Looking back February 1 | local history


Feb. 1, 2012: A nearly 60-year-old statue of Jesus dedicated to the Army’s 10th Mountain Division will remain on federal lands in Montana following approval by forest officials on Tuesday. The statue, built with the help of members of the 10th Mountain Division, sits at the end of a chairlift at Whitefish Mountain Resort. The first special use permit for the statue was granted in 1953. The permit was initially denied last fall due to a complaint from the Wisconsin-based organization Freedom From Religion Foundation, which claimed that the statue violated the US Constitution. The new license will be in effect for the next 10 years.

February 1, 1997: The town of Pamelia received $41,527 in additional flood relief after winning an appeal for more money so it could build a bridge over White Road to prevent another washout. White Road, off Route 12E near the village of Brownville, was washed away by rapid snowmelt and heavy rain in January 1996 and had to be temporarily closed. Federal and state emergency management agencies had originally reimbursed Pamelia $28,589 to repair the damage.

February 1, 1972: The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles proposed reducing the number of road test sites in the Utica District Office from the current 16 stations to three. Under the proposal, Watertown, Utica and Potsdam would be the only test stations retained, and several sites in upstate New York would be closed.

February 1, 1947: Eighty-three municipal, county, and state employees from the Watertown area took the first steps toward forming a local union of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees at a meeting at the Temple of Labour, Stone Street, Friday. Organizers say Watertown is the latest town in the state with a population over 25,000 to be organized.

February 1, 1922: The Castorland brass band, which had been organized for three months, gave its first concert on Thursday evening during a basketball game held in the fire station of this village. The group has 33 musicians and is led by George Bardo of Beaver Falls. They are the first known group to exist in the prosperous little village.

1 February 1897: Antwerp’s new town hall is used for the first time for public purposes last Saturday. This does not mean that the room is finished, far from it. The contractors made it very convenient for holding caucuses which were well attended.

February 1, 1872: Bandleader Van Vracken says the snow on Williamstown way is definitely worth the drive. Alright, Van, but we’d rather see him “from a safe distance.” It represents that most of the drifts are above the tops of the cars.

1587: Elizabeth I, Queen of England, signs the warrant of execution for Mary Queen of Scots.


1951: Three A-bomb tests are completed in the Nevada desert.

1960: Four black college students stage a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina.

1964: President Lyndon B. Johnson rejects Charles de Gaulle’s plan for a neutral Vietnam.

1965: Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and 770 others are arrested protesting voter discrimination in Alabama.

1968: South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu declares martial law.

1968: American troops drive the North Vietnamese out of Tan Son Nhut airport in Saigon.

1986: Two days of anti-government riots in Port-au-Prince leave 14 dead.

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