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From the Enterprise: Oct. 2 and 11, 1944

October 17, 2009
By Howard Riley,

First, I want to respond to those readers who asked about a story in last week's column regarding a woman and a soldier - yes, the woman's name, Betty Jones, was fictitious.

Also, Esther Arlan called to say that my mention of her husband, Lionel, sneaking into the Pontiac Theater picture show 65 years ago may keep him from getting some high post (I think, similar to the Nobel Peace Prize) in Rotary. But she was laughing so hard I could barely understand what she was saying.

Now, here are some other interesting stories from the Enterprise of 1944:

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(Image from The Enterprise, October 11, 1944)

The Misses Shirley Lawrence and Treva Bruce were hostesses Friday evening at the home of Miss Lawrence at 210 Lake Street.

Games and dancing were enjoyed during the evening. A box lunch and punch were served as refreshments.

Those present were the Misses Geneva Perras, Joyce Darrah, Marie Kentile, Barbara Carson, Gloria Parrotte, Mildred Gladd and Betty Skeels.

Also attending were Leonard Ely, Bernard Goodrich, James Sheil, James Ely, Robert Carter, Conrad Baker, Thomas Buck, Jack Walsh, George Manco, Paul Proctor, Thomas LaVallee, John Gardwood and Don Garwood.

Also James Lamy, Ray Bourdeau, Joseph Hayes, Harry LaBrake, William Golden, Edward Kern, Richard Godson and James Buckley.

(Wow! Seven girls and 21 guys attending the party. I happen to know that Beth Garwood's dad, Don, will be sending this column to Treva Bruce, as he does on a regular basis.)


Police chief resigns

The resignation of James Coughlin, chief of the police department in Saranac Lake, was received yesterday by Charles Goldsmith, village manager.

Chief Coughlin will leave the force to enter business in Bloomingdale where he has purchased the Brookside Hotel and Farm. He was appointed to the force on June 3, 1928 and served as a policeman until February 1933, when he was made acting chief of police. He held that position until May of that same year when John Tierney, a former member of Troop B, New York State Police, was made Chief. When Tierney resigned a year later, Coughlin was appointed Chief by the village manager Miller Johnson and has served in that position since.


St. Louis Browns win pennant

America's third wartime baseball season ended yesterday with the St. Louis Browns winning their first pennant in the tightest race in American League history, a race not decided until the last out on the last day.

A 5-2 victory over the New York Yankees coupled with a Detroit defeat of Washington, 4-1, gave the flag to the Browns by one game. They will meet the National League champs, the St. Louis Cardinals, in the World Series.


Sullivan in cadet training

Pvt. Philip F. (Hoot) Sullivan of Saranac Lake is undergoing extensive examinations at Keesler Field, Biloxi, Miss., to determine his qualifications as a pre-aviation cadet.

Flying officer training as a pilot, bombardier or navigator will be given Pvt. Sullivan upon completion of his processing. He will be assigned in the near future to a new station to begin his actual air crew training.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Sullivan of 44 Neil Street.


Dukett wins pilot's license

Arthur H. Dukett, formerly of Saranac Lake, has completed a course in civil aeronautics at the Syracuse Flying School and has received his pilot's license. Mr. Dukett began flying two years ago in Connecticut and was grounded when the government ordered discontinuance of private flying. He is now taking a course in navigation and meteorology. He expects to receive an instructor's rating on conclusion of his studies.

He is the son of Mrs. Ted DeMar of 100 Lake Flower Ave.



Doug Martin in Gabriels was looking for potato pickers and was paying "six and seven cents a basket." A basket, I guess, meant a 60- pound bushel basket.

Under the classified articles for sale - "YOW-SAH - "Tis A KILLER- diller at both ends. 12 gauge, give 'em 'tother barrel quack-quack. Old, positive, sledge hammer action. Contact Thomas Boat Landing." (??)

Inexpensive apartment for rent "Two rooms and enclosed porch. Murphy bed, gas range, heated, private bath. Front and rear entrance. $25 per month. Call 1493-J. H. Ray Williams."

Need Dry Wood? "For Sale: 12-14 inch dry slab wood. A full truck load (how big was the truck?) delivered to Saranac Lake, $15.50; Bloomingdale, $16.50; Vermontville, $17.50. Ward Lumber Company, Jay, N.Y. Phone 12-F-14."

Finch, Pruyn & Company, Inc. was running this ad: "Wanted! 250 men to cut, skid and pile peeled spruce and fir pulpwood. Also rough wood cutters wanted, stump piled or skidded. Steady work, - good wages (none listed), six camps well equipped, good food. Persons now in war work or essential activities cannot be considered."


In the service

"Cpl. Richard Strack of Saranac Lake has arrived safely overseas at an unidentified port, according to word received here by his sister, Mrs. Dick Darrah of 22 Charles Street.

Cpl. Strack entered the service in May 1942 and received his basic training at Camp Lee, Va. He also trained at Indiantown Gap, Pa., and at the Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C., with a medical unit of the Army.


PFC. Winthrop Carter Lockwood of Saranac Lake has been transferred to a radar school at Boca Raton, Fla., with the Army Air Force. PFC. Lockwood recently completed a course in electronics at Chanute Field, Ill. He entered the service in May 1942. He is the son of Mrs. Carter Castleman of Old Military Road and H. Winthrop Lockwood of Turtle Pond park.



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