HISTORY IS COOL: 90 years ago
July 24, 1931
Olympic Arena vote
Unqualified and pronounced approval of the project to raise $150,000 by a special bond issue to erect an indoor arena and auditorium at Lake Placid prior to the coming Olympic Winter Games was voiced by members of the New York State Olympic Winter Games commission at their special meeting in the North Elba Town Hall Saturday.
The special election on this proposal has been set for the afternoon of July 30.
One by one, members of the commission pointed out the necessity for Lake Placid to have this structure and what it would mean in the continued development of this resort along right lines. The advantages to Lake Placid both during and after the Olympic Winter Games of having this unique and permanent addition to its sports facilities were stressed by the leading legislators of New York state who were at the meeting.
It was called “one of the most important projects in the history of this region.”
Dr. Godfrey Dewey, president of the III Olympic Winter Games committee and a member of the State Commission, presented a detailed report showing marked progress in the great preparations for the coming games.
The site of the arena would be across the street from the firehouse.
Sgt. Frank L. Hutton, who is in charge of the show horses of Troop G, State Police at Troy, was in Lake Placid last week looking over the show ring and outside course in anticipation of the second annual Lake Placid Horse Show to be held Aug. 21-22.
“There is no reason why Lake Placid should not become a leader in the field of equine sports,” he said, adding that the horse show committee should also include a steeplechase.
New riding stable
The White Church Stables, located at Shea’s Farm, opened recently with a string of fine saddle horses. The stable is in an ideal location inasmuch as it is situated so near the established bridle paths.
Expert riding instructors have been engaged for the season.
Several shetland ponies are available at a track near the stables. Youngsters may spend an enjoyable morning or afternoon in riding or driving the pony cart. A pet goat is also another popular attraction. He has been trained to harness and has a cart of his own.
Lita Grey Chaplin, former wife of Charles Chaplin, the comedian, will act as one of the judges in the baby parade, a feature of the Lake Placid Athletic Club’s mid-summer carnival to be held here Aug. 12-13.
The baby entries will be judged in four classes: decorated baby carriage or go-cart; decorated express wagon; fancy costumes; and humorous costumes. There will be two grand prizes of $15 each. Runners up will receive $10. First prize in each category will be $10; second, $7.50; and third, $5. Prizes will be in gold.
The parade will form at the Community Church, march to Saranac Avenue and return to the judge’s stand on Grand View terrace.