HISTORY IS COOL: 80 years ago

Oct. 4, 1940

$282,500 airport?

Many residents have expressed curiosity regarding the true status of affairs since a press announcement emerged from Washington stating the civil aeronautics authority had proposed a $282,500 airport for Lake Placid.

The improvement to the local airport would be included in the $17 million program for 116 airports in New York state as a part of the nationwide system of landing fields essential to national defense.

New draft board

A draft board to register eligible males of nine townships will be established in Lake Placid. Board members will be appointed by Gov. Lehman upon recommendation of County Judge Elmer Vincent of Ticonderoga. A second draft board will be set up in Ticonderoga to sign the men between the ages of 21 and 35 in the other nine townships of the county.

Draft Board 375 in Lake Placid, whose territory covers a population of 17,241, will register men from the towns of St. Armand, Wilmington, Jay, Chesterfield, North Elba, Keene, Westport, Elizabethtown and Willsboro.

Military highway

The village of Lake Placid is on a military highway, according to a road plan received by Supervisor Willis Wells following a recent conference here with William Holler of Albany, division engineer of the state highway department.

Rated on the list as a “second priority” route, the highway from the south coming west from the shore of Lake Champlain at Westport, through Elizabethtown, Keene Valley and Lake Placid, is considered important from a military standpoint, according to a survey made of New York state completed Aug. 13, 1940. The road through this village given second priority leads through Saranac Lake, Lake Clear, Tupper Lake and Gouverneur across the state.

New York Central

What other railroads are doing for other resorts, the New York Central railroad will do for Lake Placid, seemed to be at the heart of the promise of cooperation given by high officials of the company here on Tuesday and Wednesday to confer with local representatives on facilities offered here.

F. H. Baird, general passenger traffic manager of the Central system, called Lake Placid “one of the nicest spots in the world” and one that, rated by its facilities, deserved utmost support. The officials accompanied by representatives of the Lake Placid Club, Supervisor Willis Wells and H. L. Garren, went to the peak of Whiteface Mountain Tuesday morning where they were guests for coffee of Hubert Stevens of the commission.

Returning by way of Jay and Keene to Clifford Falls, they were entertained at an out-of-door steak picnic arranged by the Lake Placid Club. In the afternoon, the group was the guest of George and Bliss at a boat ride around Lake Placid and later inspected the Olympic bobrun on Mount Van Hoevenberg, where the sleds and the slide were explained by conservation employees.