Murderer smiles at sentencing
Beecher Faber, the murderer of Maude Ryan, pled Guilty Oct. 28, 1910 at his third trial in state Supreme Court at Lake George to second-degree murder. Justice Van Kirk sentenced him to 20 years at hard labor at Dennemora Prison. He sat in the courtroom beside his attorney, apparently unconcerned with his hands in his pockets and his legs extended, with a cynical smile on his lips as he looked at the judge with a leering expression. He had been sentenced to die in the electric chair on Aug. 8, 1909 but the Court of Appeals granted him a stay of execution. The gates at Clinton prison have closed behind him.
(Note: Reportedly, it had not been Faber's intention on Jan. 23, 1909 to kill Caldwell resident and waitress Maude Ryan, but she unfortunately got in the way when Faber was gunning for someone else at the Glens Falls restaurant where she worked.)
Reader's letter-to-editor refers to baby's death
"This here weekly paper (Warrensburgh News) means a heap to me. You see, the time we lost our little baby and me and Ma was heart broke as could be - why, when that editor comes out and praises his little blameless life, his cunning way, and speaks of him as "sleepin 'neath the daisies," it somehow helped to take the pain away. In the hull (sic) wide world there ain't no other can take this newspaper's place with me and Ma." (Note: John L. Tubbs was editor of the newspaper in 1910 and undoubtedly he would approve of the Adirondack Journal as our hometown newspaper as it continues to reflect the character and interests of citizens in the communities of northern Warren County.)
Train crew badly injured
The southbound train on the Adirondack branch of the D.& H. Railroad, due in Corinth on Nov. 10, 1910, ran into Hanfield's switch a mile south of the depot. The engine was demolished, passengers were thrown from their seats and three members of the crew, conductor Jud Cull, baggage man Leroy Hawkes, and another worker with the last name of Trefontain, were injured. None of the passengers were hurt.
The engine had hit a coal car and the conductor was the most seriously hurt as he suffered a cut hand and a badly injured back.
Beauty contest held at local high school
With the permission of Principal Chilson, a beauty contest will be held at Warrensburgh High School for "Most Popular Girl Student." Ten cents will buy ten votes. May Murray, Barbara Stewart, Clara King, Vivian Waters, Corinne Kenyon and Marion Burt are the contestants. Campaigning for the title is now in full swing at the school.
News near and far
A bad mistake happened at Saranac Lake the other day when the Town Clerk issued to a young man who wanted a marriage license a hunter's license instead.
Edward Payson Weston, the world-famous pedestrian, recently walked from Portland Maine to San Francisco when he was over 70 years of age. He has purchased a farm in Wilton, NY where he plans to retire from his travels.
One dollar will get you for a limited time a full two-year subscription to the St. Lewis Weekly Globe Democrat, which is published twice every week. They say that they publish "all the news of all the earth" and that they are "conservative, dignified, truthful, progressive and up-to-date."
Wedding bells ring locally
John F. McCane of Indian Lake and Miss Clara Hutchins of Johnsburgh were married Oct. 10, 1910 by the Rev. Arthur Baker of Bakers mills.
A very pretty wedding took place at St. John's Church in Chestertown on Oct. 12, 1910 when Miss Helen Murphy, daughter of Cornelius Murphy of Friends Lake, was united in marriage to Edward D. Bradley of New York City by the Rev. Father Ward of North Creek.
Ernest Rist of Albany and Miss Maude Austin of Warrensburgh were quietly married at the Warrensburgh Presbyterian Church manse on Oct. 29, 1910 by the Rev. Richard Abbott. Miss Frances Austin and Harold Labrum were the attendants. The bridegroom is a former Warrensburgh boy.
A young snowstorm tried to get a start in our area on Nov. 3, 1910 but it hasn't accomplished much yet. Back on Oct. 29, 1910 the first storm of the season brought snow which melted as soon as it got to the ground.
The woods are full of hunters at Knowelhurst (near Stony Creek) and still more are coming in every day by automobiles, by teams and on foot. Quite a few more deer would be brought out if the woods were not so dry and noisy.
In Johnsburgh a party of 10 men from Schenectady were joined by ten more from other places and they left on a hunting expedition in the great north woods. Oscar Hewitt has had a hemorrhage in his head. Albert Armstrong was kicked very severely on the jaw by a new horse he had traded for and he was unconscious for almost an hour.
Harold Marshall of Garnet is drawing hay to Warrensburgh for E.H. Baker. Hugh Clothier was killed Nov. 7, 1910 by a fall downstairs at his home near Corinth.
In Riverbank, Alfred Pratt, who was a soldier in the Philippines (Spanish American War), has been allowed a pension of $8 a month. George VanGilder and Fred Morey, employed on the Smith & Millington pulp job, recently sawed and piled 10 cords of wood in eight hours.
In the election, Republican James Emerson of Warrensburgh beat Democrat Callanan for State Senator by a vote of 4,161 to 3,543.
C.H. Bennett of Warrensburgh has bought a lot at Sherman Pond and will build a camp there next season. William Marcellus is building an addition to his house in Burnhamville which he bought recently from Scott Ross.
A close observer cannot fail to be impressed with the fact that John G. Smith's new residence, now in course of construction on Hudson St., will be not only be one of the handsomest but one of the best-appointed homes in Warrensburgh. (Note: This grand house is now the home of Dr. Raluca Sandler and Gary Cooper on the corner of Woodward Avenue and Hudson St.)
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-2210.