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HISTORY IS COOL

August 23, 2019
By ANDY FLYNN - Editor (aflynn@lakeplacidnews.com) , Lake Placid News

100 years ago - Aug. 22, 1919

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American Legion

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Essex County now has four posts of the American Legion, the officially recognized veterans' association of the world war, it was announced on Aug. 18 by Wade H. Hayes, state secretary, New York City.

This announcement followed the receipt at state headquarters of applications in Keeseville and Essex.

The two Essex County towns in which previous posts have been organized and are now operating are Port Henry and Ticonderoga. In addition, it is believed that there are sufficient soldiers, sailors and marines in other towns in the county to form posts. Such towns are AuSable Forks, Elizabethtown, Schroon Lake, Moriah and Lake Placid.

Only 15 men are required to sign an application for a charter and in smaller towns, it is feasible to include in the membership of the post service men of the surrounding communities. All men of either the army, navy or the marine corps who served in the world war, regardless of service overseas or on this side, are eligible.

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90 years ago - Aug. 23, 1929

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Lake Champlain bridge

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Meeting of the governors of New York and Vermont in the center of the new Lake Champlain bridge on Monday, Aug. 26, will officially mark the opening of the new traffic artery between the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks.

A silver ribbon stretched across the bridge highway will be cut by Miss Elizabeth Ferris, youngest daughter of Mortimer Y. Ferris, chairman of the Lake Champlain Bridge commission. As the ribbon is cut, Gov. Roosevelt and Gov. Weeks will clasp hands. A bugler from the Plattsburgh barracks will sound attention from the middle of the bridge; the groups from their respective states will proceed to the center. After the greeting of the two governors, the New york official party will proceed to the bridgehead in Vermont, where they will turn and come back to the center of the bridge to escort the Vermont official party to a reviewing stand at the bridgehead in New York.

As a parade from Vermont moves toward the center of the bridge, a similar parade of New Yorkers will pass over the bridge to into Vermont.

About the time the ribbon is cut, yacht clubs from New York and Vermont will conduct a marine parade under the bridge. Airplanes and seaplanes will stage an air parade at the same time.

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80 years ago - Aug. 25, 1939

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Lions Club forms

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At a meeting of the newly formed Lake Placid Lions Club on Friday evening at Northwoods Inn, Eugene Shea, local attorney, was elected president.

The club was formed through the efforts of Curtis Gillette of Lions International, who is also aiding in the organization of such a club in Saranac Lake. It is being sponsored by the Lions Club of Tupper Lake.

Wednesday evening, Sept. 27, has been tentatively set by Mr. Shea as charter night. Meetings of the new fraternal organization will be held twice a month with Northwoods Inn as the meeting place.

The local club is one of 181 Lions clubs in the state. Lions International has 3,500 clubs.

 
 
 

 

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