10 years ago
June 1, 2009: H. Chalk & Son on Main Street, Fishers Landing, has been sold and renamed Chalk’s Marina & Boat Sales. Robert T. Foster, Hammond, his brother, Lawrence C., and his sister, Carol J. Guiton, purchased the marina earlier this month. Harry C. Chalk and his wife, Hazel R., started the business in 1945 and passed it on to their son Duane J. “I’m 79 and it’s time for me to retire,” Duane Chalk said.
25 years ago
June 1, 1994: Starting today, parents can be fined up to $50 if their child is not complying with a new state law requiring all bike riders under the age of 14 to wear a safety helmet. The Watertown City Police Department placed warnings to parents about the law on applications for bicycle licenses distributed this year through city schools.
50 years ago
June 1, 1969: A Rochester man is $36 poorer today. The man told State Police three youths picked him up Sunday night while he was hitchhiking at Watertown Center. According to police, the youths took him to Mannsville, stole $36 from him, then let him out of their car.
75 years ago
June 1, 1944: Jefferson county’s local boards will not be required to induct any men this month under state selective service orders cancelling the June manpower demand, presumably to give boards a chance to build up a reserve pool. Boards which supply no men in June will make up the difference in future deliveries.
100 years ago
June 1, 1919: The largest real estate transaction of the year was consummated last week when D.J. Coughlin, proprietor of White’s hotel, Massena, purchased from the Danforth estate three stores immediately adjoining the hotel on Main street. The price paid was in the neighborhood of $25,000. Mr. Coughlin will remodel the upper rooms with bath, thereby making White’s hotel one of the largest and best appointed hosteiries in northern New York.
125 years ago
June 1, 1894: A portion of the Public Square will soon be covered with an asphalt pavement, agreed the common council, after two weeks of investigation, at its meeting last evening. The question of paving the archway, long talked of and much desired, was also settled. It is the idea of the city fathers to have as much of the Square as is to be paved completed by September 1.
150 years ago
June 1, 1869: We trust for the good of the temperance cause, that its supporters will form no distinct political organization at this time. A premature movement of this kind would render a prohibitory law impossible for at least ten years.
193: The Roman emperor, Marcus Didius, is murdered in his palace.
1533: Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s new queen, is crowned.
1774: The British government orders the port of Boston closed.
1789: The first U.S. congressional act on administering oaths becomes law.
1812: American navy captain James Lawrence, mortally wounded in a naval engagement with the British, exhorts to the crew of his vessel, the Chesapeake, “Don’t give up the ship!”
1862: Gen. Robert E. Lee assumes command of the Confederate army outside Richmond after Gen. Joe Johnston is injured at Seven Pines.
1864: The Battle of Cold Harbor, Va., begins as Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee tries to turn Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s flank.
1868: James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States, dies.
1877: U.S. troops are authorized to pursue bandits into Mexico.
1915: Germany conducts the first zeppelin air raid over England.
1916: The National Defense Act increases the strength of the U.S. National Guard by 450,000 men.
1921: A race riot erupts in Tulsa, Okla., killing 85 people.
1939: The Douglas DC-4 makes its first passenger flight from Chicago to New York.
1941: The German Army completes the capture of Crete as the Allied evacuation ends.
1942: America begins sending Lend-Lease materials to the Soviet Union.
1958: Charles de Gaulle becomes premier of France.
1978: The U.S. reports finding wiretaps in the American embassy in Moscow.
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