Century-old Ti — Don’t shave too soon
This is the latest in a series of posts about news reported a century ago in the Ticonderoga Sentinel.
“Last Friday the people of this burg made a big mistake. They thought spring was here,” the Graphite correspondent reported in the Ticonderoga Sentinel on March 11, 1920.
Several families that had traveled to visit relatives or friends were stranded out of town due to an unexpected storm, and George Davis, who stayed home at the mining hamlet in Hague, shaved off his winter beard.
March came in with more that a roar in a surprise storm that started as rain on Friday, March 5 and turned to sleet and eventually dumped from 12 to 16 inches of snow on the region over the weekend.
“King Winter is Dying Hard,” the Sentinel headline proclaimed.
Most roads were closed until Tuesday, and trains on the Addison branch of the Rutland Railroad between Fort Ticonderoga and Lesicester, Vt. were canceled indefinitely.
“The track is blocked with snow and the railroad’s two snowplows are out of commission, one being broken and the other being off the rails.”
Ticonderoga Highway Superintendent Rosco Smith was in a foul mood.
“If any person had the temerity to sing or recite ‘Snow, Beautiful Snow,’ in the presence of Superintendent of Highways Rosco Smith, he would probably have a scrap on his hands forthwith.”
The Chilson correspondent was discouraged.
“The most we have to record this winter is cold, storms and sickness. At least 16 inches more of snow fell last Friday night and Saturday, after the first thaw since Thanksgiving. It makes old folks like us wish we could join the colony in Florida or any other warm country.”
Crown Point neighbors realized the situation could be worse when Grace McIntyre gave a talk about her work as Red Cross chief nurse in Siberia.
Her tales included being fed raw fish.
“Miss McIntyre states that some of us would find some of the quality of food used by these foreign people far from inviting.”
McIntyre, the sister of S.L. McIntyre of Crown Point, was set to leave March 13 for a new assignment, either at East Russia or the Balkans.
“When she arrives in one of these places she will have completed her tour of the world, although, unlike Jules Verne, her circuit of the earth has taken more than eighty days. Her many friends in this section will be greatly pleased to hear of her success.”
William Treadway received an uplift on March 4, the evening before the storm, when his Streetroad neighbors celebrated his birthday.
“There were about thirty present. Ice cream and cake were served, the birthday cake being a very pretty one with 59 candles and holders.”
The same evening The Buick Six basketball team of Ticonderoga, playing at home, defeated The Chandlers of Plattsburgh 59 to 29.
“At the end of the first half, the Buicks were on the big end of a 25 to 16 score. Outplaying their opponents in every branch of the game, it became merely a question of how big a score they would roll up.”
A high school basketball game between Ticonderoga and Silver Bay scheduled for Friday was canceled due to the storm, but bowling went on as usual at the Ticonderoga alleys.
The Wigwam bowling team defeated the Rex team 2,758 to 2,677.
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