Worst fire ever at area lumber yard
The Northern Lumber Company buildings at Riverside destroyed by fire, Sunday, May 10, 1959, will be rebuilt promptly, William Harvey, treasurer of the company announced. The blaze required the services of 160 firemen from 14 companies in Warren and Essex counties before it was extinguished. The Warrensburg Fire Company was present at the scene.
The fire is believed to have started near the drying kilns as the building suddenly burst into flames with no warning, spewing embers and flaming wood. The woods were soon burning and bits of fire landed high in the trees which burst into flames. The radius around the mill was dotted with nearly 20 small fires when the firemen arrived and they had to be extinguished immediately to keep the fire from spreading even further.
More than 50 piles of lumber were burning during the blaze and the heat melted telephone wires and utility lines in the entire area. The tires on two tractor trailers exploded under the intense heat. Four fire trucks pumped water out of the Hudson River and two more pumped out of a nearby brook.
Hundreds of volunteer workers arrived in their cars and began aiding in fighting the inferno. Even women were pressed into service as countless fires continued to pop up in the tinder dry woods and they rushed to stomp them out. One firefighter, Gordon Persons of the North Creek Fire Department, was injured when he was hit in the leg with a hose which had kicked loose.
The saw mill and the home of manager Kenneth Trushaw escaped damage. The lumber company employs more than 75 people. It was the worst lumber yard fire in the history of Warren County.
Electrical substations to be built here
Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation is planning the construction of new substations in Warrensburg and also in Lake George to handle the rapidly increasing electric load springing up in the southern Adirondacks, announced Roy W. Randall, company district manager. Randall said $930,000 worth of new projects are planned for this area in 1959.
Reading the want ads
Real estate entrepreneur Mark Bruce has listed 80 acres in Thurman with a brook and road frontage for $1,500. He also has for sale 90 acres, two miles south of Bakers Mills, with a large barn and a small farm house in need of repair for $2,800. On his car lot is a 1959 Richardson house trailer, 8 foot wide, which he will finance up to five years. Call 8221.
(Note: Up through the early 1980s, you could reach others in Warrensburg by only dialing four numbers, and until 1990 or so, every number outside Warrensburg was a long-distance call with a costly charge.)
In North Warrensburg, Merv Hadden has several good used cars on his lot for $75 and upward. Call 6361.
E.W. Bentley of Glens Falls placed an ad looking to hire a housekeeper, not over 40 years old, who can drive a car and likes horse racing.
Spring weddings held in region
Carol Colegrove, daughter of Letha Horsfall of Bolton Landing, became the bride of Gerald Leroy Twiss, son of Walter Twiss of Warrensburg, on April 18, 1959 at the First Baptist Church of Bolton Landing.
Betty Larmon, daughter of Mrs. J. Larmon of Yonkers and Delmar Mattison, son of Ernest Mattison of Warrensburg, were married May 2, 1959 in Yonkers by the Rev. Richard J. Scoog. The happy couple left on a wedding trip to Atlantic City. They will reside in Warrensburg.
Area night life and good food
Jimmy Miller & His Saddlemates are back for the eighth consecutive year to play for dancing and entertainment at the charming, rustic Northwoods Inn of Thurman. Jack and Hilde Drexel are hosts. There is square dancing every Saturday night at Arehart's Hotel, Stony Creek. (Now the Stony Creek Inn.) The music is by Lou's Trio.
Tremaine's Thunder Mountain Restaurant, three miles north of Stony Creek, will open for the season on May 30, 1959. They also offer games, swimming and attractions to the public.
Le Chalet Francais, the French restaurant of the Adirondacks, will open in Thurman on May 23, 1959 for another big season. To make reservations, phone C. Desmaison at 8611.
The old Vienna Restaurant, at the junction of routes 9 and 9N, Lake George will open on Saturday, May 30, 1959 under the management of Ivan and Theresa Katusich of Thurman Bridge Farm Restaurant, Warrensburg. Old Vienna will specialize in Viennese and Hungarian cooking.
Hole-in-one scored at local course
Fourteen-year-old David Steele of Warrensburg, a member of a golfing family, went out to play the game on Sunday, May 3, 1959 on the local course with Jack Arehart Jr., Jerry Bruce and Jackie Bonner. David made a hole-in-one on the No. 6 green, a feat that has only been done three times in the history of that course, but not in the last five years.
Local news roundabout
In observing May 19, 1959 as Teacher Recognition Day, three dedicated teachers from the Warrensburg Central School were named: Regina Orton, Kathleen Baker and Jessie Robinson. All three will be leaving the school at the end of the present term.
Thurman Fire Chief Hugh Magee said be believes that lightning during a heavy thunderstorm started a blaze that destroyed an unoccupied house on the Clarence Ross property near the post office. The fire was reported by George Keene.
George Cecil, 86, died May 17, 1959 at his home, 131 Main St., Warrensburg, after a long illness. Surviving is his wife, the former Bessie Wallace, one son, one daughter and four grandchildren.
Fowler's Department Store, Glens Falls, will celebrate their 90th year in business with many horse 'n buggy specials. On Saturday morning, May 23, 1959, Jim Fisk (Freddie Freihofer) of WRGB television will greet the children.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.