Tree tapping time will soon be here, and farmers will set up their equipment for the annual sugar bush harvest.
"It is the time to come and tap a fragrant bounty in the tree - Let buckets brim with crystal sap, unbridled stream race skyward, free." --William Vincent Sieller
Girl burned in school lab, teacher hurt
Lynne Smith, a 10th grade student of Warrensburg High School is in Glens Falls Hospital suffering from 2nd degree burns on the face, shoulder and hand which she received Feb. 3, 1959 while working in the school chemistry lab.
The quick action of science teacher Rudolph Meola was praised when he tore off his heavy tweed jacket and quickly wrapped it around Lynne's body, smothering the flames and preventing even more injury to her and other students. In the process he received severe burns on his hand.
The group of which Lynn was a part was at work on an experiment of extracting chlorophyll from leaves when the alcohol from a beaker caught fire and blazed up. Lynn threw up her hand to protect her eyes which showed presence of mind, for she was quickly enveloped in flames.
Dr. John Cunningham and the emergency ambulance were immediately summoned while school nurse Jessie Robinson administered first aid and then rode to the hospital with Lynne. She was transported by Richard Kline and Hugh Trenary. Principal Durwood Weaver investigated and made a full report at the school board meeting.
Lynne Smith was in the hospital for several weeks. Some of her scars were permanent but not on her face. She is the daughter of Wilford "Woody" and Lenore Smith of Warrensburg. Woody died in 1983.
Today Lynne is the wife of Orson Richards and lives in East Greenbush. Their son, McLaren Richards and his wife have two children and he runs the Riverside Gallery in Warrensburg.
My good friend Rudy Meola is retired and lives in Hague where he is a town councilman and an outspoken and valued member of the Warren County Democratic Committee.
Pile Up in Thurman
Three freight cars of a Delaware & Hudson train were derailed Feb. 26, 1959 at the crossing in the Town of Thurman near the Warrensburg-Thurman highway bridge, The incident blocked vehicle traffic between the two towns. The freight train was out of Saratoga Springs and was headed toward North Creek. Rex Eddy was engineer and Joseph Coates was conductor. No one was injured.
Warrensburg Central School students in the Thurman area were absent that day from school as the school buses were unable to get around the freight cars which blocked the road.
Officials explore new development
The school boards of Warrensburg, Lake George and Bolton are exploring the possible advantage of merging their three central schools districts.
Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Lee Orton has announced that the board is exploring the possibility of acquiring the Lake George Central School to house county offices.
New building plans are being laid out for the construction of a modern 80-bed East Wing expansion and improvement of the Glens Falls Hospital in which $850,000 is hoped to be raised. The construction cost is estimated at $1,975,000. The new wing will consist of four stories and a ground floor which will run parallel to Park St. across Basin St. and connect with the north-south wings of the hospital directly opposite the existing West Wing.
Ladies suffer bad luck and injuries
Carol Crannell of Lake George married William Webster Sept. 20, 1958. On Nov. 20, 1958 she was injured by a run-away school bus and became a patient at Glens Falls Hospital. She is still convalescing there at this time.
Mrs. Jerome Kilburn of The Glen, who broke her leg in two places last fall, is finally able to get around on crutches.
Mrs. Bernard Ramsey received severe burns on the body while making coffee at the Caldwell Presbyterian Church in Lake George. She was treated by Dr. Hilton H. Dier and is slowly recovering at her home on Cramer Rd., Lake George.
Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Hall Jr., are the parents of a son born Jan. 23, 1959 in the Glens Falls Hospital. He has been named Mark Allen. Mrs. Hall suffered a fractured leg in a bad fall Jan. 19, 1959 and is now only able to get around in a wheel chair to care for the new baby and her two other children.
Clyde Farrar, at Farrar's Pharmacy (north of Potter's Diner), 45 Main Street, Warrensburg, is advertising chocolate candy delights, "Something fancy to feed your flame on Valentine's Day." Edna Bruce has been named Chairman of the 1959 Heart Fund drive.
Helen Gilchrist will present a Warrensburg Central School study course entitled "Concerns of a Continent-USA," at the First Methodist Church.
William Mallery, 33, for eleven years a language teacher at Warrensburg High, died suddenly Feb. 24, 1959 at his home on 209 Main Street. Dr. Clinton E. Lawrence pronounced him dead. Dr. P.H. Cunningham said that death was due to a coronary occlusion.
Philip H. McCormick, son of Halsey McCormick of 84 River St. Warrensburg and Miss Louise Hornbostel, daughter of Paul Hornbostel of Eixe Kreis Peine, Germany, were united in marriage Feb. 6, 1959. Mr. McCormick is stationed with the U.S. Air Force near Bitburg, Germany.
US Army Private Charles Roberts left for Germany after spending a 30-day furlough with his mother, Althea Wells and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Roberts. He was previously stationed at Buffalo where he worked with guided missiles.
Robert Millward, who plays "Freddie Shermer" in the school play, "We Shook the Family Tree," is supposed to wear knickers for his role. He can't find anyone in town who has a pair to lend him.
George B. Ellsworth, 74, of Riverside Rd. Chestertown, a former member of the Chestertown Town Board, died Feb. 27, 1959 at the home of his daughter Mrs. Burton Duell. He had a milk route for about 40 years before he retired.
In the first national census of 1790 when Washington County included this whole entire region, and Queensbury alone was named in what in now Warren County, the total population numbered 183 families, 1,081 persons and one slave belonging to John Thurman. Micajah Pettit, in 1800, became the first state Assemblyman from Washington County.
William Bond came in 1786 to settle at Echo Lake. On Feb. 12, 1813 the area was named Warrensburgh and James L. Thurman became the first supervisor of the new town.
Memories of Duell, kind words appreciated
Sincere thanks to Tameron Tessier, Robert Ellsworth and Mildred Johnson for their kind comments about this column.
At the request of Cindy Perkins, I asked if anyone could tell us about Earl Duell who suffered an automobile accident on Oct. 20, 1960 but didn't die until April 23, 1961. Clair Bates and Arthur Moffitt remembered him well. He was a well-liked man and a first-class mechanic at Whipple's Garage in Chestertown. The accident, when he drove off the side of the road, was a bad one and he is said to have been in a coma until he died six months later.
My condolences and sincere sympathy goes to my neighbor of many years, Bob Greene on Main Street. His wife, Robin Greene died unexpectedly Feb. 18, 2009 after a long illness.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.