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St. Regian (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 19??-????, January 01, 1948, Image 10

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T h e S t o r y o f Pau for the transportation of people and supplies. It was built over his own land at a cost of $75,000 to connect the New York Central and Hudson Railways. He built roads to bring people to his hotel and he launched pleasure boats supplied with the power of storage batteries charged with electricity generated at his own plant. He built lines of poles to carry telegraph wires and estab­ lished a telegraph company at the resort area so that the hundreds of visitors and patrons along the shores of the St. Regis could keep in touch with their homes and businesses. Later, he estab­ lished a telephone company to keep pace with the march of progress. Paul Smith continued to sell camp sites to the wealthiest families in the country. As time went on, the hotel register was filled with the most important men of the times. The visiting celebri­ ties of the moment might be P. T. Barnum, Grover Cleveland, E. H. Harriman or Theodore Roosevelt. Later, when the summer White House was at near­ by Lake Osgood and the President’s executive offices were on the hotel grounds, Calvin Coolidge might share the spotlight with Governor Alfred E. Smith. Yet, it always retained the flavor of its primitive days and the prevailing dominance of Paul’s personality. He harvested some of the mature timber from his forest tract, sawing it in his own mills, making it into lumber, shingles, windows, doors and blinds Class Room Building which were put into the camps close to the original locations of the trees. As a real estate man, he sold the camp sites to hundreds of campers of the St. Regis Lake St. Regis and Osgood chain of lakes. Also, he became a merchant and sold supplies and camp furnishings in those camps he had built. The original building was periodically enlarged until it became an enormous one. It did not have great beauty, but it held some unidentifiable charm for great numbers of people — a charm which, in the last analysis, traced back to the owner’s personality of loving life, finding action, gener­ ating energy, creating establishments, building power works for man. His mind saw far into the future, anticipating, planning, preparing for and making possible the developments of another day and generation. In his last days, his spirit was as dominant as ever. He continued to contemplate and advise. Paul Smith, in many ways, remained young as he grew older. His mind did not follow the decline of his physical condition as he reached old age; instead, the heart and mind remained eager for activity. No other name has been so closely connected with the Adirondack region as that of Paul Smith. No other man has done so much to make this grand region a pleasure park open to the public. 6

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