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Week of December 26th, 1969 – 50th Anniversary News Series

Week of December 26th, 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!

Roohan Realty wishes you a very Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful to be celebrating 50 years in business with a community that has entrusted Roohan Realty with their real estate needs.

1. As the year comes to a close, New Year’s Eve festivities in 1969 were quite a deal


2. St. Peter’s High School

3. Some Place Else

4. Joe Collins

5. College Inn

6. Panza’s

7. Snow Emergency Declared

8. Top Ten Stories of 1969



9. First Baby Contest for 1970: which was the lead story as the year began in January of 1969.

10.  Roohan Realty thanks you for 50 years of business and Wish you a Very Happy New Year!

What fun reading the Saratogian from 50 years ago. The paper cost 10 cents, and a subscription by carrier was 60 cents a week. No paper on holidays or on Sundays.  Newspaper advertising was a big business. All the local clubs published their meetings, and fundraisers. Hospital admissions were published. Weddings were often 3 column news items with a complete description of attire, honeymoon destination, and where the newlyweds would reside upon their return. Card Parties, Fashion Shows, Flower Shows, Tea Table Chat (polite title of gossip column), Trackdown – citizens could ask a question and the newspaper would find the answer and publish it. Letters to the editor were signed with name and address. All our local servicemen’s addresses were published so you could write to them.



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 Zoning 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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