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March 3, 2012
By HOWARD RILEY (hjriley@adelphia.net) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

I received a number of letters about the 80th anniversary of the 1932 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid.

Lucy Dukett of 42 Duprey St. had called me earlier when I wrote about the Battle of the Bulge to tell me that her husband, the late Mitchell (Mike) Dukett, was wounded in that battle. Mike survived, came home and became a registered nurse. She and Mike had four daughters and were married for more than 70 years.

So many from this area were wounded in that fight; then I learned that Fred Dennin, the well-known Lake Placid attorney was not only wounded in that battle but was a POW of the Germans.

Article Photos

The famous movie star, Roy Rogers, poses with Lucy Dukett when he visited Will Rogers Hospital in 1945 where she was the receptionist. He was king of the Lake Placid Winter Festival and went to entertain the patients at Will Rogers. Lucy, now age 92, has obviously found the fountain of youth; she lives in the family home, bakes bread and rolls every week and volunteers at the Adirondack Medical Center which she has done for 20 years.
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Lucy, with her sister Lillian, visited her sister, Gladys in Lake Placid in 1932 when she was working at a boarding house where the German bobsled team was staying. Lucy met those guys who shortly after crashed on a 4-man sled killing the driver and critically injuring the others. She also saw Sonja Henie.

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Local history

My sister sent me this article. [About the '32 Olympics] I am attaching an article from AP press that may be of interest to you. If you come across the name Charles Wesley Golder in you research, I'd be interested in any information. I have always wondered where he was educated beyond high school. Besides the information in the attached article he was the engineer on Howe's Caverns. The last time I was there, his name appeared on the plaque. When I was young his name was on the plaque at Mt. Van Hoevenberg bobsled. Of course that has been replaced. An inquiry at the Lake Placid Museum told me that they still have the plague but it is not on display. He was my uncle and one of six children of Henrietta Cummings Golder and George Golder. My mother was Florance Golder Haselton. He was born in 1894 and died 1932. In 1918 he lived at 10 1/2 Elm St., Saranac Lake. Recently asked at the Adirondack room if there had been an article about his death in the paper, but they did not find one. I believe the one I sent you was from a Long Island newspaper. I found this in the geneology of the Cummings family. He grew up in Jamaica, N.Y. and lived at 4 Park Avenue there and later at 256 Fulton St, Jamaica, N.Y.

Sincerely yours, Joan Haselton Stage.

[The AP story that Joan enclosed said Mr. Golder was the engineer and designer of theMt. Van Hovenberg bobsled run.]

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Whose medals were they?

Hi, was doing a search and your article came up. I have a 1932 gold medal from bobsledding in the Olympics. I came across it in North Carolina as my father in law used it as a cocktail coaster. When he passed on my wife asked me if their was anything I wanted out of their house and I said the Olympic medals were the only thing and she looked hi and low and couldn't find them, I was so impressed with the medals and asked Marshall what he did with them when he wasn't there he said he puts them in a pair of socks in his top drawer. Well I told Gail to go look in his top drawer and she called me back in 5 minutes and said yep they were there. I also have a 1928 silver medal from bobsledding.

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Rob McClelland

[When I contacted Rob as to where the medals came from he replied: "I think the medals were from my father-in-laws stepfather a very wealthy family from the East Coast." I then asked if he or his wife were originally from Saranac Lake? He replied, "I am a 4th generation Californian and my wife grew up in Palm Beach, Fla. and North Carolina, and I have no idea where Saranac Lake is, sounds cold in the winter."

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A 1932 speedskater

Received a note from Anne Cooney, daughter of Sylvia Cooney who was a speed skater in 1932. She is now in a nursing home but her daughter said she enjoyed the article when she read it to her. It was demonstration sport in 1932 and Mrs. Cooney finished 21st out of 144 skaters in the 440-yard event. The competition then was the "pack style" when everyone started together.

The Enterprise did a feature story about Sylvia during the 1980 Olympics and this quote was in the story: "I leaned to speed skate jumping air holes on the AuSable River. We'd skate seven or eight miles down the river. In the summer we'd go into an old mine (she lived in Port Henry) and skate on frozen ponds down there."

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Mistaken identity

I ran a picture of the Lake Placid Junior Jumpers in a column on Feb. 4 - from a picture previously published in 1967 - now to correct a long-standing error brought to my attention by my high school chum, Patricia Duffy Oddy, in the front row a boy identified as Mark Hess is really Patrick Oddy. Tom Oddy, who was Bernie (Rev. J.) Fell's right -hand man in 1980 is also pictured.

 
 

 

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