Century-old Ti — Merrymaking until midnight

Maury Thompson
2 min readApr 25, 2020


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

Nearly 350 attended a picnic supper and entertainment at Ticonderoga Central School on April 14, 1920 that realized $127.89 — the equivalent of $1,626 in 2020 dollars — for improvements to the school building and gymnasium.

After the meal, high school students presented a program of vocal solos, folk dancing and a minstrel show.

At 9 p.m., Wiley’s orchestra provided music for dancing in the gymnasium, which was decorated with purple and gold bunting.

“At twelve the last of the merry makers vended their way homeward, well pleased with an evening so filled with amusement,” the Ticonderoga Sentinel reported on April 22.

On First Street, 17 friends attended the seventh birthday part of Spencer Neddeau on April 17.

“With plenty of games and delicious refreshments, the little ones had the finest of good times.”

Also on April 17, the Ticonderoga High School baseball team opened its season on the road, defeating Silver Bay 11–7.

Members of the Buick Six basketball team were looking to organize a baseball team for the coming season, with Peter Wells as coach.

“All local players are urged by him and interested fans to turn out and give Ticonderoga a winner in this great sport.”

Bailey Music Rooms of Burlington, a chain of 14 music stores, opened a branch store at the former Joubert restaurant building on West Exchange Street in Ticonderoga.

“In charge of J.W. Adams, the company is displaying a large stock of pianos, players, talking machines, etc., and start with a fine business.”

The Thirteen Club, a social organization, donated a dozen cans of sauce and “a bunch” of linen to Moses Hospital.

“The cloth is particularly acceptable as it is difficult to keep a sufficient supply of linen on hand.”

The Bert Anderson family was the fifth family to move into the new Ticonderoga Pulp & Paper Co. houses on Lake George Avenue.

Ed Martell left his job at Taft’s Barbershop to go to work at Ticonderoga Pulp & Paper Co.

The Country Store received a rail car load of potatoes which the store was selling for $4 a bushel.

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



Maury Thompson

Freelance history writer and documentary film producer from Ticonderoga, NY