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The Olympic Winter Games, 1968

January 5, 2013 Thanks to my friend Barbara Paye Kent I have a number of copies of The Lake Placid News from the late 1960s and early 1970s … of special interest is the Feb. more »»

Tupper Lake — 50th anniversary

December 29, 2012 Funny how things happen. On Dec. 1, in this space we told the story of the great fire in Tupper Lake in 1899 that wiped out most of the village. more »»

The diary of Louisa Sparkes

December 22, 2012 In the 1920s, Louisa Sparkes and her younger brother, Bill, lived in Gabriels. Her diary is on loan to me from Don Tucker via Jim and Michelle Tucker. more »»

Lake Placid — winter sports capital

December 15, 2012 I spend a lot of time at the Olympic Center telling visitors about Lake Placid Olympic history; the village is one of only three places in the world that has hosted two Olympic Winter Games: 1932 an... more »»

Walter Channing Rice, 1852-1924

December 8, 2012 There are many stories about Walter C. Rice, Saranac Lake pioneer, who was the first to cast a vote for the incorporation of Saranac Lake village in 1892. more »»

The great Tupper Lake conflagration, 1899

December 1, 2012 The business portion of the village of Tupper Lake was destroyed by fire on a Sunday morning in July 1899. There were 129 buildings burned at a cost estimate of $227,00. more »»

Lake?Placid in the news, 1944

November 24, 2012 News stories filled with local names remain nearly as popular as the police blotter entries which are carried here from time to time. more »»

Adirondack accidents

November 17, 2012 The Enterprise published a list of accidental deaths from November 1899 to November 1900 … “a list of those who either met their death by accidental shooting, drowning or from exhaustion during the... more »»

How about November 1934?

November 10, 2012 Well, for instance, Dr. Francis B. Trudeau, grandfather of Garry Trudeau, was in Washington, D.C., presenting President Franklin D. more »»

Notes from the Saranac Lake police blotter

November 3, 2012 I repeat this every time I publish one of the columns from the ancient police blotters; these are the most read and remarked-about of all the remarkable stories carried here, because in these... more »»

Name-dropping at Paul Smith’s

October 27, 2012 The Enterprise in 1899 carried a long (2500 word) feature story about the upcoming summer season at Paul Smith’s Hotel and about camps on Upper St. Regis Lake and Upper Sarana. more »»

More on the Saranac Lake speedway

October 20, 2012 Last week, we covered the opening of the Saranac Lake Speedway in the late 1950s, owned and operated by Aaron and Allen Hoyt. more »»

The Saranac Lake speedway

October 13, 2012 It was one of the best weekend shows in the North Country when Aaron Hoyt opened his stock car speedway in the late 1950s in the field in back of his farm on the Trudeau Roa. more »»

Israel Dukett reported missing

October 6, 2012 It was in September more than 105 years ago when Israel Dukett, a woodsman and resident of the Forest Home Road, went missing and the Enterprise headline declared, “Abandon Hope of Finding Israel... more »»

Captain Pierce goes to war

September 29, 2012 This column is continued from last week, covering the life of Capt. James H. Pierce who was one of the founders of Bloomingdale, a prominent businessman and politician. more »»

Capt. Pierce and the history of Bloomingdale

September 22, 2012 Another incredible piece of history surfaced in the E. L. more »»

Wagon trip to Lake Placid — 1908

September 15, 2012 As so often happens, one column spawns another. In late August there was a story in this space telling about camping at Fourth Lake in 1870. more »»

Worst Saranac Lake fire in history

September 8, 2012 Last week I carried stories from an August 1925 Enterprise, one of which told about the worst fire in the history of Saranac Lake, in which seven people lost their lives. more »»

Saranac Lake — August 1925

September 1, 2012 When I find old copies of the Enterprise, as I did today (Aug. more »»

Camping in the Adirondacks, 1870

August 24, 2012 Another Adirondack historical document is in hand from my friends, Bengt and Polly Ohman of Lake Clear. more »»

 
 

 

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