HISTORY IS COOL: 95 years ago
Sept. 9, 1927
In the Whiteface Mountain memorial marathon held Labor Day, Harold Boulton, 24, of Lake Placid and Luzerne, New York, defeated seasoned amateur and professional mountain climbers from various parts of the country in the remarkable time of 1 hour, 13 minutes and 25 2-5 seconds. Boulton’s time compares with the record made 16 years ago by Ashley Maynard of Lake Placid of 1 hour and 18 minutes — from Everest’s hotel in Wilmington to the top of the peak.
The course was 6.5 miles in length — with 4,000 feet of ascent — and followed the route of the proposed world war memorial highway. Edward Haskell of Athens, Greece, lent an international flavor to the big climb by finishing second in 1 hour, 20 minutes and 55 4-5 seconds. Third place in the amateur event went to Dick Stickney of Bloomingdale.
The weather was the best of the entire season with excellent visibility, the spires of Montreal being visible 100 miles to the north, and the peaks of the White Mountains in New Hampshire as far to the east.
Alpine-trained St. Bernard dogs carried hot soup to the summit for the racers in the traditional little brandy kegs hung about their necks. The event was the first and most novel of its kind to be staged in the East and possibly the country.
Dr. Melvil Dewey, president of the Lake Placid Club, was starter, assisted by North Elba town Supervisor Willis Wells, and the finish judges included Lake Placid Mayor William Feek; the Rev. M. E. Cheney and W. E. Hovey of Lake Placid; Arthur Brown of Rochester; Commander Thornton of Lake Placid Post American Legion; and Roger Holden, secretary of the Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce.
The races were staged under the auspices of the American Legion, sanctioned by the Whiteface Mountain Memorial Association. Prizes were awarded at the Palace Theatre on Monday evening.
Labor Day crowds
Labor Day, featured by record-breaking numbers at all Adirondack resort centers and by an unusual amount of interest in social and sport events, seems this season to have marked a real awakening on the part of the tourist public to the delights of September in New York’s great “playground of the people.”
Thousands of tourists and “weekenders” motoring over the trunkline highways from either side of the international boundary joined friends at Saranac Inn, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Plattsburgh, Hotel Champlain, Port Kent, Ausable Chasm, Westport, Schroon Lake, Elizabethtown and other centers for joyous hours of golf on sporty courses rimmed by ranges of changing autumnal hues. They were also boating on mountain-walled lakes; fishing in overflowing streams; horseback riding over miles of trails in the forest; and taking mountain hikes, picnics and other outings.
Also much interest centered Labor Day about the annual speedboat races at Saranac Inn in which some of the fastest boats in Adirondack waters were among the contestants.