A yellowed old clipping tells of a Bennington Vt. diary which told of a snowstorm in March 1804, when four feet of snow fell and some drifts were 10 feet high. It snowed from Friday morning until Sunday morning. It was impossible for children to walk home from school and the horses sent for them sank up to their necks. At one time during the storm, nine inches fell in three-quarters of an hour.
Occupational hazard proves painful
Willis Shaw, an employee of the Warrensburgh Woolen Co,.(now 18 Milton Ave.) while riding from one floor to another on the freight elevator in the Pants Factory building, Jan. 29, 1909, caught his foot between the elevator and the floor and was compelled to stand and endure the pain of the great pressure for 3/4ths of an hour while fellow workmen cut away a post to release him. A man on the upper floor noticed a belt slipping on the pulley when the elevator stopped and promptly shut off the power thus saving Shaw from more serious injury. The young man was taken to his home and Dr. Griffin was summoned to attend him. The foot was seriously bruised but strangely no bones were broken.
'Colt gone wild' in Thurman
There was quite an exciting time in East Thurman when a colt Harvey Fairfield was holding by the head got frightened and threw him down and stepped on him. The animal was caught by Grover Smith on Mr. Porter's lawn. The cutter was smashed and Mr. Fairfield's leg and arm were hurt quite badly.
In other Thurman news, Add Dutcher is very low with pneumonia. There is little chance that he will recover.
Mrs. Lafayette Everts of Thurman died Feb. 10, 1909. She had been seriously ill for some time.
Henry Smith celebrated his 81st birthday anniversary at his home in Athol.
Young mother and baby die
Mrs. Ernest G. Woodward, with a tiny dead babe clasped to her lifeless bosom, is all that is left mortal of Martha Carson, beloved wife of Ernest Woodward. Today she lies cold in death in her beautiful home on Upper Main St. Warrensburgh, with a kind and loving husband, surrounded by all the comforts of life. They had been looking forward with eager longing to the soon-expected arrival of a little stranger whose coming would satisfy the craving of mother love and fill her cup of happiness to overflowing. Martha Woodward was in a moment, as it were, removed with her child to a higher sphere of happiness by the Divine Power, whose decrees, thought oftimes inscrutable, are, we must believe, always for our best good, inasmuch as sacred script tells us that "He doeth all things well."
Mattie Woodward, 37, was calling on some friends near her home Monday evening and seemed to be in good spirits. She returned home early and retired with a severe headache. During the night she was taken with the convulsions of acute Bright's Disease.
Dr. Cunningham, the family physician was hastily summoned. Later he called in Dr. Goodman to assist him. At ten o'clock in the morning her child was born prematurely and the lives of both passed away together.
Lumber camp brawl
Hollis Russell, of West Warrensburgh, was arrested Feb. 5, 1909 by Deputy Sheriff Stone and sentenced by Justice Weave, of Lake George, to await the action of the grand jury on a charge of assault in the second degree, preferred by Elijah Taft. Russell is accused of biting Taft's ear. Bail was fixed at $500 and furnished. The parties were both employed in the lumber camp of George Russel, near Lake George.
Muscles of steel, other local news
Fred Bennett of Chestertown, who has a pulp wood job for Lewis Thomson on Pucker St., drew to the D. & H. station in Warrensburgh with a pair of steers a load of wood which weighed 10,200 pounds. It is asserted that this is the largest and heaviest load ever drawn in this locality.
In other local news, the most of the horses at The Glen are sick with the distemper.
Dogs got into George Thomson's sheepfold on Spruce Mountain early Saturday morning, Jan. 30, 1909. They killed three sheep and severely mangled two others.
Horse races on ice
The first of a series of ice races at Lake George started Feb. 3, 1909 and furnished excellent sport for a large crowd. The race was for a purse of $25, contested for only by green and untrained horses. Joe Lucia's John L. won in straight heats. Horse racing at Lake George and Glen Lake is at its peak this month and draws large crowds of eager spectators.
Despite the new anti-gambling law, Saratoga will hold horse races this coming season.
Love blooms at lunchtime
George D. Sherman, the millionaire horseman of Syracuse, formerly of Port Henry and Moriah, and who is well known in Warrensburgh, has married Miss Mary Kane, the pretty Syracuse girl who waited on him at the restaurant where he took his luncheons while attending the State Fair in 1907. They are now enjoying their honeymoon trip to the Pacific coast in his private railroad car.
Military Department commander William H. Daniels, of Ogdensburg prepared a bill providing for pensions of $6 a month to all veterans who served three months in the Civil War and who have arrived at the age of 60 years.
A.E. Norton of Lake George exhibited at his office a public notice which was posted in Warrensburgh nearly a century ago. It was dated Warrensburgh, June 8, 1821 and was signed by Bradford Knapp.
Jason Hall, 36, of Warrensburgh died Jan. 31, 1909 at the home of John Morehouse in North Caldwell. Death was caused by pleuro-pneumonia, with which he had been ill for two weeks.
A son was born Feb. 1, 1909 to Mr. and Mrs. George R. Haskell. He has been christened David Charles after his two grandfathers, David M. Woodward and Charles Haskell. (David Haskell was a good friend of mine. For many years he was foreman in charge of the state fish hatchery field station in Fortsville. He was an outstanding local historian and died as a very old man in Stony Creek. His beautiful home is today the town museum there.)
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Willis Shaw on River St. Feb. 5, 1909. He has been named Marshal, for his grandfather, Marshal Shaw.
An enterprising theatrical manager, who is conducting two moving picture shows in Glens Falls, Wonderland and Fairyland, is looking for a suitable place to open a vaudeville house in Warrensburgh.
A steel ceiling is being placed in Floyd & Williams jewelry store in the Woodward block. (This is the stone building at the apex of Main and Hudson streets. I remember that steel ceiling in the old Mitch Abood barber shop on the Hudson Street corner of the building.)
Aged Bolton resident dies
James Fowden, an aged resident of Bolton, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 1909 after a lingering illness, caused by liver troubles. The deceased was born in England and came to this country when he was a young man. He worked in the Wevertown Tannery before moving to Bolton on to a farm. He is survived by his first wife, Mrs. Anna Young of Warrensburgh, Mrs. D.S. Gates of Bolton and Mrs. Charles Lanfear of Hill View (Diamond Point). Burial was in the Warrensburgh Cemetery.
Thought for the day..."Time gets away from an old man almost as quickly as money gets away from a young one." --Anonymous
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