Century-old Ti — “Inventive Genius”

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

In Washington, D.C., the engineer for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing was known as B.R. Stickney.

But in his former hometown of Ticonderoga, and at his birthplace of Moriah Center, “one one of the greatest American inventive geniuses” was known as Rollin Stickney.

Stickney and his wife and son visited at Ticonderoga for a few days on their way to Montreal, the Ticonderoga Sentinel reported on Sept. 9. 1920.

“As has been noted in these columns before, Mr. Stickney perfected the wonderful machine used for printing postage stamps, the machine for printing paper for currency, and other labor and time-saving machines used by this and foreign governments.”

In other Sept. 9, 1920 Ticonderoga Sentinel news:

Aviator B. D. Chamberlain, who had been offering airplane rides at Ticonderoga for a few weeks “went up against hard luck” Sept. 4 on a flight with Milo S. King as a passenger.

A valve on the plane blew in flight back from Port Henry on Saturday, Sept. 4 and Chamberlain had to ease the plane the rest of the way to the landing field at Fort Ticonderoga with reduced engine power.

“It was not until late Sunday afternoon that the trouble was remedied and he could resume flights,” the Sentinel reported. “Quite a number took air rides with the genial aviator, who has made many friends in Ticonderoga.”

The Ticonderoga Papermakers semi-professional baseball team won four of five games in a Thursday-Monday Labor Day weekend stretch.

On September 2, Ticonderoga lost 1–0 to Port Henry on the road.

“It was a pitchers’ battle between Costello (of Ti) and Kuhnert, with honors about even.”

Johnny Gilbo scored the winning run for Port Henry.

On Sept. 3 Ticonderoga defeated Lake Placid 6–5 at home, and on Sept. 4 defeated Saranac Lake 2–0 on the road.

On Sept. 6 Ticonderoga won both games of a Labor Day double header against the All-Troys at home 11–9 and 6–0.

The first game was played during “a steady drizzle.”

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



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Maury Thompson

Maury Thompson


Freelance history writer and documentary film producer from Ticonderoga, NY