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The Way Things Were By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - Updated: 7:24 AM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF OCT. 23, 1964, this inscription, "Dedicated in memory of men who have rendered distinguished service to their fellowmen and their country in Adirondack lumber camps," with the names of men underneath, would be inscribed on the gray granite monument which would be dedicated in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Boonville.

The monument was provided by the Woodsmen's Club from funds earned from Woodsmen's Field Day at Boonville and Tupper Lake. The list of names would include several old-time lumberjacks who worked in Adirondacks and Tug Hill camps.

Their service in supplying logs for lumber and many lumber products and pulpwood for paper products had been Herculean. These products included homes, furniture, wallpaper, churches, schools, community buildings, newspapers, magazines, books and many others.

Father Robert Sullivan would conduct the religious. Prof. William Rutherford of Paul's Smith College would read the names of the men; Frank A. Reed would make brief remarks and officers of the Woodsmen's Club would unveil the monument.

This was one of six monuments that had been dedicated in memory of old-time lumberjacks. Others are in cemeteries at Forestport, Old Forge, Tupper Lake and Wells.

Catholic youths from this area would join with some 18,000 teenagers from the Diocese of Ogdensburg in the annual observance of National Catholic Youth Week. "Truth in love - Bond in Union" was the theme. The purpose was to spotlight the efforts of Catholic young people and their adult leaders who were engaged in a positive program of spiritual and social activities.

Locally the Catholic teenagers of each parish would assist at Mass and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of Christ the King; during the week they would be asked to assist at daily Mass in their own parish churches. In many parishes there would be Twilight Retreats, Communion Breakfasts and other special events during the week.

An extra hour of sleep was to be had Sunday, Oct. 25, when most of the country reverted to Standard Time. Readers were advised to turn their clocks back one hour before retiring Saturday night. "You will wake up to the right time Sunday morning and at the same time regain that hour's sleep you lost last April," Hamilton County News Editor Clark P. Osborne wrote.

The annual Hardwood Grading Short Course was to be held at the College of Forestry at Syracuse University. The five-day course was designed to provide a working knowledge of standard hardwood lumber grading rules and actual practice in computing cuttings and grading lumber. There would also be a discussion of the grading rules of the National Hardwood Lumber Assoc.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, state Comptroller Arthur Levitt announced the distribution of monies in state motor fuel tax receipts to the 57 counties outside New York City for the three months ending in September. The money was earmarked for deposit in county road funds. Hamilton County received $26,639.

At INLET, Leonard Mick Roberts American Legion Post of Inlet would sponsor a Turkey Shoot during October and November. It was being held at Fern Park in Inlet starting at 10 a.m. each day. The public was invited.

Miss Catherine Agneda Capron, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene H. Capron of Turin, became the bride of John J. Searl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Searl, Inlet, Oct. 17, 1964, at Forest Presbyterian Church in Lyons Falls. The double-ring ceremony was performed by the Rev. Frank O'Hara, pastor. Mrs. Ruth Sly was organist.

Matron of honor was Mrs. Francis Capron, sister-in-law of the bride. Bridesmaids were Patricia Fazekas, cousin of the bride, and Barbara Payne, niece of the groom.

The best man was Francis Capron, brother of the bride. Ushers were Theodore Payne, brother-in-law of the groom, and Wayne LaPorte, both of Inlet.

A wedding reception was held at Greig Hotel after which the bride and groom left for a trip to Canada and the southern part of the state. Upon their return they would make their home in Inlet.

The bride attended General Martin Central School. The groom attended Liberty and Cobleskill School and was employed by Richard Payne Construction Co., Inlet.

The Inlet Fire Auxiliary would hold a Halloween Party at the Wood Hotel. Costumes were optional. Prizes would be given for Best Costume. An orchestra from Old Forge would furnish the music. Admission was by donations of $1.25 per couple or 75 cents each. A dollar in 1964 would be $7.30 in 2012 dollars.

Army Private Edward M. Murdock, son of Mrs. Ruth A. Murdock, Inlet, participated in pre-stage exercises at Camp Darlington, S.C., in preparation for "An Assault II," a month-long maneuver to be conducted in the tri-state area of Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Murdock and other members of the 10th Transportation Company received training as neutral forces which would provide administrative support and technical assistance for combat forces. The 22-year-old soldier, a maintenance clerk in the company regularly stationed at Fort Eustis, Va., entered the Army in May 1964, and completed basic combat training at Fort Dix, N.J.

At LONG LAKE, Navy Nurse Corps Ensign Joyce Elma Lahey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David H. Lahey, Long Lake, was graduated as an ensign from Navy Nurse Corps Officer School at Newport, R.I. She received her diploma and commission in graduation ceremonies held at Newport Naval Base.

At WELLS, Eugene H. Harrington, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Harrington, Wells, had begun basic training at the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. The nine-week training included naval orientation, history and organization, seamanship, ordnance and gunnery, military drill, first aid and survival.

     

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