Women brandishing paddles in the 1915 Winter Carnival parade are members of the Reviewers Club, propelling float No. 17, "The Sandy Land Lily;" the float won a silver cup. The club, which celebrated its centennial in 2008-09, was then six years old. The sign for "Wm Mullen, Fancy Groceries" identifies the location as 17 Bloomingdale Ave., according to a 1914 ad in the Enterprise. In 1948, however, the address was 19 Bloomingdale. As more slight address discrepancies such as this turn up, it seems increasingly likely that street number adjustments were made at some time in the past, well before the more comprehensive E-911 changes in 2004. This photo, and the William Kollecker album it is part of, are a 2012 donation to the Adirondack Collection, that had not yet been catalogued. Adirondack Daily Enterprise, February 18, 2012. 1915 Carnival Floats, The Reviewers Club, "The Sandy Land Lily" The Reviewers Club is a Saranac Lake womens' organization which celebrated its centennial in 2008-2009.

War Work

The Reviewers Club showed its loyalty and patriotism in World War I by folding bandages, sewing at the Red Cross, working on War Drives and contributing when, and as best they could. The Club bought a War Bond ($18.75) and gave it to the Library. They also contributed through the State Federation toward the two ambulances that were bought by the General Federation to be sent to Europe for the “Boys” over there ($5). For this, their name was painted along with many others on the ambulance that went from Rochester. Probably their most important war work and contribution came when in World War I, they adopted a War Orphan. She was a little girl, eleven years old, from a family of five in Paris. It cost $36 to keep her a year. Her name was Lucienne Tablatt and through the year she wrote nice letters, expressing her gratitude and that of the family. She was not followed up after the War was over. The last war service done by the Club was to plant a Memorial Tree in Triangle Park, May 11, 1920 in memory of the first Saranac Lake soldier, Charles Cuminsky, to give his life in World War I.

Never a year, except during World War I, has the Club missed having its annual Year Book, since the first book came out in the fall of 1910. In that War year, the Club gave up its usual program and all studied French with a teacher. This did not take too well, so after a year they resumed regular meetings and programs.

Source "History of The Reviewers Club, Saranac Lake, N. Y., 1909-1959."

New York Times, June 13, 1915

The Reviewers Club, a literary society, held an open meeting at the Presbyterian Parish House on Church Street Tuesday evening, when they had as their guests the members of the Village Improvement Society, of Saranac Lake.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, March 15, 1933

English Authors' War Novels Topic at Reviewer Club

War novels by contemporary English authors were the subject of discussion by the Reviewers club at a meeting held last night at the home of Mrs. Robert Reed, Woodycrest road. Mrs. N. S. Davenport reviewed The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy, stressing analysis of character and the author's fine psychological treatment of the reactions of varying personalities to war conditions. Mrs. J. Cloyd Downs discussed All Our Yesterdays by H. M. Tomlinson, a book which she said revealed the full horrors of war as the English saw it.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, April 17, 1957

Reviewers "Visit" European Cathedrals

The Reviewers Club met at the Hotel Saranac last evening with Mrs. John Eisenhauer as hostess and Mrs. Carl Stewart as program chairman.

Her subject was "Famous Cathedrals of Europe". Colored slides were shown of Siena, Pisa, and St. Peter's in Italy and Notre Dame and Chartres in France with commentaries on each one. Mrs. Stewart then showed pictures of many other cathedrals, many of which are not usually visited by Americans, and told of her visits to these churches which are historically connected with early days of Christianity.

Plans were outlined for members assisting at the State Convention of the Federated Clubs to be held at Whiteface Inn on May 26 and 29.

The program chairman presented the subjects and assignment of topics to the members for the coming year. Adjournment was made with the next meeting to be held May 7.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, April 17, 1958


The Reviewer's club met Tuesday evening at the Hotel Alpine with Mrs. John Eisenhauer as hostess.

After the business meeting the members were treated to a full and concise account of the history of the Russian people from the earliest beginnings up to the Soviet regime, by the program chairman Mrs. Nadia Slack. At the close she related many personal experiences, all present had a deeper understanding and compassion for the Russian peoples.

April 23, 1986

Artist's accomplishments noted by Reviewers Club

SARANAC LAKE - A painter who lived here in the 1920s has gone on to make a big name for herself in the art world.

Amy Jones, who continues to exhibit new work at an age when most people are retired, was the subject of a presentation by Daurice Benson at the April meeting of the Reviewers Club hosted by club member Janet Dudones. Members of the 75-year-old private club gather at each other's homes twice a month to discuss various topics. The theme for this year's presentations is "Famous People Who Have Lived in Saranac Lake."

Benson said she chose Jones, who lives in Escondido, Calif., with her daughter, because they were friends during the 12 years the artist lived here while her husband recovered from tuberculosis.

Jones is an artist, teacher, lecturer, sculptor, lithographer and muralist. Acrylics is the only media she does not work in. She has shown her work in group and one-woman shows in Venice, Padua, New York City and London as well as California.

Born Amy Wisher, she attended the Pratt Institute, designing Christmas cards and illustrating store catalogues to pay her tuition. She married David Blair Jones in 1920. They moved here during the 1920s when he was struck with tuberculosis. During, her time here, she helped form the Saranac Lake Art League and had a daughter named Lucy.

The Jones family eventually moved to Mt. Kisco because David was unable to endure the cold due to his fragile health. After he grew stronger, they traveled to Europe. She was especially fond of Italy and has returned there to visit and work many times.

Among her works, Jones illustrated an edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's "A Child's Garden of Verses" and an Abercrombie & Fitch sales catalogue. She is the only woman included in the book, "Nineteen Watercolor Painters" published by American Artists.

Three of her works hang in the Saranac Lake Free Library, including paintings of people skiing at Mt. Whitney, the Stevenson home and a bird cage. Her works also are owned and displayed by General Electric Co., Ford Motor Co., Standard Oil and Pepsi Cola, according to Benson. Recently she sold a painting of Ed LaBounty, a now-deceased Saranac Lake resident well known for giving sleigh rides.

After David Jones died some years ago, she married Owen Phelps Frisbie. He also died.

Jones moved from Mt. Kisco to Escondido in the fall to be with her daughter. She continues to work. Last year, she was featured in a one-woman show at the Mathers Community Culture Center in Escondido. According to her friend Benson, she also is writing a book on Saranac Lake.