Heavy rain boosts local industry
Warrensburgh has just recovered from a bad rain, snow and sleet storm and now normal conditions are at hand to resume work on the trolley road and Adirondack railway. The recent rains have raised the Schroon River so that there is now a fine working body of water for the industries which derive power from their onward rush. Thankfully. two months of almanac winter are nearly gone, and only one month remains.
An act of pure evil
A fire started, according to the claim of Jesse Bentley, the leprous tramp who set it, and destroyed the beautiful H.H. Hayden cottage on the Bolton Road, Lake George, burning the structure to the ground Feb. 13, 1909 while residents of the vicinity and caretakers of nearby cottages stood by helpless to check the flames. In the cottage was much valuable furniture, pictures and other furnishings, which were destroyed, making the loss about $8,000. The burned cottage, part of the Hayden estate, was situated between the summer homes of George Foster Peabody and Charles J. Peabody.
In examining the snow about the house is search of a possible clue to the whereabouts of an incendiary, the men found tracks leading from the cottage to a nearby hemlock tree where they discovered Jesse Bentley trying to climb up into the branches. Emerson Dalrymple threw Bentley to the ground until the other men arrived and he was placed under arrest and taken to the Lake George jail under a charge of arson.
Bentley, who is 30 and a native of Bolton, admitted that he was in the Hayden cottage and sat the fire which he said was caused by his throwing a cigarette into a pile of papers. He said he broke into the cottage to steal, thinking there might be some valuable silverware there, but finding nothing, he laid down on a couch, smoking a cigarette and in this way set the fire.
Bentley was discharged recently from the Parks Hospital, Glens Falls, after being treated for several weeks for a loathsome skin disease which resembles leprosy. He is believed to be rather weak minded, with a tendency toward crime. He has been an inmate of the County Home, County Jail, Albany Penitentiary and Clinton Prison, where he was admitted to serve a five-year sentence for burglary and after he was released he was sent as an inmate to the County Home. While living there he broke into Fred Vetter's store in Chestertown which gave him four months in the Albany penitentiary.
Being unable to pay his bail, Bentley will be held in the county jail to await the Grand Jury setting in April.
Lake George Club, Clerk's office construction
The Lake George Club has awarded the contract for the construction of a building about one mile south of the Marion House, at an expense of practically $20,000 to Worden & Smith, of Lake George. Charles S. Peabody is the architect. The club is expected to open the first week of July, 1909. The old Lake George Yacht Club located at Basin Bay burned some years ago and the new club is expected to be a substantial addition to the lake.
A buildings committee of Warren County Board of Supervisors, appointed to act on bids for the enlargement of the County Clerk's office at the Lake George courthouse, on Feb. 15, 1909, awarded the contract for the erection of the addition to Schermerhorn Brothers, of Lake George. Their bid was the lowest of five, being $1,998. Supervisors Smith H. Wood and James H. Bain composed the committee.
(Note... The old Lake George courthouse was completed in 1845. In 1887 a small stone annex, built many years earlier near the street to house the County Clerk's office, was torn down and later another office was built. An excellent history of the court house was highlighted in the July 12, 2008 issue of the Adirondack Journal. )
Charles R. Stone of Warrensburgh, and Miss Lulu Brooks, of Stony Creek, were married Feb. 17, 1909 in Lewisville (on River St., Warrensburg), by the Rev. Guy Harte Purdy.
Truman H. Barber of South Johnsburgh, has sold his brown horse to Charles Armstrong of Warrensburgh. George Thomas, of Johnsburgh lost a good cow. Elijah Pratt of West Bolton has finished drawing his pulp wood. Julius McKinstry of Adirondack is in Canada buying horses.
The interior of John G. Hunt's store is being improved by a fresh coat of paint. (Today this area is the north end of Marco Polo Pizza.)
Albert H. Thomas and John G. Smith of Warrensburgh returned from Dannemora Prison where they witnessed the electrocution of Leslie Combs, who robbed and killed his victim in cold blood.
Old resident meets sad end
Nicholas Bibby, 78, an old area resident and a veteran of the Civil War, committed suicide at his home by shooting himself through the heart with a double-barrel shotgun.
Bibby's residence is in the center of Pottersville, just across the street from the Wells House. He was at the hotel in the morning and went home about noon to dinner. Securing his shotgun he carefully aimed it at his heart and with a stove-poker, he pressed the trigger. As the shot rang through the house his lifeless body fell to the floor with his life-blood gushing from a horrible wound in his breast.
His daughter, Mrs. Owen and his sister, Mary Whitney rushed to his side. Mr. Bibby had been in poor health since the death of his wife about a year ago and at times was very despondent. Five sons, three daughters and five grandchildren survive him.
Prominent men succumb
Henry A. Brooks, 71, died Feb. 14, 1909 at his home in Stony Creek after a long illness. He was one of the most prominent men in his town, having held the offices of supervisor, justice of the peace and assessor. He was a highly esteemed veteran of the Civil War. He left a widow, four daughters and three sons.
Col. Galway C. Morris, 74, president of the Lake George First National Bank since its organization in 1907, died Feb. 8, 1909 at the home of his son, Herbert Morris, in Philadelphia where he was taken on account of failing health. He was a veteran of the Civil War. For the past 25 years he has been a prominent resident on the shore of Lake George, near Tea Island and he is also survived by a second son, Dr. Ellison Morris of Philadelphia. Mrs. Morris died at Lake George about nine years ago.
Boy killed in sledding incident
Mark Dalrymple, 19, son of Elmer Dalrymple of Hill View, (Diamond Point) Lake George, is dead at the home of his parents as the result of a coasting accident, Feb. 22, 1909, when he was impaled on a stick as he was thrown from a coaster.
He was out on the snow crust near the Cramer place sliding on a barrel stave on which he had nailed an upright block for a seat. His coaster became unmanageable and he hit a slight declivity where a bush had been partly chopped down, leaving an upright stick about an inch in diameter which entered his body at the lowest point in the abdomen and passing through, came out just below the shoulder blade. He freed himself from the stick and ran to his home half a mile away.
Dr. C.B. Stiles of Hill View, was summoned and also Drs. Cunningham and Henning of Glens Falls. He was operated upon at the Parks Hospital in Glens Falls and a great deal of laceration of the large intestine was found. About four inches of the intestine was removed and the doctors gave but little hope for the lad's recovery.
The next day Mark gradually failed and after intense suffering death came to his relief in the morning's early hours. The affair has cast a gloom over the whole community, for the boy was much loved both in his home and in the village where he was admired for his fine qualities and upright life.
Thought for the day; "Just because his wife wanted him to eat meat after the cat had sampled it, a Warrensburgh man is suing for a divorce. Some people are so finicky!"
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