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Warrensburgh undertaker Berry W. Woodward came to remove Lavery’s body to his funeral parlor and later in the day he was taken to his home at 63 Hudson St. where his body laid in state in the same parlor where Mrs. John G. Smith had lain many years earlier. Charles E. Lavery, 80, was buried in West Pawlet, Vt.

Burton was the next owner

I lived in Lake George during winter 1957 and it was a total ghost town there at night. One light always shining in the darkness was at the Sky Harbor Restaurant, on the north corner of Canada St. and Beach Road, which was run by “Mac” McGowan. On occasional evenings I’d sit there and talk with Douglas Burton, a quiet man who was knowledgeable and a fine conversationalist.

Doug was born in Lake George Nov. 3, 1906 and graduated from Glens Falls High School in 1926. He was a wealthy, well known and a respected businessman. He and his brother Harmel T. Burton owned The Antlers hotel on the Rte. 9N, the Marine Village motel in Lake George, Hotel Madden in Glens Falls and the Burton Equipment south on Rte. 9. At one time Doug was a director of the First National Bank of Lake George, vice-president of Lake George Marine Industries and an active member of the Lake George Chamber of Commerce.

Florida enterprise

In 1956 the brothers had purchased the Marlin Beach Hotel at Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fla. I heard it was a real money pit. Doug felt that he needed to liquidate his holdings here and possibly move to Florida to make a success of the big Marlin Beach project. He said it saddened him greatly that he would have to sell his Warrensburg home, the Smith house at 63 Hudson St. in order to move on as his wife loved the house dearly and was happy there.

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

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