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10 years ago

Dec. 20, 2002: Mail carriers may not be getting the same workout walking their routes this year as they have in previous Christmas delivery seasons. The Watertown Mail Processing center, which handles mail from ZIP codes beginning with 136, has seen 213,000 fewer letters and postcards so far this Christmas season, according to Watertown Postmaster Warren A. Johnson.

25 years ago

Dec. 20, 1987: It was money, not differing interpretations of fire codes that led to Mercy Hospital’s reluctance to install extra firefighting equipment to it new helipad, according to the city’s fire chief.

50 years ago

Dec. 20, 1962: Construction of a 20-unit double-decker motel and Olympic size swimming pool - a part of the $500,000 expansion program at Edgewood Resort - was announced today by George E. Clark and George H. (Bud) Hebert, co-owners of the resort operation.

75 years ago

Dec. 20, 1937: Investigation of the city’s “boldest burglary in 20 years” was taken over by state police at noon today as the local department enlisted its aid in the search for burglars who blew open two safes at the Surprise Department store in the heart of the Ford street, Ogdensburg, business district Sunday night and escaped with about $600 in cash, the weekend receipts.

100 years ago

Dec. 20, 1912: The Bagley & Sewall Co. of this city, one of the most prominent concerns in the world manufacturing paper machines, is at the present time figuring upon a machine, which will break all records for size and speed of paper machines in the world. The machine will have a width of 204 inches. The additional output from such a machine would mean several more thousand dollars a year.

125 years ago

Dec. 20, 1887: The hotels were crowded at noon today with people from out of town, who are here to buy Christmas presents or attend court.

150 years ago

Dec. 20, 1862: Lieut. D.M. Greene, U.S.N., formerly a resident of Adams, and for several years one of the Professors in the Troy Polytechnic Institute, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Naval and Experimental Philosophy in the U.S. Naval Academy at Newport, R.I. He enlisted in the Navy on the breaking out of the rebellion, and has been doing blockade duty as Lieutenant on the steamship Susquehanna.

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