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Delivering Gazette by canoe was no small feat for girl

Seated in the canoe at right is Doris Hatch Cole, who, at age 12, was the first female newspaper carrier for the Schenectady Gazette. She delivered the newspapers by canoe to residents of Ballston Lake.
Seated in the canoe at right is Doris Hatch Cole, who, at age 12, was the first female newspaper carrier for the Schenectady Gazette. She delivered the newspapers by canoe to residents of Ballston Lake.
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It’s early on a warm summer day in 1938. Doris Hatch, 12, climbs into a canoe several times longer than she is tall. Skillfully, she paddles along the hushed waters of Ballston Lake on her way to deliver The Daily Gazette to resident campers. Doris Hatch Cole was the newspaper’s first female carrier, she said. Today, at 83 years of age, she still has the can-do attitude and self assured spirit that made her a ...

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