Ralph Kelly left a scrapbook in the Adirondack Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library, and the old Enterprise clippings covered everything from weddings to funerals to murders.
There are probably as many Donaldsons in Saranac Lake and Lake Clear as there are Prestons in Lake Placid.
So here is the brief announcement of a Donaldson wedding in the Enterprise of 1895:
In the bride’s own words (or almost)
"DONALDSON-PEARSON - At Saranac Lake, Tuesday, August 9, 1895 by Rev. A. M. Woodruff, Charles Donaldson and Cora Pearson, both of Harrietstown, N.Y."
Dr. Trudeau Jr.'s wedding
"December 28, 1903 - A marriage of more than unusual interest was celebrated in Chicago at high noon on Monday. The contracting parties were Miss Hazel Martyn, of that city, and Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, Jr., of this place (Saranac Lake). The bride is one of the most beautiful girls in the West, and since her debut into society two years ago has been a great belle. She has spent much time abroad.
"Dr. Trudeau is the son of Dr. and Mrs. E. L. Trudeau, of this place, and is well known in New York Society. He has recently become associated with Dr. W. B. James, the eminent New York physician and is on the staff of the Presbyterian hospital there. The wedding was celebrated at high noon at St. Chrysotom's Church, and was attended by many fashionable people of Chicago and New York. Dr. and Mrs. Trudeau left early last week to be present at the marriage, and were entertained by Mrs. Charles E. Kellogg during their stay in the city."
A Keene/Saranac?Lake wedding
"Dec. 26, 1903 -?The wedding was held in Keene on Saturday, when Miss Fannie Webb, a beautiful and attractive young lady of that village became the wife of Plin W. Lattrell, of this place.
"Mr. Lattrell is a member of the firm of Tobias & Lattrell of this place. He is a young man of sterling qualities and very popular. The happy couple is boarding at present, but will take up house keeping in the early spring. With a legion of friends we unite in extending best wishes."
A fatal hunting accident
"Sept. 10, 1903 - The first hunting fatality reported from the Adirondacks this season occurred at Moose Pond early Thursday morning. Fred Barbour, a guide residing on the Bloomingdale Road near Saranac Lake, had a camp on this pond and took a party of city men from Saranac Lake over there deer hunting. Among them was Joseph Buprey, a grandson of Gen. John Buprey of Washington, D. C.
"Wednesday night was clear and beautiful, with a full moon, and the party went out to hunt for deer coming to the water. Buprey was stationed on the shore at a trail leading out of the woods, while Barbour and another young man took a canoe and paddled around the lake looking for game. The splashing of the paddle as it came near attracted Buprey's attention, and he fired, thinking he was shooting at a deer. The bullet struck Barbour, piercing his breast two inches below the heart, coming out between the shoulder blades. The unfortunate man died at five o'clock that same morning and leaves a wife and five small children surviving. Young Buprey is reported to be heart broken over the affair."
Pioneer settler dies
"Oct. 19, 1903?- The death on Monday of Calvin Brown removed from the kindly ministrations of relatives and friends' one of the oldest and most respected townsmen. Mr. Brown had been ill but a short time and his demise came like an electric flash out of a clear sky. He was a man of unblemished reputation, conscientious in the discharge of every duty; prompt, careful and thorough in his business relations. That influence which he always lent for good, whether in public affairs or in the family circle, will still be felt when words which tell of his good work have been forgotten.
"Mr. Brown was born February 24, 1833, in West Stockholm, New York, and located in Saranac Lake forty-six years ago, when our now thriving village contained but one or two log cabins. He acted as guide in the mountains for years and was one of the leaders of the Guides Association.
"Mr. Brown was a veteran of the Civil War, and in his honor the G.A.R. and Adirondack Guides' Association will attend the funeral in a body.
"Mr. Brown leaves six children, Mrs. George Garwood, Mrs. George Potter, Howel W. Brown, E. E. Brown of Saranac Lake, Mrs. P. M. Benedict of New Haven, Conn., and Mason Brown of Juneau, Alaska.
"The funeral will be held from the Methodist Church at two p.m. today, Thursday, Rev. L. A. Bigelow, officiating. Interment will be in Moody cemetery (presently the Pine Ridge Cemetery, originally part of the Moody farm, the Moodys being the first settlers in Saranac Lake).