Short takes from Tupper to Saranac Lake, 1935

The Syracuse Post-Standard used to be quite the competition for the Enterprise and during the 1950s and ’60s had a full-time reporter in Saranac Lake. The North Country page of the Post-Standard was laid out like page one but with headlines about the Tri-Lakes and Malone. Here are a few of those stories from February 1935.

Tupper Lake

CCC honored

“Conservation Commissioner Lithgow Osborne and part of his Albany staff of state officers joined with ranking Army officers Wednesday evening to make awards to men of CCC [Civilian Conservation Corps] camps at Barnum Pond and Wanakena for outstanding service to the Conservation Department in 1934. The Commissioner addressed the men as ‘fellow conservationists’.

“The town hall at Tupper Lake was filled with CCC men from the Paul Smith’s Camp, the Wanakena Post and the Cross Clearing and Fish Creek Ponds.

“Mayor Frank J. McCarthy of Tupper Lake, Robert E. Minnich, former state commander of the American Legion, John L. Halpin, secretary of the conservation and Captain Charles Eckert and W. E. McGuire of Barnum Pond and Wanakena were among the notables present.”

Running for village office

“Following closely the announcement of the three sets of candidates who will seek election to the village board of Trustee on March 19, Richard Moubar, president of the Citizen’s Club made public the recent action of the club in voting to follow a ‘hands-off’ policy.

“Voters in March will make their choice between Mayor Frank J. McCarthy and his Democratic Trustees, Dominick Camelo and Ernest Laramay, or Edward Harvey, Charles Fletcher and N. B. Sparks, the Republicans hope of victory. J. A. Villnave, William Snyder and Fred Fenn are candidates on the Independent ticket but have not yet presented designating petitions so that there names may be placed on the ballots.”

The OWD team

“The only holiday attraction scheduled for this village is Washington’s birthday will be a basketball game between the fast Oval Wood Dish team of Tupper Lake and the Wonder Five team of St. Regis Falls. The game will be played at the O.W.D. hall at 8:15 o’clock after a preliminary between two fast girls’ teams of this village.

“Not the least bit downhearted over a 37-20 defeat last week at the hands of the Saranac Lake Chiefs, the Dishmen will attempt to better their record by “taking” the fast St. Regis five that last year was defeated but once in 22 games. The visitors are coached by Charley Lemieux.

“Coach Bill Hunte will offer a new lineup for the game Friday night. Bertraud, ace center , probably will lead the attack with Burke and Chas. Twohey or Beauchamp at forward positions. Tommy Christian, former high school and H.G.A. coach, has been assisting Hunt both on the floor at guard position and as assistant coach. He will be teamed with Tenant of Synder or Benjamin at the other guard position. Lanthier and Bud Russell will be in reserve.”

Saranac Lake

“Connected with the village water department for nearly 24 years, Leo Demerse, eldest son of the late William M. Demerse, has been named superintendent of the water system in this village, according to Wayne E. Timmerman, village manager.”

“With the exception of a three-year period during the war, he has been employed by the village since June 1908, working under the supervision of his father, who was superintendent for 36 years.”

“Proceeds from the three act comedy, “A Sweeping Victory,” will be presented Monday evening in the town hall under the auspices of the Saranac Lake Lodge 803, Women of the Moose, will be divided between the hot lunch fund in the public schools and the Saranac Free Library.

“With members of the Saranac Lake Dramatic club making up the cast, the production is being directed by Miss Kathleen Wilkins. In the cast are Percy Miller, Walter Kelly, Lawrence Boyer, Donald Eldred, Willis Currier, Donald Bousguet, Miss Margaret Quigley, Miss Mary Hill, Miss Katherine Quigley, Miss Margaret Drew and Miss Rita Boyer.”

“Officials and citizens of this community will attend the hearing of the legislative highway survey committee Friday and Saturday in the Lake Placid club, at which time highway questions of importance to every motorist and taxpayers will be discussed.

“Included in the subjects to be talked over snow removal, road sanding, diversion of gasoline tax money, responsibilities for rights of way, and preferred road surfaces. A number of similar hearings have been held thruout the state to ascertain the desires and needs of the people in various localities in the way of the roads.

“Sen. George R. Fearon is chairman of this committee which was appointed last year. It is expected that the future policy of the legislature relative to state highways will be determined from the hearings being conducted.”

“A card party for St. Gabriels church will be held Wednesday evening in the home of Mrs. James Sullivan, Paul Smith’s. Proceeds from the affair will be used to purchase vestments for the church, of which Rev. E. A. Gallaghers pastor. Owing to the lack of room the benefit will be confined to adults.”