Looking backward 2

Looking backward

The north

10 years ago

June 4, 2009: After having disappeared for several years, rabies is again surfacing in St. Lawrence County. A raccoon from the town of Hammond tested positive for the disease May 20. Public Health surveillance and wildlife vaccination activities by the U.S. Department of Agriculture help control the disease’s spread, making it unlikely that the numbers will again reach 1990s levels, when it reached its peak.

25 years ago

June 4, 1994: Jefferson County Conservative Party Chairman Robert G. Relph Sr. Saturday became the standard-bearer of disaffected party members when he forced a primary with Republican State Sen. George Pataki for the Conservative gubernatorial nomination. Attempting to present a united Conservative-Republican front to unseat Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, most Conservatives chose Mr. Pataki at their convention, but enough supported Mr. Relph to give him a spot in the primary.

50 years ago

June 4, 1969: An organizational meeting was held May 27 in Chaumont, with village and volunteer fire department officials attending, to form a building committee for erection of a fire hall with a community room and village office building. The new committee soon discuss site selection, type of building dimensions, cost estimates, methods of financing and if a tax increase would result.

75 years ago

June 4, 1944: B. Frank Miller, superintendant of the state conservation farm at Dadville, warmly praised the 16 women who have carried the burden of the work at the farm this spring. He remarked that the women had made an excellent record and had surpassed all records for planting, with the least help the farm has ever had.

100 years ago

June 4, 1919: A quantity of furniture loaded on one of the Hardiman and Woolworth auto trucks was somewhat damaged Saturday night when a driver of a Chevrolet stopped suddenly in front of the truck without warning at the corner of Mill and West Main streets. A Watertown Transportation bus was running back of the Hardiman truck and when the Hardiman truck stopped suddenly the bus crashed into the rear end, smashing some of the furniture and the head lights on the bus.

125 years ago

June 4, 1894: A new map of the city of Watertown, drawn by William Brown, has recently been received at the city engineer’s office. It not only shows all the streets but also the size of the pipes used on sewers on those streets that have them. The map is, without a doubt, the largest and most complete ever made of the city.

150 years ago

June 4, 1869: The Ogdensburg Journal says that R.E. Sprague, who has been transacting a broker business in that city, absconded on Friday morning, taking with him about $16,000 in funds.

The world

1717: The Freemasons are founded in London.

1911: Gold is discovered in Alaska’s Indian Creek.

1919: The U.S. Senate passes the Women’s Suffrage bill.

1944: Allied troops liberate Rome.

1946: Juan Peron is installed as Argentina’s president.

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