Resolution J2613-2013

Commemorating the dedication of the new ski lodge at Little Gore Mountain in memory of Joseph G. Minder on July 6, 2013

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  • Jun 20, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 20, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 18, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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  LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  the  dedication of the new ski
lodge at Little Gore Mountain in memory of Joseph G. Minder on  July  6,
2013 during the celebration of the Bicentennial of Warren County

WHEREAS,  Many  skiers  return to the slopes of Gore Mountain year after
year but few can match the life or the skiing life  of  the  late  North
Creek resident Joe Minder; and
  WHEREAS,  He started skiing in 1924 at Hooper's Mine when he was seven
years old; he attended school in a two room schoolhouse in  North  River
where skiing was part of everyday academics; and
  WHEREAS, By his teens, Joe Minder had left the two room schoolhouse to
enroll in North Creek High School; and
  WHEREAS,  His  formative  high  school  years coincided with the rapid
development of the North Creek ski industry as well as,  a  world  away,
troubling developments in the far east; and
  WHEREAS,  Joe Minder graduated from North Creek High School in 1936 as
most of America reeled from a  depression  economy  and  began  to  take
notice  of  foreign affairs which would pull Joe and many of his friends
into war; and
  WHEREAS, He recalled of his military service, which began on  May  15,
1941,  that  in  less than a year he was a civilian in boot camp, was in
the service, had fought in three battles, and was in a prison camp; and
  WHEREAS, After training stateside, Joe Minder became  associated  with
the  aviation  engineers and, within a few months found himself building
airstrips at Clark Field in the Philippines; and
  WHEREAS, By winter, Pearl Harbor had been  attacked  and  Joe  Minder,
along  with  other  allied  forces  in the Philippines, found themselves
under constant air attack from the Japanese; and
  WHEREAS, Attacks on the Philippines became even more intense  and  the
fighting  even more furious; in just a short time Joe Minder, who only a
few months before had skied  the  Ridge  trail  at  Little  Gore,  found
himself in the Battles of Agloma Point, Corregidor, and Bataan; and
  WHEREAS, When the Philippines finally fell, Joe Minder was taken pris-
oner  by  the  Japanese,  beginning a three year period of terror in his
life; and
  WHEREAS, Through all those years, in prison camps in the  Philippines,
aboard  Japanese  sea  vessels, and in the horror of a mainland Japanese
prison camp, Joe Minder, often at the risk of death,  continued  to  jot
down journal entries on scraps of paper found in the camps; and
  WHEREAS, Joe Minder's journal provides a remarkable chronicle of human
endurance  in  camps where disease and torture were the norm and tells a
tale of survival against the odds which resonates over many decades; and
  WHEREAS, Joe Minder's camp was finally liberated some three and a half
years after his capture; following liberation,  he  was  furloughed  and
spent the next months in and out of hospitals; and
  WHEREAS, Returning at last to his parents and his hometown, Joe Minder
was  still  under  medical  treatment and could not yet handle strenuous
labor and, finding skiing to be therapeutic, he recalls going  to  North
Creek  to  ski  a  bit  and then returning to his parents' home for more
medical treatment during the week; and
  WHEREAS, During this time, he had also taken to offering  young  Hazel
Allen  a ride home from her work at the office of Dr. Glenn, his doctor;
and
  WHEREAS, Joe Minder and Hazel married in 1948 and had  two  sons,  Bob
and Jack, both of whom are skiers in their own right; and

  WHEREAS, In a skiing career which encompassed every phase of skiing at
Gore Mountain, Joe Minder is well-known to have had the friendliest face
on the mountain; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the dedication of the new ski lodge at Little Gore  Mountain
in  memory of Joseph G. Minder on Saturday, July 6, 2013 during the Town
of Johnsburg's and the Village  of  North  Creek's  celebration  of  the
Bicenntenial of Warren County; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Joseph G. Minder.

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