Winter Fades Away at last
The snow in the woods has all but disappeared. Sugar makers do not report a good season. The water in the Schroon River is higher than at any time since the last of March, 1903. The roads are flooded in several places on both sides of the river between Warrensburgh and Horicon. The logs which were left back by the drive last season owing to the exceedingly low water, as well as those piled on the banks during the winter, have been taken off and carried down stream by the flood. The Hudson River is also at freshet pitch, but there is no fear of damage. The river waters present a grand spectacle and after last year's vicious drought, its raging beauty is a beautiful sight to behold.
Town leader who built sidewalks dies at 66
Louis Weinman, 66, a resident of Warrensburgh for the past 29 years, died April 20, 1909 at a hospital in Burlington, Vt. He had been in poor health for eight months and death came suddenly caused by angina pectoris.
Weinman was born June 22, 1843 in Allenmuhl, Germany. He moved to Claremont, New Hampshire in 1868 and engaged in a mercantile business. In 1880 he came to Warrensburgh and with Hon. Louis W. Emerson as a partner established the Empire Shirt Company.
Louis Weinman was a staunch Democrat, and in 1897 he was elected supervisor of Warrensburgh. He held that office for ten years, serving as chairman of the board in 1903. He is responsible for the slate and cement sidewalks which he had laid in all parts of the village. Never did he overlook the interests of any citizen, Democrat or Republican, whom he represented. He was the soul of honor, a man of strict probity, giving to everyone his due and at times a little more.
Weinman was married in 1871 at Claremont, NH to Emma C. Johnson of that place. She survives with their two children, Mrs. Hart (Theresa) Joseph and Bertha Weinman, all of Warrensburgh. The funeral was held from the Hart Joseph house on Elm Street and three fully loaded carriages of flowers and a large concourse of townspeople followed the hearse to the Warrensburgh Cemetery. (The Hart Joseph mansion was at 48 Elm St., a house Louis Weinman had built in 1901 for his daughter, Theresa Joseph. It burned in 1931 when it belonged to Frank Smith and Jack Toney's 1955 single-story ranch house stands there today.)
Fowler's Store celebrates 40 Years
The B.B. Fowler department store on Glen St. in Glens Falls, one of the biggest mercantile establishments in this section of New York, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The store began its life humbly in 1869, conducting a modest business in a small place, rapidly growing as the result of honest methods and hard labor to its present status and occupancy of the biggest single store block in Glens Falls.
Woman's long sleeve, ankle length, lightweight union suits are on sale this week at Fowler's for 50 cents.
(Note...B.B. Fowler is buried on Main St., Chestertown, next to the former town hall. The old Fowler building at 190 Glen St. is now Aimie's Dinner & Movie.)
Aged residents die
Chloe Olmsted, 93, undoubtedly the oldest person in this locality, died April 15, 1909 at the home of her son, Nathan Wilcox with whom she lived in North Caldwell. She was born in 1816 in Luzerne. She married Simeon Wilcox and they had two sons and a daughter. Ten years after he died 46 years ago, she married William Olmsted who died four years ago. She lived in North Caldwell for 65 or 70 years. Burial was in the Caldwell Cemetery, Lake George.
Cornelia Maxim, 84, died of heart trouble on April 24, 1909 at her home on Main St., Warrensburgh. She was the daughter of the late David and Betsey Lucas Morehouse, among the early settlers of the town. She was the widow of Samuel Maxim, a soldier of the Civil War who died Feb. 16, 1865 in a Rebel prison at Salisbury, North Carolina.
Maxim is survived by a son, John H. Maxim, a daughter, Emma Tripp, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Elmore Tucker is building a wagon house in North Thurman and Herbert Ingraham is doing the carpenter work. Wilber Everts has opened an asbestos mine on Elmore Tucker's farm.
Edward Wakely of Sodom is getting ready for the annual river drive. In West Bolton A.W. Lanfair has a cow that gave birth to twin calves. William Merrill of Bakers Mills is building a new piazza with Henry Maxam doing the work. Ralph, 23 months old, infant son of John F. Coulter of Chestertown, died after three days illness with spinal meningitis. Myron Bennett of West Thurman is ill with pneumonia and Harry Johnson of Wevertown is slowly recovering from the same ailment.
Burr Remington, the Horicon-Warrensburgh stage driver, did not make his usual trips recently on account of high water which flooded the roads and carried away the bridge below South Horicon.
The David Harrington place burned to the ground in Wevertown and Mrs. David Bunker with her family of small children, who occupied the place, lost all their goods and possessions in the fire.
After many years of suffering, George A. Smith, 36, passed into eternal rest on Sunday morning, April 18, 1909 at his home on Summit St., Warrensburgh. He leaves a widow and one son, Almon W. Smith. (My good friend, Almon Smith, who died many years ago, was Warrensburg Town Clerk.
Thought for the day: the Emerson Bank would like to point out that the individual who is using his sock instead of the bank depository is receiving no interest.
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