Saranac Lake police blotter, Feb. 1932

It was pretty quiet in Saranac Lake in February, 1932 but there are always funerals. The police provided service to three funerals in February.

Feb. 4, 11 a.m. – James Fortune, Funeral Director, would like an officer at 2:15 p.m. to escort procession for the funeral of Alexander Nelson. At 3:10 the police were asked by Mr. Fortune to escort the funeral of Mrs. Charles Stickney. Taken care of by Officer Davis.

Feb. 5, 9:30 a.m. – Officer Coughlin will take care of the funeral of Fred Sheldon of 150 River St. not later than 1:20 p.m. on Sunday.

Feb. 9, 6:20 p.m. – Complaint from Jim Robinson, 45 Olive Street that Harlan Walker took his boys hat off and threw it in the snow at the skating rink this afternoon.

– Officer Putnam

Feb. 15, 10:30 p.m. – Telephone call from Pelkey’s Taxi Company, Lake Placid to watch out for a black, 7-passenger LaSalle Sedan, License No. 010278 driven by Erwin Pelkey, brother of the owner who left for Montreal at 3:00 p.m. February 14th. Owner thinks he is in Saranac Lake and is drinking. If car is located have it put in the garage and telephone 666 Lake Placid.

Feb. 18, 11:10 a.m. -?Mrs. Greghory, Saranac Lake, phoned. Car was located in Montreal.

-?Officer Baker

Feb. 25, 10 a.m. -?Complaint from Mrs. Harry Hoffer, 232 Broadway that Mrs. John Buckley next door has some rabbits that are destroying her shrubbery and hedges. Informed her it was a civil case and police had no jurisdiction. – Chief

February 1943

Feb. 11, 6:45 p.m. -?Call from C. Wright, Agent for the New York Central Railroad complaining about kids raising hell when the 6:40 train comes in. They grab the people’s bags that get off the train and use abusive language. Conductor requests a policeman over there for the next couple of nights when the train comes in.


Feb. 13, 12:30 p.m. -?Ingleton Schenck, prop. of Bowling Academy reports someone stealing a two-way inter-communications speaker box out of the Ping Pong Room sometime during the last three weeks. Brown box, control switch on side, made by Philco. Value $25.00. Bought from Wells Munn.

Feb. 16, 1:30 p.m. -?Call from Mr. King, Hotel Alpine. Someone just ran over a dog in front of his place. Took dog to incinerator. Belonged to Jennie Foster, Alpine Tavern.

– Higgins

Feb. 18, 1:15 p.m. -?Complaint of 4 kids hooking rides on cars on Winona Avenue. Warned other kids there about sliding in the street.

– Chief

[The streets in 1943 were covered with packed ice and snow all winter, no salt was used. It was a favorite sport to squat down at the side of the road and when a car was going slow one could grab the back bumper and still in a squat, sliding on your feet, go along for a couple of streets. Of course, I never did that myself but watched others doing it. Some guys got to school most mornings in the winter by hooking onto the Troy Laundry panel trucks because their delivery schedules fit the location and time for the start of school.

February 1945

Feb. 5, 12:30 a.m. – Call from Pete Miller for Police at 119 Broadway. Investigated a couple of soldiers came up the side fire escape and went into the apartment of Boni’s, mother and daughter living there. Pete went up to the apartment and told them to get out. They abused him and called him names. Pete didn’t want to get a warrant out for them he just wanted the soldiers to stay away from there. Told him to get rid of the mother and daughter.


[In 1945 the police reports would refer simply to “soldiers” who were men stationed at the Lake Placid Club on R & R from WWII combat zones. The police almost never got the “soldiers” names or arrested them and if possible, always had an MP with them when they received a complaint about a “soldier.”]

Feb. 11, 3:25 a.m. – Call from Frank Fitzgerald at the Elks Club for police right away. Investigated by Ryan and Wallace showed that 2 civilians and 2 soldiers had got in an argument and soldiers were demanding an apology. He and his friend were going to beat up Frank Fitzgerald and cut his throat with an ash tray. Put soldiers out of club.

– Ryan & Wallace

Feb. 19, 2 a.m. – While patrolling in the Police Car we met Sgt. Payne with a number of M.P.’s who were checking up on soldiers from the Lake Placid Club who were out with girls after the time limit of 1 a.m. We saw a soldier with a woman take a 110 Taxi and drive to 163 Broadway. Later we called at Apt. 1 at the above address. The knock was answered by Mrs. Frances Doe and upon entering we found a soldier and Mrs. Doe partly disrobed. We arrested Mrs. Doe for Violation of Section 43 of the Penal Law. Sgt. Payne of the M.P.’s took the soldier to Lake Placid. – Sgt. Higgins & Jones

[Hellooo! Who is the victim here!]