1925 - The mortgage finally paid off as VIS bought the old Branch and Callanan site that consisted of over 400 feet of land on Lake Flower Avenue with frontage on the Saranac River. The Enterprise hailed their action, describing the property as "long an eyesore along the approach to the village from that direction."
When finally cleaned up, filled, graded and planted, it was dedicated to Dr. Edward R. Baldwin, a noted Saranac Lake tuberculosis physician. Today, Baldwin Park houses two tennis courts, heavily used in fair weather, and the Korean War monument.
BALDWIN PARK DEDICATION IS SAT. AT 11 A.M.
The Baldwin Park Playground will be dedicated tomorrow at 11 a.m. to the War Veterans of North Elba. The public is cordially invited to attend.
Stanley Savarie, Saranac Lake village manager, and his working crew are today putting on the finishing touches to the park. Everything will be in readiness tomorrow for the presentation of this fine looking playground to the residents of the Lake Flower section of Our Town.
The splendid building on the grounds was built evenings by the following volunteers: Donald Dupree, Edward Doyle, George Durette, Clarence Duprey, Sr., and Clarence Duprey, Jr., Robert Dupree, Charles Duffy, Kenneth Webster, Gilbert Pelkey, George Stearns, Roland Lyons, Kenneth Morehouse and some teenagers.
These workers, many who are members of the local Carpenters Union 600, by working nights, for no pay, have saved the taxpayers of Saranac Lake between 2 and 3 thousand dollars. It was truly a labor of love . . . love for our children.
Frank Ratigan, mayor of Saranac Lake, and Alton B. Anderson, Kenneth Garwood, Vernon Wamsganz and John Campion, members of the Village Board, and Harold Soden, North Elba Supervisor and Paul Dupree of North Elba, will take part in the dedication.
Francis L. Stearns will present the Saranac Lake Drum and Bugle Corps in a drill and parade music.
James P. Ryan, president of the Veterans Memorial Assn., William Harrison, commander of the American Legion Post 447, Boyd Hayes, commander of the VFW Post 3357 and Albert Homburger, post commander of Franklin County, will accept the dedication in the name of the veterans of North Elba. Benton C. Ressler, president of the Shamus Club, will act as master of ceremonies.