Major changes coming to Warrensburg
Warrensburg is a pleasant village drawing its livelihood from a number of small industries and from summer visitors, vacationers and winter sports enthusiasts who are captivated by its quiet, easygoing charm. The village began as a stopping point for stage coaches a few years after the Revolution when James Pitts arrived in 1789 and later opened a tavern on the site of the Warren House (now Stewarts' Shop).
Today (circa 1959) the Northway, the super-highway planned by the State and Federal governments to connect Albany and Montreal, is expected to bring great prosperity to us all. (Note - In 1959, it was a different world - gone are many wonderful old buildings, businesses and more fine people (and a few renegades) than I can count. We must ask ourselves if we ever received that "prosperity" we were promised.)
Adirondack Northway battle
The Federated Garden Clubs of New York are against building an Adirondack Northway. They say that it would mean more traffic of diesel trucks and asks if we want the highway to act as a "wall" to interfere with the free passage of wild life and vacationers. They feel that the project would "nibble away" at the priceless protection provided for our Adirondack forest preserve lands in 1895. (Note- Now, 50 years later, when the Northway is a fact of life, it would seem that there are many deer and animals living on the east side that will never, in this life, meet or mate with those living on the west side of the highway. Also, wildlife advocates and environmentalists have the same concern, and they are now discussing constructing bridges or tunnels so animals can move freely from one side of the Northway to the other.
But state Public Works chief Burch McMorran says that the Garden Clubs "are out of step with reality and have made little or no effort to acquaint themselves with the facts."
Scaroon Manor has raised $800 for the fund to promote passage of the Northway Amendment in the upcoming Nov. 3, 1959 election when the voters get to choose for themselves.
Excitement at the local vehicle race track
The all new 1959 edition of the world famed Lucky Hell Drivers will offer local speed fans a number of new thrills in race track entertainment at the Warrensburg Speedway (Note- This track was once located east of the County Home fairgrounds on Horicon Ave.) Herb Perry is the promoter. They come to us from Tampa, Florida equipped with $100,000 worth of new Fords.
Teenagers visit United Nations
Betsey Remington of Warrensburg was one of the four student delegates of the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs youth pilgrimage to New York City. At the Carnegie Building they saw where Henry Cabot Lodge (famous U.S. Republican Senator and historian who died in 1924) once had his office. They than toured the United Nations building where they visited the Soviet Russian Mission. Betsey said the mission appeared drab and pictures of Nikita Khruschev appeared in every room. They were instructed by two Russian officials as to the lives of the Russian people and their devoted belief in Communism. Literature was distributed by Russians who spoke little English. (Note - Do you remember when Communism was the most frightening thing on the planet and fallout shelters were being built in fear of nuclear bombs? It all seems tame compared to what we worry about today.)
Erle L. Reirdon died July 25, 1959 at Glens Falls Hospital. He was a veteran of World War 1 and operated the Warrensburg Garage until it burned in 1938.He later became the senior member of Reirdon and Tracy, an electrical appliance store and service station. He is survived by his wife Louisa and two daughters. Burial was in the Warrensburg Cemetery.
Leon Vincent Signor, 81, of the Warrensburg Rd., where he had resided for 33 years, died Aug. 22, 1959. He worked for the Delaware and Hudson Railroad before he retired in 1934. He later operated a farm and tourist home where he lived. Signor served as presiding minister of the Warrensburg Congregation of Jehovah Witnesses from 1946 to 1956.
Raymond Louis Lorimer, 54, a janitor at the Warrensburg Central School, died Aug. 25, 1959 at his home, 47 King Street. Surviving is his wife, the former Hilda Tennyson.
Seymour Persons died at his home in Brant Lake. He served on both of the Town Board and Horicon Central School board and was a rural mail carrier for 33 years. He is survived by his wife Charlotte and son, James Persons.
Lee Baker placed an ad in the Warrensburg News in remembrance of his "sweet wife," Mabel Alice Baker, who passed away Aug. 28, 1957. They were the parents of Louella, Wilbur, Carl, Carson, Irene (Hall), Albert, Floyd and Leonard Baker. "God took you away to live with him in Heaven. We know you are happy there."
Area living accommodations
Delila Walter of Thurman has for sale a 20 acre piece of property with a cozy two bedroom retirement home and a beautiful grove and garden spot, all for $6,000 cash. Daisy Koch, 174 Main S. Warrensburg, has large pleasant bedrooms with kitchen privileges for rent. (Note- This house was where the Masonic Temple parking lot is now. The cement steps leading up to it from the sidewalk are all that are left. Daisy is buried in the Elbow Cemetery, Brant Lake.)
Local news roundabout
Work started June 16, 1959 on building a new bridge over No.9 Brook on the Thurman Station - Athol Rd. Ledge rock was encountered, requiring drilling and blasting.
Oscar's Market is selling fine Black Angus beef. (Note: Today Oscar Quintal's family is still carrying on his business of selling high quality meats.)
Herbert and Jean Gralewski are the parents of a daughter, Violet Orpha, born July 30, 1959. Maternal grandfather is Joseph Anselmo Sr., of Warrensburg.
Mabel Tucker was transported July 26, 1959 from her home at 88 River St. to the Burlington Hospital. (Note: Mabel Tucker was Warrensburg Town Historian from 1964 to 1999. She was author of the 2002 book, "Reflections and Recollections of the town with a past," a history of Warrensburg.)
Riverside Gas & Oil Co. of Riparius, states that heating oil cost is the lowest in the past four years. (This is what is meant by "the good old days!"
Dick's Shell Service sells gas and Goodyear tires. (Note:The late former town councilman Richard Beswick conducted business in the stone building across the street from The Griffin House.
Russell C. Millington, 9 Mountain Ave. Warrensburg, is selling out his entire stock of plumbing and heating fixtures at cost.
For sale- 1956 International pick-up truck, like new, Bruce Buick, Warrensburg. (Around this time, Mark Bruce sold automobile dealer Merv Hadden a 1957 International wrecker which Merv used and kept until he died in 1994. He was so fond of it that he kept it year-round in his heated showroom. Today it is on display at a farm museum in Fort Ann.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.