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Week of January 17, 1969 – 50th Anniversary News Series

Week of January 17, 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 17, 1969


A fire hits four Broadway stores located at 466-468 Broadway: Western Auto, Breslaw’s, Erlanger’s Fashion Store and Raymond’s Bootery. The fire was supposed to have started in the basement of Breslaw’s and worked its way through the wall to Western Auto.

Five boys returning home from a basketball game were credited with discovering the fire and reporting it to an employee at Menges and Curtis Drug Store who alerted the fire department.


The good Samaritans were Rick Saunders, Jeff Neilen, Richard Brice, Ralph Levesque and Pete Kenny. Neighboring Erlanger’s and Raymond’s Bootery suffered heavy smoke damage. The cause of the fire was undetermined. Read the Saratogian story

Richard Nixon takes the Oath of Office as the 34th President of the United States:

Richard Nixon Oath of Office 1969

source: National Archives and Records Administration, cataloged under the National Archives Identifier (NAID) 194370

Counterfeit bills are being found at local banks throughout the Adirondacks and under investigation by the Secret Service. The telltale signs of the phony $20 bills are (1) inconsistent font size in serial numbers and letters (2) flaws in the green treasury seal, and (3) inconsistency in the signature of Secretary of the Treasury Henry H. Fowler:

Snippet from a January 1969 issue of the Post Star. Source:

Skidmore President, Joseph C. Palamountain, announces tuition will be raised by $250 for the 1969 academic year to $2,400. Tuition and room and board will now be $3,750.

Skidmore photo featured in the Saratogian. Source:

Saratoga Springs Housing Authority Chairman Dr. Everett Stonequist meets to review progress of the proposed construction of family and elderly housing units. Proposed is 176 units in a 9-story building off West Circular and Federal Streets, and 58-unit family housing to be added south of the present Jefferson Terrace project.

Sgt. Paul Cassier of the Saratoga Springs Police Department was promoted to Lieutenant. (Brother-in-law of Roohan Realty’s Barb Cassier and uncle of Mark Cassier)

The Community Theater is playing a James Bond double feature: Thunderball and From Russia with Love

source: Wikipedia

The House of the Week is this completely rectangular ranch with “good traffic layout,” packing 3 bedrooms into the thoughtful 1,180 sqft floor plan:



view story and floor plan


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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