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Week of March 21, 1969 – 50th Anniversary News Series

Week of March 21, 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. Former Commissioner of Public Safety, John T. Roohan

Eugene Cole named acting sergeant pending the results of a civil service exam. Cole was appointed patrolman in 1965 by the former Commissioner of Public Safety John T. Roohan.

2. Gloversville Savings Bank Ceremony

Groundbreaking ceremony for the Gloversville Savings Bank on South Broadway.

3. Skidmore Co-Ed Terms

Skidmore OK’s 2 Co-Ed terms, an exchange with Colgate University


4. The Vatican Announcement

The Vatican announces the Most Rev. Msgr. Edwin R. Broderick was named by Pope Paul VI to be Bishop of Albany.



5. New Commanding Officer

The Saratoga Air Force Base will have a new commanding officer, Major Shelton Black.

6. Construction on Saratoga Hospital

Construction continues at Saratoga Hospital which will add 208 rooms to the hospital’s current 110 rooms. Officials hope the addition will be ready for occupancy by January or February 1970.

7. Stewed Prunes

Whose idea was it to serve those poor children stewed prunes on Thursday?? (photo) Maybe that is why the books were written “I Survived Catholic School”


8. Now Showing: Romeo and Juliet

The Community Theater is showing Romeo and Juliet.


10. House of the Week


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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