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Week of February 28, 1969 – 50th Anniversary News Series

Week of February 28, 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!

1. Washington’s Birthday Car Sale

Big car sales for Washington’s Birthday:

1969 car sale ad for washington's birthday

Source: The Saratogian, accessed at

2. Public Housing For The Elderly

Construction on Stonequist Apartments – a new $2.6 Million high rise building project for the elderly – will begin on July 1. When finished, the building will contain 68 one bedroom apartments and 108 efficiency apartments:

Stonequist Apartments elderly housing project announcement Saratoga NY 1969

Source: The Saratogian, accessed at

3. Outstanding Local Businessman Dies at Age 80

Prominent Saratogian, James Boies White, has died at the age of 80. The Greenwich native turned entrepreneur started his career as a livery stable operator in Ballston Lake before opening an auto garage and breaking all-time records for Ford sales, selling 3,000 of the vehicles in a single year. Other endeavors included J.B. White Rubber Co., a Schenectady Shell station, and J.B. White Realty, which evolved to become one of the area’s leading real estate firms during his 40+ year tenure (White retired from real estate in 1966 and the company switched ownership again earlier this month.)  “Horses, automobiles and real estate were highlights of the career of James Boies White:”

J.B. White Prominent Saratoga Businessman death announcement

source: The Saratogian accessed at


4. Ixnay on Changing Primary Day

An attempt to change Primary Day to September has failed. It will remain June 17th:

1969 political advertisement in the saratogian

source: The Saratogian accessed at

5. “Quickie” Golf Course Coming to Union Ave?

A par 29 golf course is being proposed at the Smith Farm on Union Avenue. If approved, the “quickie” course would serve around 200 members, catering to those who “do not have time to spend five hours on a public course.”

6. Goodell to GOP: “The war in Vietnam is a critical mistake”

600 attended the 6th Annual GOP Fundraiser held at the Holiday Inn. Sponsored by the Women’s Republican Club of Saratoga County, the guest speaker was Senator Charles Goodell, who was quoted as saying “the war in Vietnam is a critical mistake.”

The Saratogian 1969 article Senator Goodell labels Vietnam critical mistake

source: The Saratogian accessed at

7. “Like a nympho pinball machine”

Get a babysitter because the Community Theater is showing Candy (1968),  a saucy, “bedroom farce” film starring Ewa Aulin and Marlon Brando:

Candy (1968) movie poster from IMDB

source: IMDB


8. House of the Week

The House of the Week is this New England Saltbox with its low roof lines and simple, tasteful exterior. Read all about it

Saratoga House of the Week March 1 1969

source: The Saratogian accessed at


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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