Racing returns to area
Harness racing on ice, which flourished in this area some 50 years ago at the turn of the century, will be revived on Jan. 15, 1961 on a track that has been laid out on the Hudson River at the Thousand Acres Ranch. The track is 1/4-mile long and follows the Warrensburg-Stony Creek Road.
Former Sheriff Dick Baker of Warrensburg, an old hand at the track, will be one of the judges. Prime mover of the project is Stewart T. Potter of Glens Falls. Twelve owners have agreed to enter their horses and many more are expected. No admission fee will be charged.
Fire races through lumber mill
Fire caused considerable damage to a filing building and also to a chipping plant and saw mill at the R.J. Sweet Lumber mill in North Warrensburg. The blaze was discovered by night watchman Dallas Vaughn.
When firemen, under the direction of Chief C. Walton Stone arrived, the chipping plant was a mass of flames. Firemen were hampered by sub-zero weather which froze their hoses. Water to fight the blaze was brought in by a pump truck and was also obtained from the Millington Brook, about one-half mile from the fire scene.
Supervisors re-elect Lee Orton
The Warren County Board of Supervisors re-elected Warrensburg Supervisor Lee R. Orton as chairman. This will be his fourth term.
Warrensburg Justice of the Peace Loran Hoffman was elected president of the Warren County Magistrates Association. Justice of the Peace Fred J. DeVries was named vice-president. Earl Steves of Chestertown was re-elected secretary-treasurer.
Maurice Ashe was elected president of the Richards Library. Delbert H. Pasco was elected church warden at the Church of the Holy Cross. Lee R. Orton, Nelson Meader and Edward M.P. Magee are vestrymen. (Note ... Mr. Magee, who played the organ brilliantly at the Church of the Holy Cross was the husband of Grace (Merrill Lown) Magee, for whom Grace's Restaurant is today named.)
Town Board proposes new landfill
There has been a proposal of the Warrensburg Town Board to relocate the town dump on a tract of land northeast of the village on the old Abeel place consisting of 58 acres on the west side of US 9 on what is known as Langworthy Hill.
Mark Bruce, the present owner of the property, has given the town a 60-day option at $4,500 and the Town Board has the intention to and purchase the property. Supervisor Orton said that he anticipates no opposition to the proposed site. There has been a big problem with rats at the dump and it is hoped that this problem can be solved in the near future.
Icy road causes man's death
William Masterson, 47, of Bolton Landing, was killed instantly just before midnight, Dec. 30, 1960, when the car with which he was towing his son's vehicle whirled out of control on slippery Route 9 near the Spinning Wheel Laundromat and hit a utility pole. He was pronounced dead at Glens Falls Hospital. Undersheriff Lilly investigated the accident.
Donations flood in to homeless family
Contributions of clothing and furniture are being made to the Gilbert Wood family of Thurman who were made homeless by an early morning fire on Dec. 28, 1960.
There are five children in the family, which has taken up occupancy at the former South Johnsburg School house. Six-year-old Gilbert Wood Jr. is unable to attend school because of frostbite of the feet suffered at the time of the fire.
Magazine editor achieves fame
Otto O. Binder, well known as the brother of Warrensburg artist Jack Binder, is the subject of a full-page ad in the recent issue of the New York Journal American magazine. He is known as a space and rocket authority and edits the Space World Magazine. In 1941, he and his brother Jack produced illustrated science fiction, a brilliant forecasting of what eventually came to pass.
Sudden death of shirt factory worker
Miss Murilla H. Taylor, 69, a former resident of Warrensburg, died Jan. 4, 1961 after being stricken with a heart attack in Glens Falls. She had made her home with a cousin, Mrs. Leonard (Marjorie) Howe on Lower Dix Avenue, Hudson Falls. She was the niece of Harling Harrington of Warrensburg. Burial was in the Warrensburg Cemetery. (Note ... Murilla Taylor and my mother-in-law, Ida Robinson Hadden, worked together for many years in the heydays of the Warrensburg Shirt Factory.)
Reading the newspaper ads
John Magee of Chestertown has a clean 1961 Land Rover for sale. Merv Hadden has a 1958 Edsel Corsair hardtop at his car lot in North Warrensburg, clean and good, for $950.
Carl Para of Athol wants to sell a small cabin which can be moved to the buyer's location. Mark Bruce has for sale a 5-room camp just north of Warrensburg with 30 acres of excellent land for $3,000.
Ed Kreinheder of Stony Creek wants to buy old books and antiques. Art Brown's Shoe Store, 148 Main St., has a big sale on woman's and children's boots.
An All-you-can-eat complete fried fish dinner with all the fixings is available at Howard Johnson's restaurant, Lake George: Adults, $1; Children, 65 cents.
Half hogs are on sale at the Grand Union market in Warrensburg for 39 cents a pound. They average 80 pounds and custom wrapping is done free.
Area deaths in the news
Mae Branch Borah, 86, died Dec. 22, 1960 in Rutland, Vt. after a brief illness. She was born in Warrensburg Feb. 9, 1874, the daughter of Edward and Rozina Branch. She leaves one son, four daughters, 16 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren to mourn her loss.
Jennie Martindale, 87, widow of Samuel Martindale, died Jan. 5, 1961 at her home on Hackensack Avenue, Warrensburg. Burial was in the local cemetery. (Note ... It was Sam Martindale's dead body in a casket that was hurriedly carried out of the Orton and McCloskey funeral parlor in 1950 when the Music Hall was burning.)
Rolland T. Woodward, 87, died Monday, Jan. 9, 1961 in Schenectady. A native and long-time resident of Warrensburg, he was the uncle of Kathryn Maltbie.
Austin A. Smith, 82, a veteran of the Spanish American War, died Jan. 19, 1961 in Albany Hospital. He was a life-long resident of Brant Lake. Surviving are two sons, Austin and Donald Smith, two daughters and nine grandchildren. Burial was in the Brant Lake Cemetery.
A foot or more of snow fell on Warrensburg on New Year's Day, 1961. Lawrence Kenyon was driving his car in Thurman on the road between High Street, Athol and Stony Creek, and a fire of undetermined origin destroyed the interior of his 1952 Buick when a blaze broke out in the back seat.
FN Donald Putney of the U.S. Navy stationed at Norfolk, Virginia, enjoyed a Christmas weekend in Warrensburg with his grandmother, Mrs. Alice Heath, 235 Main St.
Kenneth and Florence Carrington of Warrensburg are the parents of a son, Jamie Albert Carrington, born Dec. 28, 1960 in Glens Falls. Mr. and Mrs. Owen Sherman of Warrensburg are the parents of a son, David Owen Sherman, born Jan. 5, 1961 in Glens Falls. Mrs. Sherman is the former Miss Fay Davis, daughter of Arnold and Myrtle Davis.
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