Sign In | Create an Account | Welcome, . My Account | Logout | Subscribe | Submit News | Customer Service | Tearsheets | Media Kit | Home RSS
 
 
 

More from August 1952

August 6, 2011
By HOWARD RILEY , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

I am always surprised about the response from certain columns; columns that strike me as only routine things from the past; but last week when we covered a number of items from 1952, it was the advertisement about Durgan's night club (phone #1590) that got the most attention.

The story was about the number of shows, 2 nightly, naming various entertainers but most remember Jet Johnson and his orchestra. Also remembered was his wife, Effie, who occasionally came out to the club with Jet.

Now Polly and Bengt Ohman send me a note that Effie was a cook at Forestcraft, the exclusive camp owned and operated by Polly's brother Edward (Ted) Blackmar, Md. He acquired the camp in the 1940s and after his death when he was in his late 80s, the place was purchased by former campers and is still thriving.

Durgan's at that time was owned and operated by Mose and Bea LaFountain. Bea was a great cook and they both made customers feel like they were the most important people who ever entered the place the parents of Lorraine Fobare, Jim, Mose and "Faker" LaFountain, whose correct first name I cannot remember. So, here's a toast to Durgan's; and this round is on Red.

---

News was different then

How cool was that back in 1952 to read Dorothy White's Bloomingdale news columnfor instance

"Gregory Hayes, better known as 'Bucky', son of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Hayes, celebrated his tenth birthday Saturday afternoon when many of his friends joined him for a party. He received many nice presents and an afternoon of games and fun with refreshments. His birthday cake was white trimmed with green.

"Those attending were Bobby Birk, Roger Lawless, Jeffery Whisher, Jerry Picerchia, Jimmy Hayes, Danny Sussy, Rodney Brown, Danny Helms, Pat Finnegan, Sandy Hayes, Jean Picerchia and Bucky's two sisters, Lynn and Gwen Hayes.

---

Coming and going

The above title was over one of the most read columns in the Enterprise which ran for many yearsthen we probably became much too much sophisticated for such news about our neighbors. Here is a sample from 1952.

"Miss Betty O'Connell and Alfred Rabideau of Rochester, also Mr. and Mrs. Victor Rabideau of Plattsburgh were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Anderson of 8 South Hope St."

[I remember that the wife of that long-time Mayor Anderson was Helen Rabideau.]

---

"Mr. and Mrs. Orville Baker and children of Peru, visited their aunt, Mrs. Delia Marvin of 20 Helen St. recently. Mrs. Robert Marvin, Mrs. Dorothy Brown and Mrs. William Beany, of Lake Placid spent the evening with her."

---

"Mrs. George Haug has returned to her home in Buffalo after visiting her sisters and brother, Mrs. Morris LaMonda, Mrs. J. W. Cullen, and Freemont Lyons of Bloomingdale, and Mrs. W. B. Smith of Saranac Lake."

---

"Mr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Miller of Elmira, are the guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Keet, of 17 McComb St."

---

"Judge and Mrs. Arthur Webster of Detroit, Michigan, have arrived to spend a short time visiting Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Johnston and family at their camp on Sable Island, Lower Saranac Lake."

---

"Miss Mary Bancker, of Live Oak, Florida, who has been the guest of Mrs. Nadia Slack and Miss Mildred Ward of 68 Lake Flower avenue, for the past four weeks, left today to visit friends in Wausau, Wisconsin, enroute to her home."

---

Mrs. Carl Johnson and her daughter, Carol, of 163 Pine St., are visiting her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Shelters, in Cadyville."

---

"Mr. and Mrs. Ray L. Burmaster, and their granddaughter, Miss Nancy Browne, have returned to their home, Maryland avenue, after spending several days in Gilford, N.H., where they attended the New Hampshire Arts and Crafts Show."

---

"Mr. and Mrs. John C. Little Jr., and their children, John III, Peter and Molly, who have been visiting Mr. Little's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Little of 15 Neil St., have returned to their camp at Third Lake, Old Forge."

---

"Mr. and Mrs. Edward Rice and their son, Leland, of Middletown, recently visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Felix Howe of Lake street."

 
 

 

I am looking for:
in:
News, Blogs & Events Web