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Margaret Lloyd Hoey

Margaret Lloyd Hoey

Margaret Lloyd Hoey has seen a little bit of everything in her lifetime.
The 95-year-old Whitehall High School alumni revisited her hometown this weekend for the school’s 2016 All-Class Reunion.
“I love my hometown,” she said. “It was such a great place to grow up.”
Hoey now lives in Ausable Forks, just south of Plattsburgh, but she still keeps close tabs on the community in which she was born and raised.
“I still get the Whitehall Times every week,” she said. “I read it and then I give it to my pharmacist – he’s from Granville.”
Hoey graduated from Whitehall High School in 1938, making her the elder stateswoman of this year’s All-Class Reunion event. She said she remembers Whitehall as a vibrant community, filled with caring people and a bustling business scene.
“Back then the town was great,” Hoey said. “There were places to swim, and places to ice skate. All of the businesses were still open. There was so much to do.”
Hoey described her life after graduating high school as the life of a “laborer.” She worked in silk mills, then at a hospital in Poughkeepsie, before eventually returning back up north and meeting her future husband.
“I came home and my brother-in-law asked me to go out with his friend, who turned out to be my future husband,” Hoey recalled. “We ended up moving up to Ausable Forks.”
Hoey had seven children, 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
When they moved up north, she found what would ultimately become her career. She became the town clerk of Black Brook, a town of about 1,500 people just southwest of Plattsburgh.
She retired from that position last Dec. 31 after 35 years of service.
“I just loved it. They wanted me to run again and I said no,” Hoey said. “I’m not really up on computers, so I said, ‘let the youth do it’.”
One thing that upsets Hoey about coming back to Whitehall is that her childhood home on Adams Street has since collapsed. But, with family still in the area, she ultimately enjoys coming back to town.
Despite ups and downs in life, Hoey said: “I’ve had a lot of fun in my life.”



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