Broken promises, tears shed
Elwood Fry of Stony Creek appeared before the Warren County Court during its May term, answering a charge against him of "Seduction Under Promise of Marriage." Attorney W.M. Cameron of Glens Falls, moved to discharge the defendant on the grounds that the boy was only 17 years old at the time the crime was committed - and the complainant knew it - and because of his age he was incapable of making a promise to marry. The motion was denied.
Carrie Knowlton of Stony Creek, testified that the Hull girl, against whom the crime was committed, told her that she did not care about the disgrace of going before the grand jury if she could only compel Fry to marry her.
The jury brought back a verdict of guilty. The prisoner, who had been out on bail, was arraigned and sentenced to the Elmira Reformatory for an indeterminate term. He was placed in the County Jail at Lake George until an officer could arrive from Elmira to take him into custody. The conditions at the reformatory are said to have become so overcrowded that it might not be able to receive any more prisoners in the near future.
Roadways' dust is annoying
Warrensburgh needs a water wagon, according to several prominent citizens, to tumble up and down the streets to dispense water and make them dustless. Conservative citizens consider this to be one of the crying needs of the village.
If anyone doubts that we ought to have a horse-drawn sprinkler for our streets, let him journey the length of Main St. on a dry day and he will change his mind. Let it be known that this is a real water wagon we are referring to, not a symbolic hearse of the demon rum.
Frightened horses cause mayhem
While William Daggett, who lives a little way off from the main road this side of Thurman Station, was at Stony Creek, June 4, 1909, his horses became frightened near the railroad station and ran, throwing him out. Mr. Daggett's shoulder was dislocated by the fall and he was also quite badly injured otherwise.
In another local incident, Ludwick D. Wilsey also had a problem with his horse.
In attempting to pass Dennis Weaver, who was leisurely driving Dr. J.M. Griffin's rig down Hudson Street, Warrensburgh on a Monday afternoon, Wilsey's horse ran Wilsey's wagon into the buggy and demolished a wheel. The accident created quite a hubbub for a time and attracted a large crowd of onlookers.
Power steering not yet invented
W.D.K. Wright, manager of the White Steamer Auto Agency and Edward Ambrose, a demonstrator of the same company, both of Troy, and H.C. Nye, of Keene, were injured by being thrown out of their automobile above the Warrensburgh-Chester road's toll gate (now corner of state Rtes. 9 and 28). Nye's injuries were not serious. Wright and Ambrose were taken to Glens Falls on the Hudson Valley express car and from that city to Troy by chartered trolley car. Wright, who sustained a fractured leg, is at the Samaritan Hospital and Ambrose is confined to his home with two broken ribs and many bruises.
Automobile mania reported in Chester
There were more than 20 automobiles in Chestertown on May 31, 1909 and Senator James A. Emerson of Warrensburgh was one of the drivers. The hotels did a fine business. There are a number of auto accidents these days as these machines run so fast many people are afraid to drive out on the roads, especially the toll road. ( Note: Horses were known to hate these newfangled, noisy monstrosities and were often seen getting hysterical when they encountered one on the road.)
A handsome steel gray, four-passenger Buick machine was delivered by Miller Brothers of Glens Falls, to G.W. Dickinson and H.S. Bertrand of Warrensburgh. (Local druggists, father and son-in-law.)
Orley Hazelton of Warrensburgh, has sold his four-passenger Oldsmobile auto and purchased a five-passenger Rambler touring car. Stewart Haight has built a barn on his place on Smith St., Warrensburgh, in which to keep his new automobile.
H.W. Stewart, proprietor of the Pebloe Hotel, Brant Lake, welcomes all auto parties. He has a fine kitchen in his pleasant hotel and a fine wine list.
Local news roundabout
The water in the Schroon River is lowering rapidly. Charles Mosher of Chestertown, has taken his best race horse, Ben Como, to Warrensburgh. Elmer Harrington at the Glen lost a valuable four-year-old colt to lockjaw. Henry D. Cameron of Lewisville (River Street, Warrensburgh) returned May 31, 1909 from Harrisburgh Lake, Stony Creek, where he caught 35 pounds of perch, one weighing a pound and a quarter.
R.E. Valentine, proprietor of Valentine's on Friends Lake, is making an earnest effort to change the name of Friends Lake to its original name, Atateka Lake.
Prof. E.W. Benedict has resigned as principal of the Warrensburgh High School. Under his management the school has become one of the best public schools in the state.
Harry Raymond, of Riverside, and Miss Bessie Clark, of Igerna, were married June 2, 1909 at the Methodist Episcopal parsonage, Chestertown.
Sarah Reynolds, 87, widow of John K. Cameron, died May 27, 1909 at her home in Athol of the infirmities incident of old age. She is survived by two sons, Richardson and John W. Cameron, both of Thurman.
Mrs. Elmer Vernum is recovering from a siege of scarlet fever at her home in Lake George. Mrs. Jane Johnson, 83, of Wevertown, died May 12, 1909 at her home of pneumonia. (Note...in 1909 a viral strain of pneumonia killed many people. Ten years later the world was decimated by a wave of Spanish Influenza.)
William Hayes Stannard of Lewisville was arrested May 5, 1909 for disorderly conduct and the next day he was sentenced to the Albany penitentiary for 60 days by Justice Hodgson.
D.E. Pasco on River Street (now Curtis Lumber) has just in an entire stock of wagons, buggies and harnesses for sale. Included are two fine two-seaters.
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