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Week of May 9, 1969 – 50th Anniversary News Series

Week of May 9, 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. Shirley Chisholm Speaks At Skidmore

The nations first African-American Congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm, speaks at Skidmore.

2. Spring Car Deals!

Spring Car Deals at Ed Shepard Dodge

3. Student Government Day

Students from Saratoga High: Thomas Mercer, Mayor; Barbara Pierce, Finance Commissioner; Mark Hays, Commissioner of Public Works; and Lynette Cudney, City Court Judge.

Students from St. Peter’s Academy: Louis Welch, Commissioner of Accounts; Patricia LeRoux, Commissioner of Public Safety; John Reardon, Fire Chief and Rocco Verrigni, Police Chief.

4. Bob Lee Donates to Saratoga Hospital

Robert “Bob” Lee, owner of the Wishing Well restaurant, donates money thrown by patrons into the restaurant’s well to Saratoga Hospital:

5. 50th Annual Communion Breakfast

The Catholic Daughters host the 50th annual Communion Breakfast. Mrs. Leonard O’Hanlon, who is this writer’s mom,  is re-elected Grand Regent:

6. Mothers’ Day 1969

Places advertiing in The Saratogian to treat Mom to dinner:

  • Holiday Inn: full course dinners from $3.50 – $5.95
  • Ye Old Wishing Well
  • Panza’s
  • Mangino’s
  • Chez Pierre
  • Someplace Else
  • Ecobelli’s Tom O’Shanter Inn
  • Brauhaus
  • The Gideon Putnam Hotel

Some of these establishments are still here 50 years later!



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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