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Turning Back the Pages 1-22-11

Racing returns to area

Harness racing on ice, which flourished in this area some 50 years ago at the turn of the century, will be revived on Jan. 15, 1961 on a track that has been laid out on the Hudson River at the Thousand Acres Ranch. The track is 1/4-mile long and follows the Warrensburg-Stony Creek Road.

Former Sheriff Dick Baker of Warrensburg, an old hand at the track, will be one of the judges. Prime mover of the project is Stewart T. Potter of Glens Falls. Twelve owners have agreed to enter their horses and many more are expected. No admission fee will be charged.

Fire races through lumber mill

Fire caused considerable damage to a filing building and also to a chipping plant and saw mill at the R.J. Sweet Lumber mill in North Warrensburg. The blaze was discovered by night watchman Dallas Vaughn.

When firemen, under the direction of Chief C. Walton Stone arrived, the chipping plant was a mass of flames. Firemen were hampered by sub-zero weather which froze their hoses. Water to fight the blaze was brought in by a pump truck and was also obtained from the Millington Brook, about one-half mile from the fire scene.

Supervisors re-elect Lee Orton

The Warren County Board of Supervisors re-elected Warrensburg Supervisor Lee R. Orton as chairman. This will be his fourth term.

Warrensburg Justice of the Peace Loran Hoffman was elected president of the Warren County Magistrates Association. Justice of the Peace Fred J. DeVries was named vice-president. Earl Steves of Chestertown was re-elected secretary-treasurer.

Maurice Ashe was elected president of the Richards Library. Delbert H. Pasco was elected church warden at the Church of the Holy Cross. Lee R. Orton, Nelson Meader and Edward M.P. Magee are vestrymen. (Note ... Mr. Magee, who played the organ brilliantly at the Church of the Holy Cross was the husband of Grace (Merrill Lown) Magee, for whom Grace's Restaurant is today named.)

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