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July 9, 1926

Presidential visit

Accompanied by several members of their official staff, President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge arrived in their special train at Gabriels station on Wednesday morning to begin their three-month stay in the Adirondacks at White Pine Camp on Osgood Pond.

The president’s train, consisting of eight Pullmans, drawing room and compartment cars, left the Union Station in Washington early Tuesday evening. Several members of the Cabinet assembled at the station to bid their chief goodbye and to wish him a happy vacation amid the pines and balsams that line the secluded shores of Osgood.

The last stage of the journey from the White House to White Pine Camp was made by automobile, several cars meeting the train on its arrival at Gabriels and whisking the presidential party away to its sylvan retreat.

Everything has been put in readiness for the president at the camp. A special detachment of marines will be on guard during the summer. President and Mrs. Coolidge will find that everything has been done to enable them to get the maximum benefit from their stay.

Mrs. Coolidge brought with her several canaries in a cage. The two White House collies also accompanied the party.

Midnight fire

A midnight fire which practically destroyed three buildings on what is known as the Mooney property on South Main Street between Wells’ store and the Kennedy Hardware building, brought out a crowd of startled residents of the village last Friday.

Only fragments of the charred framework of the three structures now remain standing. The origin of the fire is not known.

The property is now owned by Mrs. Minnie Shene of Lake Placid. Damage is said to total about $15,000, including the buildings and several thousand dollars worth of goods and personal property stored in one of the buildings by S. G. Mooney.

Efficient work on the part of the village and Club fire departments confined the damage to the three buildings — the front store and warehouse, formerly occupied by Mr. Mooney as a general store, and the two barns in the rear.

Mill Hill pavement

Saturday, it is expected, will see the new Mill Hill concrete pavement open to traffic. The cement has hardened thoroughly, and there is nothing to prevent its immediate use.

Work was begun June 10 on the stretch between Willis Wells’s store and the Kennedy Hardware building by contractor Leo Malone of Lake Placid, who has been pushing construction at a rapid rate to have this important part of the village highway system open at as early a date as possible.

The new pavement will be 40 feet wide and 900 feet long, with curbs, drains and driveways.

Linking as it does the important thoroughfare from the railroad station with the through traffic on Main Street going to and coming from the Wilmington road, the new pavement will be a boon to the thousands who must go up and down the hill during the summer months.