25 YEARS AGO — 1982
A torrential spring downpour coupled with the effects of melting snow swell the Saranac River, causing the evacuation of two trailer parks in the City of Plattsburgh. An estimated 450 people are ordered to leave the 150 homes. Camp Gabriels minimum-security prison is one step closer to becoming a reality after negotiations for the property are concluded. An agreement has been reached between the New York State Department of Corrections and Paul Smith's College, owner of the property. Clinton County and City of Plattsburgh sales-tax revenue totals have made what may be considered a dramatic jump this year, but officials have doubts about the trend continuing. The sale of the property of the former Berkeley Hotel is completed and efforts to develop the Saranac Lake property will begin immediately.
50 YEARS AGO — 1957
The S.S. Silverblatt Co. of New York City receives an extension on the deadline for signing a $27 million contract with the Department of Defense for construction of 1,685 Capehart Housing units at Plattsburgh Air Force Base. Six City of Plattsburgh attorneys, calling the case a "political football," refuse the request of South Acres-area residents to represent them in their fight to keep the Brissette housing development from going up in their neighborhood. Scheduled auction of Plattsburgh's Hotel Cumberland in a foreclosure action is deferred with an announcement that Plattsburgh interests have purchased the first mortgage from Albany Savings Bank. The purchasers are Robert Dudley and Norman Meyer. The first real taste of spring-like weather plus the long Easter weekend brought more than 43,000 Canadians across the border.
75 YEARS AGO — 1932
As soon as weather permits, work will start on the reconstruction of the Malone-Chateaugay state highway. The Oliver-Spellman Co. of Chateaugay has the contract, and it is expected 100 men will be employed. The Village of Ticonderoga plans to pave Champlain Avenue, one of its widest streets. The plan is to have grass and trees through the center of the street with paving on each side. While a number of cities in the state will adopt Daylight Savings Time at 2 o'clock Sunday, April 24, Plattsburgh will remain on Standard Time. Saranac Lake has organized a symphony orchestra of 23 musicians. It will be under the direction of R.G. Stratton of New York City.
100 YEARS AGO — 1907
The steamer Ticonderoga was completed during the past winter and is pronounced by experts the finest of her class ever on the lake. The Plattsburgh Concrete Co. commences work on the office of its new factory and what promises to be the foundation of one of the most important of Plattsburgh industries. Good progress on the construction of the Trinity Episcopal rectory in Plattsburgh is being made by contractors Pennington and Butler. The stonework is unique, a pleasing effect being obtained by irregularity in laying the blocks. It is hoped to have the walls completed in the early summer.— Compiled by Contributing Writer Sue Botsford, who can be reached at 834-7201 or