HISTORY IS COOL: 100 years ago
Sept. 21, 1923
The summer has been a very satisfactory one for the hotel men and others doing business in Lake Placid, according to E. C. Paarman, secretary of the local Chamber of Commerce.
Although June was too cool and generally unfavorable to start people in large numbers toward the mountains, there were quite a few who came anyway. And when the real season opened in July, there were just about all that Lake Placid could accommodate in the better class cottages and apartments. Many hundreds who were unable to find just what they wanted during July and August were forced to go elsewhere.
New golf course
Work was begun Monday on the Fawn Club nine-hole golf course. A crew of 18 men with two teams and two trucks will be kept busy during the autumn months and early spring in order that the links may be ready for playing on the first day of June.
Seymour Dunn, the well-known professional and golf expert, planned the new course and will supervise construction, while Frank Williams, who for eight years supervised the maintenance of the Whiteface Inn golf course, will have charge of the labor on the Fawn course.
Interviewed on the subject, Mr. Dunn said that this new course would be one that any expert should be delighted to play on. Every hole, he said, will be interesting and different. The course starts and finishes directly in front of the club house.
The fact that the annual meeting of the Adirondack Skating Association will be held in Saranac Lake next Tuesday is a reminder that the season of winter sports is not so far ahead.
Indirectly this early start is due to the fact that these winter sports are now for the first time to be included among Olympic contests. For about two weeks, from Friday, Jan. 25 to Feb. 5, the teams of the different nations will contest in skating and other things at Chamonix, France.
The early start of the Adirondack Skating Association is to elect delegates to attend the annual meeting of the I.S.U., which will be held in late October.
A signal honor has been conferred upon Mr. Henry Uihlein II, president of the Adirondack Skating Association, and upon the association itself, in that Col. Robert M. Thompson, president of the American Olympic Committee, has appointed him to be a member of the committee in charge of arrangements for the American skating team. This committee will also choose the skaters to represent America, of which there will be four.
If the team shall be chosen upon the basis of performance last winter in the big meets, the champions of America upon Olympic ice will be Charles Jewtraw of Lake Placid; Joe Moore of New York; Harry Kaskey of Chicago; and Richard Donovan of St. Paul.
In either case, there is almost certain to be tryouts or at least practice meets in the Adirondacks and perhaps at Newburgh on the Hudson. Officials have definitely expressed interest in favor of such meets here in the mountains where ice forms early.
The contestants will sail from New York on the President Grant on Jan. 2. That will get them to the scene of the races and give about two weeks to get acclimated, try out the Olympic rink — and practice new rules of the game.