Teen CanteenA brick at the Saranac Laboratory has been dedicated in the name of Duke Huntington by his nephew, Gerry Waterson. Duke Huntington and Mary Welday, 1930s

Born: April 6, 1902

Died: April 9, 1987

Married: Charlotte St. Pierre

Ralph (Duke) Huntington was a tuberculosis patient in the 1930s. He remained in Saranac Lake after his recovery and became a well-known figure around town. He sold juke boxes, pinball and shuffleboard machines from the Huntington Novelty Company for fifty years. Duke and his second wife Charlotte Huntington, who was active with the ASPCA, resided at 2 Broadway, and later moved to an apartment on Dorsey Street. He had a camp on Lake Kiwassa. Duke was noted for his jovial nature, referring to his friends as "Little Pal"; he was rarely seen without a cigar.

He is buried in Pine Ridge Cemetery.

A plaque in Hodson Hall, the former General Hospital of Saranac Lake, now North Country Community College, reads

Nellie P. Huntington by her son Ralph P. Huntington

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Adirondack Daily Enterprise, April 10, 1987

Ralph P. 'Duke' Huntington

SARANAC LAKE - Ralph P. "Duke" Huntington, 84, longtime local businessman, died Thursday, April 9, at the General Hospital of Saranac Lake.

He was born April 6, 1902, in New Britain, Conn., the son of Edward and Nellie (Porter) Huntington.

Mr. Huntington was a resident of Saranac Lake since 1929 and operated the Huntington Novelty Company here for more than 50 years. He was a member of the First Methodist Church of Saranac Lake and B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge 1508.

On Jan. 13,1942, he was married to the former Charlotte St. Pierre. She died Jan. 13, 1986.

Mr. Huntington is survived by two brothers, Edward F. and Pete, both of Florida, and several nieces.

Calling hours are scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Keough and Son Funeral Home.

A funeral service will take place at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Robert Lowenthal of the First United Methodist Church officiating.

Cremation will follow. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery in May.

Donations in Mr. Huntington's memory may made in care of the funeral home be to the Saranac Lake Adult Center, the Saranac Lake Rescue Squad or the Tri-Lakes Humane Society.


From the Saranac Lake Police Blotter, May 6, 1945, as quoted in You Know What? by Howard Riley in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, June 4, 2011:

7:45 p.m. Duke Huntington reports that someone entered Phil's Lunch through the cellar door and pried open the Juke Box and took about $20. This happened between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m.

 

From Bob Seidenstein's column in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, May 11, 2018, about his own experiences with the Teen Canteen

A wrong of passage

Canteen was a simple affair. there were card tables for future riverboat gamblers, a ping-pong table for adrenaline junkies, and a concession stand for sugar freaks. And best of all was a Rockola jukebox. It was donated and maintained by the local vending machine kingpin, Duke Huntington, and he changed the records every week so the air was filled with only the latest, hippest hits.