Pucker St. man jailed for keeping his
children out of school
Alfred Moffitt of Pucker St. in north Warrensburgh, was arrested March 31, 1909 by truant officer Robert Cunningham for violation of the compulsory education law in not sending his four children to school. He was arraigned before Justice George Hodgson and admitted the charge. Last year he was fined $5 on the same charge and he is said to have expected the same thing this time around.
This year he was told he had to pay either $15 or spend 15 days in jail and he was taken to jail by Officer Cunningham. Many citizens criticized the sentence saying that Moffitt's family would suffer more than he would. Some parents can see no advantage to having their children educated, which they consider to be a waste of time, when they are so badly needed at home to help work to support the family.
William B. Isham, 82, a prominent New York City businessman and part-time Warrensburgh resident, died March 22, 1909 in his home on 61st St. in Manhattan. Born in 1827, he was active in the leather business from 1849 to 1890.
On June 9, 1852 he married Julia Burhans of Warrensburgh and they spent their summers here. The couple had four sons and two daughters. William Isham was a man of influence and integrity.
Winter's death-grip fades Records indicate that we have had our full share of snow this winter and the total will exceed the 1907-1908 season which was 13 feet, 6 inches. The breaking up of the icy crust this year was accompanied by subterranean rumblings, quakes and booms as the frost is starting out of the ground. Rather than a crust, it was more like a solid sheet of ice and not for many years has such a thing been seen in this area. The death of two children on sleds, Mark Dalrymple and William Dow and the broken leg of Ida Brannon has resulted from this fluke of nature. The noises emanating from the earth sound like an invisible asthmatic devil wheezing for breath.
Hungry days for wildlife
Never has so many deer been killed in violation of the game law through the closed season as there has been this past hard winter, at least in some areas of the Adirondacks. The cause of this wanton slaughter is thought to be hard times, during which the people have not had money enough to purchase their provisions. Hounding is strictly forbidden and penalties are severe for those who break the law.
Third family member dies
Luman Pendell, 73, died March 22 of pleuro-pneumonia. His is the third death of the same disease in the same family, all in the month of March, 1909. Pendell's wife and sister-in-law, Mrs. Orange Kathan, have also succumbed to the dreaded malady. His brother, James F. Pendell of Thurman, survives him. He was buried in the Athol Cemetery.
No will to live
Charles L. Mason, 35, foreman for construction crews of the Glens Falls firm Finch & Herlib, met death the night of March 20, 1909 after a day's work on the state road construction at Pottersville, as the result of ingesting chloral. This chemical, which results from the combination of chlorine and ethyl alcohol, is a hypnotic.
Mason was in good health and apparent good spirits on the night of his death. He left the Wells House in Pottersville at 8 p.m. and shook hands with several men on his way home. He seemed well and happy.
After taking the drug, Mr. Mason kissed his wife and children and told them he was going to die. Terrified, Mrs. Mason hurriedly summoned Dr. Perkins. When he arrived he found the patient past all help. It is a great mystery why a young man with no financial troubles, in the prime of life, should choose to die.
(Note... I am reminded of the strange story of Nicholas Bibby who, in February, 1909, also left the Wells House and walked across the street to his house and shot himself through the heart with his double-barrel shotgun. No one knew the reason why.
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