumman canoe, covering all the places where Dr. Dodge piloted his now-famous craft and detailing the adventures, would be recorded by the Adirondack Museum and become part of its permanent collection.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, John Knox, Piseco, flew Earl C. Farber, Hamilton County Republican Committee chairman, and John Zeiser, Speculator, to Lockport where the three conferred with presidential candidates Goldwater and Miller.

The following schedule for the Bookmobile had been issued by the Southern Adirondack Library System: (The Bookmobile visited each community every two weeks at the same time): Sept. 11 - Wells, 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; Sept. 14 - Lake Pleasant, 10:30-10:45 a.m.; Piseco - 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Speculator - 1-1:30 p.m.; Indian Lake - 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.; Sept. 15 - Long Lake, 8-11 a.m.; Blue Mt. Lake, 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; and Inlet - 2-2:30 p.m.

Stanley M. Johnson, Tupper Lake, and Clayton A. Winters, North Bangor, assistant grand lecturers, had announced that the annual Grand Lecturer's Convention for Franklin and Hamilton counties would be held in September in St. Regis Falls, with Blue Mountain Lodge as host, and at Saranac Lake with Whiteface Mountain Lodge as host.

Howard W. Potts, grand lecturer of the New York State Grand Lodge of Masons, would direct the sessions.

At INDIAN LAKE, John P. Hunt, son of Mr. and Ms. Roy S. Hunt, Indian Lake, was a member of the first crew of the ballistic submarine USS Casimir Pulaski, which was commissioned Aug. 14 in Groton, Conn. Pulaski, the 24th Polaris submarine to be received by the Navy, would join the fleet after test cruises and missile firings at Cape Kennedy. Hunt was a Yeoman 2nd class.

At INLET, at Becker's there was Morning Watch; and the presbytery's regular fall meeting convened with the Rev. Irving Beal, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, Boonville, moderator. All were invited to the Presbytery, any time during the meeting, with adjournment at about 1:30 p.m.

Gaiety Theatre announced the following movies: "A Distant Trumpet" with Troy Donahue, Suzanne Pleshette and Diane McBain (Boy Scout benefit); "The Running Man" with Laurence Harvey and Lee Remick; and Audie Murphy in "Bullet For a Badman."

At RAQUETTE LAKE, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Norris, Raquette Lake, welcomed a daughter, Cindy Ann, born Aug. 27, 1964, in Mercy General Hospital, Tupper Lake. As she only weighed 3 lbs., 10 ozs., she would remain there for a few weeks. The Norrises had five sons: Mike, Tom, Dick, Jim and Kevin.

At WELLS, Willard A. Cole, aviation boatswain mate third class, U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard B. Cole, Wells, was a crew member of the attack carrier USS Constellation operating off the coast of Southeastern Asia. The Constellation, one of the Navy's mobile floating airbases, provided fuel, maintenance and supplies for more than 80 planes of assorted types and sizes. The ship was operated by more than 4,000 men.


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