In 1759 The French relinquish Fort Ticonderoga in New York to the British under Gen. Jeffrey Amherst. Fort Ticonderoga as seen from Lake Champlain.

Looking backward

The north

10 years ago

July 26, 2009: St. Lawrence Gas officials on Monday will ask the St. Lawrence County Legislature to help fund a $450,000 environmental study to expand the company’s pipeline into Franklin County. The bulk of the pipeline expansion is in Franklin County, but it will extend natural gas service to the towns of Brasher, Stockholm, Lawrence and Norfolk in St. Lawrence County. The company estimates service could be offered to 4,000 additional customers.

25 years ago

July 26, 1994: David G. Cheney, who owns Cheney Tire with his brother, Thomas J. Cheney, said they are planning to clear out 9,000 square feet of the 11,000-square-foot hardware store on State Street over the next two weeks to make room for tires. The remaining space will be devoted to sale and repair of power equipment, such as lawnmowers and snowblowers, and the auto service center and auto accessories business will remain.

50 years ago

July 26, 1969: A 19 year old man from Adams pleaded innocent in justice court to a charge of criminal impersonation after he was accused of wearing a marine sergeant’s uniform without authorization Friday night. Authorities said the man, in order to win a bet, wore the uniform in Duggan’s restaurant at Adams. He was committed to the Jefferson county jail in lieu of $500 bail.

75 years ago

July 26, 1944: After residing for the past 38 years in Ottawa, Ont., Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Pulling, who were among Tupper Lake’s pioneer settlers, have returned to Tupper Lake and will make their home in the former Murray residence in Moody Road.

100 years ago

July 26, 1919: Capt. and Mrs. Walter B. Massey, former residents of Watertown, who have lived in Fort Wayne, Ind. since 1908, will return to Watertown to make their home here. Mr. Massey will again become associated with his brother Frank L. Massey, in the Massey Machine company.

125 years ago

July 26, 1894: A large dog was accidentally imprisoned in the cigar store of C. A. Marrian Tuesday night. When Fred Mount arrived to open the store the next morning it presented the appearance of having been raided by Coxey’s army. Cigars and broken pipes were strewn around promiscuously, the dog having held a war dance during the night.

150 years ago

July 26, 1869: There has been an organ-grinder on the American corner to-day, who has made a large number of people wish they had been born deaf.

The world

1775: The Continental Congress establishes a postal system for the colonies with Benjamin Franklin as the first postmaster general.

1847: Liberia becomes the first African colony to become an independent state.

1848: The French army suppresses the Paris uprising.

1920: The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, giving women the right to vote.

1948: In an Executive Order, President Harry Truman calls for the end of discrimination and segregation in the U.S. armed forces.

2005: The shuttle Discovery launches on mission STS-114, marking a return to space after the shuttle Columbia crash of 2003.

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