HISTORY IS COOL: 85 years ago

Sept. 9, 1938

Olympic bid

The distant hope that the 1940 Olympic Winter Games would be awarded to Lake Placid has been dashed by the Associated Press announcement that they will go to St. Moritz, Switzerland.

The Winter Games have been like an orphan child. They have found no home abroad until the award to St. Moritz, being in turn rejected by Japan because of its war-torn state and later by Finland because the latter country did not have proper facilities for winter games and would not have sufficient time in which to build them.

Two weeks ago, Dr. Godfrey Dewey of the Lake Placid Club was approached by Avery Brundage, president of the American Olympic Committee, who stated that there was a possibility that a bid from Lake Placid might be considered. A meeting was called here immediately of members of the 1932 Olympic committee and others to ascertain the reaction to the proposal.

It was the consensus of opinion that this resort would be pleased to entertain the games provided that funds to finance them could be supplied from some outside source so that no local bond issue need be floated. A similar meeting was held the following day by the board of directors of the Lake Placid Club, who expressed the same opinion.

A temporary board of directors was set up, including former Olympic committee members and town and village officials to carry on the contact work and the initial details should the games be awarded to this resort. Town Supervisor Willis Wells was named chairman.

Cables were sent to Count Baillet Latour, president of the International Olympic Committee, and others and Lake Placid was advised to defer making the bid as the immediate plans pointed in a different direction.

The negotiations which the local committee made in this respect have been interpreted by Olympic officials as a token of good will and may serve to develop the possibilities toward the 1948 Winter Games. The 1944 games seem to be pointed toward Oslo.

Prize turkey

Proprietors of the D&D Turkey Farm in North Elba have been notified of honors won by their entries in the New York State Fair at Syracuse. The young male turkey, one of six live birds entered by Joe and Lloyd Davis, was declared the grand champion in the production class. The blue ribbon was received for the bird’s supremacy from an edible standpoint.

Colden campers

About 125 members of the Intercollegiate Association of Outing Clubs are in camp in the Lake Colden section. Representatives from 38 colleges were registered Thursday and have been arriving through the week. Women members are predominate.

The young college men and women will spend a week or more in the conservation department lean-tos and tents, making daily hiking and climbing trips. Their cars were left at the Adirondak Loj, where they unpacked their camping kits, registered and started through the trails for their outing, the fourth excursion of its kind to be taken in this section.

Among the colleges represented are: Amherst, Antioch, Allegheny, Barnard, Bates, Bowdoin, Brown, Colby, Connecticut State, Middlebury, M.I.T., Mount Holyoke, New Hampshire, Pembroke, Penn State, Pine Manor, Radcliff, Rennselaer, Skidmore, Smith, Syracuse, St. Lawrence, Tufts, Tusculum, Union, Vassar, Vermont, Wellesley, Wesleyan, Williams and Yale.

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