President Zachary Taylor dies in office at the age of 65 on this day in 1850.

Looking backward

The north

10 years ago

July 9, 2009: Northern New York communities will receive about $3.6 million in economic stimulus funds, mostly for rural fire and highway departments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Wednesday. The money is part of a third round of rural development projects the department announced in connection with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The biggest item for the north country is $1.4 million for the town of Parishville highway garage.

25 years ago

July 9, 1994: The Household Merit Inc. furniture store chain is listed as being for sale in an advertisement in a national magazine, but owner William M. Baker said the likelihood of it being sold is very low. “Household Merit is absolutely, positively committed to continuing in the furniture business in upstate New York,” Mr. Baker said Friday. According to the large ad, placed in the July 4 edition of Furniture Today, the price for the chain is $5 million.

50 years ago

July 9, 1969: Shipping buffs along the St. Lawrence Seaway have been treated to the sight of an unusual tow in the past few days. The old Erie Queen, which ran for years at the Mackinac Island ferry, is being towed down to Montreal, enroute to New York for use as a floating restaurant.

75 years ago

July 9, 1944: The No. 4 fire station, Lillian street, which has been in operation as part of the city’s fire department since 1908, was closed today for the duration as a war-time measure because of the manpower shortage. Men and equipment at the station have been re-assigned to the other three stations. The Watertown fire department at present is operating with 39 men and officers — nine short of the regular complement.

100 years ago

July 9, 1919: Preparations are rapidly being consummated and all Antwerp will be in readiness to take part tomorrow in the formal dedication of the Crosby Public Library which will make up one of the red letter days in the history of the village. All stores will close between 4 and 5 in the afternoon, and after 8 for the remainder of the evening, flags will fly from business places and from homes and the village in general will put on gala attire.

125 years ago

July 9, 1894: The North Watertown rural cemetery has been beautified by the addition of a new fence and a few coats of paint. The grounds have also been graded and repaired, under the management of Sexton George Carpenter.

150 years ago

July 9, 1869: House and lot for sale — The new and splendid house on corner of Baker and Washington Streets has water, gas, furnace, and everything modern. Large lot, good new barn. Price $6,5000, terms easy. — Geo. W. Flower

The world

1850: U.S. President Zachary Taylor dies in office at the age of 65. He is succeeded by Millard Fillmore.

1900: The Commonwealth of Australia is established by an act of British Parliament, uniting the separate colonies under a federal government.

1942: Anne Frank and her family go into hiding in the attic above her father’s office in an Amsterdam warehouse.

1943: American and British forces make an amphibious landing on Sicily.

1971: The United States turns over complete responsibility of the Demilitarized Zone to South Vietnamese units.

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