Death came unexpected
George Printiss Butler, senior member of the stock exchange firm of George P. Butler & Brother, of New York City, whose summer residence was on the west side of Friends Lake, dropped dead April 7, 1911 in front of the Hotel Grosvenor in London, England. He had been traveling in Algiers and Egypt since January with his wife and daughter and was in the process of rushing home to America after he had received the news of his mother's serious illness. He was stricken with heart disease and died almost instantly as he was about to enter the hotel.
The family spent the summer at Friends Lake and was often seen riding about Warrensburgh and the surrounding countryside behind a four-mule team.
He blamed it on the whiskey
Danny Jackson, who was recently released from the Elmira reformatory on parole for stealing a horse, is now incarcerated in jail at Lake George awaiting trial for stealing yet another horse. Danny has been living with his mother, Mrs. Eliza Jackson on Spruce Mountain, in north Warrenburgh.
Sheriff Thomas J. Smith was notified that a horse belonging to Paul Smith, who lives a short distance above the Toll Gate (now corner of Route 28) on the Chester Road, had been stolen some time Saturday night, April 15, 1911. The sheriff and the owner of the animal started out in hot pursuit and tracked the horse to the Pucker Street road and over the Middleton Bridge into Bolton. Young people returning from a sugar party told the sheriff that they had seen a man ride past earlier, that he appeared to be in a big hurry and the horse had been foaming at the mouth. They found the poor beast about a mile from Edgecomb Pond at the home of a man named Ase Smith. The horse's tail had been cut off for the purpose of concealing its identity. Smith told the men that when Jackson had been unable to sell the horse to him he had deserted it.
Later, when the sheriff forced his way into the Jackson home back in Warrensburgh, against the mother's protests, he found his horse thief. Jackson admitted having stolen the animal and said he was intoxicated and did not realize what he was doing.
State acquires Indian artifacts
James A. Holden of Glens Falls, treasurer of the New York State Historical Society, has placed in the hands of Arthur C. Parker, State Archaeologist, a collection of Indian relics acknowledged by experts to be the most valuable collection in existence.
Mr. Holden donated the collection to the State of New York to replace the collection recently destroyed by fire in the state capitol. It comprises hundreds of rare archaeological, ethnological, geological and paleontological specimens acquired by the late Dr. Austin Wells Holden during his lifetime and bequeathed to his son, the present donor.
(Note ... James A. Holden went on to become New York State Historian at a then huge salary of $4,500 a year. The story of these two remarkable men, father and son, was told in this history column in the Dec. 11, 2010 Adirondack Journal.)
Editor enters state asylum
Charles A. Perrin, night editor of the Glens Falls Morning Post Star, has been committed to the state asylum at Utica. Mr. Perrin has been receiving treatment at the Marshall Sanitarium in Troy. The cause of the mental breakdown is attributed to overwork in the newspaper business. Mr. Perrin, 22 years old, graduated from the Glens Falls Academy in 1908 after which he entered the newspaper business. (Note ... I have seen firsthand for many years that being a newspaper editor is only for the very brave of heart!)
Resurrected boat on Lake George
The boat Winninish, owned and ran on Lake George by LeGrand C. Cramer of Troy, which was recently sunk in New York Harbor, will be duplicated at once. Mr. Cramer has been assured by the builders, Seabury & Co., that work will be commenced soon on the new craft so that it will be ready for use on the lake not later than July 1, 1911. (Note ... In 1908 LeGrand Cramer raced his Winninish against the Simplex XV in a 62-mile endurance run through the length of Lake George and back and Cramer lost that lake championship regatta. The average speed of the winner was 26 and a half miles per hour. Cramer's "summer cottage" was located near Diamond Point. A wealthy men, he was on the board of directors of several banks. He was a member of the Lake George Printing Company, which published the Lake George Mirror.
There was a big scandal in the family in 1912 when his son, George Cramer eloped with a girl that the family was said to have not approved. The boy had inherited several valuable properties on Lake George from his grandfather.)
A toe made of gold
A woman's toe is worth $300, according to the verdict returned in Supreme Court at Hudson Falls, in favor of Clara E. Holmen in her suit against Dr. Alfred Heinstreet, a Glens Falls chiropodist. The plaintiff alleged that by reason of malpractice, blood poison set in, which necessitated the amputation of the toe.
The boom poles have been fixed the third week of April in the Schroon River, Warrensburgh, getting ready for the annual log drive.
George Ross is tearing down one of the oldest buildings in Johnsburgh. No one alive remembers when it was built.
Edgar Hallie and Mrs. Emma Nichols, both of Lake George, were married Thursday evening, April 6, 1911 at the home of Alon Smith, Corinth.
Harley J. Ormsby and Miss Theora Crannell, both of Stony Creek, were married Friday, April 7, 1911 in Warrensburgh. Miss Daisy Putney and Schuyler Gill were the witnesses.
In Knowelhurst, Mrs. Rettena Swanson is the proud owner of a fine pair of twin calves. Mrs. Mae Thomas has moved to her new home in Johnsburgh Corners.
(Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-2210.)