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Henry Griffing, President of the fair, said in his introduction, ”Pardon me if I make what may appear to you to be a personal allusion…38 years ago I became associated with a number of gentlemen in perfecting the organization of this (fair) association and purchase of the property. My interest since in its welfare has never been abated. All have passed the Great Divide save three, Isaac Woodward, Albert Thomas and myself.”

When Gov. Dix stood up to make a lengthy speech, he was greeted by a hearty round of applause which lasted for a full five minutes. In his speech, he mentioned that $45 million was annually collected from the people for the maintenance of this great state. The sum of $8,656,000 is used annually for the care of the unfortunate of the state and $8,500,000 is used for industrial purposes. $250,000 is divided among the county and state fairs.

In closing Gov. Dix said, “I advise you to make use of every inch of your soil, so that it will be better to hand down to future generations. When you do this, you do your share to make your state permanently better in health and permanently better in wealth.”

After a roaring round of applause, the governor shook hands with those who approached him and than he passed to his automobile with his secretary and nephew and returned to Lake George. The fair than went merrily on its way. (Note: Gov. Dix, a Democrat, was born in 1860 to James Lawton and Laura Stevens Dix in Glens Falls. Dix Avenue in that city is named for him. He died in 1928.)

Animals strut their stuff

The racing program at the fair included many trotting horses, favorites among which were Charles Baker’s horses, Frank A. and Lady Helle from Bakers Mills and Belcher Squires’s horse, Aristides Jr., from Lake George. Present also were Don Mack and John O., both owned by George R. Russell of Lake George. L.T. West’s horse, Inola and B.F. Hammond’s horse, William M., both from Warrensburgh.

Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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