U.S. president to visit Warrensburgh
U.S. Vice President James Schoolcraft Sherman, Speaker "Uncle Joe" Cannon, prominent state officials and possibly even William Howard Taft, our 27th president, are to be the guests of Senator James Emerson of Warrensburgh in July, 1909 on an automobile trip through the Adirondacks enroute to the Champlain Tercentennial celebration.
Senator Emerson will meet the party at Schenectady with automobiles sufficient to transport his guests. This party is expected to include the largest assemblage of prominent men which ever visited this area at one time. On route, Warrensburgh will give the senator's guests a royal reception.
Wintry weather persists
Snow squalls prevailed May 3, 1909 in this area. Trailing arbutus is beginning to open but the cool weather and lack of sunshine has retarded the flowering. The log drive in charge of Jack Donohue is camped at O.K. slip near North Creek. The Hudson River log drive, in the charge of Ashley Kellogg of Glens Falls, is camping at The Glen. Quite a number of men from that place are employed on the drive. The river is very high there owing to a flood from the Goodnow Dam.
Cows dead, clergyman irate
The Rev. E.M. Parrott, an Episcopal clergyman who conducts a dairy farm near Lake George, brought a case against the Hudson Valley Railroad Company to recover $350 for the killing of six of his cows, a part of a herd of 20, who were being driven on the trolley company's right of way when they were struck. The plaintiff alleged that the motorman recklessly and wantonly ran down the cattle. A verdict of no cause for action was returned.
Unexplained death investigated
Patrick Keays, a former Warrensburgh boy, the eldest son of Frank Keays, was killed a short distance north of Comstock. He was employed at the Atlantic and Pacific Gulf Co. on its barge canal at Comstock.
Coming back from Whitehall, the freight train on which he was traveling did not stop at Comstock. Patrick's body was found two miles north of that place beside the railroad tracks. It is not known whether he fell off the train at this point, was pushed or jumped off. The only mark on his body was a bruise behind his left ear.
Beside his parents, he is survived by four sisters and five brothers. He was buried at St. Paul's Cemetery, Sandy Hill (now Hudson Falls).
Teenager steals liquor
Walter Wood of Thurman, was arrested May 7, 1909 for feloniously taking four quart bottles of whiskey from the saloon of James Shannahan, at Cat's Corners. He was sent to the Rochester reformatory by Justice Hodgson. The boy is only 15 years of age, but old enough to know better.
(Note...Cat's Corners is on the Warrensburg end of the present day Thurman Bridge.)
Prestigious lady dies
Adaline E. Arnold, 77, widow of Luther A. Arnold, died at the home of a friend in Glens Falls. She was born in Chestertown, the daughter of William and Elizabeth Sherman Hotchkiss. Her father, familiarly known as "Squire Hotchkiss," was prominent in the political life of Glens Falls, being justice of the peace during the years of 1869 to 1873 and previous to that was state senator from 1856 to 1857.
Adaline Arnold's husband, Luther A. Arnold was editor of the old Glens Falls Messenger newspaper from 1858 to 1863 and was later school commissioner. The Hotchkiss and Arnold families were prominent in Warren County.
(Note...Luther Arnold was a firm supporter of Abraham Lincoln and had nothing at all good to say about Lincoln's rival, Senator Stephen A. Douglas. The old Glens Falls Messenger weekly newspaper ceased publication around 1890 after it was purchased by the Glens Falls Times, the first daily in Glens Falls.)
Extensive lawn work is being done at the Griffing homestead, the beautiful home of Dr. Cyrus S. Merrill. Shrubbery is now being set out as a border for the grounds. The lawn area is expected to be one of the beauty spots of the village.
(Note...The house was later owned by Dr. Merrill's daughter, Grace Merrill Lown Magee which bears her name today as "Grace's Tavern" and bed & breakfast resort.
Lester Morehouse and Miss Bertha Wood, both of Warrensburgh, were married May 11, 1909 by Justice G.R. Hodgson.
Druggist George W. Dickinson is the latest member of the Warrensburgh automobile club, having bought a snazzy Buick runabout.
Gabriel Cullen, 11, was chasing an unruly cow at his home on Harrington Hill when he fell over a rock and broke his right arm.
Thomas J. Smith and his two sons, Frank and Scott, came from Warrensburgh to South Horicon in his new automobile to see his mother, who is ill. He went from there to Riparius to see his son, Bert Smith.
(Note... Thomas Smith owned the big feed and grain store that was across River St. from the present day Grist Mill Restaurant. Frank Smith later was town supervisor.)
Halsey Herrick traded the McClaren farm on Harrington Hill for Foster Tyrrell's house and lot on Ridge St. Miss Lillian Lanfear than purchased the house from Mr. Herrick. Orange Wood, who had rented the house, moved into the Thomas Baker house at Baker's Crossing.
Looking Back...While the weather exactly 100 years ago included snow squalls, May was more wintry 36 years later. On May 10, 1945 Warrensburg was hit by the worst May snow storm in 75 years, when six to 10 inches fell.
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