•50 Years Ago - July, 1959•

Popular governor eyeing presidency

The Rockefeller-for-President movement, although not yet of sufficient size to be called a boom, has picked up steam. Many Warrensburg voters believe that if he seeks the Republican nomination he can win it. He is very popular in this area because of his support of the Adirondack Northway. The New York governor has a habit of getting what he wants. (Note: Rockefeller failed to get the nomination in 1960 and failed again two more times after that. He finally served as Vice-President from 1974 to 1977 under President Gerald Ford.)

Fire destroys Northeastern Products mill

The plant of the Northeastern Products Corp., at North Warrensburg, was destroyed by fire Saturday June 27, 1959. The fire, believed to have been started by spontaneous ignition in the one-story frame structure, spread rapidly despite the efforts of volunteer firemen from Warrensburg, Chestertown and Lake George. The firemen were able to save the Robert J. Sweet sawmill and lumber yard nearby. A truck was driven out of the burning building, but little other equipment was saved. The company manufactures sweeping compound and is owned by Roger Muller and Eugene Schiavi.

New business venture

Speed Wash, America's newest laundry sensation, opened its doors June 29, 1959 at 11 Richards Ave. in Warrensburg Owned by Ed and Ann Hunter, Speed Wash offers a battery of coin-operated automatic washers and giant capacity wrinkle free dryers, as well as coin changers, soap vendors, folding tables and chairs for customer convenience. It takes only a quarter to run the washing machine and a dime to use the dryer. (Note: This is now the Warrensburg Laundry, now owned by David and Chuck Mineo. The Hunters retired decades ago to Florida.)

Journal writer publishes poetry book

"Grains of Salt," a book of poems by Kay McKay of Warrensburg, came off the presses of Dorrance & Company, publishers, the week of July 2, 1959. McKay, who is a frequent contributor of poems to The Warrensburg News, has made her home here since 1955, and is employed as bookkeeper at Hickey Ford Sales, 22 Main Street (now Warren Ford-Mercury). Her poems range from whimsically gay to the devout. Her hobby is the culture of roses.

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