Gala regatta on Brant Lake draws crowd
Brant Lake was at its best on Aug. 25, 1909 when the regatta was held in front of the Pebloe Hotel. There was a large crowd of spectators from Horicon, Schroon Lake, Chestertown and Hill View (Diamond Point). The yachts and motorboats, decorated with college flags, evergreens and bunting, grouped at the finishing flag and made a delightful picture as viewed from shore. Gold cups and watches were given as first and second prizes. Catherine Sullivan from Horicon has been employed at the Pebloe this summer and was on hand for the race.
Old town, new lake
The citizens of Indian Lake feel that it is about time that they had a lake. They will build a dam across Carroll Brook and thereby form a lake just back of the village, reaching nearly to the highway. The lake will be about one and a fourth miles long and half a mile wide. Work has commenced at once to clear the land that will be flooded. About $1,400 has been raised by subscription to accomplish the work.
Local citizens rally to fight 'great white plague'
An attempt is now underway in New York State to stamp out tuberculosis and a special meeting will be held to that effect at the Warrensburgh Baptist Church where members of the Civic & Sanitary Association will speak on this great social and economic problem that concerns everyone and is a foe of the human race. They feel that it is more economical to care for the consumptive and cure him than to neglect him and let him die. (Note - Tuberculosis, once called the Great White Plague, remains today as one of the most widespread infections in the world.)
Old man's last journey
Charles Lamb, an aged veteran of the Civil War, was taken to the Soldiers' Home at Bath, New York, by a comrade, R.D. Hastings, who volunteered to accompany him on his sad journey. Mr. Lamb, while celebrating the Fourth of July this year near The Glen, where he was employed on a farm, had his right hand exploded so badly by fireworks that amputation to the wrist has to be done Glens Falls Hospital.
Scratching out a living
Enumerators (census takers) sent into the mountain fastnesses of the wild back-country and into the dangerous "jungles" of the great cities, get paid $2 a day and three cents for each head secured. The counting of this 13th census, which will begin April 15, 1910 will be done nationwide by 70,000 men. (Note - In 1910 in Warrensburgh, 2,385 citizens were counted, a little more than half of the current population.
Merrill serves informal tea
Dr. Cyrus S. Merrill and his daughter, "Miss Grace," of Albany, held an informal tea on Sept. 2, 1909, on the lawn of their summer home in Warrensburgh. Among the vast number of invited guests were Lake George millionaires Spencer Trask and George Foster Peabody. Also present was Henry Mills Alden, editor of Harper's Magazine. (Note - Dr. Merrill was an eye doctor. He was married to Mary E. Griffin and they had two children, Stephen and Grace. Stephen, 21 years old, died in 1903 and Mary died in 1905. Dr. Merrill, 79, lived until 1926. Today their Warrensburgh landmark house, "The Old Griffing Homestead," is called "Grace's Restaurant and Lounge." Grace Merrill Lown Magee died in 1979.)
Lake George legend buys new boat
Polish Count Casimer S. Mankowski, a Bolton cottager, has purchased Capt. O.M. Smith's speedboat, the Scat, which has negotiated better than 21 miles per hour on Lake George. (Note - The dashing Count Mankowski was the darling of Lake George boat racing. He later became famous racing his boat, "Ankle Deep," which flew over the water at nearly 50 miles an hour.)
Nearly buried alive
While digging sand in a bank on the state road just south of Hill View (Diamond Point), Byron Hammond was nearly buried when the bank caved in. He had to be shoveled out. Fortunately no bones were broken, but he was made very lame by being so jammed up in such a tight position.
Anthrax kills 40
The outbreak of anthrax in Orange County has killed 40 cows, four horses and one man. The man, in bravado, wrapped a skin of one of the cows around his neck and carried it to his house. His face and throat began to swell in two days, and in five days he was dead. There is worry that the disease might spread locally. (Note - Anthrax causes localized skin lesions which enlarge, ulcerate, and become black which can poison the blood and cause death.)
Local News roundabout
The elimination of the common housefly will, in the opinion of the health department, do away with half of the annual cases of typhoid and other intestinal diseases in New York State.
The song of the cricket can now be heard every night. Leslie Drury of Riparius is very ill with typhoid fever. Liewyellyn Loveland, the Johnsburgh stage driver, has a lame back and Abram Ross will take his place. In Chestertown on the night of Aug. 28, 1909, the Chester House had 12 auto parties with 42 persons and the Rising House had eight auto parties with 34 people for dinner.
Seventy-five girls are wanted from Sept. 1 to 15, 1909 for good steady jobs at the Empire Shirt Factory, Warrensburgh.
Clyde Catlin of Hague drew with Fred Rand's splendid pair of gray horses, 4,020 pounds of coal at one load to the mines at Graphite.
Miss Mildred Russell of Warrensburgh has been engaged to teach school on Harrington Hill this coming year.
Ben Como, the speedy gelding owned by Mosher & McCauley, of Chestertown won at the Cambridge Fair last week and this week he will race in Plattsburgh.
Area developments and events
The annual religious camp meeting at Riverside opened Aug. 18, 1909 at the rustic tabernacle and will continue for a week. E.W. Moston of Wevertown is president of the Riverside Grove.
There will be social dancing at Music Hall (corner of Main and Adirondack Ave.), Warrensburgh on Sept. 9 and 10, 1909, with music by Holcomb's Orchestra of Glens Falls. Admission fee is 25 cents.
The rich garnet ore outcropping on the west shore of Lake George near Buck Mountain, owned by George R. Benton and Thomas S. Coolidge, is being looked at by a garnet company with a view toward development.
Myron Combs, the veteran milk peddler, who recently lost his pocketbook with a large sum of money in it, met with another loss by having a cow killed by falling over a 30-foot ledge in the pasture. "Misfortunes never come singly," he said. Charles Harrington of Garnet also lost a valuable cow around the same time.
Several farmers from Knowelhurst (near Stony Creek) have been going to West Stony Creek and vicinity to cut wild hay on the flows and beaver meadows as tame grass was a very poor crop here this year.
"Mayor" E.T. Hayes has bought the livery business of Charles N. Baker, which is conducted in Joseph Lavine's barn, just north of the Warren House. The mayor is a natural born horseman and he can put out a rig that will please the most critical patron. (Note - This would be about where the parking lot of Potter's Diner is today.)
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