|Florida Elders Introduced to Lake Name|
Thursday, March 8, 2001
by Ed Patenaude
So I've Heard Column
Dudley's Loretta E. Chabot travelled to St. Petersburg, Fla., a couple of weeks ago to attend an Elderhostel "Bring Your Brain: Vacations to Grow On" program.
Elderhostel runs academic vacations for adults, according to Ms. Chabot. About 40 people enrolled in the St. Petersburg session, learning something about southern history and contemporary southern women writers. The agenda included a fun session about an old time movie star.
Registrants provided information about their home towns. Ms. Chabot spent her adolescence at The Narrows on Webster Lake. She mentioned Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg.
This became a matter for discussion, with Ms. Chabot drafted as the instructor. Working with newspaper clips, she managed to bring the lake's long Indian name into play several times. "It was funny to them," said Ms. Chabot. "Everytime I said it they laughed." Only one woman, a resident of Portsmouth, N.H., had ever heard the name. "She had been to an event Nichols College, too."
Ms. Chabot closed her remarks by writing the lake's long name on a blackboard, split into syllables, making it easy to pronounce. It didn't help. "They couldn't come close," Ms. Chabot said.
"That's when I laughed."
Webster native Ronald W. Borski continues to amaze me. Now a resident of Grand Junction, Co., Mr. Borski got hold of a couple of ducats for the inauguration of President George W. Bush, but he couldn't use them.
This got back to his sister, Jackie Arpin, who lives in Thompson's Wilsonville section, and she asked for one of them as a keepsake. Mr. Borski exacted payment, two tee shirts with the lake logo, to be purchased at Jay Dugan's drug store on Main Street, Webster.
Mr. Borski subsequently delivered the shirts to the ranch of U.S. Sen. Ben Knighthorse Campbell, chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.
Now, Mr. Borski has his fingers crossed. If Sen. Campbell is ever photographed wearing one of the lake tee shirt, he'll give Webster Lake's long Indian name a high profile.
Well, Mr. Borski can dream!
Several people remembered Doc Lanoie, the 1920s and early 1930s auto dealer who ran a car agency on West Main Street at Schofield Avenue in Dudley, but no one seemed to remember his given name.
I checked on this for several weeks, after readers confused Lanoie and Lavoie in an auto dealers report. Well, it was Albert, I discovered last week after locating a circular for a 1926 Automobile Show at the Copley Plaza Salon in Boston. The Lanoie agency was represented by its optometrist owner, Dr. Albert Lanoie, Norman McCann, Frank Nieduski, Joseph Pierzchala, Felix Dziembowski, and Daniel Garvey, according to the circular.
There was another revelation. Not only did Lanoie Co. sell Chevrolets, as advertised; they also handled Chryslers automobiles.
Veteran Dudley Selectman Anthony B. DiDonato remembered Mr. Lanoie because of a dispute. "I really don't know what it was all about but I remember going by the Lanoie garage when I was a kid and he had a good sized duplicate of a check in his window." The town had apparently purchased a new truck from an out of town dealer, upsetting Mr. Lanoie. He figured the sale should have been his.
Mr. DiDonato has researched the matter somewhat, and believes the portrait of a misguided check could date to 1935. He lived a half mile or so away from Lanoie's, on Williams Street, so he was familiar with the garage, now known as Bayer Motor Co. "Maybe someone will know what it was all about," he suggested.
Burton J. Cobb, the long time Killdeer Island resident, is around my age but his recall of early automobiles puts me to shame.
We got into an old cars discussion recently in a town restaurant and Mr. Cobb proved most knowledgeable, reporting on maintenance and mechanical procedures. His neighbors at the now year around la
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