Lavish parade in Queen Village
Sixteen equestrian groups, representing local dude ranches, riding academies, pony farms, Sheriffs' Mounted Patrol and many individuals, rode in the Kiwanis Club's annual Mile-of-Pennies affair, Aug. 12, 1959 in Warrensburg. Warren County has 23 dude ranches and is the dude ranch center of the Eastern states. Storytown (now Great Escape) had its own fabulous float in the parade. Roy Randall and Gilbert Potter were co-chairmen of the event. Mary Muratori and the Kiwanis wives' committee decorated the parade route which presented a gala appearance to the town.
The procession started from Ashland Park (now Mark Bruce ball field and park) on Hudson St. The Country Gentlemen, directed by Bob Lloyd, serenaded spectators from the bandstand in Floyd Bennett Park throughout the affair while the Warrensburg High School Band rode on a truck in the parade. After the procession band director Kenneth Niles conducted the group in a concert at the bandstand.
Famed area chef berates hot dogs
Famous gourmet chef Walter Braemer presides over the vast kitchens of the Jolly Roger Restaurant on Canada St., overlooking the waters of Lake George. He says that "boring hot dogs" are only fit for carnivores even if they are devoured by millions of Americans, but fortunately there are enough people who want good food and he is devoted to their service. He also admits to a prejudice against hamburgers and people who have so many cocktails before dinner that their dulled palate can not appreciate the excellence of his fine cooking.
Braemer has seven children. He is an artist in his profession and has 75 employees at the Jolly Roger working under him, including maitre d' Jean Jourdan. "Hot dogs," he says, "Phooey."
Artist Jack Binder of Warrensburg has recently painted a large picture of the Jolly Roger Restaurant dining room with Lake George seen through the floor-to-ceiling picture windows. The painting is truly a work of art. Owners of the establishment claim they have the most beautiful dining room in the North Country and there are few who disagree with them. (Note - The Jolly Roger was once on the shore of Lake George in the middle of the village, but is no longer on that site as the building was moved. Does anyone know what ever become of the painting?)
Jean Spaulding and Mervin R. Hadden were married Aug. 2, 1959 in North Canaan, Conn. It was a joyous occasion.
Auctioneer James Mosher is holding an antiques auction Aug. 15, 1959 at the premises of Leon Rogell on Hickory Hill, Warrensburg.
At Sun Canyon Ranch, Thurman, Rudy Monte's Band will play featuring George Havas on accordion. Television and radio vocalist Pat Mullins will perform.
Jack Murray, former dude ranch owner near Warrensburg, is now living in Miami, Florida. Being an accordionist, he is playing an engagement at the "Belle Barth Club" in Miami Beach.
Donna Lane, 10-year-old daughter of George Lane, had her tonsils removed July 31, 1959 at Glens Falls Hospital.
Automobile dealer Karl Duell and Gordon Smith of Warrensburg flew to South Paris, Maine, Aug. 14, 1959, in a plane of which Karl is a part owner. In Maine they picked up a new Oldsmobile and drove it back to Warrensburg the same day.
Kyle Marie Smith, daughter of Ruth Smith, was tendered a surprise eighth birthday party at her home on Mountain Ave. in Warrensburg.
Barbers Don Egan and Bob Lloyd have announced that they are working together in a shop at 31 Main Street, Warrensburg. Their motto is "prompt and courteous service."
Hosts Edna and Mark Bruce, at the Colonial Arms Hotel (now Rite Aid location) are offering a complete live Maine lobster dinner for $4.50. Tony Mele will entertain at the piano.
Local real estate booming
Agent Maurice Ashe says that real estate activity north of Glens Falls has reached an all-time high and is on the verge of a home-building boom. The majority of sales have been on property at lakes and rivers and choosy buyers are looking for choice locations.
Many houses in the Warrensburg and Lake George area can be purchased in the $6,500 to $9,000 range. Mark Bruce is offering for sale a fine income home with four apartments on 11 Hudson St. that requires $1,500 down and a mortgage of $72 a month.
Gladys Najer, of the Chestertown West Farm Agency, has sold the historic Moston house, a landmark on Mill Creek in Wevertown, to Anthony Sansone and Phillip Olivero of East Yonkers.
Teacher goes to school
Rudolph T. Meola, science teacher at Warrensburg Central School, successfully completed a six-week science institute learning project at Purdue University under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation. (Note: I recently saw Rudy Meola, who now lives in Hague at a Democratic committee meeting, and he said he really enjoys reading the Adirondack Journal every week.)
Bernard "Bud" and Marilyn (Martzinek) Hayes of Chestertown are the parents of a daughter, Susan Marie Hayes, born July 29, 1959 at Glens Falls Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert "Bob" Hayes of Brant Lake are the parents of a son, James Robert Hayes, born July 29, 1959 at their home. Bud and Bob Hayes are brothers.
Fallout shelters promoted
A new booklet is being distributed throughout the state entitled "Family Fallout Shelter" to assist individuals in the planning and constructing of their own shelters for protection against fallout effects of an enemy nuclear attack. (Remember those nuclear-attack drills in school, during which we crouched under our desks, and we never questioned the teacher why it would be futile in a real bombing?)
Warrensburg Central School has announced that one part of the sixth grade will be housed at the Methodist Church this year. Two other sections will be held at the Odd Fellows Hall (now VFW and Museum of Local History building). Durwood D. Weaver is principal of the school and John Wappett is his assistant.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Raymond of Warrensburg have announced the engagement of their daughter, Jean A. Raymond to Ward B. Towers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Towers of Corinth.
Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Olden Jr., have announced the engagement of their daughter Vera Lee Olden to Louis H. Fisher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis T. Fisher, all of Warrensburg.
Marcus Earl Webster, 61, of Warrensburg, a former employee of the Warren County Highway Department, died Aug. 13, 1959. He is survived by his wife, Pearl, seven sons, five daughters and five grandchildren.
Remembering Fred Flynn
Fishing in the Schroon River has become a once-a-week feature of Warrensburg village youth. Freddie Flynn caught an 18-inch Northern Pike. (Note- I remember Freddie well when he was a fun-loving little boy growing up in Warrensburg. He died Oct. 1, 1968 of wounds he suffered from enemy fire in Chu Lai, Vietnam where he served in the Army Infantry. The Frederick H. Flynn Memorial Park, dedicated in his memory, is located on the south end of River St., by the Schroon River where he caught his big fish, 50 years ago.
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