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IT'S OUR HISTORY: Lake Placid News headlines from 100 years ago

April 6, 2017
By CARLA EILO - Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society , Lake Placid News

Here are some headlines from the Lake Placid News a century ago this month.


April 6, 1917

Article Photos

National Hotel
(Photo courtesy of the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society)


"New Creamery At Club"

The new creamery at the Lake Placid Club said it would deliver better quality dairy products. The Club also announced the use of motor trucks caring 3 delivery men to make deliveries much quicker. The Club bought out AuSable Valley milk business. Many smaller dairy farms were selling their businesses due to the cost of feed rising. Because of these costs, milk went up from 8 cents to 10 cents.


"The National Purchased"

After having sat vacant for 2 years prior, T.A. Leahy, owner of the Northwoods Inn purchased the National Hotel located across the street from the Lake Placid train station in Newman. The purchase included the building, furnishings, ice houses, coolers, sheds, and a cottage on the property. The 25 room hotel had a bath for every two rooms, hot and cold running water, steam heat, and bell service. The basement had a full bakery and kitchen.

Leahy said the hotel would cater to the tourists who could not find lodging in Lake Placid. The previous summer, automoblists were unable to find vacancies in Lake Placid and were turned away.


"Voters Render Unfavorable Verdict on Monday"

Ballots Read 180 to 73 on the vote to fund the building of the new schools. The Education Board would have to build a High School and Grade School building on the site of the current school property. It was voted they would spend $160,000 to build a High School building, purchase two lots at either end of the town, and build a grade school at each lot.


"Labor Meetings Held at Happy Hour"

Carpenters' Union workmen organized a meeting at the Happy Hour Theater (present day Wanda building) to discuss the need for a raise. They wanted a 20 percent increase in wages. Employers were invited to the meeting. Melvil and Godfrey Dewey of the Lake Placid Club attended and explained they could not give a raise at this time, because building projects had slowed down. However, employees were offered a 10 to 20 percent discount on grocery items purchased at the Club.


Please join us for the final presentation of the Winter Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at the 'dack Shack. Historian Beverley Reid and Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society President Parmelee Tolkan will be presenting "Horse Drawn to Iron Horse," history of early transportation and the history of the Lake Placid train station.



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