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News from Tupper Lake, 1970

November 20, 2009

Not many newspaper columnists have their own editor to take control of that weekly e-mail and whip it into shape; perfectly positioned illustrations and photos, no dangling participles and always 10 jumps ahead of the spell check.

Well, dear reader, my editor is none other than Brittany Bombard, news editor at the Enterprise and a stalwart guardian of the printed word. She has come up with a picture to match those from Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, which have run in this space for the last two weeks. This week's photo is of the Tupper Lake Lumberjack junior varsity cheerleading squad from 1971-72, which features her mother, Carrie (Zande) Riley and her cousin Donna Bombard.

In my teen years, I may have been better acquainted with the Tupper Lake cheerleaders than the Saranac Lake cheerleaders.

Article Photos

Picture of the week — The 1971-72 Tupper Lake Lumberjack team of junior varsity cheerleaders included, from left, Julie Nichols, Marva Pickering (top), Carrie (Zande) Riley (doing a split), Holly Root, Marcy Fuller (center), Donna Bombard, Karla Garrelts, Janice (Lavigne) Gonyea and Jan Lavalley (doing a split).
(Photo provided)

Now that I have told you all about my relationship with Ms. Bombard, one must understand that if something goes terribly wrong with the column, don't blame me; blame Brittany.


Advertising tells the story

This is an advertisement from the Tupper Lake Free Press of September 24, 1970:

"Cable TV Comes to Tupper - Our Office at 78 Park Street Is Now Open! All Networks! ABC, CBS, NBC plus WPIX (New York City), Channel 11, and an educational channel.

"Coming Soon - 3 Ottawa Channels! $3.00 Special! Reg. Installation Charge - $19.95 now $3.00 plus $5.50 per month. Drop in at Resort Cable TV at 78 Park Street and see for yourself the high quality television reception which cable TV will bring you!"


An ad for the State Theater revealed that Jack Lemmon was starring in a movie, "The Out-of Towners," but this timely special was running after the movie (or before?) - "The Amazing Mets, See How the Mets Won the World Series in 1969."


The Lions Club Light Bulb Sale was starting uptown on Sept. 24 and downtown on Oct. 1, and Ginsberg's of Tupper Lake was advertising the "Classic Danskin."


We jump to the ads in the Free Press for November 12, 1970:

"WANTED! Mothers to Serve as Active or Inactive Members of the H.G.A. (Holy Ghost Academy) in the Newly Organized Mother's Club."

The dues were only $1 a year and the proceeds from all fund-raising activities were to be used to purchase equipment and supplies for H.G. A.


Shaheen's Super Market advertised "Remarkable Savings" and believe it or not, 5 to 8 oz. packages of Morton's Frozen Meat Pies - Chicken, Beef or Turkey - were selling for a buck! Not a buck each, 5 for a buck!


Rickamer's Jeweler Store at 91 Park Street was advertising "The Mother's Ring, by Guertin Brothers - A True Original" for $25.


Mr. and Mrs. Edward Rickamer were busy that weekend because visiting them at their home at 20 Lake St. was their daughter, Mrs. Bertrand Foley, and her children, Bert, Deidre, Glenn and Debbie of Riverdale, N.J.


Shortage of lumberjacks

The 1970 Free Press was running a series of interesting stories taken from the minute books of the Santa Clara Lumber Company. Here is the headline over the story: "150 Men of All Sorts Sent Up from New York in 1912 to Relieve Shortage of Lumberjacks."

The minute book apparently did not reveal the skills or previous status of the "men of all sorts," but it is hard to believe that a bunch of guys from New York could be turned into lumberjacks overnight.


Here is a piece of what the minute books said for November, 1912: "The records also recorded that state forestry officials had complimented us very highly on what we had done in tree nursery and planting, and that pulpwood delivered at Watertown was selling for $13.75 a cord."


The biggest bear

We found this Tupper Lake story in The Journal of Saranac Lake and Lake Placid from October 1970:

"The recent shooting of one of the largest black bears ever recorded in the Adirondacks might have gone without notice if Saranac Lake's alert taxidermist, Jack Taylor, had not been given the task of preparing the hide for mounting.

"James Donner of Lockport shot the bear on October 3 in the Horseshoe Pond area near Tupper Lake. The bear was dressed out with the forequarters and head left intact when the wildlife artisan received the carcass.

"This portion of the bear alone weighed 350 pounds. The live weight was computed at 700 pounds or more by conservative estimates.

"Jack, who is an official tabulator for the Boone & Crockett sports organization, knew immediately that the bear was well within the qualifying limits for national recognition and perhaps even worthy of special trophy honors. A 60-day waiting period between the date of kill and actual measurement of the skull is mandatory to allow for shrinkage."



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