The Winter Carnival, 1915

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival of 1915 was a spectacular celebration as described in the special “Racing Final” edition of the Enterprise dated Feb. 4.

The Enterprise was a tabloid size of 20 pages with 100 photos a tremendous undertaking for the Enterprise staff.

Here are the prize winners in a few of the categories: Floats, Class A and Class B; Ladies’ and Gentlemen Fancy Dress Carnival; Children’s Fancy Dress Carnival; Decorated Buildings, Residences and Public Buildings; Decorated Sleigh; Best Mounted Horseman; Best Decorated Car; Best Dog Team and Most Unique Entry.

Front page news

The big news on the front page was the skating races. Here is the lead:

“A crowd that in numbers rivaled any in the history of crowds at Saranac Lake Carnivals saw the second day’s races of the International Outdoor Skating Championships at the Boys’ Club Rink today.

“By four o’clock the crowd had reached enormous proportions. It was variously estimated at over 6,000, which is the largest number ever attended the races at Saranac Lake.

“Russell Wheeler of Montreal went on the ice at the rink this afternoon with the diamond studded medal, emblematic of the all-around championship, national and international, indoor and outdoor already won. As a result of the first day’s racing here Wheeler added 70 points to the string he won last week in Cleveland.”

Purse of $2,000

“Fred C. Lamy, father of Edmund C. Lamy, the professional speed skating champion, today announced that he is offering a $2,000 purse to be competed for by McLean, Baptie, Wood and Lamy in a series of six races to be skated in Saranac Lake within three weeks. Mr. Lamy, it is understood, has been offered the assistance of one or two local gentlemen in making up the big purse. Julian T. Fitzgerald of Chicago who is here to attend the races says that he has every assurance that he can bring the four big skaters together in a match here.”

Visiting Elks

“Among the two hundred and ten members of the Malone Lodge of Elks who arrived on the special train at noon were the following officers and other prominent members: Exalted Ruler F. R. Kirke, Rev. H. A. Barrett, chaplain, Esteemed Lecturing Knight Dr. H. D. Main and Sheriff Steenburge. The Elks were headed by the Malone Band, under the leadership of Captain Trustee J. O. Ballard.”

Visitors from afar

There are hundreds of names of visitors who are attending the carnival; how the Enterprise managed to get all the names and where they were staying is a mystery to me. Here is a sample of those names published:

“At the cottage of Mrs. A. B. Williams, 50 Baker Street are: Mrs. Thomas, Dayton, Ohio; Miss Alice Chase, Brooklyn; Miss D. Josephine Slagle, Baltimore, Md.

“At 42 Baker Street are: Mrs. B. B. Warfield, Crockett, Texas; Miss Bessie G. Smith and Miss Lillian Shackleton, East Orange, N. J.; Edward Peters and Benjamin Kallett, Syracuse; Miss Marian Arbuckle, Waynesboro, Va., is the guest of Miss Mary W. McGhee.

“In the apartments of Mr. and Mrs. William V. Meehan in the Leis Building, 3 Bloomingdale Avenue are: Mrs. Charles Trabold and daughter, Miss Minnie Meehan and Master Philip Clark, Brooklyn. Mrs. Olive Thaxton Barnett, Miss Belle Kearns, Mrs. Mary Starr, Miss Katherine Manny and Miss Edith Richenbach, New York City; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hopp and Miss Katherine Bader, Brooklyn.”

There are hundreds of names of visitors from Boston, Louisville, New Haven, Toronto, Pittsburg, Newark, Cleveland, and from cities all over Ontario, Canada and New York State.

The advertisers

The advertisements are interesting:

“Walton & Tousley, Incorporated [location today Rice Furniture] – William A. Walton, President; Thomas A. Nimmo, Secretary and William S. Ames, Treasurer. Plumbing Steam and Hot Water Fitting; Automobile Accessories; Paints, Oils and Varnishes.

“The Cut Rate Pharmacy, 3 Bloomingdale Avenue, ‘Drugs at New York City Prices’, Earle H. Finnigan, owner, J. J. Downey, Pharmacist.

“Kendall’s Pharmacy, Eugene DeLamater, Proprietor. [no address listed]

“Adirondack Pharmacy, J. H. Vincent, Pharmacist, Proprietor, 44 Broadway, Phone 9, Delivery.

“William Mullen, Fancy Groceries, 17 Bloomingdale Avenue. The Mullen Store is sanitary, orderly and systematized.

“H. F. Towner & Co. The White Rose Pure food store, Fancy and Staple Groceries, 37 Main Street.

“Boyce & Roberson, Coal, Hard Wood and Kindling; Flour, Grain, Etc. Our twelve horses enable us to give you prompt deliveries and good service.

“Adirondack Winter Sports Store, F. W. Loomis, Proprietor; [all items are listed for children, men and women, the following prices are for men;] Snow Shoes, $7.50; Skis, $10.00; Pack Baskets, $3.50; Skates, $13.00; Sleds, $13.50; Toboggans, $6.00; Mackinaw Coats, $8.00.

“G. A. Toupin & Co., the Modern Department Store, 8 & 10 Broadway. Sole Agents for the Gossard Laced front Corset; A Reliable Firm Dealing in Dependable Merchandise and Misrepresenting Nothing.”