Jun 30, 2019
Kelly and Christina discuss take a second look at history
highlights from the Watertown Daily Times for the week of June 30
to July 6.
50 years ago
July 2, 1969: The Watertown City Council Monday
threw out all bids for the projected Children’s Zoo in Thompson
park which, among other things would remove the stone pavilion from
public use in favor of a children’s playground and spray pool and
eliminate the present paved roadway through the zoo sector.
Corporation Council Kenneth W. Brett ruled that bidders had failed
to meet specifications.
150 years ago
July 2, 1869: Joe Boyer of Evans Mills yesterday
sent by express an immense live mud turtle which he had found in
his cellar, to the Mayor and Common Council of the City of
Watertown with a note, advising them to make it into a soup, eat
it, and fat up to true aldermanic proportions. We suggest that the
big turtle be put into the basin of the park fountain as a nucleus
of a city aquarium.
100 years ago
July 2, 1919: Instead of spending their spare time
on the school playgrounds this summer, 750 pupils of the city
schools will have Victory gardens, growing vegetables to swell the
food production of uncle Sam and do their part in solving the high
cost of living. The board of education has made no plans for the
playgrounds and no paid supervisors will be present to lead the
children in play.
25 years ago
July 5, 1994: Two men paid $200 fines Monday after
they made parachute jumps Monday morning from the Thousand Islands
Bridge. One of the jumpers is a member of BASE — “Bridges,
Antennas, Spans and Earth” — according to the state park police at
Keewayden State Park. The group’s members, as the title suggests,
take leaps from structures rather than by conventional means.
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