The ice was out the week of May 7, 1959 and the fishing was fine in the last of the 298 remote Adirondack ponds and lakes stocked by the Conservation Department six months ago with 480,000 speckled trout, all dropped from the air.
Warrensburg's economic progress lauded
A letter from Governor Nelson Rockefeller was received in Warrensburg dated April 29, 1959 commending Albert Emerson, Robert Hall, Marcus Bruce and Fred DeVries for their parts in bringing the Warrensburg Manufacturing Co. to town to produce men's shirts at the old Warrensburg Shirt Factory, at a time when industry and jobs are so badly needed here to promote economic growth in this town of growing population. The Shirt Factory had been shut down for nearly a year.
(The shirt factory later became the dress factory, which hosted the famed Outlet Barn factory outlet retail store on the first floor - The Outlet Barn, considered one of the early trendsetters for factory outlet shopping, lasted about a quarter-century, long after the dress factory closed. When the Outlet Barn closed down, the first floor hosted an auction house for several years. It was was vacant for a long time afterward before its extensive rehabilitation into River Street Plaza beginning last year.)
Town boys injured in accident
Orson "Larry" Richards, son of MacLaren Richards of Warrensburg, was in the Cortland Memorial Hospital for 18 days as a result of injuries received April 30, 1959 at Curler, NY. He sustained two cracked vertebrae and four broken ribs in the crash that occurred when Henry Brown, of Truxton, smashed head-on into the car occupied by him and five other Ithaca College students. Larry will be in a brace for several months. Henry Brown was killed in the accident.
Roscoe Hastings, son of Willis Hastings of Warrensburg, was also injured in the crash. He suffered lacerations of his forehead and right knee and was treated at the hospital and released to return to his studies.
Warrensburg Fairgrounds grandstand burns
The historic grandstand at the Warrensburg fairgrounds burned to the ground May 31, 1959 in an early morning fire. Maurice Ashe, owner of the property, now known as Ashland Park, said the damage was about $25,000.
The first siren was sounded about 4:30 a.m. The fire had made such headway, however, that the building could not be saved. Firemen managed to keep the flames from spreading to the adjoining buildings and woods.
(Note...Ashland Park was located behind Ashe's Hotel where a subdivision now exists. The fairgrounds were present as early as 1888 when Maurice Ashe's father, Henry Ashe bought the hotel and that the Warren County Agricultural Society held their fairs there until 1929. Maurice Ashe, whose family owned the hotel for 84 years, died in 1972.)
Pasco's Hardware Store mobbed
D.E. Pasco & Son, Inc., hardware store, 106 River Street (now Curtis Lumber), gave away free ten baby chicks each to the first 350 adult people who walked through their door May 22, 1959 starting at 8 a.m. More than 400 people showed up at this campaign to promote Eshelman's Red Rose Feeds ,but the supply was soon exhausted. Members of the store's staff were Bud Olden, Mack Ovitt, Morg Crandall, Del Pasco, Keith Duell, Jim Morehouse and Al Wilson.
Anti-Northway war waged
Opponents of the Adirondack Northway now proposed are already gearing up for the upcoming election by distributing their negative literature through Boy Scout troops and Garden Clubs in New York City. Boy Scouts are being indoctrinated against the Northway and are being asked to tell their parents to vote "No" when the referendum comes up for a vote before the people next November.
Nathan Proller of Glens Falls told members of the Committee for the Adirondack Northway at their meeting in Lake Placid that funds must be raised immediately to educate the voters of the importance of the Northway and assure them that no grave damage will be done to the forest preserve.
Ramblewood to be transformed
Fred H. Culver, owner of the Seminole Hotel at Brant Lake and Spencer C. LaFlure, owner of the Flying L. Ranch at Chestertown, purchased from Mrs. Donald Ross of New York the property on Loon Lake known as Ramblewood. The property has 3,000 feet of fine lakeshore frontage and virgin pine trees which have not been touched in more than 50 years. The property will be renamed Chester Shores.
Leon Fuller of Warrensburg has announced the engagement of his daughter, Jeanne Fuller to Mark Maigor of Clarenceville, Canada. A Fall wedding is planned.
Ruth Marie Combs, daughter of Herman R. Combs of Warrensburg, is engaged to marry Robert L. Southwick, son of Earl Southwick of Warrensburg.
Rose Marie Rounds, daughter of Clement Rounds of Athol is engaged to marry James Leroy Bunker, son of George Bunker of Warrensburg.
Jean Marie Bolton, daughter of Bert Bolton Sr., of Brant Lake, is engaged to marry Walter Howard Wood of Brant Lake, grandson of Rutherford B. Hayes.
Area news roundabout
The Colonial Arms Hotel will have a special Memorial Day buffet for $1.75 a person in the Colonial Room. There will be dancing until 1 a.m.
Ana Tarbell of the Colonial Arms Hotel staff will leave soon for Seville, Spain to spend several months with her son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.
William C. Wright, 80, died May 2, 1959 at his home in Warrensburg. He is survived by his wife, Lena Wright, a son Walter Wright Sr., and a grandson, Walter Wright Jr., all of Warrensburg.
Hilda and Willie Muller, who have spent the winter at their home on Long Island City, have arrived in Warrensburg and are preparing to open their hotel and restaurant, Chalet Swiss, on May 30, 1959 where they will serve their famous French and Swiss cuisine.
(This remarkable, historic and elaborate building, next to Raymond Lane, was 115 years old when it burned March 13, 1980 under suspicious circumstances)
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.