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Pillars of the Community - dedicated individuals who helped

It may only be when they pass away that their achievements are lauded. In this first in a series of articles featuring residents of Mooers, you will be introduced to four remarkable individuals teeming with enthusiasm and a deep commitment to community. The youngest of three sons, Paul Vogan was born on June 15, 1910 in Sandy Lake, Penn., to Harvey and Verna Vogan. He attended grammar and high school there before going on to earn a bachelors degree in science and math from Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y., where he was also involved in athletics, including basketball, tennis, and setting records in track and field. He was recently elected to the Houghton Athletic Hall of Fame. Paul came to Mooers in 1932 to teach math and science at the high school there. In 1935, he became vice principal. He went on to receive a masters degree in education from Syracuse University in 1940. Four years later, he became district principal of Mooers Central School. He retired in 1970. He met Betty Fordon at Mooers High School where she taught freshman through senior English from 1934 to 1937. Betty was born on Nov. 27, 1912, in Geneva, N.Y., to George and Louise Fordon. Like Paul, she also had two siblingsa brother and a sister. She attended a one-room school house, then Geneva High School. She studied English and French at Genevas William Smith College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She took library courses at Geneseo State Teachers College as well. Also athletic, Betty played basketball, softball, and field hockey. The Vogans married in June of 1937. They have five childrenRobert, John, Carolyn, James, and Pamelatwelve grandchildren and twenty-six great-grandchildren. Retired from full-time teaching, Betty substitute-taught in area schools and was the librarian at Mooers Free Library from 1948 to 1988. Mildred Waddell was one of three children born in Mooers to Ralph and Mabel Lamberton. She attended grammar and high school in Mooers where she played basketball, participated in plays and other school activities. She attended Houghton College where she majored in education. She received her masters in social administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Mildred taught for a couple of years then substituted before taking a supervisory job at the Clinton County Department of Public Services, a position she held for 34 years before retiring in 1975. I loved every minute of it, she said. I worked with adoption. A great field, helping people and helping children. Mildred was married to Roland Waddell, her second husband, and has a son, Wayne, from her first marriage. She also has two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. One of four children, Mary Hogle was born in1917 in Mooers, to George and Susan Kingsbury, who were originally from Canada. She spent her earliest years in a small school on North Star Road. When she was in the 8th grade, she went to school in Mooers, where she played basketball, at center, until her father found out and made her stop. She still supported the team, though. I remember Freddie Miller and I were the first cheerleaders in Mooers, she said. Mary attended Plattsburgh Normal School and received her certification in elementary education. She began her teaching career in 1940 in West Chazy. She remembers food rationing at the school. I had to do it for all the families there, she said. We had to declare all the sugar we had. You could only have so much stuff on hand. Mary also bought food, prepared it at home and brought it in the next day for the students, who were appreciative, she said. She went on to teach at Cannons Corners around 1949, and retired in 1975. It was the time we had the first flu shot epidemic, she said. And I went down and encouraged people to get the shot. And that was when they had a bad batch. Some people ended up in wheelchairs. I was sorry that I had encouraged people. In June of 1941, she married Darrel (Linn) Hogle and they had five sons, Patrick, who passed away in 1990, Darrel, Robert, Michael, and Hugh. Linn passed away in 1999. Memories Betty remembers the many friends she made while working at the library and attending Mooers Wesleyan Church. Mary remembers walking to school. We didnt have any buses, Mary said. We never got a ride. There was nobody ever going to Mooers. Unless she could make it to Route 11 in time to catch a ride with a teacher, she walked. Some of those walks could be mighty cold, too. The first year I taught there, temperatures got as low as minus thirty degrees, Paul Vogan recalled. and I walked to school from the George Stevenson residence on Champlain Street where I boarded and roomed. Snow above the telephone wires along the roads. There were fun times, too, growing up in Mooers. My father played violin so we used to dance a lot, Mary said. We had neighbors who would come in and dance. And wed skate and slide. She also enjoyed horseback riding whenever one of the work horses was available. Mary used her mothers horse to ride and sell cloverine salve for a quarter. Mildred was involved with the Epworth League, a Methodist youth