How bright were your relatives?

Ed Petty, son of that famous Adirondack man, Clarence Petty, who lived to be well over 100 years, brought a March 1922 copy of the Enterprise to editor Peter Crowley. Ed’s Uncle Archibald Petty, who lives in Sun City, Fla., will be 101 in June.

Ed’s grandmother, Mrs. W. Ellsworth Petty, had saved that particular copy of the Enterprise because on page 3 were listed all, and I mean all, the names and averages of students in the Saranac Lake “Senior High School.” Her boys, Clarence and William, had averages of 80.25 and 78.60.

It listed the first average of 96.25 for Bernhard Ulmer down to Helen Ulmer, maybe his sister, at 61.25. Averages published – and there are about 200 names – run down to 59.50. After that are about eight names with no average but simply listed as absent which must mean that they had not been to school in some time.

Now I have the advantage of upping the scores of my relatives as I find them in this list – just kidding!

Here are a few names with a local connection. How about Emily Fogarty’s dad, Emmett St. Clair, at 81.50, named just above my former teacher, Elizabeth DeLisle, at 81.33? Eugene Keet at 85.80, Lee Keet’s great uncle, graduated from Cornell and became an engineer. Lincoln Dudley, Bruce’s dad, had a 71.50 average, above my cousin, Florence McKillip, with 64.25. I remember her later as a bright, attractive teacher.

There are also Lawrence LaVallee, 66.75, named the high school yearbook the Canaras – Saranac spelled backwards. Leo Buckley, 69.25; Alice Billings, 74.00; Hyman Weiner, 74.50, later Harrietstown town supervisor; Christy Mathewson, 84.80, son of the famous ballplayer; Ruth McClellan, 85.00, and Amerisuda Acrivlellis, 84.00, who may be Rita Sweeney’s aunt.

Well, that is just a sampling of the 200 or so names listed. I wish they had listed the honor roll for St. Bernard’s School sixth-grade class, the only time I made the cut.

The 1922 ads were funny

This one urged people to buy Gude’s Pepto-Mangan:

“Lack of vitality, a feeling of tiredness, bad breath, pale lips, colorless cheeks, lessened strength – all of these call for the immediate use of Gude’s Pepto-Mangan.” (Those symptoms sound to me like a bad hangover.)

1922 page one sounds like 2014 page one

“Hotel Project Up Before Directors at Meeting Today; George H. Gazley, New York Hotel Man Confers with Officials Today; 200 Room Capacity – With the greater number in Saranac Lake now united as to the feasibility of locating the new hotel on the Ampersand site this would seem, according to Chamber of Commerce officials, a big step in the right direction and leave the organizers of the hotel company in a position to devote all their energy to financing the proposition?”

“It is reported that many of the small streams north of Saranac Lake overflowed their banks as the result of the recent thaw and rain and in some case flooded many acres and damaged highways. The floods were soon checked by a drop in temperature.”

New citizens in Franklin County

“Following the usual examinations the following Franklin County residents received their final citizen ship papers at a recent session of the Supreme Court in Malone.

“Edward O’Riley, Arthur Furness, Conrad Kern, Saranac Lake; Joseph P. Morin, Lake Clear; Patrick Hachi, Mike Togarous, B. Mahew, Alphonse LaBlanc, Adelard DuPlante, Alex Castagner, Abraham Verkmann, Tupper Lake; Rev. Joachin M. LeGraff, Gabriels; Morris Perrier, Loon Lake and Antonio Romeo, Wolf Pond” among others.

Fishing – no bait needed

“Albany, March 10 – 37 fish taken with dynamite in the Niagara River cost the takers $27.02 per fish or $1,000 for the lot.

“The Conservation law prohibits the taking of fish with dynamite and imposes a heavy penalty for the violation.

“Four men were caught in the act with thirty-seven mullet in their possession.”

Rainbow Lake woman wins lawsuit

“Mrs. Alice Chase, formerly of Rainbow Lake, now of Cadyville, has again been given a verdict of $8,000 in her action against the New York Central for the death of her husband, Leland H. Chase, killed by a train at a crossing near Rainbow Lake in May, 1920.

“At a trial last year Mrs. Chase received a verdict for the same amount which was set aside, and a new trial ordered by Judge McPhilip. The trial this term was before Judge Borst, who denied a motion for the reversal of the verdict and allowed it to stand.”