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You Know What …? (local history), by Howard Riley

Tupper Lake village election, 1932

We missed the big election in Tupper Lake held March 15 by 89 years. This story is for my niece Patti Sparks Littlefield, town supervisor of Tupper Lake, and Paul Maroun, mayor of the village of Tupper Lake. Patti’s dad John Sparks and I were pals since we were teenagers. Anyone who ...

Lindbergh baby kidnapping, part 2

Those nasty gremlins infiltrated my computer and removed the “part 2” mention at the end of last week’s column. My dear readers, I am sure, have been stressed, flabbergasted and frantic all week, waiting for the end of that terrible story retold from my copy of the Malone Evening Telegram ...

The Lindbergh baby kidnapping

Not a local story, but a big story in the history books. My copy of the Malone Evening Telegram from March 4, 1932, is a real treasure. It had once belonged to Cora Sprague, whose name is on the mailing label but with no legible address. Though I was only 6 years old at the time, I ...

History of Saranac Lake high schools

Well, I’d better qualify that title. This column will not cover the history of the present high school at 79 Canaras Ave. Freshmen students from the former high school at 141 Petrova Ave. entered the new high school in 1970. The last graduating class from the Petrova school was 1969. Now ...

History of the Saranac Lake Fire Department (part 2)

The Enterprise published a special edition on June 5, 1991, as the 95th Northern New York Volunteer Firemen’s Convention was held here, also to celebrate the centennial celebration of the department, 1891-1991. The Firemen’s Convention was scheduled again in 1992 to celebrate the centennial ...

Saranac Lake Fire Department (1891-2021)

We are all proud of the men and women who make up the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department and the first responders. As we thank them for their service, please recognize that they are the people who continue to maintain the respect and reputation of the department’s great 130-year ...

Won’t normal life be wonderful?

Howard Riley doesn’t have a column this week, but he did submit this cartoon, originally published in Enterprise on Aug. 18, 1945, courtesy of Marlene Hyde.

Saranac Lake Red Devils — a big deal in bobsledding

The Saranac Lake Red Devils Bobsled Club was a big, friendly, boisterous group of fellows who used to hold their meetings at the Veterans Club on Broadway. I happened to be going by the club on a couple of occasions when the guys were holding a meeting, and one could hear the ...

News of the Tri-Lakes, Sept. 2, 1948

Let me tell you, 72 years ago there was a lot of competition for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. Never mind about the Plattsburgh and Malone newspapers that were on the newsstands in our three mountain villages, but there was also the Syracuse Post-Standard, with a full-time correspondent ...

History comes alive

What a find … I have an intact copy of that 1911 Enterprise, a Winter Carnival edition. There is very little news, but it is loaded with photos and clever advertisements. Also, one had to have long arms to read the Enterprise of that day. Open up the double truck, and they were 3 feet ...

Saranac Lake news — May 5, 1934

Try to imagine what it was like trying to adopt a village budget during the depression. [As an aside, the Social Security Act was not passed until 1935.] That is what was facing Mayor Seaver Miller and his Board of Trustees: George Carson (later mayor), Henry Homburger, James LaPan and Grant ...

Follow-up to big snowstorm

A couple of weeks ago I covered what was called the biggest snowstorm ever in Saranac Lake — 3 to 4 feet in some locations in the area and temperatures dropping under 50 below in hamlets along the Canadian border. That story was carried from an early January 1925 copy of the Enterprise. I ...

Local sports in February 1947

The Enterprise of Feb. 4, 1947, obviously looked different than it does today … different advertisements, different local sports stories and photos decidedly different — hardly ever a local photo. I won’t bore you with the details, but even 10 years later it was a long process to ...

I am still in January 1925

Maybe ‘fascinated’ is not the correct word for what I feel when reading these old newspapers… maybe nostalgia or maybe I just love old newspapers and magazines. I have a collection of Life magazines from the 1940’s — price 10c. This copy of The Enterprise from 95 years ago, for ...

You want to talk about climate change?

Really — well I don’t neither/either! So let’s jump ahead to January 30, which is only 35 days from today, which is December 26, [see, I told you 4 out of 3 people can’t do math] but we are also jumping way back to a copy of The Enterprise dated January 30, 1925 — 95 years ago. To ...

It’s a Wonderful Christmas — on Main Street

1920s - Main Street shows an intricate, elaborate electric system with poles on both sides of the street, installed by Paul Smith’s Electric Light Power and Railroad Company Incorporated. Notice the small street lights attached to the power poles. The big Christmas tree appears to have ...

‘The Big Chill’ 32 years ago today

The Enterprise headline Monday, Dec. 12, 1988, read: “The Big Chill! Tri-Lakes in a deep freeze.” Tell me about climate change: Remember we had to walk 8 miles to school, uphill both ways; it was always 20 below zero with 2 feet of new snow every night. Well anyway, it was something ...

We finally arrive in Florida

Let’s see — where was I? The title on my column of Nov. 14 read “Hotel history: Lake Placid to Clearwater.” Well, it’s taken a month to get to Florida — and believe me, it’s been a tough trip. I am writing the fourth column based on a book written and published by Goodman ...

Goodman Kelleher — what a life!

This is the third column on Goodman Kelleher — in his own words. He had no formal education — “his report card was blank” — he bought a lunch wagon when he was age 16, became a renowned chef, then owned the classy Majestic Restaurant and the St. Moritz Hotel in Lake Placid and the ...