The news in brief, 1902 to 1929

I believe that the women of the Mountaineers Rugby Club will enjoy this story about these other women athletes who performed in Saranac Lake 112 years ago.

The Boston Bloomers, “Ladies’ Champion Base Ball Club of the World” performed in Saranac Lake in August, 1902. They played the Saranac Lake Club [baseball then two words] at the Saranac Lake Driving Park on the Bloomingdale Road, now the site of BOCES. The story preceded the game and what a shame that no names of the local players were published. “Admission, 25 cents”.

Here is the Enterprise story:

“One of the most exciting and interesting games of the season will take place in this city on August 14th, between the Ladies’ Champion Base Ball Club of Boston, Mass., and the Saranac Lake Club.

“The Boston Bloomers is the usual title given this Ladies’ Base Ball Club. They are justly entitled to the same, as they always appear upon the field to battle for supremacy, dressed in the twentieth century garb – the bloomers. This organization of female ball players is the only ladies’ ball club in America. [Should we guess then, that the SL Club was male.]

“The team was organized in 1893, this is their tenth annual tour. The club is under the management of Mr. W. P. Needhom, and they travel in their own palace [railroad] car.

“During the past nine years this organization of female ball players have traveled extensively and visited all the large cities in America and both provinces of Canada.

“The club is strengthened year to year as each member is selected for her ability to execute and fill her particular position in a manner satisfactorily and becoming a member of this, the Champion Ladies’ Base Ball Club of the World.”

The Berkeley Hotel , 1902

“The Hotel Berkeley was put up by Charles Gray, and first occupied in the winter of 1877 by a small colony of invalids, and little by little the establishment of Saranac Lake as a health resort was thus instituted. The only religious services at that time were held in the school house by the Methodist minister.”

Alligators freeze to death

Chestertown -?May 16, 1929: “The alligators brought from Florida two years ago by Mrs. W. R. LaFlure, were frozen to death in their pen last Thursday evening. Two were frozen to death June 10, 1928, and the remaining four were badly chilled, but survived until the cold weather last week.”

As the crow flies

AuSable Forks October, 1927: “Residents of AuSable Forks recently noticed what appeared to be huge black clouds floating northeasterly. Soon it materialized into a flying mass of crows, countless thousands of them, a sight said never to have been seen in this section before within the memory of the oldest inhabitant. So dense were they that they would have darkened the sun had it been shining at the time, while they winged their way beyond the village.”

Enterprise merges newspapers

Saranac Lake, June 1919: “The Saranac Lake News was consolidated with the Daily Item on June 12, 1919. On Sept. 27, 1919 those newspapers were taken over by the Adirondack Enterprise.”

History in the obituaries

Peck’s Corners – Dec. 28, 1914: “Heart Disease Follows Brights Disease. Three days after her seventieth anniversary of her birth, death overtook Mrs. Thankful Reed, one of the oldest living members of the Methodist Episcopal [sic] Church. Mrs. Reed died last Tuesday in spite of the efforts of Dr. J. C. Russell, [Gene Walsh’s grandfather] who was summoned. The event taking place in the midst of the holiday season and so near her birthday was particularly sad. The cause assigned was mitral regurgitation.

“Mrs. Reed was born December 27th, 1843 in Peru, and was the daughter of William Kirby and Susan Drummond Kirby. She moved to Saranac Lake about twenty years ago. She became a member of the Methodist Church soon after her arrival which was just in the process of forming.

“She had no children of her own but her step-daughter, Mrs. Mildred Reed had several, and when the latter and her husband passed away they survived to cheer her old age.

“The pallbearers were L. Kelly, Asa Kelly, Hugh L. Morgan, Thomas Morgan, George Williams and Philo Peck. Interment was in Moody Cemetery”.

The above stories taken from Enterprise clippings found in the archives of the Adirondack Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library.

[The hamlet of Peck’s Corners named for the Peck family that settled there was later known as the hamlet of Lake Colby there were two stores and a gas station and a Pepsi Cola Distribution Warehouse owned and operated by Wayne Voudren’s father, Angus Voudren, Jr. Wayne’s brother went on to become an executive with Pepsi Cola; also in Lake Colby was a very popular place and the best place to buy meat in the Adirondacks – “Doty’s Country Road Beef House.” The most popular, because the owner was Tom Doty, one of the nicest, funniest natives ever produced in Saranac Lake. People would stop to see Tom just to visit, never mind if they intended to buy any meat.]