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Lake Placid News, 1943

May 27, 2008
By Howard Riley,
Anytime we chose to look at history, we find the good, the bad and the indifferent. Once more, the following news is taken from the Syracuse Herald-Journal and the Post-Standard, both from 1943.

This news must have stunned the community of Lake Placid when the captain of the Northwoods School ski team was killed in a ski accident in New Hampshire. Here are excerpts from the Associated Press story:

“Pinkham Notch, N.H., April 10 (AP) - John L. Neal, 17, of Springfield, Mass., a student at Northwoods School in Lake Placid, died Wednesday night in North Conway Hospital from internal injuries suffered while skiing in Tuckerman’s ravine.

“Young Neal overshot the snow while jumping at the Little Head Wall and landed in the brush. Fellow skiers carried him on a toboggan for a mile and a half down the Sherburne trail to Pinkham Notch camp, whence he was removed to the hospital.”

Then there was this follow-up news item carrying a Lake Placid dateline:

“He suffered a ruptured spleen and other injuries, according to information available here. He was skiing with his father, Chester Neal, and others at the time. He was in the senior class at Northwood and would have graduated this summer. He had a scholastic standing of seventh or eighth in his class.

“Young Neal was considered one of the best skiers in the school and had won many trophies, including the coveted Sno Birds Washington Birthday trophy. He was captain of the Northwoods Ski team.”

Gas shortage

In March 1943, when Eugene Shea was elected president of the Lake Placid Driving Club, plans for a harness racing circuit for northern New York were put on hold until the gasoline shortage abated. People could afford to buy a gas a little easier then because five gallons cost a buck. Are we facing a situation now where five bucks buys a gallon?

Other officers elected with Mr. Shea were Favor Smith, Dr. James R. Campbell and John Shene. Those serving on the executive committee were Vernon and John Devlin, Fred Myers and John Thornton. Other committee chairs were William Jewtraw and Merrill Smith.

News items entitled ‘Personals’

“Fred Douglas, Emerson Rand and George Sullivan have been approved by members of the village board as new members of the local volunteer fire department”.

“Mr. and Mrs. James Madden and Miss Eva Fortune of this village have returned to their home after passing a short time in Plattsburg, where they visited Mrs. Rose Disco who is a patient in the Physicians Hospital there.”

“Gerald Lee Reed of this village has left for South Portland, Maine, where he has taken a position in a war industry there.”

“Miss Eleanor Lascor of this village has returned to her home after passing several days in Plattsburgh visiting friends.”

“Miss Natalie Jubin, who is a student at Syracuse University, has arrived to pass two weeks here visiting her family and friends.”

“Miss Rita Dragoon and Clarence Taylor of this village were on the latest honor roll at the Albany State Business College. Miss Dragoon finished her course last week and will take a position in Albany. Mr. Taylor left school last week to enter the United States Army.”

“Miss Marion Patterson left recently for Albany to take the oath of office as a member of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. Miss Patterson is the first Lake Placid woman to join this branch of the service. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Patterson of Main Street.”

Essex County TB cases

“The report of the health committee of the Essex County Board of Supervisors showed that there are 874 tubercular cases in Essex County usually under supervision of the county health nurses. Mrs. Margaret Coleman has been granted a leave of absence and two other nurses have joined the armed services.

“Ordinarily, there have been 381 cases in the southern part of the county under Mrs. Coleman, 245 cases in the northwestern section under Miss Prophy and 248 cases in the northeastern part which has been without county nurse service since last July. The figures were released by Dr. Joseph P. Garen, of Saranac Lake, district state health officer.”

No effort too small!

“Warren Volpert, proprietor of the Feek Pharmacy in Lake Placid has announced that he will keep a container in his store into which persons may discard collapsible metal tubes. These are ordinarily used to contain tooth and shaving pastes, ointments and other medical supplies.

“As many of these are made of pure tin they are valuable as old metal for defense purposes. When a new tube of the supply is purchased the old one should be brought in and he will give them to proper authorities.”

(Editor's note: This article was published in the Saturday, May 17 Enterprise but was mistakenly not uploaded to the Web until Tuesday, May 27.)


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