The main 6-inch pipe of the Warrensburgh water system, crossing the Schroon River above the Osborne Bridge in lower Warrensburgh, was broken Dec. 31, 1908 by logs and ice pressing against it. The pressure immediately dropped from 110 pounds to 40 and this was dangerous as there was not sufficient force to throw a stream of water in case of fire.
After several men looked over the situation, they said the break could not be repaired before next summer as the leak in the pipe was near the center of the river. Fred R. Mixter was the only mechanic who said it could be done and to him Senator James A. Emerson, a member of the water works company, entrusted the job. Assisted by Peter Dary and three employees from the paper mill, Mixter raised the pipe with a block and tackle and rested it on supports while the damaged length was removed and a new one was substituted and as a result the pressure was again restored to 110 pounds.
The townspeople owe a debt of gratitude to this good citizen. (Fred Mixter lived in the stone house still standing today across the street from Warren Ford.)
Daughter of early settler dies
Aurelia M. Richards Dodge died Jan. 11, 1909 at her home in Belvidere Hill, Illinois. She was the eldest daughter of Pelatiah Richards, late of Warrensburgh, and was born July 5, 1812, being therefore in her 96th year.
At the untimely death of her 38-year-old mother, Aurelia, a teenager, was left to care for her six younger brothers and sisters, a duty which she most faithfully fulfilled. Her school education was completed at the Kingston, NY Academy.
In 1833 she married William E. Dodge, a lawyer of ability. Upon his death 9 years later, she showed unusual strength of character in meeting that trial and the breaking up of her home.
After the marriage of her daughter, Mrs. Clara D. Cornell, she lived with her on Belvidere Hill with her. She is also survived by a son, William R. Dodge. Her remains were brought to Warrensburgh for internment. The funeral was held at the family home, now the residence of the Fred R. King family.
Richards family was prominent
While William Bond is credited with founding Warrensburgh shortly after the American Revolution, no early settler stands out in our town's early history like Pelatiah Richards. His ancestor, Thomas Richards, born in the year 1600, immigrated from England to the American colonies in 1633.
Pelatiah was born in Connecticut in 1786, the son of Pelatiah and Abigail Barber Richards and the family later settled in the frontier wilderness of Schroon Lake, NY. Pelatiah and his brother, Edmund Richards came in 1802 to this remote area, known in those days as "The Bridge." It wasn't until 1813 when the area was christened as a town that it was named "Warrensburgh."
Pelatiah was an ensign in Colonel Cook's regiment in the War of 1812. He first married Sally Wheeler, the daughter of Phinehas and Mary Wheeler. She died in 1829 and left her daughter Aurelia, 17, to raise her six younger children. Sally is buried in the back of the East side of the Warrensburgh Cemetery and historians have puzzled over her gravestone which says she was Pelatiah's "consort," while his next spouse, Polly is called "wife."
Edmund Richards ran a distillery where Rite Aid is now located and Pelatiah built his palatial home at what is now the north end of the Grand Union parking lot. When Aurelia died in 1909, the house was owned by Pelatiah's grandson, Fred King. The grand old man was 70 when he died in 1870. His and Polly's son, General Samuel T. Richards, married into the prestigious Burhans banking family in Warrensburgh and was killed in 1871 in the Civil War - charging the enemy with sword held high, according to his gravestone.
William R. Dodge had his father's body exhumed and brought home to be buried in the Warrensburgh Cemetery. Aurelia Dodge is buried beside him, along with the rest of her family.
Hotels forced to change bedsheets daily
A peculiar bill was introduced in the state legislature which is intended to make hotel linen clean and it is backed by the State League of Traveling Men. The bill provides for sheets and pillow slips to be changed after each new occupant of the bed and they must be washed and ironed before being used a second time. Quilts and blankets, according to the bill, must be aired every day. (Note... There was a fight going on in 1909 to stop the wide spread of tuberculous which was running rampant. Traveling salesmen were called "drummers" and clean sheets, which had to be washed by hand, were not common in hotels.)
Bullets fly, one woman dead
Prompted by revenge, Beecher Faber, one of the toughest characters known to the Glens Falls police, in true Western desperado style, entered the Fourth Ward Caf on West Street, Glens Falls at 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening, Jan. 23, 1909 and began shooting left and right.
Mrs. Ryan, wife of Jack Ryan, proprietor of the caf , and John Kelleher, familiarly known as "Kip" were shot and the lady died. She was behind the bar when Faber entered the cafe and her husband was in another room nearby serving customers.
Mr. Ryan, on hearing the shots, started for the caf and Faber shot at him hitting a metal tray Ryan was carrying, deflecting the bullet. Thinking that he had killed his victim, Faber left, apparently satisfied with his night's work.
It is the opinion of several persons that Faber intended to shoot Ryan, because a few weeks before, Ryan caused his arrest on a charge of assault in the second degree. Faber was held under $1,500 bail for the action of the Grand Jury.
Two bullets lodged in Mrs. Ryan's body, one in her wrist and one in her ribs. The unfortunate woman was 25 years old. She was born at Wevertown and lived in North Caldwell before she was married to Ryan. She was the daughter of Samuel Richardson.
That night Faber attempted to hang himself with his belt from his jail cell bars but was cut down to save his life. Jail guards believe that he was feigning insanity to save himself from the electric chair.
Pasquale hung himself needlessly
Pasquale Ciglione, aged 26 years, a laborer employed on the barge canal, is dead as the result of grieving over the supposed death of his family in the Messina earthquake tragedy. It has been learned that not only were they all uninjured but were on their way to visit him as he lay dying.
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