Many citizens have said how beautiful they thought Warrensburg was before the elm trees were cut down on Main St. to make way for the widening of state Rte. 9.
Tink Gurney, Joe Anselmo and Richard Kline believe that the town should have a "garden club" to grow a large variety of annuals and perennials to make Warrensburg "The Flower Village of the Adirondacks."(Note...It would be 25 more years more before this idea would take root. The Warrensburgh Beautification Committee was founded in 1984, with Florence Carrington as President. Since then, Teresa Whalen and Kaena Peterson have been the prime movers in this organization that over the years have planted trees and flowers to beautify the town. They work hard at preserving town history and have started a successful farmer's market. In 2009 they will celebrate the group's 25th anniversary.)
Local businessmen, firemen ride donkeys
Two basketball games in which the players rode donkeys took place Feb. 28, 1959 at the Warrensburg school. Sponsored by the Senior Class, event proceeds are to be used towards the group's annual trip to Washington, D.C. A group of Warrensburg businessmen played against the firemen in the first game and in the second game the senior boys played against a team composed of their fathers.
In other school sports news, the Burgers Junior Varsity basketball squad, coached by Stan Cranker, copped their third straight victory over Queensbury 54-41. Jerry Bruce took scoring honors for the Burgers with his 15 points, but Brian Pratt followed him closely with his 13 points. The strength of the Burgers was just too much for the Queenies.
Lake George Elementary site purchased
The Lake George Central School Board has obtained an option on 20 acres of land located on Farm-to-Market Rd. one-half mile east of state Rte. 9 which is under consideration as a location for an elementary school. Known as the Stile property, the tract has a road frontage of 1,000 feet.
In other school news, Androneke Fish and Cortland Langworthy were crowned king and queen of the prom on Feb. 14, 1959 at the Lake George Central School gym. Runners up for the honor were Lynn Haywood and Don Harris; Patricia Lace and Jack Wilson. The theme for the prom was "Snowflake Serenade."
The battle rages on
L. Morgan Porter, president of the Adirondack Mountain Club, issued a press release stating that the club "is not against the Northway" passing through the Adirondacks as the public seems to believe.
Supervisor John Wertime of Chestertown has unsuccessfully suggested a substitute resolution to the Warren County Board of Supervisors against the plan of routing the Northway east of Schroon Lake. He says the route should run west of Schroon Lake to better serve the people of Chestertown, Pottersville, South Schroon and Johnsburg. The Chestertown-Pottersville Chamber of Commerce also favors the route west of Schroon Lake, while the town board of Horicon favors a route east of Schroon Lake.
Meanwhile, a heated battle is going on in the state legislature over which route should be taken.
A 1932 Model B Ford truck with cab and chassis in good condition is for sale at the Thurman Fire House.
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Millington of Wevertown are the parents of a new daughter born Jan. 24, 1959 in Glens Falls Hospital.
Rev. Paul F. Maier, Pastor-elect of the Caldwell Presbyterian Church, Lake George, was installed Feb. 1, 1959 in a special service.
Donna Lynn VanGuilder, infant daughter of A. James and Sue Ann (Hadden) VanGuilder, Lake George, died suddenly Feb. 1, 1959 at her home.
Marcel Demers, who recently purchased the property formerly owned by James Jacobs, has opened a welding shop in North Creek.
Patricia Bennett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bennett of Friends Lake, suffered a compound fracture of her right leg just above the ankle, while coasting near her home.
James Little Sr., of Chestertown, on Feb. 10, 1959, celebrated his 93rd birthday anniversary. Mark H. Fish, Marjory Swan and Louise Unsoeld celebrate their birthdays on the same date.
For the past six years, Mark and Caroline Fish, of Chestertown, have been researching the history of Chestertown. Excerpts will soon be printed throughout the year 1959 in The Warrensburg News.
Thurman Judge mourned
Emmett B. Germain, a justice of the peace of the Town of Thurman for 20 years, died Feb. 14, 1959. He served on the Town Board from 1922 to 1927 and again from 1938 to 1951.
Surviving are four children, Cecil, Claude and Emmett Germain, Mrs. Truman Pasco, plus 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He was buried in the Reynolds Cemetery, Thurman.
Popular librarian deceased
Miss Mary S. Crandall, 85, head librarian at Richards Free Library, Warrensburg from its opening in 1901 to 1943, died Jan. 30, 1959 at Westmount Infirmary, Queensbury. She was the beloved daughter of the late Emerson Crandall, a well-known Warrensburg merchant and builder. She was a long-time organist for the Warrensburg Church of the Holy Cross. Burial was in the Warrensburg Cemetery.
Warrensburg news briefs
Ruby Wood, Ida Jenkins and Henry L. Johnson are all now residing in Warrensburg at Evergreen Haven Nursing Home. (Note...the building now on the north corner of Library Avenue and Milton Ave. which is now an apartment house).
Mrs. Hazel Wilcox died at Evergreen Haven on Feb. 6, 1959. She was the mother of Mrs. Russell Strickland and Richard H. Wilcox. Burial was at Brant Lake Cemetery.
Gilbert Potter, 14 Library Ave., has lost his Siamese cat and a large reward is offered for the return of the animal.
Ernest and Ann Brown are the parents of a daughter, born Feb. 4, 1959 at Glens Falls Hospital. James and Betty Jean (Thayer) Black are the parents of a son, Randolph Scott, born Feb. 28, 1959 at Glens Falls Hospital.
Ralph Jackson is doing paper-hanging and painting for a reasonable rate. When Warrensburg residents place phone calls long distance to New York City without the assistance of an operator, the rates is only 70 cents for the first three minutes after 6 p.m.. At the Grand Union, Florida oranges are five cents each and chuck roast is 49 cents per pound.
At his garage at 281 Main St. North Warrensburg, Merv Hadden has 25 good used cars and trucks for sale at reasonable price, buy, sell, trade. Mark Bruce, at Bruce Buick, South Main St., has 10 cars on his lot that he will sell for $95 apiece.
Mitch Abood, Warrensburg's popular town barber, is back at the Colonial Arms Hotel with his three-piece band on Saturday nights. Dancing is until 1 a.m. Mark and Edna Bruce, at the Colonial Arms offer a fine full-course chicken dinner on Sundays for $1.95.
The Town Board plans to supply Police Chief Howard Hewitt with a new patrol car and is asking for bids. His present 1955 model will be traded in.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at email@example.com or 623-2210.