HISTORY IS COOL: 90 years ago

Dec. 1, 1933

Muskrat love

With the opening of the muskrat season Dec. 1, many residing on Mirror Lake are wondering what will become of the pair who amused them all summer.

Although the trapping season in Essex and Washington counties does not open until April 20, concluding March 31, hunters in counties bordering Lake Champlain may shoot the animals during the open season providing they use guns with not more than .22 caliber.

As Mirror Lake has been frozen over since Nov. 16, it is believed that the muskrats making their home on the shores of the lake in the center of the village will be safe in their holes on the shore as it is unlawful to molest the home sites of the animals.

Many marveled this summer at the speedy swimming of the pair as well as their ability to stay under the surface indefinitely

CCC Thanksgiving

Men of C.C.C. Company 257 at Camp 63, Whiteface Inn, ate turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce as nearly approaching the perfection of the culinary skill of the youths’ mothers as Ernest Celdom, regular army cook, could make it.

Mess tables Thanksgiving Day provided a menu as elaborate as that served in many homes. The turkey was stuffed with oyster dressing and covered with giblet gravy. In addition to the relishes, olives, mixed pickles and stuffed olives, there was a combination salad, mashed and sweet potatoes, green peas, baked ham, apple pie, layer cake, coffee, oranges, apples, mixed nuts, candy, cigars and cigarettes.

Pvt. Celdom of Company K, 26th Infantry, Plattsburgh Barracks, was assisted in the preparation of the food by C.C.C. members who have developed as cooks. Early in the organization of the company, the bulk of the food preparation fell to his lot, but he now acts in a supervisory capacity. He is an excellent baker as well as a cook – his rolls, pies and cakes adding poundage to the men enrolled. Local residents will remember Pct. Celdom’s performances as a wrestler at the arena last summer.

Chamber moves

The office of the chamber of commerce has been moved from the first floor of the arena to the second. The room to be used during the winter months was formerly used by H. L. Garren, executive secretary of the North Elba Park Commission who now occupies the southern suite. The move was made because of heating facilities.

New slalom course

A slalom ski course is being built at the Lake Placid Golf and Country Club as a work relief project.

Bobrun meeting

State conservation department and local officials were in conference at the Olympic arena Tuesday afternoon, discussing plans for the operation of the Mount Van Hoevenberg bobrun during the coning winter. The race schedule for the season was approved and plans were initiated for making the coming season the busiest at the big slide since the III Olympic Winter Games two years ago.

Horse talk

Fred Fortune, proprietor of Fortune’s Riding Academy of this village, was guest speaker at the Kiwanis dinner at the Homestead Tuesday evening. He described the many classes of show horses, their gaits and the points for judging.

Holiday food

Larders that were not supplied by turkeys, chickens or other Thanksgiving delicacies were provided with a quantity of pork from government sources Thursday. In all, 5,000 pounds of salt pork was distributed from 9 to 10 o’clock Thanksgiving morning by North Elba town Supervisor Willis Wells to all who applied at his office.

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