St. Margaret's Nursing Home in Gabriels operated from at least 1955 through 1966.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, July 25, 1955


Benjamin Pew, of Saranac lake, died Saturday night at St Margaret's Nursing Home, Gabriels, where he had been a patient Since July 1.

His body will repose at the Fortune Funeral Home where there will be a Rosary service at 8 o'clock tonight. A funeral Mass will be held at 9 a. m. tomorrow at St. Bernard's Church. Interment will be in St. Bernard's Cemetery.

Mr: Pew was born on January 12, 1872, in Ithaca, the son of George and Mary Banfield Pew. For several years he had operated Sunoco gas stations in this area.

He is survived by his wife, the former Florence Anna Van Duzen, who is a patient at St. Margaret's Nursing Home.


Plattsburgh Press-Republican, December 3, 1965

Nursing home closing to oust 32 patients

MALONE--The closing of St Margaret's Nursing Home in Gabriels next summer when Paul Smith's College will take over the facility leaves Franklin County's Board of Supervisors with a problem—what to do with at least 32 welfare nursing home patients who are now housed there.

Disclosure of the situation was made by Supervisor William Mansion of Saranac Lake who told the supervisors the college has notified St. Margaret's the facilities will be needed by the college early next summer.

Mansion said that since the college purchased the property in 1962 arrangements had been made by the two institutions which permitted the nursing home to continue operation.

Referring to the 32 county welfare patients now housed at Margaret's, Mansion said  "I don't know where we can place them. If anyone of you know of any large facility, let us know."

Mansion, chairman of the Education and Charities Committee, said he hoped to find a facility at the south end of the county so that patients at St. Margaret’s would not have to be moved away from their families

He said his committee was again considering the Santanoni Apartment Hotel in Saranac Lake which had previously been rejected by the welfare department as a proposed infirmary.

The county now has an infirmary in Malone but it is not large enough to care for all of the welfare patients and plans have been made to build a new one. It will not be completed, however, in time to take care of the patients now at St. Margaret's.