Essex County Republican June, 1880
NORTH ELBA-Wednesday evening, May 26th, Lake Placid, the gem of the Adirondack Lakes, was true to the name. Not even a ripple marred the mirage of the blue white-flecked sky, streaked with the rose purple tints of the setting sun. the tall dark evergreens cast their somber shade over the little bays, while the light green of the maple and beech nodded lazily to welcome the rest of eve with its twinkling stars; ever anon a trout would dart topward after an unfortunate fly-leaving its circled mark growing larger and larger on the bosom of the sleeping waters until lost in space. A haze of grey purple hung over the mountains in the distance and at the foot of grand old Whiteface-the plaintive notes of a loon answered the hooting of the owls on the islands-wild, grand and beautiful was the scene-so thought Mr. and Mrs. Leggett, as from the piazza of their rustic home they view the landscape.
The fatal step was taken in sportive play. "That stump looks badly so near the house; don't you think we can safely set it on fire?" remarked Mr. Leggett. "Why of course; there cannot possibly be any danger," answered his wife the lecturer, so the stump was lighted, and soon a volume of smoke was curling up, filling the air with the aroma of spruce, and the husband and wife leaned back in their arm chairs and watched with many a smile and many a jest that old useless, decayed root in its apparently last struggles, until the last spark was out. And the full moon rose over the mountain tops and gilded the quiet waters, and the last look at the stump assured them that all was right.
The 27th Lake Placid was angry. Dark puffs of wind and white caps. How she lashed the shore and bent the trees; but who cared at Leggett's? The boats were well moored. No trees likely to be blown down.
No warning was there until about noon. Mr. Leggett discovered a slight smoke, soon after a small flickering flame. As a simple precaution he poured on three pails of water, remarking to Mrs. L. that an ounce of prevention was better than a pound of cure. Dinner was called; both Mr. and Mrs. L. looked at the sly sneaking, dead wood and entered, merry as a marriage bell. "What a peculiar roar the wind has" said Mrs. L. Why what does that crackling mean?"It sounds like FIRE!" A rush to the door. Great God! What an appalling sight. One mass of flames under foot, over head, hissing and sissing, lapping with ferocious frenzy everything in its course. The towering spruce the swaying birches wrapped in a sheet of flame and little fire tongues darting in and out of the logs, up, up, 60 feet.
Oh God, there is no help for us. Yes, two boats are in sight, sportsmen fishing. Soon the air is filled with the agonizing cries of: Help! Fire! And blast upon blast of the horn from the almost despairing ones startled them and then commenced the pull for life or death by Milo Perry and Nelson Shook, firm of C. N. Williams of Elizabethtown, with their sturdy armed guides, Myron Brewster and West Kennedy of North Elba. One glance at the bounding boats and hope revived. For three hours scarcely a word was spoken-but the fight was over, and Castle Rustico saved from ashes by the efforts of these energetic gentlemen to whom Mr. and Mrs. Leggett extend their heartfelt thanks.
Castle Rustico was built of sold massive spruce logs, with the bark carefully preserved in its natural state, by W. Fox Leggett, of New York city, at the request of many desirous of a life half camp, without its other inconveniences. It is 86 feet long-four gables-and 60 deep, three stories high, and acknowledged to be, the largest log house on record. It is situated on the banks of Lake Placid. Forest affords shade, and the grounds are sufficiently cleared to admit of plenty of sunshine. If this had been a frame house nothing could have saved it. Nothing but the massive logs could have rewarded the great efforts made, and so it is rightly named-castle, or strong hold.
WILMINGTON-In anticipation of the near approach of the glorious day of Woman's Rights, the men of our warlike province have decided to erect in her honor, and for her convenience a town house, which is to be large, roomy, well ventilated, and in every particular well calculated to gratify the fastidious taste of the coming woman. The job of erecting is to be let one week from next Saturday. It is to be built on the Canada side of the river, away from kiln smoke and coal dust.
The Essex County Republican June 3, 1938
RAY BROOK-The short open season for the taking of beaver, rewarded 867 trappers with 2638 of the highly prized rodents, the Conservation Department announced today. The order per,mitting the taking of these industrious animals was issued by Commissioner Lithgow Osborne after a checkup during the winter months had revealed that this species was plentiful in many counties of the State. The season is 1938 extended from march 15 to March 31 inclusive. Trappers in Essex County trapped 418 beaver this year, as compared with 384 in 1937.
ELIZABETHTOWN-Justice O. Byron Brewster, delegate to the State Constitutional Convention, has offered a proposed amendment to the Constitution: "natural beauty, historic associations sightlines and physical good order of the state and its parts contribute to the general welfare, and shall be conserved and developed as a part of the patrimony of the people, and to that end private property shall be subject to reasonable regulation and control". This proposal has been referred to committee.