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

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 ...

Kelleher’s Majestic

This column is part two of trying to pull together the long story about the long business career of Goodman Kelleher. He published a book about his life dedicated to his “friends, patrons and employees.” He held about every job that existed in the hotel and restaurant business and became ...

Hotel history: Lake Placid to Clearwater

Thanks to my very good friend Holly Chabbott, I am in possession of a North Country to Clearwater, Florida, history book, written and published by Goodman Kelleher in 1945. The title: “GOODMAN KELLEHER, A Cook’s Story of His Own Broth.” Kelleher’s dedication reads: “Privately ...

Five GIs capture German town

Veterans Day is four days from now, celebrated Nov. 11 as always, but this year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. - “German town is captured by Lt. Manketo and 4 comrades” - This headline was in the Paterson Evening News over this unusual, happy-ending story late ...

Ski-jumping World War II hero

We are nearing the end of 2020 and nearing the end of the 75th anniversary of World War II. A copy of a 1941 Enterprise given to me by Tim Fortune carried a story about Lake Placid ski jumpers heading to a national meet in Seattle, Washington. That led to this story about ski jumping and the ...

75th anniversary of the end of WWII

This continuation of the history of World War II was prompted by my friend Tim Fortune, who gave me a copy of the Enterprise dated Feb. 25, 1941. The war in Europe officially ended May 8, 1945, and the war in the Pacific officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed the ...

The Bloomingdale High School

Thanks to my cousin Nancy Howard Heath, I have a history treasure — a photo of all students attending the Bloomingdale High School and the Elementary School in 1931-1932, a photo of the high school and a pile of copies of the school’s monthly student newspaper. Nancy’s parents were ...

The lady in the lake

Researching my files on Saturday, Sept. 26, looking for a subject for this week’s column, an Enterprise clipping practically fell into my lap, dated Sept. 26, 1963. The story in the clipping was about Mrs. Mabel Smith Douglass, who disappeared while rowing on Lake Placid on Sept. 21, ...

Lake Placid was crankin’ (Lake Placid News, Oct. 3, 1985)

Now let’s see if we can get this straight. The country rock band Alabama, followed by the Charlie Daniels Band, brought 10,598 cheering fans to the Olympic Center. There was a huge square dance festival going on. The Buffalo Sabres were playing the New York Rangers, and the Lake Placid ...

Gold Mine was not a junkyard

Well, I got everything ask-backward last week. The headline was about Orville Paye’s junkyard under a photo of his Gold Mine on the Bloomingdale Road. Now I want to talk a bit more about the Gold Mine, not the junkyard, but wait — I know, the photo today is about the junkyard. The Gold ...

‘Every village needs a junkyard’

That was the title of a column I wrote 50 years ago, substituting for Enterprise columnist Bill McLaughlin, who was on vacation. Now, before we get to that, I want to say a few words about my friend, the late Orville Paye. If any town or village residents remember Orville at all, it was ...

Off the rails again

Boy, I wish I was going to be around 50 years from now to overhear a conversation with a group dedicated to solving the transportation problem in the Adirondacks. So many cars, so many people, a toll booth at Exit 30 of the Northway. Two hundred dollars for two days, and don’t violate the ...

The new Newberry’s looked awful

The changing face of Saranac Lake is not always for the best. Last week with a review of photos and stories from the Village Centennial (1892-1992), it highlighted some of what we have lost. Many of the structures burned down, others were torn down, and some were “modernized.” Into ...

The village of Saranac Lake centennial, 1892-1992

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise published a 32-page tabloid newspaper celebrating that centennial. There was a nice tribute to John J. Duquette, who authored a commemorative booklet on behalf of the Centennial Committee. John was a detailed, accurate historian of this area. I was ...

Give my regards to Broadway

Nearly 30 years ago Enterprise reporter Kathleen Scott wrote a story about the changing face of Broadway. (Thursday, October 10, 1991.) My dear readers will have to figure out the business locations being discussed in the story. However, if one does not recognize the business by name then try ...

Rock Hudson and Jim Nabors Disturb Peace in Tupper Lake

This story is by the late Kathleen Bigrow of Tupper Lake who was an Enterprise reporter for decades. Kathleen produced reams of stories and photos over those years...if one heard about a happening in Tupper Lake and it was not covered in the newspaper by Kathleen Bigrow then it probably never ...

Essex County talking trash

There was quite a controversy at the Essex County Board of Supervisors over a request for modification of the Essex County landfill in May 1996. I am happy that the present North Elba supervisor, my friend Jay Rand, and his predecessor, my friend Supervisor Roby Politi, did not have to get ...

The Birdman of Alca-… (sorry) Helen Hill

Harry Passino, man about town, knew everyone; everyone knew him; great personality. He was a car dealer and salesman for many years. I first heard these words, “I’ll sharpen my pencil and see if we can make a deal,” when I was buying a car from Harry when he was a salesmen for Carl ...

Robbery at the Hotel Saranac (December 1975)

I certainly don’t want to upstage the Roedel family (owners of the hotel) with this 45-year-old story that they may already know. But just imagine if those old walls could talk — right through the beautifully restored hotel that dominates Main Street today. According to the Enterprise, ...

Here’s the police blotter — now quiet down

So many fans asking for the old police blotters — that simple daily log, not solving cases, answering the phone and in many cases responding immediately, but many times just taking care of barking dogs and drunks. 10:20 p.m. 7-10-42 — Call from Mrs. Hubbard, 28 South Hope Street. Said ...