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HISTORY IS COOL: 74 years ago

Aug. 6, 1948

Potato Queen

Lake Placid’s sports world pays unique honor to mountain farmers Thursday, Aug. 19, when Yvonne Sherman, distinguished champion figure skater, is enthroned here as queen of the Adirondack Potato Growers Association.

The tall 18-year-old brunette beauty was 1947 national ladies figure skating champion.

Within a year thereafter she accomplished the rare fact of placing remarkably high in senior competition for world and Olympic championships.

Her crowning of Potato Queen will climax a day-long program of events for the tri-county meet at picturesque Heaven Hill Farm. The farm is located on Bear Cub Road in the outskirts of this village.

A retinue of other girl skaters will serve Miss Sherman as ladies-in-waiting during impressive coronation ceremonies. Machinery exhibits, crop demonstrations and displays of latest inventions of interest to farmer folks are on the field day program.

Also, speedball knife wielders will vie for prizes in a spud-peeling contest.

Fair centennial

One hundred years of steady and continuous existence will be marked when the Essex County Fair opens its gates this year from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3.

The Essex County Fair first opened its exhibits to the public the year before the gallant Forty-Niners began their trek to the Gold Coast at Sutter’s Mills in California, and the objective established by the hardy pioneers of this county to make this fair a true American way of exhibiting the handiwork of the farmers in this fruitful agricultural region has never ceased.

Sugar accident

A tractor-trailer with a 19-ton cargo of sugar was destroyed when it caught fire after a collision with another truck on the Chapel Pond road, southeast of Keene Valley at about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The vehicle, owned by Truman Davis of Peru, struck a parked Conservation Department truck, state police said, as the driver sought to avoid a collision with still another truck which was approaching.

The Lake Placid fire department, under the direction of Chief Stanley Benham, traveled the 19 miles to the scene of the accident and found the truck engulfed in flame, which they extinguished in a short time.

A state Conservation Department worker on the truck was slightly injured. The driver of the sugar truck was uninjured, but the 19 tons of sugar were a total loss.

Majestics host Miners

Coach Howie Page’s Lake Placid Majestics, currently tied for third place in the Champlain Valley league, can almost be assured of a spot in the playoffs by triumphing here Sunday over the Lyon Mountain Miners, fourth place entry who are two games behind the locals. The game, at Olympic stadium, will get underway at 3 p.m. with either Bud Colby, Bill Colby or Joe Farley on the mound opposed by either Ed Dubray or “Pickles” Tolosky.