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Week of January 3, 1969 – 50th Anniversary News Series

Week of January 3, 1969

50th Anniversary News | Saratoga Springs, NY

series by Mary Flanagan, Associate Real Estate Broker & lifelong Saratogian

519 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY: Currently home to Roohan Realty and other local businesses, this historic building served as the city's movie theater for forty years from 1938 to 1978.

519 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY: Currently home to Roohan Realty and other local businesses, this historic building was actually a movie theater for forty years (1938-1978).

2019 marks Roohan Realty’s 50th year in business! We would like to take you back to 1969 and share what was happening in the news – locally and nationally. We’ve been having a great time reading old newspapers and hope you enjoy seeing the historic Roohan Realty connections as much as we do. Community involvement and public service have been ingrained in our business from the very beginning – a commitment that continues today. Check back every Thursday for a fresh flashback to 1969!

Week of January 3, 1969

The first baby of 1969 is born at Saratoga Hospital at 4:40AM on January 1: Roy Lansing Johnson Jr. from Victory Mills. The Saratogian listed two pages of gifts the family received from local businesses, including Cudney’s Cleaners and Menges & Curtis Pharmacy.

Roy Lansing Johnson Jr first saratoga, ny baby born in 1969

source: New York State Digital library at Fultonhistory.com

The Community Theater is playing Dr. Dolittle (in color!), starring Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar & Anthony Newley.

Lyndon B. Johnson is President of the United States.

The Saratoga Springs YMCA picks the Convention Hall site on Broadway for its new facility:

Story from a March 1969 article in The Saratogian. Source: Fultonhistory.com

Story from a March 1969 article in The Saratogian. Source: Fultonhistory.com

Newspaper advertising is huge: Major grocery stores are Safeway – West Hill Plaza, Central Market on Railroad Place, and the Grand Union on Broadway.

Bacon costs .59/lb, bread costs .19/loaf, and milk costs .59/gallon.

A furnished, one bedroom apartment for rent at 41 George Street in Saratoga Springs is available for $80/month including utilities.

A home at 19 Northway Court, Saratoga Springs, NY is listed for sale for $17,900:

source: Fultonhistory.com

What’s on TV:

  • “Father Goose” with Cary Grant, Leslie Caron & Trevor Howard
  • Flying Nun
  • The Newlywed Game
  • “How to Marry a Millionaire” with Betty Grable, David Wayne & Marilyn Monroe
  • Face the Nation
  • Aquaman
  • “Teenage Rebel” with Ginger Rogers
tv listings week of january 3, 1960

source: Fultonhistory.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR, MARY FLANAGAN

mary beth flanaganMary Flanagan is an Associate Real Estate Broker at Roohan Realty with over 30 years of experience as a licensed REALTOR® specializing in residential real estate. A lifelong resident of Saratoga Springs, NY, Mary is extremely knowledgeable about not only Saratoga’s real estate market, but also its history and the community as a whole. She is an active board member for Racing City Rotary Club and U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site, and served on the Saratoga Springs Board of Appeals from 1994 to 2004. In her free time, Mary enjoys researching and writing about Saratoga’s history; she authored Roohan Realty’s Saratoga Centennial blog series in 2015 and is currently working on an Anniversary News series to commemorate our company’s 50th year in business this year (2019). View Mary’s bio & current listings


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