•100 Years Ago - November, 1910•
Worker killed instantly by blast
Literally cooked to death was the fate of Peter Christian, night superintendent of the sulphite mill of the International Paper Company at Fort Edward at 4 o'clock a.m. Nov. 13, 1910.
The yoke plate of the pulp digester blew out and Christian was standing close to the apparatus. The hot mass of sulphite flew out completely covering Christian's body and badly burning Frank Lindsay and George Ferguson. Christian was killed instantly by the hot sulphite while Lindsay struggled to get away from the hot mass, but was frightfully burned. He was attended by Dr. Wilde and taken to the Glens Falls Hospital. Ferguson was badly burned also but will recover.
Earthly goods destroyed
In Johnsburgh Corners at an early hour on Sunday morning, a cry of fire was heard and the dwelling house occupied by Isaac Monthany was in flames. Before help could arrive the building and contents were consumed. Monthany and his family lost all their possessions, escaping only with their lives in their nightclothes. The structure was owned by Charles Armstrong.
Tough little critter
In Sodom, Harry Wadsworth's small black cat went hunting one moonlit night and got one of his front feet caught in a trap. The little feline broke the chain from the fastener and brought the trap home, about a quarter of a mile, and carried it up a flight of stairs to its bed.
Look out below
Delbert E. Pasco, 50, fell from the porch roof of James H. Sturdevan's tenant house Nov. 12, 1910 onto the street leading to the electric light station in Warrensburg. He broke both bones of his left leg about three inches above the ankle.
Pasco had the contract of putting a tin roof on the porch and had two men on the job. He went up to inspect their work and there was some snow on the tin, making it slippery and when he slipped to the edge and knowing that he was going to fall, he jumped 20 feet to the ground, twisting his left leg. Suffering severe pain, he was later attended at his home by Dr. Goodman and Dr. Griffin.
(Note: James Sturdevan owned the bakery in Warrensburgh where the Riverside Gallery is now located on Elm Street. Electric Avenue, the street to the former electric light station once owned and operated by John G. Smith, is directly behind it. Delbert Pasco's big white house was on Commercial Avenue, next door to Pasco's Hardware store, now Curtis Lumber.)
Broken leg felt no pain
Harlon Harrington, a grizzled old veteran of the Civil War, broke his leg Nov. 11, 1910, but it was a wooden one which took the place of the leg that was cut off by surgeons in a field hospital on a southern battlefield of the war. Van Jones, the Horicon Avenue blacksmith performed an operation on the wooden substitute and Mr. Harrington is stumping along in Warrensburgh as cheerful as ever.
Wasted time in the schoolroom?
A new law has been passed that a parent whose child between the age of eight and 14 years that does not attend school as required by state law may be arrested and for the first offense fined up to $5 or jailed for five days. Each subsequent offense carries a fine of $50 or imprisonment of up to 30 days.
(Note: In the early 1900s, many parents believed that school for their children was a total waste of time and it was better for them to be working to help keep food on the family table. The age limit was later raised to 16 years although many girls were already married before that age. Many factories, mercantile establishments, restaurants and farms in the U.S. were raided by police to look for children as young as eight years illegally working.)
Vote recount demanded
It was reported Nov. 16, 1910 that M.J. Callanan of Keeseville, Democratic candidate for state senator against James A. Emerson of Warrensburgh, has taken steps to secure a recount and claims that Emerson did not receive the majority he claimed.
(Note: James Emerson was well known for his honesty and integrity. The official tally on election day said he had won the election by a margin of 618 votes.)
Indications of married bliss
New national statistics show that only one married woman in 100 reaches the age of 60 years.
A Pennsylvania man has bought a wife for $75. This is just another instance of the high cost of living. In the olden days a few pounds of tobacco was the regular price.
Ad appearing in the local newspaper: "To whom it may concern; Whereas my wife, Bertha Harrington has left my bed and board without just cause or provocation, I refuse to pay any bills she may contract. Nov. 9, 1910, Henry J. Harrington, Knowelhurst.
A state veterinary surgeon condemned seven of R.C. Pruyn's blooded cows in Newcomb who were infected with disease and had to be killed.
Emery Hewitt of Johnsburgh Corners has purchased a fine draft horse from C.S. Wood of North Creek. Philetus Bump of Riparius recently traveled to Glens Falls. Leslie Lloyd of West Bolton has bought a cow from Luther Pratt of Trout Lake. Charles Carey of Hill View (Diamond Point) has 60 pigs for sale.
John Duggan of Warrensburgh has found a small canary and the owner can have it back if he pays for the newspaper ad. C.H. Bennett has part of a double house on Smith St. which he will rent cheap if taken at once. The house is near the Warrensburgh Shirt Factory,
Mount Independence, on the Vermont shore opposite Fort Ticonderoga, has been sold by Addison Kimball to S.H.P. Pell, owner of the Fort Ticonderoga property. In buying this mountain, Mr. Pell secures the history of which is intimately associated with the fort.
Fine Pony Caracul ladies coats, venetian lined, shawl collar and deep cuffs, are on sale at Goodman's Daylight Store in Glens Falls for $12. Special black hare and coney muffs, satin lined, are $5. Taffeta petticoats are $1.98.
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