Saranac Lake Flying Club founded

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“Formation of a Flying Club by Saranac Lake aviation enthusiasts was announced today by Andrew J. Fortune, founder of the new organization.”

[I met Andy Fortune as my first Company Commander in 1947 when a bunch of us 17-year-old high school seniors joined the National Guard. He was a tall, handsome guy, talked and walked fast, wearing a U.S. Air Force patch on his uniform. Remember, this was a short time after the end of World War II and these guys were our heroes.

The armory on River Street, the former Saranac Lake Boys Club, had a pool table, television, indoor running track and basketball court. We had joined the Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division and many of the Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers were combat veterans after leaving Saranac Lake with that Division for WWII. I served in that unitfor nine years.]

“The main purpose of the club will be to give its members flight training at a reasonable cost, according to Fortune. He believes there is sufficient interest in flying among local residents to develop a group that could buy its own plane and build a sea plane base on Lake Flower.

“One of the first steps to be taken by the club will be the purchase of property on the lake for a base, a project that Fortune told Rotary and Kiwanis members, will put Saranac Lake on the aviation map.

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“Ways of getting the club into action and of contacting those interested were also discussed at the first meeting on Monday night by Frank J. Mahoney, Charles Keough, Tuffield Latour, George Stearns and Fortune.”

OK, ladies — chalk your cues

“Mrs. George Owen and Mrs. Mae Bushy tied for the lead last night with six wins and one loss in the ladies’ weekly pocket billiards matches at the Palace academy.

“In third place was Marjorie Bartlett on a record of four wins and two defeats. Four players tied for fourth with even breaks of three and three. They were Mrs. Ray Hayward, Blanche Gero, Mrs. Thomas Daley, and Miss Margaret Drayse. [The Daley’s owned the “Northwoods”, a beautiful cure cottage at 9 Church Street.]

“Other scores were Ann Heuler, 2-4; Mrs. S. E. Sherman, 1-6; [Mrs. Sherman’s, husband Sam, owned a ‘billiard hall’ at 16 Broadway; one would think she could ‘shoot pool’ better.] Mrs. Monroe Flagg, 1-6.” [She was Edith Flagg, a bundle of energy, who managed the Montgomery-Ward Catalog Store at 48 Broadway.]

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Tupper Lake men leave

for service

“Nine volunteers selectees from Tupper lake left this village today for Albany and induction into the army.

“The men were honored a banquet last night given by the Rotary Club of Tupper Lake.

“The contingent includes Fred Bedore (Faust), George C. St. Louis, Ronald E. McGurn, John F. Dwyer (Faust), Richard J. Sovey, Millard J. Trombley, Eugene A. LaFountain, Lawrence E. Vieau and William J. Parisien. The last five men on the list are in the ‘volunteer under 21’ class.

The next selectees will leave here on April 23, according to Charles Siebert, chief clerk of the selective service board here. The April 23 contingent will also number nine men.”

School board votes

to buy supplies

“The Board of Education of the Harrietstown School District No. 1 voted yesterday to purchase $900 worth of supplies for the woodwork and machine shops at the high school. In view of the present trend of rising prices, board members agreed it would be better to order next year’s industrial arts supplies now.

“Board members also approved an expenditure of $90 to have basketball and hockey equipment cleaned.

The clerk’s and treasurer’s reports for the month of March were read at the meeting.”

Local firemen elect officers for 1941

“Both Woodruff Hose Company No. 1 and Miller Hose Company No. 2 reelected their captains in last night’s fire company annual election.

“Officers who will serve again in the Woodruff Company are Donald Ross, captain; Leon Thompson, first assistant; Harland Boynton, second assistant; Leon Bourne, secretary and Willis Currier, treasurer. Richard Harrington was reelected warden. John Hogan, Andrew Fortune and Fred Conrad were elected trustees. Currier, Fortune, Bourne and Harrington were also named fire police.

“In the Miller Hose Company, Ralph Witherbee was renamed captain. Other officers are Donald Ryan, first assistant; Joseph Murphy, second assistant; Clarence L. Smith, secretary; Maurice McPherson, treasurer.

“John Mullen is first pipeman with the first assistant pipeman to be named by Mullen. Second pipeman is Robert Banker and Monroe Flagg is second assistant pipeman. Frank Disco was named Hydrantman. Alfred Douglass was reelected warden and McPherson was elected warden to succeed Howard Sheldon.

Mrs.Tuttle heads VFW Auxiliary

“Mrs. Dorothy Tuttle was elected president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary to succeed Mrs. Fred Towner at the annual election of officers last night in the Harrietstown town hall.

“Other members elected for the coming year were Mrs. Katherine Duquette, senior vice-president; Mrs. Winifred Fear, chaplain; Mrs. Ollene Douglas, guard; Mrs. Towner, treasurer; Mrs. Ella Horton, trustee for 18 months and Mrs. Helen Blumenthal, county council delegate.

Named to dean’s list

Miss Margaret Sullivan, [later Mrs. John Campion] daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phil Sullivan of 44 Neil street, has been named to the Dean’s list at College of St. Rose in Albany for the first semester of the year. Miss Sullivan is a freshman at the college and attained a 90 per cent average in all her subjects.”

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