He never heard the train approaching
Jeremiah Hotchkiss, 70, a deaf-mute of Glens Falls, was instantly killed and mangled beyond recognition Jan. 19, 1911 by a Delaware and Hudson passenger engine near the railroad station in that city. Train engineer John King, said he did not see the man and knew nothing was amiss until he felt a slight jar. The fireman was sent to investigate and found the deaf mute's mangled body about 15 feet from the engine. It is believed that Hotchkiss was walking the tracks to John St. and no one witnessed the accident. Engineer King ran down and killed another deaf mute on the Platt St. crossing in April, 1910 in Glens Falls. The victim was a resident of Pottersville and his body was taken there for burial.
Undertaker assumed he was dead
Owing to a misunderstood telephone message, Edward Chevalley, the proprietor of the well-known roadhouse at stop 17 on the Schenectady-Albany road, who is suffering from cancer, came to his senses the night of Jan. 7, 1911 just in time to ask an Albany undertaker who was at work on his body, what the trouble was. It seems that Chevalley had a severe relapse and his mother, who lives in Albany, was telephoned that her son had died and therefore sent an undertaker to the house. While the undertaker was busy laying out the body, Chevalley suddenly sat up in bed and asked for an explanation.
They turned tail and ran
George Boyce started from Wells to go to Thurman and when he arrived at the railroad crossing at The Glen, the northbound passenger train was just leaving the station. The horses became frightened and turned completely around, throwing Mr. Boyce out and he landed in a snow drift uninjured. The team than ran up to the railway track two miles to what is known as the Anderson Brook Bridge. The train came along up and the trainmen found that one horse had fallen through the bridge. They cut the harness, letting that horse down through the bridge. The animal sustained considerable many bruises. The other horse, above the bridge, was unhurt. Mr. Boyce hired a horse to hitch with his uninjured horse and continued on his journey to Thurman.
New tuberculosis asylum in North Creek
"The Gables," a building at North Creek owned by Dr. Lee Somerville, was erected by the late Dr. Thomas C. Durant who was at one time president of the Adirondack Railroad. The Warren County Board of Supervisors recently appropriated $10,000 for its purchase, the property to be used as a County Hospital for tubercular patients. (Note...In the mid-1860s, when Dr. Durant was vice-president of the Union Pacific Company, he is remembered for missing the hammer blow at the golden spike in ceremonies at Promontory Point, Utah. He was however, one of the great men of his day. He died in 1885 in North Creek.)
Stony Creek and thereabouts
Louis Bidwell and Miss Isabel Bidwell drove to Stony Creek to visit George Brown.
Charles Smith is stocking his sawmill near Stony Creek in Knowelhurst with logs from his mountain lot above Lester Lyng's place. The lot was nearly all burned two years ago.
Edgar Ordway has three sick horses. Dr. Pitcher, veterinary surgeon of Warrensburgh, has made one trip over there to see them.
(Note...Dr. Alfred J. Pitcher was supervisor of Warrensburgh from 1908 until 1911. He lived in the little house on Elm St. behind the present day Floyd Bennett bandstand.)
Prominent lady dies - a long time resident
Mrs. Emma Hayes, 83, widow of Halsey B. Hayes, died Dec. 15, 1910 of paralysis. She was born in Warrensburgh and spent her whole life here. She was the daughter of the late Joseph Bennett, a respected old settler of the town. Her husband died Feb. 20, 1894. They were parents to 10 children.
Emma Hayes resided with her granddaughter, Mrs. Nelson Dufresne. Full of years, loved by her children and grandchildren and esteemed and honored by a large circle of friends and acquaintances, this good woman has gone to receive the reward assured to those who truly serve the Lord as she has done. Since 1864 she has been a faithful communicant of the Church of the Holy Cross in Warrensburgh.
Wheeling and dealing with horses
G.R. Smith of Johnsburgh is the proud owner of the handsomest cutter in town. Chester Mitchell has sold his farm in Minerva to Orrin Kellogg.
Henry Brown, foreman of the Eagle Nest Club's property at Blue Mountain Lake was recently in Warrensburgh to buy a team and found just what he wanted at the farm of Arthur Morrison. He drove home with a fine pair of horses for which he paid $500. Mr. Morrison bought the team from Eugene Murphy of Chestertown.
In other news, at the home of William LaFlure in Pottersville there is much rejoicing over the arrival of a son who came on Christmas night. The question is, will young LaFlure be as good a horse trader as is his grandfather, Uncle Joe LaFlure?
Citizens passed away
Lorenzo Hemingway, 88, an old resident of Horicon, died Friday, Jan. 20, 1911 of cancer at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hiram Ross. He has two other daughters and three sons to mourn his loss.
Mrs. Elizabeth Loveland, 79, died of pneumonia Jan. 20, 1911 at the home of John W. Cameron of Athol. Internment was in the Cameron Cemetery.
Mrs. Kezire Murdock, 77, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 1911 of chronic nephritis at the home of her son, Linsey Murdock with whom she resided in Warrensburgh.
William Lackey, 88, died Jan. 25, 1911 at his home in Johnsburgh. He is survived by two sons, Andrew and Miles Lackey.
Ella K. Ingraham, 3, the daughter of Mrs. Carrie Ingraham and a grandchild of John H. Pasco, died Jan. 25, 1911 of typhoid fever in North Caldwell. The father died of the same disease about three years ago in Glens Falls.
The men and teams around Riverbank are very busy drawing logs to the river and wood and pulp wood to Warrensburgh. Arvin Hutchins has commenced drawing pulp from Mill Creek Pond. Wallace Tucker of North Thurman has been working in the lumber woods at Cedar Lakes. The sleighing is fine.
The new 1910 census says that there are 32,252 people in Warren County. Thurman has 805, Stony Creek has 858 and Chestertown has 1,731 people. There are 2,385 citizens in Warrensburgh and 1,482, a combined total in Lake George and Caldwell.
John Hastings, the young son of Frank Hastings, is recovering from pneumonia. T.J. Converse of North Creek is very ill with the grippe, which has settled in his face and head.
Fred Duell and Earl May caught a nice string of fish in South Horicon. George Will of Johnsburgh has a yearling colt that weighs 840 pounds.
The chimney was very hot for several hours after the fire was put out.
Burgers store at 26 Warren St., Glens Falls has new solid oak dining room tables with claw feet on sale for $8.98.
E.A. Knight of Lake George has a used Knox runabout automobile for sale. It is air-cooled, single cylinder, 10 horsepower, in fine condition with a jump seat for two extra passengers. It has a side steering lever and is guaranteed to climb any hill, all for $100. He also has a classy little Reo roadster for only $200.
There was yet another fire scare the morning of Jan. 17, 1911 in Chestertown when the chimney of Mrs. Rising's house burned out and filled the house with smoke.
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