Century-old Ti — ‘Ticonderoga Chautauqua’

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

“The weather is still warm and balmy and Jack Frost delays his coming,” The Ticonderoga Sentinel reported on Oct. 28, 1920. “Nearly all vegetables are gathered except turnips and late cabbage. Leaves are dying of old age and dropping off the trees.”

Meanwhile, plans were taking shape for a new Ticonderoga event the next summer.

“Ticonderoga will have a Chautauqua next summer,” the Sentinel reported.

The Chautauqua movement promoted adult education through a multi-day series of lectures, some times at local auditoriums and other times under tents.

The movement started with the Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly in 1874.

A representative of Community Chautauqua of Long Island entered a contract to organize the Ticonderoga event after local underwriters agreed to guarantee purchase of at least 500 tickets.

The five-day Ticonderoga event would have afternoon and evening sessions each day.

In other Oct. 28, 1920 Ticonderoga Sentinel news:

Fur prices dropped significantly.

“Adirondack trappers are in sack cloth and ashes because the goose which last winter gave them many golden eggs is dead.”

Excavation work was begun for the new Ticonderoga Machine Works foundry building.

The Society of Rebecca presented the play “Deacon Dubbs” a rural comedy in three acts, at Factoryville Hall in Crown Point on Oct. 26 and raised more than $92 — the equivalent of about $1,200 in 2020 dollars.

John Moore shot the first buck “around Chilson” of the hunting season on Oct. 25.

The Grange voted to make the chicken pie supper and vegetable exhibit an annual event.

“So keep it in mind next spring when you make your gardens and raise your chickens.”

There was a Cleveland tractor demonstration at Clyde Crammond’s farm on Oct. 25.

Piano students of Mrs. F.C. Pond of Crown Point gave a recital at the teacher’s home on Oct. 20.

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