HISTORY IS COOL: 90 years ago

May 29, 1931

Memorial Day events

Organizations of patriotic origin will join in a Memorial Day parade which may reach larger proportions than in any previous year. There are no longer any living G.A.R. veterans here, so Lake Placid will carry out the arrangements alone instead of joining with bodies of other villages.

Among the organizations joining in the parade are the William LaMoy Woman’s Relief Corps, American Legion, Legion Auxiliary, Boy Scouts, local police, state troopers, veterans of the Spanish War, Red Cross, firemen and nurses enlisted during the World War.

Ranks will be formed at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the town hall, will march to the foot of Stevens House hill and countermarch to the Benson Memorial on the Community Church grounds. This memorial, erected by W. S. Benson in memory of the dead of the World War, will be the scene of the water rites for sailors and marines, conducted by the Woman’s Relief Corps, which before this year have been carried out on the eastern shore of Mirror Lake. A wreath will be placed during the course of the ceremony.

Arriving at the town hall, the assembled organizations will go by automobile first to the North Elba Cemetery and later to the St. Agnes Cemetery, where they will hold the usual appropriate services. A firing squad, under the direction of Sidney Walsh, will fire a volley over the graves of the soldiers and a bugler will sound “Taps.”

According to the annual custom, the Woman’s Relief Corps will serve a dinner at the town hall to all participants in the parade.

Olympic Arena plans

Ways and means of financing the construction of the proposed indoor ice arena at Lake Placid were discussed in detail at an informal meeting of Olympic officials in the town hall Tuesday morning.

A meeting of the North Elba town board and park commission will be held this week to consider the advisability of taking up the option on the property across from the village firehouse, recently secured from the Placid Hotel Corporation by members of the Olympic board of directors.

It is understood that under the terms of the option, the property can be purchased for $20,000 at any time before the end of May. Purchase would be made from funds of the III Olympic Winter Games committee. The 9-acre plot opposite the firehouse is considered an ideal site on which to erect the arena.

While those favoring the construction of the arena point out its many uses at the time of the games next winter, they also stress with even greater force the fact that the arena will do so much to lengthen Lake Placid’s winter season and make it permanent. The arena can be used for all kinds of indoor ice events from November until late in March and will provide the finest kind of recreation for winter visitors regularly each day and evening.

The arena can be used for social gatherings in the various club rooms, for hockey games, as possible training headquarters for big-league hockey teams that might be induced to come to Lake Placid for their pre-season practices, for indoor baseball games, curling, figure skating and general skating.