Tipplers should walk, not drive
Warrensburg Police Chief Howard Hewitt warned "tipplers" who plan to bring in the New Year who think they can drink and drive should best leave their cars at home. He referred to the comic character who stumbles into his back seat and than wonders what happened to the steering wheel. This fellow, who has two or three drinks, firmly believes that they haven't affected him at all. Chief Hewitt warned readers that this could be the beginning of a tragic period in this person's life and not the beginning of a happy new year.
Holiday wishes expressed
Ida and Judge Loran Hoffman, at the Queen Village Bakery (now Riverside Gallery), wish everyone a Happy New Year. (I never think of that bakery that I don't remember "Mickey," Ida's big, white angora cat laying in the sun in the front window, waiting for the school children to come in at noon time to buy their penny candy.)
Ralph Mason, Hudson St., is the winner of this year's Christmas holiday light contest. Franklin Wheeler, of Fourth Ave., won second prize and Elizabeth Smith (now Kennedy), Mountain Ave., won third prize.
Ambitious new governor
In the town of Warrensburg, where about 100 shirt workers have been idle by the closing down of the local garment factory last June, the people are looking hopefully to the new Rockefeller administration for help.In September, Gov. Nelsen Rockefeller promised that if he were to be elected governor he would see to this problem and to work to develop a climate for badly needed job opportunities throughout the state. He will address the financial plight of the state which now has a deficit of approximately $50 million. (Now in 2008, our Governor is warning of a $50 billion shortfall, a thousand times greater!)
Gov. Rockefeller has already recommended to the legislature that there should be an early completion of the Adirondack Northway as an integral part of a "comprehensive highway and road building program" to help bring prosperity to the North Country. A small group of extreme conservationists, with the aid of other well-intentioned but misled groups are conducting a determined fight to prevent the construction of any highway through the Forest Preserve in the Adirondacks, the Warrensburg-Lake George News reported.
Governor Nelson Rockefeller and Lieutenant Governor Malcolm Wilson took office Jan. 1, 1959.
Remember the bargain prices?
Art Brown's Shoe Store has a sale on insulated footwear. The Colonial Arms, owned by Mark and Edna Bruce, advertises a Friday night special, a complete fish dinner for $1.95. Sam Martin is entertaining this week on the accordion at Andy's & Bill's Restaurant in North Warrensburg. The local A&P store is selling prime pork loins for 39 cents per pound.
Don't forget to make your reservation for the big New Year's party at the Colonial Arms (located until recent years where Rite Aid is now). $5 a couple. Midnight buffet and breakfast are included. (Those were good times!)
The Warren County Board of Supervisors awarded to Hickey Ford Sales, Warrensburg, the contract to supply a 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 touring car, with special equipment, to the sheriff's office. Ford is currently selling brand-new 1958 Fords with whitewall tires for $2,050. The dealership became Eichler Ford, then in the 1980s, Warren Ford.
The Emerson National Bank of Warrensburg proudly announced that their total assets are currently $7,517,112. Albert L. Emerson is president.
German boy wed in America
Miss Barbara Shaw of Glens Falls and Detlas Ritter, son of Trudie and Robert LaDue, 6 &1/2 Milton Ave., Warrensburg, were married Dec. 19, 1958 in St. Mary's Church, Glens Falls. Mr. Ritter is a native of Freiberg, Germany and has been in this country for 18 months. He is employed as an interior decorator in Glens Falls by Bernard Slake. The couple will reside in Warrensburg.
The new motor vehicle law says that car owners must have two plates on their cars this coming year, front and back..
Maurice J. Ashe, owner of Ashe's Hotel, has left for Florida where he will stay until April.
Laurence P. Thompson was appointed manager of the Warrensburg mill of the Thomas A. Galante and Sons Paper Co. at Burnhamville. Charles J. Harris will continue as superintendent. New converting equipment will be installed in the spring. The mill, located on the Schroon River off state Rte. 418, hires between 40 and 50 men. (The Board & Paper Mill was supposed to be revitalized in the early 1980s by a New Jersey man who borrowed government-guaranteed money with the promise people would be put back to work - he got the money, but no one went back to work. Former Town Supervisor Charlie Hastings once said he saw the man visit the town once - when he stepped out of a black limosine, flanked with bodygurards. The mill property became a hazardous waste clean-up site, making headlines in more recent years.)
Fred DeVries, president of the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce says the industry committee has been given seven live prospects who have expressed interest in locating in the local shirt factory - idle since June - and that he is very optimistic.
William DeVries, son of Fred DeVries, has returned to his studies at Albany Business College after spending the holidays with his parents here.
Ken Bates, famed ski expert and former owner of Hickory Hill ski area, is currently in town as the guest of attorney James Riley.
Marcus Merrill of Bolton Landing was installed as Master of Warrensburgh Lodge 25, F&A.M. at the Masonic Temple. The installing officer was Loren B. Hoffman, a past master of the lodge.
A 13-room former hotel building in Schroon Lake, formerly known as the New Jersey House, was completely renovated last year. It burned to the ground on Dec. 21, 1958. The building was owned by Vincent Flemming who was forced to jump from a porch to safety and was injured in the ten-foot drop.
Miss Edith J. Tubbs, 65, died Dec. 28, 1958 at the Brereton home on the Bolton Road. She had been employed by Mrs. Brereton and the late Senator Brereton for 35 years. She was the sister of Mrs. Bernard Vernum of Warrensburg and was buried in the Warrensburg Cemetery.
Mrs. Katherine Sawyer, 56, wife of Kenneth Sawyer, Sr., died Dec. 26, 1958 at her home in Wevertown. She had been a member of the Johnsburg Central School since its opening. She was buried in the Bates Cemetery, Johnsburg.
Car demolished, Driver badly injured
Frederick Beauchene, Warrensburg, was injured Jan. 6, 1959 near Plattsburgh. His car skidded on an icy patch coming down a steep hill and struck an oil tanker. Freddie suffered a triple fracture of the pelvis, abrasions to the face and injuries to the right arm. He was taken to the Champlain Valley Hospital where he was expected to be confined for some time. He had just completed his transfer from Paul Smith's College to Plattsburgh State Teachers College where he was to study elementary teaching.
Tragedies strike region's citizens
Frederick A. Becker, 45, of Long Lake, owner of a restaurant, was found dead in his car, Dec. 26, 1908. The coroner said that death was due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Will Bolton's Boat Shop at Brant Lake, including a newly completed boat and valuable lumber and tools, was destroyed by fire Dec. 27, 1958. The loss was not covered by insurance.
"I'll worry me not of the year to come, nor the one just passed, I vow; but greet you I will at this Christmas time with a 'Happy New Year' right now." -- Kay McKay, Warrensburg poet.
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