Weird Spring not as bad as 1908's draught
There was a snow squall on May 3, 1909 in this area. We've had a cold, wet, backward spring thus far and as bad as it is, it is better than last year's drought. The click, click of the lawn mower will soon be heard again. (Remember the old push lawn mowers? They're back in style again.)
Automobiles have been taken out of storage and have begun to run for the season and they are now seen in Warrensburgh every day.
River drivers are sending logs, many of them bouncing hemlock logs, down the Adirondack streams early this year. Some of them have taken 200 to 500 years to attain their present size. Most of these old trees are made into pulp and sold at the rate of $42 a ton. (What a shame so much of the Adirondacks was clear-cut during that era, and for such a paltry sum!)
Anyone who likes perch fish can secure all they can carry by following the brook which empties from Sweed's Pond in Graphite. The recent overflow of the pond into the brook has scattered thousands of these fish in the wet, marshy places, where they can be picked up by hand.
Local deaths in the news
Mary F. Barber, 72, died May 5, 1909 at her home on upper Main St. Warrensburgh. The deceased was one of the old-time school teachers of Warren County and a number of men now prominent in public life in this vicinity received their rudimentary training with her. She was a faithful and devoted member of the Warrensburgh Baptist Church.
Mervale N. Bruce, 60, died April 19, 1909 of congestion of the lungs and catarrh of the liver and stomach. He leaves a widow and seven children at Adirondack, in Horicon.
Isabelle Ranken Leggett, 30, wife of Clarkson H. Leggett, off Chestertown, died April 26, 1909 in Troy at the home of her parents.
Ruth May Brereton, infant daughter of LeRoy Brereton, died April 30, 1909 and was buried two days later beside her mother who was laid to rest on April 17, 1909 in the Huddle Cemetery, Hill View (now Diamond Point).
Andrew J. Morehouse, 73, a lifelong resident of Bakers Mills, died May 1, 1909 of a complication of diseases. He was buried in the Bates Cemetery.
Finding gold, sheriff stakes his claim
Deputy Essex County Sheriff Henry Allen of Lake Placid, has filed a claim to which he considers to be a rich deposit of gold in the vicinity of Lake Placid. (Note... There has been many a gold craze in the Adirondacks over the years, even in Warrensburgh and Thurman, but none of these minute deposits ever made anyone rich.)
Man rescued from suicide attempt
George Kelly, 24, of Glens Falls, while on the streets of that city, drank two ounces of laudanum (opium), but prompt medical assistance saved him. Kelly has lately been employed on the construction of the new Lake George Club House on the state boulevard to Bolton Landing. He is said to have been despondent of late.
Trains cause death and havoc
In a case of man versus cold steel, one man lost his life. Fred Daniels, of Whitehall, a conductor of the D&H construction train, had his skull crushed while coupling train cars at Lake George.
George W. Brayton, 76, a prominent farmer of Queensbury, living on the outskirts of Glens Falls, was killed May 4, 1909 by a D&H train. He was attempting to cross the tracks and saw the train before it reached him and although he tried to get out of its way he was struck by the bucking beam of the engine. His skull was fractured and he lived a few minutes.
In a rear-end collision caused by slippery rails, eight persons were injured, three quite severely, by flying glass on May 1, 1909 at Glens Falls. An inter-urban trolley car of the Hudson Valley Railroad Co. ran into a local train while the latter was at a standstill to discharge passengers. Neither car was derailed but nearly all of the windows were broken.
Stories from near and far
The Delaware and Hudson Railroad and New York Central, as of June 11, 1909, will be charging for dogs as express baggage. The rate will be one-sixth of the passenger rate.
A terrible accident, due to a premature explosion of dynamite, occurred the afternoon of May 12, 1909 at the Callahan Stone Quarry a few miles from Albany and 15 men were killed including John Callahan, general manager of the plant.
M.J. Haverty, manager of the New Rockwell Hotel, Luzerne, has leased the Globe Hotel, Glens Falls and on May 5, 1909 he has taken possession.
John Swan, of Warrensburgh, who is at present employed in Mason's Meat Market, Glens Falls, recently found a perfectly rounded pearl while opening clams. A Glens Falls jeweler says the pearl is worth about $75.
Oscar Ordway, of West Stony Creek, plans to build several cottages near the lake this spring which will be used for summer visitors. Edgar Ordway sold his fine pair of horses to a butcher named Smith from Mechanicville.
Weddings celebrated locally
Jay Harrington and Miss Sarah Needham were married the evening of May 5, 1909 at the home of the bride's father, LeRoy Needham in Lewisville (River Street, Warrensburgh).
A pretty wedding took place the evening of May 28, 1909 at the home of the bride's brother, John J. Gates, of Hill View (now Diamond Point), when Miss Anna B. Gates, only daughter of D.S. Gates, was united in marriage with J. Clifton Dudley, of Bolton Landing, by the Rev. Dwight A. Parce, with only the family present. The bride was becomingly attired in light blue silk crepe.
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