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Bench donated to Dodge Memorial Library

ROUSES POINT Dodge Memorial Library in Rouses Point has a new granite bench that memorializes a familys life in the village siblings still call home. Members of the Furman family, who for decades lived on Maple Street, returned to Rouses Point recently to donate a memorial bench to the library they frequented as children. My parents, Harry and Dorothy, walked or drove by the library many times (often daily), said Jan Furman, who now lives in Westwood, N.J. As kids we rode our bikes by there to go to the store our parents owned and to the beach, she added. The library was a resting spot for us, and in fact we belonged to the library, it was one of our favorite places to go. Dorothy was born in Plattsburgh, and it was there at the beach that she met Harry, who was stationed in the city with the Army Air Corps of Engineers. They married in 1941, but Harry was deployed to Pearl Harbor shortly afterward. Dorothy lived with her parents for the six years Harry was away. Upon his return, the couple moved to Rouses Point, where they lived from 1947 until they passed away, she in 2004, and he in 2007. It was then that they used money Dorothy had inherited from an uncle to open Furmans Department Store on Lake Street. They lived in an upstairs apartment until 1950, when they moved into their Cape Cod-style home on Maple Street. In 1952 they moved their department store to a larger building located near the old Holland Hotel, which recently was lost to fire. The Furmans had three children, Marvin, who lives in Washington, Rick, who lives in Beaconsfield near Montreal, and Jan. I always loved returning home, Jan, a 1970 graduate of Champlain Central said. In each of the past 37 years I returned five, six, seven times a year we all loved coming home. They (our parents) were very much involved in the community. Dad was at one time the president of the Chamber of Commerce, he held the highest rank possible in the Masons, he was a commander in the American Legion and served as president of the Champlain Central PSO (parent organization). Mom was a member of the Eastern Star and was also a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. Thats why we decided to have a granite bench made and place it there (on the grounds of the library), in memory of our parents who so loved living in Rouses Point.

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