Century-old Ti: Steamboat season ends, basket ball begins

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

It was a change of seasons, marked not by nature but by transportation and recreational activity.

“Local basketball fans, after many months of waiting, will have an opportunity to limber up their lungs tonight, when the home team stacks up against Mineville on the Playhouse court,” the Ticonderoga Sentinel reported on Nov. 18, 1920.

“The locals will start with Denton and Easton as forwards, Wilde and Donovan as guards, and Mattison as center.”

A post-game dance was to be held at the Playhouse.

The “Ticonderoga Five” had started their season on the road Nov. 5 at Glens Falls, losing to St. Alphonsus 26–34.

The Steamer Ticonderoga on Nov. 14 made a special trip to deliver freight to Montcalm Landing, the day before the steamboat was stored at Shelburne, Vt. for the winter.

The Ticonderoga’s last regular run between Plattsburgh and Burlington for the season was on Nov. 13.

“The steamer is in excellent condition and will require little repairs except for the customary painting inside and out.”

In other Mov. 18, 1920 Ticonderoga Sentinel news:

Black Watch Memorial Library raised $455 — the equivalent of nearly $6,000 in 2020 dollars — in a special campaign launched with a challenge grant from Sarah Thompson Pell of Fort Ticonderoga.

Other donors exceeded Mrs. Pell’s offer to match up to $200 in other contributions.

Other donors contributed from $1 to $25 each, including a $25 contribution from husband Stephen Thompson Pell.

Mrs. Pell’s contribution was in addition to her regular $100 annual contribution to the library.

Three inches of snow fell at Ironville on Nov. 15, and there was a heavy rain the next day.

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

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