group. They met weekly at the church and socialized, skating and playing cards. She also enjoyed making ice cream with her cousin who, she remembers, would pull out the ladle and lick it. People enjoyed living then more than they do now, I think, Mildred said. It was more easy and comfortable. But conflicts were inevitable and the people tucked in this small town felt the effects. I can remember when I was growing up during the First World War, I used to be scared to death that my father would be drafted, but he wasnt, Mildred said. Marys husband, Linn, was drafted, though, in 1944. She stayed with her sister in West Chazy who took care of her son while Mary was working as a teacher at the school there. A short time later, Linn was sent home by a shot in the leg. The people of Mooers also felt the affects of the Depression differently. It was very bad, Mary said. During that time, my sister and I had Scarlet Fever. We were quarantined three weeks. But, her mother made quilts out of white milk strainers and had a garden. Mildreds family had a garden as well, and her father sold machinery. Pauls father had a grocery store in Pennsylvania, and Betty grew up on a dairy farm. So they had sufficient sources of food. People would come along, walking and begging for food, Mildred said. But me personally, it didnt affect very much, I dont think. Over the years, residents have witnessed significant changes in Mooers. Many years ago Mooers had trains, Betty said. There used to be a grocery store and meat market right in the village. When we moved here, about 20 years ago, there was one trailerthat was it, Mary said. On Route 11, Mooers extends to the campground now. There used to be a lot of stores and the people changed, Mildred added. It used to be more conservative than it is now. Civic Involvement The Vogans, Mildred and Mary have all contributed significantly to their communities. Paul Vogan served as chairman of the Great Chazy River Dam Committee, secretary for Mooers Industries, and member of the Watson Memorial Senior Housing Board of Directors. He established boys and girls track & field events involving competition with other schools and was a Boy Scout Master for 10 years. He and Betty were active at Mooers Camp as well as the Wesleyan Church. They were members of the Good Fellowship Club, and Paul played piano. Betty served as secretary-treasurer of Wesleyan Women for 40 years and taught Sunday School. This list could go on and on. The Vogans are quite wonderful people that have had a great impact upon this community over the years, said Pastor John Gillette of Mooers Wesleyan Church. He never missed a meeting, Mooers Town Historian Carol Nedeau said of Pauls dedication as Chairman of the Mooers Bicentennial Committee. He was always looking positive at things and looking at the future and seeing where we could improve things, said Steve Drown, Mooers Camp President. They were just pillars of the community and we lost a very nice couple when they moved. Mary Hogle has done her share for the community, as well. She collects money for the Red Cross, as well as cancer research, the American Heart Association and area food shelves. She belonged to the Home Bureau and is a current member of Order of the Eastern Star and the New York State Retired Teachers Association. She originally attended the Methodist church in Perrys Mills, before it closed. She is credited with helping to get the three congregationsPerrys Mills, Rouses Point and Champlaintogether to form Three Steeples Church in Champlain, of which she is an active member. Their ladies group also met weekly to make things to sell at bazaars and went out on money hunts to raise funds for the project. Shes a very bright, strong woman, said John Southwick, M.D., a long-time friend of Marys. She can hold her own in any situation. Mildred is involved in the Mooers United Methodist Church and has served on committees, including the one that initiated the Watson Memorial Senior Housing in Mooers. So, what influenced these individuals to help others? I grew up that way, influenced by family and friends, Paul said. I dont know for sure why I like to do it, Mary added. I just like to be doing things for somebody. And what advice would they give to others about being civic-minded? I think they should participate in whatever they can in the community, Mildred said. Pay attention to what is happening in local and national government and vote, Paul added. Donate money to worthwhile organizations. The Present Paul and Betty Vogan now reside in an assisted living facility in the Rochester area. Paul enjoys getting acquainted with other residents, watching television, exercising, and taking in entertainment events provided by the facility. Betty enjoys reading, writing in her diary, playing Scrabble and tile dominoes with other residents, and visiting with family and friends. They miss Mooers, but were able to come back last year to attend a Mooers Alumni dinner. Mary Hogle, living in Mooers, likes traveling, gardening, taking pictures, and old cars. She has a 1962 Tempest which is being refurbished. Mildred Waddell, also in Mooers, enjoys cooking, reading, and associating with people.

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