Century-old Ti — bread ‘in a twinkling’

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

Wilson Brothers bakery in Ticonderoga a century ago installed new state-of-the-art machinery capable of molding 60 loaves of bread a minute, enabling the bakery to turn out 1,200 loaves a day, baking in four batches.

“The new machine is a Union brand molder and, as a time and labor saving device, it is a wonder,” the Ticonderoga Sentinel reported on Sept. 23, 1920. “The dough is put in at one end of the machine, and, in a twinkling, it comes out the other end molded into shape for a loaf and ready for the baking tin.”

In other Sept.23, 1920 Ticonderoga Sentinel news:

The Essex County Tuberculosis Committee hired Margaret Byrnes of Waterford to supervise a new initiative to reduce the spread of tuberculosis in the county.

Byrnes had eight years of experience in public health nursing.

“Miss Byrne’s first work will be a general survey of the county and she already has made a start, beginning yesterday in the town of Willsboro. She will visit every town in the county this fall for the purpose of making a thorough investigation of conditions, and upon conclusion of her tour will report her findings to the committee together with a plan for staving the spread of tuberculosis in the county.”

The committee had a budget of $1,400 — the equivalent of about $18,200 in 2020 dollars — from the county share of the sale of Christmas Seals the previous winter.

Automobile dealer E.F. Huestis sold state Sen. Mortimer Y. Ferris, R-Ticonderoga, a “handsome Stutz touring car” just before Ferris traveled to Albany for a fall special session on housing.

After serving in World War I, Elmer Dolbeck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Dolbeck of Ticonderoga, re-enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was attending electrical engineering school at Hampton Roads, Va.

Mrs. Breyear won a “handsome basket” and Samuel Varney a pair of silk socks at the first of a series of bi-weekly whist parties that ladies of the Episcopal Church of the Cross organized.

“It was a very enjoyable and successful event, the ladies clearing about forty-five dollars,” the equivalent of about $585 in 2020 dollars.

About 50 people attended a party at the home of Mark Wright at White Church in Crown Point on Sept. 17.

“A pleasant time is reported.”

The Ticonderoga High School Senior Class elected Mary Wickes president, Marion Wood vice president and William Jeffers secretary/treasurer.

Richard Taft and Catherine Hopkins were elected editors of the “School Notes” column published weekly in the Ticonderoga Sentinel.

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

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Maury Thompson

Freelance history writer and documentary film producer from Ticonderoga, NY