Funeral services for Elihu R. Geraghty, 42, a prominent Warrensburg attorney, were held Feb. 18, 1959 at the Church of the Holy Cross, Warrensburg, with a large crowd in attendance, including a large contingent of the Warren County Bar Association.
Geraghty died early Sunday night in an automobile accident near First and Hudson Streets. It is believed that he accidentally tripped and fell as he was crossing the street and was run over by a passing automobile. Cpl. William T. Carboy and Trooper Edward Pratt investigated with Warrensburg Chief of Police Howard Hewitt.
Mr. Geraghty's death brought a tragic ending to what had been a brilliant career in law and public affairs. He graduated from Colgate University in 1937 and from Albany Law School in 1940. He worked actively upstate for the late Wendell Wilkie in his campaign for the presidency prior to entering the Navy where he served as a lieutenant during World War II. In 1940 he entered a law partnership with former Assemblyman Harry Reoux and was active in politics. In recent years he has maintained his own office.
Mr. Geraghty leaves a widow, the former Thelma Burto Geraghty of North Creek and five sons, Elihu Root Geraghty, Jr., 18, Ennis, 11, Kevin, 9, Jonathan, 8, Sean, 6 and his mother, Mrs. Mary Geraghty of Chestertown. Burial was in the Warrensburg Cemetery Rev. Robert Heron officiated at the services.
(Kevin is now the Warrensburg Town Supervisor, and Jon and Sean have served on various local community boards.)
Tax plan under fire
Warren County Assemblyman Richard J. Bartlett told Warrensburg taxpayers that criticism of the Gov. Rockefeller budget as a "soak the poor" program is not accurate. He said, "The greatest tax increase will actually be for those with a taxable income in excess of $9,000 in Warren County." Taxpayers earning less than $6,000 a year, who paid 20 percent of state taxes last year will pay only 19 percent this year. Those earning under $3,500 will now only pay four percent. "We cannot, however, have both increased services and lower taxes," Mr. Bartlett commented.
Warrensburg school news
Saralee Orton and Mary Beth Clayfield are two young people among 20 in the country who have won Regents College Scholarships.
The Junior Class of Warrensburg Central School is working hard to produce a first-class yearbook. Mary Beth Clayfield is Editor-in-Chief and Kathryn DeLoria is Business Manager and they are off to a swell start as a section of the 108 pages has been sent off to the printer.
The annual senior play at Warrensburg High will be directed by Jean Frulla, senior class advisor. The play, "We Shook the Family Tree," is a three-act comedy. The leading role, that of Hildegarde, has been given to Bonnie Binder. Betsey Remington will play Hildegarde's mother and John Binder will play her father.
Members of the cast are Sarah Farrar, Richard Kline, Charles Barton, Candy Combs, Patricia Hastings, Ruth-Ellen Mundy, Robert Millward, Roderic Kenyon and Valerie Pratt. Rehearsals are in progress.
Little folks arrive
Mr. and Mrs. George Schuster of Lake George are the parents of a son born Feb. 7, 1959.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Sprague of Warrensburg are the parents of a son born Feb. 9, 1959.
Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Vernum of Warrensburg are the parents of a daughter born Feb. 14, 1959.
Mr. and Mrs. Philip LaVergne, First Ave., Warrensburg, are the parents of a son born Feb. 18, 1959.
Trip to the big city
Doreen Cooper and daughter Pamela went to New York City Feb. 14, 1959 to meet Mrs. Cooper's cousin, June Alexia Gorham who arrived on the ship Queen Elizabeth from Felixstowe, England. Charles Brunelle of the U.S. Air Force accompanied them all back to Warrensburg for a several days stay. Miss Gorham and Mr. Brunelle have been engaged since March, 1958 and a March, 1959 wedding is planned. Doreen Cooper was born and raised in England.
Kenneth Steves, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Steves, 11 Horicon Ave. in Warrensburg, enlisted in the United States Navy and is at Great Lakes, Illinois for basic training.
Two local boys, Doug and Roger Niles, represented Warrensburg in the Olympic Pee Wee World's Champion Bobsled Races, Feb. 23, 1959, at the Olympic bob run, Mt. Hoevenburg, Lake Placid. There were 64 team entries for the two-man bobsled race and the boys placed 11th in their age group with Doug as driver and Roger as brakeman.
Jack Bonner has a 27-foot 1953 house trailer for sale at 1 Main St. Warrensburg. Luther Pratt, of Thurman has hay and potatoes for sale. Ozzie and Velma Millward are remodeling their drug store. This store was across from the present day Marco Polo Pizza - part of Jack Toney's two-story brick three-store building that burned down in the 1980s.
John and Ann Vanier have moved from their apartment over Wilsey's Store (corner of First and Main Streets) to the Clarence Turner house on Horicon Ave.
Joseph Wulfkin of Long Island and four friends spent several days recently at his camp in The Glen.
George H. Lincoln, 11 Horicon Ave., Warrensburg, died Feb. 10, 1959 at Glens Falls Hospital. A former well-known farmer of Bacon Hill, he was superintendent of the Warren County Home Farm here for six years. He was buried in Quaker Springs.
Blaze hospitalizes homeowner
Warrensburg volunteer firemen were called when fire, caused by an overheated stove, completely gutted a garage owned by Howard Carpenter, 22 Warren St., Warrensburg. The blaze destroyed furniture stored in the garage as well as the family car. In an effort to save the car, Mr. Carpenter suffered extensive burns on the back of both hands when he unsuccessfully tried to start the car and drive it out of the burning garage. He was treated at the Glens Falls Hospital.
Thought for the day:"I've had enough of February. If I could, I would have liked to have slept this one (1959) out with the groundhog. Oh, happy, happy March! I would throw garlands in your path, if the path were not so slick with ice. Soon the sap will flow. With the coming of March, we are within arms-length of spring." Robert Hall, former editor of the Warrensburg News, from a 1959 edition.
History written in stone
In the Feb. 26, 1959 issue of the Warrensburg News, the late historian Caroline Fish wrote about the early history of Chestertown. I saw a few names I recognized.
Caroline said that at the time the town was formed, March 25, 1799, the total population consisted of 246 hearty pioneers. Among these first settlers were Noel and his son, Martin Wightman. I have seen their gravestones on Ingraham Road, off Landon Hill. Martin was the first recorded person to die in the Chestertown area. His stone says he died "Aug. 9, 1796 ae. 1 y'rs 8 & 2 d's." Noel Wightman, 74, died Nov. 28, 1839.
It is the stone of Noel's "consort" Polly Wightman that stands out. She died May 24, 1860 at the age of 82 years. Her epitaph says, "She went down to the gravel like a sack of corn fully ripe."
The economic bulwark in these pioneering days was lumbering, tanning, potash burning and lime making. In that same Ingraham Cemetery is the stone of Sylvester Carpenter, age 26 years and eight months. The epitaph says he was "killed by the falling of a tree Dec. 27, 1820." The nearby stone of Obadiah M. Knapp says that a tree fell on him also. He was "killed in the 42 y'r of his age." Trees seem to have been more of a danger than the dreaded Indian attacks. It was a hard, cruel back then - It still is!
(Note...Thanks to reader Cindy Perkins for being a devoted reader. Can someone give me information about Earl Duell who died April 23, 1961 after a automobile accident?)
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