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Week of June 6th, 1969 – 50th Anniversary News Series

Week of June 6, 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. Goldsmith Joins Roohan Realty

Nate Goldsmith, owner of The Country Gentleman and Mother Goldsmith, is joining Roohan Realty after retiring from a long career in the restaurant business:



2. McDonald’s Makes a Big Purchase

Saratoga’s New Yorker Hotel on South Broadway is purchased for $30,000 by the McDonald’s Corporation.

3. Presidential Arms For Rent

The Presidential Arms – a “large, modern three bedroom apartment” – is available for rent for $160/month including utilities:

4. School Teachers Get Raise

School teachers get a pay raise, Step I: teacher with a BA – $6,750 and teacher with a MA -$7,400.

5. 43 Horses Die in Harness Track Fire

A fire at the Harness Track has killed 43 horses. An alarm was received at 3:59 AM for the fire at Barn J, located directly behind Pennell’s Restaurant. Upon arrival, the fire department found it completely engulfed in flames and collapsing. Firemen then directed their efforts to Barn H, 50 feet away, which had also started to burn. Fortunately, Barn H held only equipment and no additional animals’ lives were lost:

6. East Side Home Asking $26,900

A four bedroom, 1.5 bath raised ranch home on Saratoga’s east side is for sale for $26,900:



7. Namath Calls It Quits

NFL Commissioner, Pete Rozell, has ordered Joe Namath to divest himself of the interest he holds in a midtown lounge, Bachelors III, to protect the league’s reputation or else be suspended. During a news conference, a teary-eyed Namath stated he will be quitting football:

(A month later, Namath would recant his statement, divest his interest in the property, and continue to play for 8 more years.)


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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