Warren County Fair opens
The 38th Warren County Fair at Warrensburgh will begin Sept. 5, 1911. Henry Griffing is president and Fred J. Hayes is secretary of the fair association. Special vaudeville attractions will be on stage in front of the grandstand every day during the week long event and there will be music by a good band. The winner of the motor cycle race will receive $30 and the prize for the ox race is $18. In the greased pig race a young porker will be given a liberal coating of lard and be let loose to become the property of the person who captures and holds him.
The ladies of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Rebekah Lodge will provide a clean and palatable lunch for hungry fairgoers at their lunch rooms at the grandstand. Special trains will run on the Delaware and Hudson railroad from all points direct to the Warrensburgh station.
(Note…Although some sources say that the Warren County Fair in Warrensburgh started in 1880, I have found evidence that it actually started in 1873. It was the big event of the year, especially for children and so many area people that lived in outlying areas and did not get into town that often. A family ticket cost $1 and a family, no matter how large, could get into the fair for unlimited during the week with that purchase. The big grandstand at the fairgrounds that cost $25,000 and the racetrack were the main attractions. Horse racing for the men was a big thing in Lake George and Warrensburgh and the competition at the track was fierce. The fair continued there at the fairgrounds behind Ashe’s Hotel until about 1928. There was once a popular nightclub back there called “The Paddock” owned and operated by Curtis Lansing. In 1959 the bandstand burned in a spectacular blaze. It was the end of a glorious era.)
Woodchuck kills man
Bitten by a woodchuck the evening of Aug. 24, 1911, Isaac French, 66, of North Granville died in a few minutes, death being caused, it is believed, by heart failure. Mr. French had gone to the pasture to drive up his cows when he saw the woodchuck and killed it. In the fight the animal bit one of the fingers of his right hand. He went to his house and Mrs. French was in the act of bandaging the wound near the front door when Mr. French fell to the ground dead. The doctor felt that tetanus could not have occurred so soon after the wound was inflicted.
Famous visitor at Cannon Point
Gov. and Mrs. John A. Dix joined the cottage colony at Lake George during the month of August, occupying the Stebbins cottage on Cannon Point, four miles north of Lake George Village which they leased through the real estate agency of Henry W. Sisson. The cottage is one of the finest on the western shore, commanding a wide view from its rocky site on a bold promontory.
A chat with the governor
Senator James A. Emerson and Bertram E. Murray, County Superintendent of Highways, both of Warrensburgh, motored to Lake George Aug. 29, 1911 and called upon Governor John A. Dix at his summer home on Cannon Point. They received a cordial welcome and enjoyed a pleasant chat, mostly on the subject of good roads which are so badly needed here. Governor Dix assured them that he is heartily in favor of Sen. Emerson’s project, the great international highway from New York City to Montreal that is now in the process of being built (now known as state Rte. 9).
The contract for that part of the Warrensburgh-Chestertown route will go to contractor Joseph Walker of New Paltz who has not begun the work yet because of his inability to procure a sufficient supply of brick.
Gala Schroon Lake wedding
Lee F. Stockton of Warrensburgh and Miss Claire Leland of Schroon Lake were married Saturday, Aug. 26, 1911 at noon, at the home of the bride’s father, C.T. Leland.
One corner of the Schroon Lake side of the porch was banked with vines, asters and hydrangeas and here the marriage vows were spoken. The bride’s fair loveliness was greatly enhanced by a handsome costume of white marquisette with trimmings of cluny lace. Her going-away costume was a blue English serge. After an automobile trip tour of the north, the couple will be at home after Sept. 15, 1911 in Warrensburgh.
(Note…Claire Stockton was the daughter of C. Thurman Leland, one time manager of the famous Leland House in Schroon Lake, later owned by Warrensburgh brothers,James and Louis Emerson. Before her marriage the bride was a teacher at Warrensburgh High School for two years. In later years she and her husband, Lee helped run Colonial Arms Hotel in Warrensburgh.)
Death in the news
Mrs. George Bennett died of a complication of diseases at her home in South Warrensburgh. She is survived by her husband and two children, a boy of two years and a girl of six months. She was a daughter of Fred S. Bennett and one of 14 children, eleven of whom are still living.
Advice for bachelors
A wife is a decided addition to the demands upon one’s purse. In that sense, however, sensible and managing as she may be, she is still indeed expensive. But everything worth having has its price of one sort or another and there are some things which cost much without which life is hardly worth living. Men must contemplate making some self denial when they marry.
Barber shop politics
The shadow of Theodore Roosevelt is still hanging over the calculations of Republican politicians who are trying to figure out just how the 1912 campaign is going to be shaped. Those in the William Howard Taft camp who believe that their candidate’s chances of winning are slim believe that the public will put Teddy Roosevelt back in office. (Note…Democrat Woodrow Wilson was elected president in 1912 and again in 1916.)
A telephone line has been established from Riverbank to Chestertown. The Weller brothers and A.D. McKinstry have already had a phone placed in their home and many others are planning to do the same.
Charles Sawyer’s people in Sodom went fishing in Second Pond. They had a lovely time and got some nice trout and bullheads.
Mrs. Patrick McCarthy is seriously ill with bowel trouble at the Echo Lake Farmhouse in Warrensburgh, the home of her sister, Mrs. Edward Noble. Her condition is critical. Sidney Noble is confined to his house with a severe cold.
James Russell of Bakers Mills went to Warrensburgh on Friday, Aug. 25, 1911 to finish a house for Thomas Purvee which he began earlier in the season, before he came back home to do his haying.
In Athol, George Mosher lost a valuable suckling colt. Clair Brown’s oldest child has scarlet fever and has been quarantined. T.H. Smith has the best garden in town. John D. Cameron is in very poor health.
C.V. Peters Co., Glens Falls, the store with the “oval door,” has suits for the hard to fit man on sale this week for $7.50 and men’s popular straw hats for half price.
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