The Essex County Republican, June 1880
MINEVILLE-Another sad catastrophe occurred here on Tuesday of last week, which has cast gloom over the whole neighborhood and plunged two families into deep affliction. After the men had quit work at 6 o'clock, Thomas Waldruss, a put boss in one of the pits at New Bed mine, and a helper named George Gilfoy, as was their usual custom, remained in the pit to fire a number of holes that had been drilled during the afternoon. They had fired a hole twice and it had missed, or in mining phrase had blown out without getting any ore, and they had charged it the third time and had cut the fuse, when it exploded, killing Gilfoy instantly, and it is feared fatally injuring Waldruss. One of his eyes is totally destroyed and the other is so badly injured that he can scarcely discern a lighted lump when it is passed before his eyes. Both were men with families, dependent on their day's labor for their support.
SCHROON RIVER-Peter C. Welch was arrested last Monday by constable Duntley for crime of rape, brought before justice Wakefield-plead not guilty, and asked for time to get counsel, constable gave him twenty-four hours. Before the time expired he made his escape. While at Bloomingdale's store he refused to go with the constable, and drew an axe and told him to stand off. The constable followed him to his house, shot at him once, and took dinner with him. After dinner Welch went out to grease his wagon, but instead of greasing the wagon he made for the woods. The constable shat at him again, and returned to Schroon River without the prisoner. Ch was rearrested last Thursday at North Creek. By John Conley, brought back to Root's Hotel, and examined, found guilty, and taken to the county jail to await the action of the next court.
The Essex County Republican, June 1938
TICONDEROGA-The Essex county spelling Bee was held in Elizabethtown Saturday, June 4th. There were fifteen contestants, representing various sections of the County. Catherine Pezzula, 13 years old, of Ticonderoga won first place with a perfect score. Betty Clark, also of Ticonderoga, was second, and Evelyn DeZalia of North Hudson was third. The winner will attend the State Fair in Syracuse and compete in a State contest to be held August 30.
WESTPORT-The Essex County Firemen's Association are making plans for a monster Fourth of July celebration and Field Day to be held at the Westport Fair Grounds, on Monday, July 4th. A tentative program calls for an all day affair, including an amateur program in the evening.
Baseball will be one feature. Harness races will be in charge of Sheriff Percy Egglefield, and he has been promised an excellent card. Something new will be competitive fire drills by different villages and towns. A boot, coat, and helmet race will provide many laughs. A model T Ford race, ladder climbing events, hose races, fire truck displays, etc. the American Legion Posts of the County are to be invited to participate in the parade. Also the various bands and the school drum and bugle corps in the county.
An amateur search for talent will be an early evening feature and arrangements are being made with different radio celebrities for personal appearances. The day will be climaxed with a wonderful display of fireworks and the price of admission will be within the reach of everyone. It will be one of the biggest celebrations to be staged in Essex County in many years.
The Ticonderoga Sentinel,
NORTH ELBA-For the second successive week end, Henry J. Kaiser has visited Lake Placid to check on the progress of his two big speed boats. Guy Lombardo also appeared here Saturday to try out the massive 32-foot Aluminum first, with which he will try to break the world's mile straightaway record in the time trials scheduled Saturday and Sunday.