Century-old Ti — Adirondack health care

This is the latest in a series of posts about news reported a century ago in the Ticonderoga Sentinel.

Donations large and small were coming in to a $50,000 capital campaign to expand Moses Hospital.

Residents of outlying communities in the hospital’s service territory danced and socialized to raise funds, and a major Ticonderoga employer wrote a big check.

Ticonderoga Pulp and Paper Co. contributed $10,000 — the equivalent of $130,799 in 2020 dollars — and pledged a subsequent last-mile contribution of up to $10,000, as needed, to reach the $50,000 goal, which would trigger a matching $50,000 contribution from philanthropist Horace Moses, the Ticonderoga Sentinel reported on Oct. 14, 1920.

“The officers of this company view this (expansion) plan most favorably… Hoping that you will have no difficulty in raising the sum of $50,000,” said Thomas E. Warren, a paper company official.

Residents of Olmstedville raised $100 for the capital campaign at a dance.

The Putnam Grange contributed $100, plus an additional $38 that was raised at a social.

Elsewhere in the Adirondacks, the towns of Long Lake and Arietta were offering a $1,500 incentive payment to recruit a physician to open a practice in the two Hamilton County towns.

“A comfortable cottage has also been set aside for his use.”

In other Oct. 14, 1920 Ticonderoga Sentinel news:

“Quite a few from this village went over to Rutland Sunday to see the Rutland baseball team play the Boston Red Sox. It was a farce, however, rather than a ball game, the Big Leaguers winning 17–0.”

In other baseball news, American Graphite Co. hired John H. Sullivan of Mineville as new general superintendent of the company’s mine and mill at the Graphite hamlet in Hague.

“Mr. Sullivan is also widely known in this section as a baseball fan, having at one time held down first base for the Mineville team and was manager last season.”

Local basketball players Peter Wells, Herman Denton, Clarence Mattison and Tracy Miller returned for another season with The Buicks, and Harold Pinchin, a Ticonderoga police officer, was trying out for center after returning home from World War I.

“These players are the only ones to come out for practice so far, but a number of other promising candidates are expected to put on basketball togs within the next few days and make a try for the team.”

Workers at O.C. Johnson’s orchard in North Ticonderoga picked 1,400 bushels of McIntosh apples in the season.

The North Ticonderoga correspondent also had good news on the dairy front.

“Tom Cook had all of his cows tested for tuberculosis and finds he has a perfect herd.”

Mrs. Mortimer Y. Ferris, wife of the local state senator, was elected to the state board of directors of Daughters of the American Revolution.

Click here to read the most recent previous post in this series.

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Maury Thompson

Freelance history writer and documentary film producer from Ticonderoga, NY