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

Dog Day Afternoon, every day

October 1 —The following all entered on this day: “Fred Bailey made a complaint of several dogs running at large on Riverside Drive without muzzles.” “In the above complaint Mr. Bailey gave several names but only one address — 93 Riverside Drive and they do not own a dog at that ...

Car crashes kill two troopers—father and son

The irony of lives unfolding can leave us at a loss for words. A few years ago while talking to my late, good friend, New York State Police Investigator Doug Muldoon, I happened to mention covering the story for the Enterprise about the death of Trooper Charles Perkins in a car crash. It ...

Testimonial to a Tri-Lakes vacation

I happened to be the self-appointed, unofficial greeter at Historic Saranac Lake’s Ice Cream Social on Aug. 24 (all ice cream donated by Stewart’s Shops). People from all walks of life took advantage of the museum tour and walking into the beautiful Cure Porch on Wheels parked at the rear ...

How about politics in 1949?

The last two weeks has had this space filled with local sports stories, mostly baseball. But there was plenty of action in other fields, as witnessed by the stories in the August 1949 Enterprises, retrieved from the Adirondack Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library. This headline in the ...

How about a game of softball?

The lead sports story in this 70-year-old issue of the Enterprise is about the New York Telephone Company softball team suffering its first league loss to the Saranac Lake Firemen. - Excerpts - “The Saranac Lake Firemen softball team handed the New York Tel team its first Municipal ...

The Brighton Blues: It was all about baseball in 1949

Baseball was a really big sport in the North Country back in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. The following stories are from the Aug. 1 and Aug. 4 editions of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, thanks to the files in the Adirondack Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library. There were games every ...

Local news in wartime

“The war in Europe has ended.” (So read the headline May 8, 1945.) The headlines nine months earlier, in 1944, did not make one feel optimistic that the war in Europe would end that soon. Here we are 75 years after those terrible August 1944 headlines, so long ago. I was delivering 60 ...

Lake Placid News — Aug. 17, 1972

I know the readers of this column are the brightest in the world; well, maybe right after Henry Kissinger. That is why I will not need to explain that this very day, today, is Aug. 17, 2019 and 47 years ago Lake Placid was cranking; eight years before the 1980 Olympic Winter Games; 40 years ...

The SLPD blotters you all love

History is not only inaccurate; the deeper one digs, the more confusing it becomes. So we try to stick to simple local subjects such as the old dump; where the giant incinerator with a giant smokestack burned 24/7 for years and years. The smoke from the stack drifted directly over the Will ...

Training for second moon landing

My personal editor, Brittany Proulx, makes my column look good every week. She is a digital guru reducing this historic edition of the Enterprise to column size. Nothing changes much — look at the headline prompted by President Nixon’s Vice President Spiro Agnew. He resigned after ...

More on the history of Wilmington

Last week we filled this space with a history of the Town of Wilmington, with excerpts from a book by Adeline F. Jacques she had published in 1980. Naturally one can’t talk about Wilmington without talking about Whiteface Mountain. So, naturally again, one turns to the Adirondack Room of ...

Wilmington — a thriving hamlet

This column about Wilmington was prompted by my coming across a great little book, “Echoes from Whiteface Mountain - A Brief History of Wilmington, New York” by Adeline F. Jacques ... and also by observing how nice it is to visit — wonderful main drag with great places to stay and great ...

Death on McComb Street

(SLPD Blotter-July 1939) --- 3:15 a. m., 7-3-39 — “Fire alarm rang 25 (B’way & Prospect Ave.). Investigated by Higgins and Brown. Fire at 14 McComb St. Started on back porch, second floor, Johnny Martin’s apartment. Johnny claims that he and his mother, Virginia Martin went ...

More breaking news from 1926

Residents today wonder why Saranac Lake coined the logo; “Little City of the Adirondacks” … that’s because it was a little city … with a cultural and sophisticated atmosphere about the community brought about by the patients who came here to cure for tuberculosis; their friends and ...

Details of the town hall fire — July 1926

More and more interesting tales from the past emerge as we continue to mine the pages of The Enterprise ... so now we have a partial copy of The Enterprise datelined July 28, 1926 with information about the people who were burned in the fire. A man badly burned had arrived two days ...

SLPD blotter entries for June 1942

Now, as my dear readers know, if I run across a name in the blotter for a serious allegation, I change the name to protect the guilty and to protect the innocent, if there are still relatives living in the area. My readers are of all levels of intelligence and education; Some have wondered ...

A lot of changes in 125 years

Now, I guess this is bragging, but I have been associated with The Adirondack Daily Enterprise for 77 years of the125 years that it has existed. I was a newsboy in 1942, then I went to work in the composing room in 1951: page make up, linotype operator, circulation manager, reporter, ...

Big news — The Enterprise, April 1938

Page two was a special page in The Enterprise back then with headlines at the top of the page declaring News of Adirondack Communities – Bloomingdale, Loon Lake, Wilmington, Paul Smith’s, Vermontville, Ray Brook, Newman [at one time the Uihlein farm area], Lake Placid, Lake Clear, ...

Hesseltine’s get-away car

Ron Hesseltine became a 46er when he was age 78 after having a heart attack ... that did not surprise his family or the friends because he has the heart and soul of a competitor. Now he told me the other day that as he gets closer to age 86 he is going to do the 46 peaks again so he can ...

Police blotter from 1939

We used to brag about going swimming in May, the earlier in the month, the better the bragging. Well, I’ll tell you, it must have been pretty darn warm in May of 1939 because one of the first entries in the police blotter was this: Swimming in the nude 5-5-39, 5 p.m.: While checking ...