Family spans Warrensburg's two centuries
Truman C. Brown and Matilda M. Taber, both of Warrensburgh, were married at the Methodist Episcopal Church at 4 o'clock Sunday. Although no friends or relatives were invited, about 30 people showed up at the church to witness the happy event. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Joel Hall of Sandy Hill (Hudson Falls). It is a fact that 50 years ago in Bolton at his first church, Rev. Hall performed the bridegroom's first wedding ceremony and he was happy to be on hand to start him on his second matrimonial voyage.
(Note...This wedding it is a link that connects the entire length of Warrensburgh's history, from its humble beginnings to the present day. The following paragraphs will explain why.
In three years, or 2013, Warrensburgh will celebrate its 200th anniversary of being a town. It was, however, 27 years before the big day, Feb. 12, 1813, that the first settler, William Bond arrived in 1786 to take up residence here. Two years later, in 1788, Caleb Brown was born in this frontier town that was than no more than a wide spot on the Indian trail that led to Canada.
Caleb Brown eventually became the father of bridegroom Truman C. Brown. Truman's first wife was Augusta French, born in 1839 and they had two children, Ella Brown and Milon Brown. They lived on Dickinson Hill, four miles from Warrensburgh. Augusta resided there on the farm for 42 years before she died at age 62 in 1902 of a severe attack of the grippe complicated by heart disease.
Living in Warrensburgh today are direct descendants of this couple whose family made their mark on the town. Art Brown, who ran his shoe store next door to the bandstand for nearly 60 years is a descendent of Milon Brown who was once Warrensburgh road commissioner. George Hayes, who today lives on the old Wilsey farm near his mother, Louise Hayes, off upper Hudson St., is the great-great grandson of Truman Brown. George's great-grandmother was Ella Brown Carpenter.
There is another interesting connection. Truman Brown had a brother, Nathaniel Brown and four sisters. One of the girls, Sarah Brown married Miles Thomas, a school teacher from Bolton. After he became a successful Warrensburgh merchant, in 1873 he built a house for his bride which is today the Warrensburg Senior Citizens Center and Chamber of Commerce building on Main St. "From its pain-wracked tenement of clay Death released the soul" of this lady in 1911 when she died in that house. Miles and Sarah Thomas were the great-grandparents of state Assemblyman Harry Reoux, who lived, on the corner of Main and Hackensack streets until he died in 1968.
Truman C. Brown is buried in the Warrensburg Cemetery beside his first wife, Augusta French. He died in 1928.
Thus is our tale of 222 years of Warrensburg history. Time is still marching along and creating new stories every day.
Clayton Jackson of South Glens Falls and Brooklyn residents Thomas McTiernan and James Doherty met with a great tragedy in Utica.
Doherty was killed instantly when the trio was hit by a light train engine. Jackson's legs were cut off and he regained consciousness about 15 minutes after the accident and seeing that his legs had been amputated, he removed his shoe laces and bound his legs to stop the flow of blood. He saw that one of his companions had been killed and the other unconscious, whereupon he rolled over and over to a switchman's shanty, nearly a third of a mile distant. From there he and McTiernan were rushed to a hospital. McTiernan died the next day but Jackson is expected to recover.
Death in the news
Johannah Donovan, 71, the sister of Jerry Donovan, died at her home in North Caldwell. She had been sorely afflicted with rheumatism for a number of years and death was caused by heart failure. The funeral was held at St. Cecilias' Church, Warrensburgh.
Susannah Kenovan, 85, died at her home in Horicon of old age. She was born in County Derry, Ireland and she came to America with her husband when she was young and settled in Glens Falls. For more than half a century they raised a large family of sons and daughters in Horicon. She was buried in St. Cecilia's Cemetery, Warrensburgh.
James A. Lamb, 73, of Bolton died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Thomas Duell. He was the brother of Charles Lamb who lives at the old soldier's home. Burial was in the Warrensburgh Cemetery.
Horace Stewart, 77, died Dec. 29, 1909 at his home in Bolton Landing of a paralytic stroke. He was born in Bolton and for over 40 years was proprietor of the Stewart House there. Burial was in the Huddle Cemetery.
During a blinding snowstorm, the Rev. W.I. Pond, one of the oldest retired Methodist preachers in the country, was killed th morning of Jan. 24, 1910 by a Hudson Valley trolley car at Baker's Crossing, eight miles from Saratoga Spa.
Painful departure from life
Charles Swanson, 62, a prominent Stony Creek lumberman, died Jan. 24, 1910 as the result of an accident at the Stony Creek railroad station. He was backing up a team when the wagon struck a pile of wood throwing the tongue against his abdomen, injuring him internally. No skin was broken. He was removed to his home but he was unable to survive his injury and died of acute peritonitis caused by the accident.
Swanson was a native of Sweden, coming to this country when he was 19. For 35 years, he was a resident of Stony Creek where he had followed the lumber business extensively and had held the office of Superintendent of Highways and was elected Justice of the Peace last fall.
His poor blind wife is left behind to mourn his loss. "On his bed of pain and languishing he made his peace with his maker." Charles Swanson was buried in the Van Auken Cemetery, Stony Creek.
Garry Hall, of Warrensburgh and Miss Julia Agnes Simmons, daughter of Thomas Simmons of North Warrensburgh were married at the Church of the Holy Cross on Dec. 11, 1909 by the Rev. Guy Harte Purdy. The couple will reside in Cleveland, Ohio. (Note...Garry and "Jewel" Hall were the grandparents of present-day Warren County Judge John S. Hall.)
Richard Menshausen of Porters Corners and Miss Maude Dingman of Warrensburgh were married Saturday afternoon, Dec. 25, 1909 at the home of the bride's stepfather, Edward Coward of Palmer, by the Rev. F.D. Cameron. The bride was attended by the groom's sister, Elizabeth Menshausen. (Note...This couple lived on Newton St., Warrensburgh. The are buried in the Warrensburg Cemetery.)
A quiet wedding took place at noon on Sunday Dec. 26, 1909 at the home of Zoe Savarie of Indian Lake when Miss Florence Tripp was united in marriage with Treffly Pelon. The couple will reside at the home of Frank Pelon where the wedding reception was held.
Orson W. Hull of Stony Creek and Miss Mabel E. Ingraham of Warrensburgh were married Jan. 20, 1910 at the home of the bride's father, O.A. Ingraham, King's Addition, Warrensburgh. The couple took the train at Thurman for a short wedding trip. They will live in Warrensburgh.
Cornelius O'Leary of Corinth and Miss Blanche Wheeler, daughter of Alida Wheeler of Warrensburgh, were married Jan. 26, 1910 in Lake George. They will reside in Corinth where Mr. O'Leary works in the International Paper mill.
Floyd Saville of Chestertown and Miss Evaline Grinnell of Warrensburgh were married at the Baptist Church in Warrensburgh by the Rev. W.S. Warren.
Test your knowledge of recent local history
How good is your memory? Try your hand at this week's brain teaser! The Dragon Lee Restaurant in Warrensburg is today at 35 Main St. on the corner of Horicon Ave. Tell me what year the building was built and what store was prepared to do business there. Call me!
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