From the Times Files – Work started on new road to Recreation Field

Compiled by Erik Pekar

75 years ago, Sept. 11, 1947

The Washington County Junior Fair will be held at Fort Edward this weekend, Sept. 12 and 13, with a full exhibit of livestock, poultry, farm crops, vegetation, farm shop projects, crafts, camp work, and more.

Work has started on the new road to Recreation Field across the Williams Street school property.

Thirty-eight varsity candidates are wearing the maroon of Whitehall as the squad preps for the opening contest against the Red Raiders of Rutland. Twenty-six juniors are being taught the fundamentals of the great game of “bodily contact;” only four varsity players return from 1946.

The local Anti-Tank company will cooperate in a recruiting drive for the National Guard, which starts Sept. 16 and closes Nov. 16.

Showing at the Capitol: Thursday and Friday, “Living in a Big Way”; Saturday, “Swing the Western Way” and “It’s a Joke Son!”; Sunday and Monday, “The Two Mrs. Carrolls”; Tuesday to Friday, “The Egg and I”.

Births: A son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gray.

Weddings: Dorothy Miller and Joseph Scott, both of Whitehall; Beverly Noyea, Ilion and Kendall Hughes, Frankfort, formerly of Whitehall; Edith J. Clark and Warner B. Nelson, both of Whitehall.

No obituaries reported.

50 years ago, Sept. 14, 1972

School officials noted Monday that the busing problems that had caused confusion on the first day of school in the Whitehall Central School District were ironed out, and operations were now running smoothly.

The Whitehall Board of Education, at its regular monthly session Monday night, voted to borrow $200,000 and make various appointments. The borrowing was to tide the district over until the state aid is received about 60 days before the end of the school year. Appointments made included substitute cafeteria workers and classroom aides, and other positions. Two teachers were appointed: Carl Thompson, music; Nancy Printup, elementary.

Liberty Homes recently purchased land of Axel Sahlberg on Buckley Road, adjacent the Whitehall Central Schools property. Work is expected to get under way this week on the construction of a 102,000 square foot plant to manufacture mobile homes. It is expected 100 men will be employed in it. Liberty Homes, of Goshen, Indiana, which had sales of over $45 million last year, recently “went public” and is selling over-the-counter stock.

The annual dinner of the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce will be held Saturday night, Oct. 14, in the Redwood Steakhouse. Charles O’Connor, director of the Bureau of Industrial Development, State Department of Commerce, will be the principal speaker.

The Jennings Marina, on North Williams Street, has been sold to Kay Covert and Helen Mollison, both of Poultney, Vermont. Originally named the Capt. Generous Marina, it has been owned and operated by Clayton Jennings for the past several years. Improvements are planned, and it will be renamed the Lock 12 Marina.

Skenesborough Scraps: Jay Arr laments the demise of the year=old newspaper serving Fair Haven and Poultney, the Fair Haven Gazette and Poultney Herald. The paper, whose editor was Ed Prichette, couldn’t sell enough advertising to pay production costs.

Births: A daughter, Michelle Lynn, to Mr. and Mrs. James Burke of Scotia, former residents of Whitehall.

Weddings: None reported.

Obituaries: Mrs. Ernest (Marie) Leclaire, Whitehall; Howard J. White, Granville.