•50 Years Ago - May, 1909•

The ice was out the week of May 7, 1959 and the fishing was fine in the last of the 298 remote Adirondack ponds and lakes stocked by the Conservation Department six months ago with 480,000 speckled trout, all dropped from the air.

Warrensburg's economic progress lauded

A letter from Governor Nelson Rockefeller was received in Warrensburg dated April 29, 1959 commending Albert Emerson, Robert Hall, Marcus Bruce and Fred DeVries for their parts in bringing the Warrensburg Manufacturing Co. to town to produce men's shirts at the old Warrensburg Shirt Factory, at a time when industry and jobs are so badly needed here to promote economic growth in this town of growing population. The Shirt Factory had been shut down for nearly a year.

(The shirt factory later became the dress factory, which hosted the famed Outlet Barn factory outlet retail store on the first floor - The Outlet Barn, considered one of the early trendsetters for factory outlet shopping, lasted about a quarter-century, long after the dress factory closed. When the Outlet Barn closed down, the first floor hosted an auction house for several years. It was was vacant for a long time afterward before its extensive rehabilitation into River Street Plaza beginning last year.)

Town boys injured in accident

Orson "Larry" Richards, son of MacLaren Richards of Warrensburg, was in the Cortland Memorial Hospital for 18 days as a result of injuries received April 30, 1959 at Curler, NY. He sustained two cracked vertebrae and four broken ribs in the crash that occurred when Henry Brown, of Truxton, smashed head-on into the car occupied by him and five other Ithaca College students. Larry will be in a brace for several months. Henry Brown was killed in the accident.

Roscoe Hastings, son of Willis Hastings of Warrensburg, was also injured in the crash. He suffered lacerations of his forehead and right knee and was treated at the hospital and released to return to his studies.

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