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•50 Years Ago - May, 1909•

Warrensburg Fairgrounds grandstand burns

The historic grandstand at the Warrensburg fairgrounds burned to the ground May 31, 1959 in an early morning fire. Maurice Ashe, owner of the property, now known as Ashland Park, said the damage was about $25,000.

The first siren was sounded about 4:30 a.m. The fire had made such headway, however, that the building could not be saved. Firemen managed to keep the flames from spreading to the adjoining buildings and woods.

(Note...Ashland Park was located behind Ashe's Hotel where a subdivision now exists. The fairgrounds were present as early as 1888 when Maurice Ashe's father, Henry Ashe bought the hotel and that the Warren County Agricultural Society held their fairs there until 1929. Maurice Ashe, whose family owned the hotel for 84 years, died in 1972.)

Pasco's Hardware Store mobbed

D.E. Pasco & Son, Inc., hardware store, 106 River Street (now Curtis Lumber), gave away free ten baby chicks each to the first 350 adult people who walked through their door May 22, 1959 starting at 8 a.m. More than 400 people showed up at this campaign to promote Eshelman's Red Rose Feeds ,but the supply was soon exhausted. Members of the store's staff were Bud Olden, Mack Ovitt, Morg Crandall, Del Pasco, Keith Duell, Jim Morehouse and Al Wilson.

Anti-Northway war waged

Opponents of the Adirondack Northway now proposed are already gearing up for the upcoming election by distributing their negative literature through Boy Scout troops and Garden Clubs in New York City. Boy Scouts are being indoctrinated against the Northway and are being asked to tell their parents to vote "No" when the referendum comes up for a vote before the people next November.

Nathan Proller of Glens Falls told members of the Committee for the Adirondack Northway at their meeting in Lake Placid that funds must be raised immediately to educate the voters of the importance of the Northway and assure them that no grave damage will be done to the forest preserve.

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