Support for Northway construction increases
The proposed alternative route for the Adirondack Northway was approved overwhelmingly by both houses of the legislature. This Northway"Route B" would run from Warrensburg through Chestertown and Pottersville, traversing a course west of Schroon Lake. Warren County Chambers of Commerce and supporters are now launching an educational program in support of a constitutional amendment, necessary because the route would run over 246 acres of forest preserve. The referendum will go before the voters Nov. 3, 1959. Pointing The Committee for an Adirondack Northway feels that a misguided devotion to the "forever wild" concept could result in the defeat of the amendment by voters.
The Adirondack Northway will extend from Albany to the Canadian border, a distance of 175 miles.
The Adirondack Northway bill was shepherded through the state assembly March 23, 1959 by Warren County Assemblyman Richard J. Bartlett . It passed by a commanding margin in both the state assembly and senate.
Senior class play a knockout
A capacity audience applauded the presentation of the Senior class play March 13, 1959 at the Warrensburg School. Entitled, "We Shook the Family Tree," it was a hilarious comedy. In the cast were Bonnie Binder, John Binder, Betsey Remington, Rod Kenyon, Bob Millward, Dick Kline, Charles Barton, Valerie Pratt, Pat Hastings, Candy Combs, Sarah Farrar and Ruthellen Mundy. Jean Frulla was director and Patrica Olden was business manager.
The school band performed beautifully under the direction of Kenneth Niles. A trombone quartet composed of Bob Fisher, Bob Millward, Dave Cornell and Paul Gilchrist played, "Drink to me only with Thine Eyes."
Mousetrap's blessed event
There was much excitement at the D.E. Pasco & Son Hardware Store (now Curtis Lumber) on River Street, Warrensburg, with Bud Olden acting as intern, when Mousetrap, the store cat, gave birth to four kittens. They were named Forrestine Ameruck Pasco, Del-Phinium Revere Pasco, Kietheitia Sunbeam Pasco and Max Well Rid-X Pasco. (The late Bud Olden later went on to become a town Councilman).
Joseph Podnorszki was born in Szekesferhevar, Hungary and immigrated to the Glens Falls area in 1956. On January 31, 1959 he married Frances Tracey, a native of Glens Falls, at the First Presbyterian Church there. (Update... In 2009 the couple celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. They have four children and one son, Joe Podnorszki, who resides in Warrensburg.
Area residents pass away
Olive Bentley of Bolton Landing, died March 16, 1959 at Ray Brook Sanatorium. She operated a tourist home, the Bentley Cottage, for about 30 years. Olive was the sister of Ernest M. Pratt of Warrensburg. She was buried in the Bolton Rural Cemetery.
Fred D. Burch, 63, of River Street, Warrensburg died March 17, 1959 at the Veterans Hospital in Albany. He was a veteran of World War I. He leaves a widow, Esther Burch, one son and three daughters. He was buried in the Warrensburg Cemetery.
Robert Hall, editor of the Warrensburg News, saw redwings and meadowlarks at his home on Alden Ave, this week.
The A&P is celebrating their 100th anniversary. Ham is 39 cents a pound and 15 pounds of potatoes are 39 cents. (The A&P once was located where the Warrensburg Health Center is now.)
Frances VanGuilder of Batesville entertained her grandchildren Charles Corlew Jr. and Gina Corlew of Warrensburg. (Note... Fran VanGuilder was the mother of Allen James VanGuilder, Sr., my stepdaughter's first husband. He died in a stock car accident. She was also the sister of Beecher Baker, the owner of Oak Street Oil Co. in Warrensburg. Fran died many years ago in an automobile accident.)
Frederick Beauchene Jr., has been named chairman of the annual Red Cross drive in Warrensburg. Other officials are Maurice Richards and Mrs. Arthur Baker.
Sheriff Carl McCoy has announced that Robert Lilly, for five years a deputy sheriff, has been promoted to County Undersheriff. The post has been open since the death of Bernard Allen.
The estate of Henry DeMars is selling a camp and 196 acres of land on the Schroon River in Bolton. Mark Bruce Real Estate has bought the Robert Wirtz place at 30 Hudson St., Warrensburg.
John LaFond, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis LaFond, Warrensburg (next door to the fire house on Elm St.), has been named to the dean's list for the winter semester at Siena College. He graduated from Warrensburg Central in 1958.
Maltbie family news
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Bolton have purchased a house trailer and plan to reside in this area as Mr. Bolton has been transferred from Albany to Glens Falls by the State Engineering Department. Mrs. Bolton is the former Katherine "Kaki" Maltbie, daughter of William Maltbie of Warrensburg.
Lt. Robert M. Maltbie, on Feb. 13, 1959, completed the Primary Basic Navigator training program at James Connally Air Force Base. His wife, the former Jane Wilcox and their son, Bobby are with him. Robert Maltbie is a son of William Maltbie, Chevrolet dealer of Warrensburg.
Delivered by the stork
Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Beadnell of Thurman are the parents of a daughter, born March 7, 1959, who has been named Marion Beth Beadnell.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Fuller of Warrensburg are the parents of a son, born March 15, 1959, named Bruce Earl Fuller. Mrs. Fuller is the former Jane Russell.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Ross of Warrensburg are the parents of a son, born March 24, 1959, named Shane Logan Ross. The couple have two other children, Kim and Tamara Ross.
Business as usual
The Warren Inn (present day George Henry's Tavern) is re-opening their dining room March 27, 1959. On the menu is chicken cacciatore, steak pizzaiola and clams casino.
Cal's Restaurant on upper Main St. has either fried oysters, shrimp or a scallop dinner for $1.65. (Cal Engle later went on to become supervisor of Warrensburg)
The Colonial Arms' bowling alley is inviting all to participate in open bowling every day.
Ed Kreinheder of Stony Creek is looking to buy Civil War letters and pictures and all kinds of antiques. (Mr. Kreinheder is still in business next to the Warrensburg Post Office.
Tony Cooper owns the Adirondack Welding Co. on Pasco Ave., Warrensburg. Fred J. Dries is selling quality paint, glass and wall paper at his store at 20 Main St., Warrensburg. Davis Brothers, RFD 2, Lake George, are selling Green Mountain potatoes for $2 a bushel. Karl Hammond is selling cars at J. Earl's Ford, corner of McGillis Ave. and Canada St., Lake George. Robert Thomson has the new and exciting Dodge and Plymouth cars on display at his garage in Lake George.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.