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Hague in Warren County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Dairy Building

Hague Historical Society Walking Tour

The Dairy Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, August 21, 2021
1. The Dairy Building Marker
1918 Smith Sexton bought this building, a barn, from Louis Burgess. Smith and his wife turned the upstairs into a living space where they spent the winters; in the summers they ran the Uncas Hotel (now the Northern Lake George Resort). A restaurant occupied the lower floor. At one point, Smith got into a squabble with the Keenan brothers and opened his own grocery store as revenge. It's rumored that he also had a private speakeasy in the building.

1947 The new Hague Fire Department had its first headquarters here. The first fire-fighting vehicle was a Jeep.

1948 Keith and Nancy De Larm bought the building. While Keith, a Captain in Marine Corps, was away serving in the Korean War, he leased part of the building to Fitzgerald's Hardware and Meat Store.

1953 Keith moved the processing and bottling portion of De Larm's Dairy downtown from the De Larm farm in West Hague. The business offered pasteurized and homogenized milk and other dairy products. Keith and Nancy lived upstairs with their growing family: three girls and a boy, whose arrival was announced by hanging overalls across
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the front of the building.

1967 Keith De Larm closed the dairy and turned the building into four apartments and an office space.

1971 Roger Wilson leased space for a laundromat.

1973-79 Jim Rypkema took over the laundromat. His mother, Betty Rypkema, ran a gift shop named Behold the Turtle.

1980 Ron Graser bought the building. He had an auto body shop in the back. Perry and Cathy Girard opened Lakeside Liquors.

1987 Alison V. Craig opened her realty office, serving the community seven days a week.

2003 Rolly and Cathy Allen bought the building.

2004-09 Silver Bay Construction operated out of a ground-floor office.

2009 Neil and Sandy Rypkema took over ownership.
Erected 2017 by Hague Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1918.
Location. 43° 44.747′ N, 73° 29.959′ W. Marker is in Hague, New York, in Warren County. Marker is on Graphite Mountain Road, 0.1 miles west of Lakeshore Drive (New York State Route 9N), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9850 Graphite Mountain Rd, Hague NY 12836, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hague Market (a few steps from
The Dairy Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, August 21, 2021
2. The Dairy Building Marker
this marker); Garfield's Hotel & Tavern (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Town of Hague Centennial (about 400 feet away); Legendary Rocks (about 500 feet away); The Wreck of the Steamboat John Jay (about 500 feet away); The Working Side of Hague (about 500 feet away); Hague Central School (approx. ¼ mile away); Hague Heritage Cemetery (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hague.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 23, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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