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Saranac Lake, August 1952

July 30, 2011
By HOWARD RILEY , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

I hate to tell my readers this startling fact, but it is almost August already - better get the firewood drying and the haying done.

According to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise there was a lot happening in Saranac Lake 59 years ago.

I don't believe that any of the "nightclubs" that existed in my time here ever came close to the entertainment at Durgan's; the location is now the Tissot Construction headquarters on Route 86 just past the boat launch on Lake Colby.

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Durgan's advertisement on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 1952:

"Show Time - 2 shows nightly - We bring you direct from Montreal's Copacabana, GUY DENIS, Canada's own Johnnie Ray and JEANNE ROBERTS, tops in Acrobatic Dancing and Baton Twirling Artist and Jet Johnson and his Orchestra Smorgasbord every Thursday night, French Cuisine Always Open."


Summer theatre

"The Saranac Lake Summer Theatre last night presented the Soviet play, 'Squaring the Circle' as its seventh production of the current season at the Odd Fellows Halla beautiful building located next to the Hotel Saranac. An extensive review was written by Elliot W. Galkin.

Public hearing


"A public hearing will be held tonight on the ordinance approved by the North Elba Town Board to regulate the use of boats on Mirror Lake that lies within the town of North Elba. No boat shall be operated on the lake at a speed excessive of 10 miles an hour and 5 miles an hour within 100 feet of swimmers, beaches and other craft." [Other parts of the lake are within the incorporated village and regulated by the village board.]


Baseball was big

Strange that I mentioned here just last week that Gene Walsh was a former sports reporter for the Enterprise - now here is a lead and excerpt from a Walsh byline:

Under a 6-column headline "Chiefs Rally in 6th to Beat Mineville, 5-4. The Saranac Lake Chiefs scored a brilliant win last night on the Municipal Field diamond by coming from behind in the sixth and final inning to edge a strong Mineville team, 5-4.

"With the score 4-3 in the visitor's favor and one man out in the last frame Manager Rube Skeels sent Billy Root in to pinch hit for the local pilot. With Bob Stringer on third and Bill Ellithorpe on second Root singled through the box and over second scoring his mates with the winning runs which gave the Chiefs their 18th win in 27 games to date.

"Versatile Clyde Baker started on the mound for Saranac Lake but after five innings of fine hurling he ran into trouble as the first three Miners to bat in the sixth garnered hits and Bullet Bill Ellithorpe had to come to the rescue."


Softball was big

"Melody Ten Sets Lake view, 13 to 8" reads the Enterprise headline followed by this lead:

"Old Mother Nature had nothing to do with the breeze that was stirring on the Municipal Field last night because John Pendergast had the bats of the Lakeview Grill creating quite a breeze.

"Pendergast hurled Don's Melody Lounge softball team to their first win in the all important Municipal League play-off series by fanning six Grillers and yielding seven hits as the Loungers won the first of a three game series in the league's semi-finals, 13 to 8.

"The win was the 12th in a row this season for the pennant winning Don's with a 13-game streak from last season. Bob Roberts' grand slam homer in the second and Lou George's two-run four-bagger in the third were the big clouts of the evening in the Melody's 16-hit barrage off Frank Pelkey.

The line-up for the Lakeview - Betters, Wigger, Collabella, Greco, Collela, Duprey, LaFebvre, Gonyea, Nadon and Pelkeyfor Don's Melody Scheefer, Walsh, Yorkey, Roberts, Munn, John Pendergast, Joe Pendergast, Gay, George and Merrill.



"Mrs. and Mrs. Leonard Martin were given a surprise party at their home at 6 Balsam Street recently by their daughter, Mrs. Germaine Miller. The occasion was their 25th wedding anniversary and they received many gifts.

"Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond McCasland, Mr. and Mrs. Walter McCasland, Mr. and Mrs. John Sklaryk, Mrs. Josephine Gauthier, Mrs. AnnaBell Gauthier, Charles Ciani, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kiah, Eldred Gauthier and William Moody.

"Out-of-town guests included Mr. Martin's mother, Mrs. Elisabeth Bombard of Norfolk and his brother Edward, also of Norfolk and another brother, Fred, of Brushton."



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