Band of gypsies rolls through town
A caravan of gypsy wanderers arrived in Warrensburgh on June 9, 1909 and were up to all of their old tricks by swapping horses and telling fortunes.
They make an easy living. The gypsy women, in gaudy apparel, read palms and the men doctor up their old plug horses to pass muster to the unwary. They seem to enjoy their simple life living in tents and wagons. The children are lithe of limb with clear eyes and pink cheeks and they are seldom sick. They play with their pet dogs and gather wild flowers from the field to sell for pennies.
When the band tires of one place, or are ordered to leave, they move on. "They fold their tents like the Arabs and silently steal away."
'Buffalo Bill' Cody in Glens Falls show
The world-renowned union of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and Pawnee Bill's Far East Show will be in Glens Falls June 18, 1909 and the excitement there is growing. In the Wild West segment, Col. William F. Cody, the last of the great scouts, will appear in the saddle on his famous white horse, Isham, at every performance, showing some remarkable exhibitions of expert horsemanship. (Note: William F. Cody got the name "Buffalo Bill" in 1867 when he was chief of scouts under General Crook and claimed to have killed 4,280 bison. He toured for many years with his Wild West show which made him an American legend. His later partnership with Gordon W. Lillie, known as "Pawnee Bill," was not as successful. Cody was a close friend of "Bronco" Charley Miller of Glens Falls, who toured with him and the show for five years in America and Europe.)
Coroner called to investigate death
Ruth Holcomb, the six-week-old girl baby of Mr. and Mrs. Asa Holcomb of Knowelhurst, Stony Creek area, was found dead in bed with her mother on Saturday morning, June 5, 1909. Coroner Dr. G.H. Aldrich of Creek Centre was sent to investigate the case and he decided that she was either accidentally smothered or strangled.
Matriarch of Smith family dies
Maria Smith, 84, widow of the late Hon. Richard P. Smith, died June 27, 1909 at her home in South Horicon after a lingering illness and old age. She was a lifelong resident of Horicon and was well loved by all who knew her. Burial was in the Chestertown Cemetery. (Note...Maria Smith raised a large and honorable family who prospered in Warrensburgh in many different business ventures, She was the grandmother of Frank Smith who was town Supervisor from 1926 until 1931 when he died while still in office. He spent little time behind his desk and was always on the road with his dog, "Bubbles" sitting on the car seat beside him, as he kept in touch with the voters who loved and supported him.)
There was a frost on June 8, 1909. Now and than as the month wears on, some person or other has the temerity to wear a straw hat with hope in their heart. The Wilson-Root Co. store in Glens Falls has Knox straws for $4 each and also caps for the boys.
The Warrensburgh high school team gleefully defeated the Lake George Union team nine on the local baseball diamond, 12 to 0.
John Tubbs, editor of the Warrensburgh News, has a fine old violin for sale. It has a sweet, strong tone, and is in first-class condition...$1,000. (Note: John Tubbs called his own special violin, "The Old Squire." He loved his violin, according to his daughter, author Margaret Louise Tubbs.)
In Riparius, Louis Laprarie lost a horse. Fred Jenks is working for Charles Vilander at the new mill in Garnet. Mrs. Louisa Rigney, of North Thurman, died of the grippe and advanced old age.
The condition of C. Fred Wheeler, who has suffered intensely from gallstones for three weeks at his home on Fourth Ave., Warrensburgh, is somewhat improved.
Wallace Scofield of West Stony Creek, who is quite elderly, was taken with hemorrhage of the head and bled constantly freely for nearly two days and nights. He is somewhat better.
William H. Faxon, of Chestertown, has opened up his graphite mine on Hague Mountain and he has built a new road into the mines.
The North Creek Electric Co. has its dam well under way with a fair prospect that electric lights will be installed there locally this coming fall.
L.W. Brooks is building a shanty near Seymour Stevens' place at Knowelhurst - near Stony Creek - and expects to commence peeling hemlock bark for Ned Garnar and also for Finch, Pruyn, of Glens Falls. (Note...Hemlock bark, which contained tannic acid, was used extensively in making leather. When the hemlock tree supply was exhausted in the Adirondacks, the leather industry left the region.)
Charles Baumaline has resumed his duties as chef at the Adirondack Hotel (now the site of Rite Aid Pharmacy) in Warrensburgh. Allie J. Pasco has leased the Loon Lake Inn in Chester.
Prisoner ingests poison, delays journey
Anthony Chadwick, the Glens Falls criminal who apparently tried to kill his ex-lover with dynamite, attempted to end his life with poison and was dangerously ill in Plattsburgh. He was finally so recovered on June 2, 1909 that he was able to continue the journey to the Dannemora State Prison with jailers Adelbert Brown and Constable C.J. Buckley. (Note: Anthony Chadwick, a former Glens Falls special policeman, threw a dynamite bomb on Dec. 31, 1908 into a double tenement house on New Alley St. where his former paramour, Mrs. John Anderson lived. The lady wasn't home at the time, but her little daughter was badly injured by flying glass.)
Bargain real estate offered
S.B. Smith, Warrensburgh's real estate and insurance dealer, has a "good little farm" less than three-quarters of a mile from town, 22 acres, a six- room house, poultry house, productive two-acre garden and nice, clean well water, all for $325. Listed also is a residence on lower River St. adjoining J.F. Cameron's store, with nine rooms, a cellar, veranda, the house is in excellent condition, for $1,000. (Note...This latter house, next to the Milton Ave. bridge is still standing. My late husband, Mervin Hadden was born there in 1917. Cameron's store was next door where the empty lot exists now, across from Curtis Lumber.)
Looking to the hereafter
Many years ago. Orrin VanDusen of West Mountain, had two caskets made from a large oak tree which grew on his farm, in which the bodies of himself and his wife were to be placed for burial. On Wednesday, May 26, 1909, undertaker A.J. Woodard of Luzerne was called to the VanDusen homestead to take charge of the funeral of Mrs. VanDusen, 86 years old. Mr. VanDusen, 92, will join her when the time comes for his departure from this life. (Note: I have been to VanDusen Rd. in West Glens Fall, many times over the years and have often wondered about the origin of the name. My friend, Maurice Combs, whose family has strong ties to Thurman, has his business there.)
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