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

Saranac Village at Will Rogers (part 2)

Last week in this space we covered the closing of the Will Rogers Hospital in 1975 and the blow to the economy of Saranac Lake with the loss of 140 jobs. Before we recap a little more history of that historic institution, it is our great good luck that Saranac Village at Will Rogers, that ...

‘Will Rogers Hospital is closing; 140 workers told of jobs lost’

Lucky for our readers and for local history archives, it was reporter Evelyn Outcalt who covered the story. Evelyn was the best of the best in our old newsroom when the Enterprise was located at 76 Main St. We were all pounding out stories on our now-vintage typewriters: Remingtons, Royals ...

Spectacular plane landing

This tattered story from page 1 of the Enterprise appears to have a date of September, maybe in 1966, but too difficult to read to be sure. However, there is no problem reading the text of the story. I know by his style it is by Bill McLaughlin, but we seldom used bylines on our stories ...

Saranac Lake High School Class of 1940

I am trying to help my friend Margaret LaPoint find out how many of her classmates from 1940 are still around. The LaPoints lived at 21 Pine St., and we lived at 5 Pine when we moved into town from the farm in Ray Brook. Her brother Ed and I became best friends and graduated in the same ...

1943: Detroit race riots and World War II

These awful headlines in the Plattsburgh Press-Republican were staring readers in the eye on Wednesday morning June 23, 1943, in the middle of World War II. I could salvage only about one-third of the Press, but the brief stories, cut off after a couple of paragraphs, will give you an idea ...

The town of Franklin’s black history

This is part III of the history of the town of Franklin: a big town with many small hamlets spread all over 175 square miles, with a diverse history since it was created in 1836, including a black community linked to the Underground Railroad and John Brown. The black community was coming ...

The town of Franklin history, part II

Franklin is one of the biggest towns in Franklin County, 175 square miles, as described in last week’s column. The Franklin town line is at the top of County Line Hill (as it was always known) as one leaves Bloomingdale, the town of St. Armand and Essex County. The town of Franklin ...

The town of Franklin: a big chapter in the history books

I started out looking for pictures of Norman Ridge — that 2-mile stretch of road that connects Vermontville and the Fletcher Farm Road. It offers one of the most incredible views in the Adirondacks. Then I began the history tour … have not yet found the Ridge pictures … Franklin is ...

This story makes it all worthwhile

The great satisfaction for me in being able to publish these humble scribblings of local history arrives in a note from someone who grew up here. Last week Noreen Bristol Oslander sent me the following story as she had the nostalgic task of “putting the house in order.” Her father, ...

Road cave-in claims four lives (The Enterprise, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 1979)

The following tragedy is one of the toughest of stories to cover, but it was well done by Enterprise reporter James M. Odato 41 years ago … along with great photos by Jeff Platsky. When this old Enterprise fell into my hands a few days ago, I happened to receive a phone call from Mr. ...

‘The big blackout of ’93’

That was the headline on the Enterprise of Oct. 5, 1993, with the subhead, “Power tower topples near Malone, leaving thousands in the dark.” The story, bylined “By The Enterprise Staff,” covered a good 80% of page 1. Again, the following excerpts will cover the story in this small ...

Village elections used to be big

Democrats pretty much control the political scene in Franklin County today ... but that was not the case for most of the history of our county. It was rock-ribbed Republican. Voter registration has shrunk across the country as citizens have become disillusioned with the entire political ...

The flu pandemic of 1918 touches home

The AuSable Record was a pretty influential newspaper in its day, covering most of the communities in the North Country. It was a weekly, and as the masthead reads: “Published every Friday — Subscription Price $1.25 per Year in Advance. Single Copies Five Cents Each. Advertising rates ...

‘Raging blaze jumps Route 3’ (Enterprise headline, May 17, 1991)

Readers ask about my publishing “excerpts.” The stories that make page 1 are long and detailed, so I try to give the best of the stories in this short space without short-changing the reporters who covered the event. This page 1 story is “By the Enterprise staff”: “A raging ...

‘Flash floods wreak havoc’ (Enterprise headline, Oct. 23, 1995)

The storm story, by Katy Odell Wilson, had a subhead: “Portion of Route 73 closed; landslide damages Whiteface Mountain.” Excerpts: “Sections of area highways have gaping holes and part of Lower Whiteface Mountain remains buried in mud and rocks after Saturday’s torrential rain ...

How about some sports news? (Enterprise, Feb. 10, 1967)

First, a little bit more about the accompanying Saranac Lake High School hockey photo. Our son Keefe, in the back row, went on to play with some great teams in the 1970s at Plattsburgh State. Keefe and his buddy Tom Jennings took a semester off in their junior year at college and went to ...

Sen. Robert Kennedy visits

It was a big headline in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in February 1967 when Sen. Robert Kennedy visited Saranac Lake. He had to make an appearance here, but I believe the whole purpose of the trip was to ski at Big Tupper, which he did quite often. The 72-point, eight-column headline above ...

Talk about a historical scoop

It’s about a book not yet published. It’s still in the works, but I just happen to have a review of that book right here in my famous little history column. The book may be fiction, but it is historical fiction … and here is the big deal: The review is by the author herself, a ...

Adirondack winter vacations, part II

The Enterprise published a great special edition on Jan. 2, 1954, all about enticing the uninitiated to spend their vacations in the throes of snow and ice in the Adirondacks; the edition, of course, was all about Tupper Lake, Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. Part II — excerpts from the ...

Adirondack winter vacations

I could not believe my eyes as I stumbled across — er, I mean, went to my systematically, automatically prearranged, numbered files of old Enterprise copies and found this … An eight-page copy of the Enterprise, dated Jan. 2, 1954, a mere 66 years ago — a special edition with a ...