Century-old Ti — Dirty street lights

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

A polite nudge from the hometown newspaper can sometimes prompt officials to tend to neglected maintenance.

“Though spring and cleaning up time are a long way off, nevertheless it wouldn’t do any harm if the street light globes were relieved of their accumulation of dirt. As they are now, somebody is liable to bump into one of the lamp posts some dark night,” the Ticonderoga Sentinel editorialized on Feb. 3, 1921.

Sentinel editors were proud of new evidence of prestige that the community gained when undertaker M.J. Wilcox purchased a Buick automotive hearse from H.F. Huestis.

“A hearse of this kind is something the village has needed for a long time, as, heretofore, when one was required it had to be obtained from Crown Point or Port Henry.”

In other Feb. 3, 1921 Ticonderoga Sentinel news:

Susie Burleigh won a box of cigars at a card party on Feb. 1 that the Ladies Sodality Society of St. Mary’s Church held at Weed’s Hall.

A half ton of coal, a case of baked beans, 25 pounds of sugar and a dressed chicken were among the dozens of other prizes.

The event had 57 tables and raised $250 — the equivalent of $3,539 in 2021 dollars.

The Ticonderoga High School basketball team, in a road game, defeated Sherman Collegiate Institute of Moriah 40–15 on Jan. 28.

“The game was too one-sided to be interesting,” the Sentinel reported. “After the game the two teams enjoyed coffee and sandwiches, furnished by the Moriah people.”

Robert Means Thompson, father of Sarah Gibbs Thompson Pell of Fort Ticonderoga, was re-elected president of the New York State Forestry Association.

Nora Kelly of Factoryville attended the New York State Lumber Dealers’ Association convention at Utica.

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