Popular governor eyeing presidency
The Rockefeller-for-President movement, although not yet of sufficient size to be called a boom, has picked up steam. Many Warrensburg voters believe that if he seeks the Republican nomination he can win it. He is very popular in this area because of his support of the Adirondack Northway. The New York governor has a habit of getting what he wants. (Note: Rockefeller failed to get the nomination in 1960 and failed again two more times after that. He finally served as Vice-President from 1974 to 1977 under President Gerald Ford.)
Fire destroys Northeastern Products mill
The plant of the Northeastern Products Corp., at North Warrensburg, was destroyed by fire Saturday June 27, 1959. The fire, believed to have been started by spontaneous ignition in the one-story frame structure, spread rapidly despite the efforts of volunteer firemen from Warrensburg, Chestertown and Lake George. The firemen were able to save the Robert J. Sweet sawmill and lumber yard nearby. A truck was driven out of the burning building, but little other equipment was saved. The company manufactures sweeping compound and is owned by Roger Muller and Eugene Schiavi.
New business venture
Speed Wash, America's newest laundry sensation, opened its doors June 29, 1959 at 11 Richards Ave. in Warrensburg Owned by Ed and Ann Hunter, Speed Wash offers a battery of coin-operated automatic washers and giant capacity wrinkle free dryers, as well as coin changers, soap vendors, folding tables and chairs for customer convenience. It takes only a quarter to run the washing machine and a dime to use the dryer. (Note: This is now the Warrensburg Laundry, now owned by David and Chuck Mineo. The Hunters retired decades ago to Florida.)
Journal writer publishes poetry book
"Grains of Salt," a book of poems by Kay McKay of Warrensburg, came off the presses of Dorrance & Company, publishers, the week of July 2, 1959. McKay, who is a frequent contributor of poems to The Warrensburg News, has made her home here since 1955, and is employed as bookkeeper at Hickey Ford Sales, 22 Main Street (now Warren Ford-Mercury). Her poems range from whimsically gay to the devout. Her hobby is the culture of roses.
County Municipal Center plans move ahead
A referendum to move the county seat from Lake George and Glens Falls to the county property on Route 9, four miles north of Glens Falls, will be on the ballot in the November election. If the voters give their approval, a new building will be erected to house the county jail.
The county offices, at present, are scattered in buildings in Lake George county center (now the Old Courthouse) and in the Colvin building and South and Broad streets in Glens Falls. The county jail in Lake George is under threat of formal condemnation and because of this a proposal has been made by the Board of Supervisors to build a county municipal center on Route 9 for about $3.7 million.
Swashbuckling pirate in Lake George
Commercial artist Jack Bender has for five years been creating in plastic heroic-sized figures for various Adirondack attractions. His latest creation is the 20-foot statue of a swashbuckling pirate, standing on a treasure chest, for Jolly Roger restaurant on Canada St., Lake George.
Binder has created more than a dozen larger-than-life statues in the Adirondacks. It all started when Paul Lukaris wanted an eight-foot ape for the entrance of Animal Land. Than Jack made the 12-foot Viking for Norge Village on Bolton Rd., followed by Gainsborough's Blue Boy. He used sawdust, plaster of paris, wood pulp, plastic and some metal for his durable, weather-proof creations.
Jack Binder became a refugee from New York City's Madison Ave. when he brought his large family to an old farm in Stony Creek in 1943 and he has lived in this area ever since. "I may not make as good a living as I could on Madison Ave., but I have more fun," says Jack. His friends call him "Jack the Giant Maker." (Note: At one time, in the mid-50s, Jack rented from Merv Hadden the house on Elm St. now known as the Grant Eldridge house, the former caretaker's cottage for the Isham estate, now called The Pillars.)
Love in bloom
Marcus and Edna Bruce of Warrensburg have announced the engagement of their daughter, Sandra Joyce Bruce, to John R. Nelson of Greenwich, Conn.
The engagement has been announced of Sandra Joyce Tew, daughter of Mrs. Monroe Tew and the late Mr. Tew, to John Merrithew, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Merrithew of North Warrensburg.
The marriage of Miss Bertha Jane Butler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Butler , to John Eugene Needham, son of Reginald Needham of and the late Alice Needham, all of Warrensburg, was solemnized July 4, 1959 at the Free Methodist Church by the Rev. Stanley Ball. Needham is employed at the Grand Union.
The Warrensburg Central Class of 1959's gift to the school has been installed and invites the public to inspect the front of the school building to find the words, "Warrensburg Central School" very attractively placed on top of the colonnade.
Charles B. Wheeler, son of Franklin Wheeler of Warrensburg, who graduated from the Warrensburg Central in1959 will attend the New York Institute of Photography starting Sept. 21, 1959.
James J. Riley, Warrensburg Justice of the Peace, has been invited by President Eisenhower's Committee for Traffic Safety and the American Bar Association to a two-day national conference on August 24 and 25, 1959 at Miami Beach.
Sally Hall, six-year-old daughter of Robert Hall of Warrensburg, won a blue ribbon on "Scamp," her miniature Shetland pony, at the Chestertown Horse Show. (Note: Robert Hall, in later years, was editor of this newspaper, was founder of the Adirondack Life - it was originally a supplement to this newspaper - and went on in the 1970s to become editor of the state's Conservationist magazine.)
Maurice Pautot has been granted the legal right to sell beer and cider at his eating place, the Mary Ann Restaurant, 229 Main Street, Warrensburg. (Note: Pautot only sold beer in quart sized bottles. I remember well seeing the men, fresh out of work, sitting on stools outside his stand, drinking their beer from paper cups.)
Advertisements: Wanted- Antiques of all kinds, furniture, paintings, old books and catalogues, toys, guns, swords and power horns. Ed Kreinheder, Stony Creek. (Note: Edward L. Kreinheder and his wife, Pearl moved to Stony Creek in 1946. For most of his adult life he dealt in antiques, especially in rare books. They came to Warrensburg in 1964 and set up home and shop next door south of the present day post office. He was an authority on Adirondack history and wrote many articles for the Warrensburgh Historical Society Quarterly. He died about two ago at the age of 97 years.)
There is free square dancing every Friday night at Jack Murray's Double L Dude Ranch, four miles off Route 28. James Mosher is caller. Abie Combs and his boys play there on weekends. Bob and Carl Lavine are owners.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.