Irish's was located on Fairfield Drive, on the site of the present Putnam Lake Food Market. But a legal notice appearing in the
July 24, 1958 edition of the Putnam County Courier indicates that it was located on Haviland Drive. It is not clear if the
stretch of road from Doansburg Road to the Servicemen's Monument was renamed or if the legal notice is incorrect.
Irish's was a combination restaurant and grocery store, and was owned by James Allen Irish of Putnam Lake. Irish was born in
Lipston, Ohio, on March 15, 1888. He was an early resident of the Lake community, settling in Putnam Lake in 1929, after living
in Alexandria, Indiana. He was a veteran of World War I, serving in the army with the rank of
Sergeant First Class. He died in his home on September 9, 1966, at the age of 78. He was buried in Elmhurst, Illinois. He left
no survivors. The photo was taken in the mid-1940s.
Lost Lake was a summer resort founded by Harold Kline in 1927. It attracted artists and nature lovers, as well as urban dwellers
from New York City who were seeking a weekend or vacation in the country. Among its best known tenants were Larry LeSueur, one of
the pioneer radio reporters hired by the legendary CBS Network newsman Edward R. Murrow, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lockridge, who wrote
many mystery novels while at the Lake, Sarah Palfrey Danzig, a former U. S. Women's singles tennis champion, and members of the
Lafayette Escadrille, who were famed flyers from World War I. Kline was born on October 11, 1889 in Amsterdam, New York. His
ancestors were from Holland, and many migrated to the Hudson Valley in 1642. He attended Union College in Schenectady,
Syracuse University, and graduated from the Columbia University School of Journalism. He became a reporter for the old New York
World, the Herald Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal. He served in the Navy during World War I.
The Lost Lake community is located opposite the present Putnam Lake Market between
Green Chimneys School and Fairfield Drive. It is a private community of homes.