•100 Years Ago - November, 1910•
Hill View doctor killed
While driving the night of Nov. 18 1910 to the home of a patient in his hometown, Dr. C.B. Stiles of Hill View (now known as Diamond Point) guided his horse over a steep embankment in the dark and was thrown from his carriage on to the macadamized state road, striking his head and fracturing his skull.
Dr. Stiles was on his way home from a call to visit a patient at Flat Rock and attempted to stop at the home of Edward Norton to see another patient on his way. To reach this place he was obliged to leave the state road. In the darkness it was impossible to see the outlines of the road and he guided his horse over an embankment near the Henry George place. He was taken to his home by rescuers where he remained in a comatose state until he died of his grievous injury the next morning. Dr. Stiles was highly esteemed by all who knew him.
Plane dropped, pilot died in front of fans
Word has been received that world famous daredevil Ralph Johnstone was fatally injured by a drop of 800 feet in his biplane at Overland Park in Denver, Co. He tried to remove his helmet after he struck the earth, gave a few short gasps and expired. From the time Johnstone lost control of the machine until it struck the ground it turned three complete somersaults.
Police lifted the motor which pinned him to the ground and struggled to hold back fiendish fans in the crowd and to prevent them from tearing bits and pieces from the wreckage to carry away as souvenirs.
Only recently in the Belmont Park tournament, Johnstone broke the world's altitude record in an ascent of 9,714 feet.
Adirondack woodsman looks north
Harry V. Radford, a well known Adirondack woodsman and a member of the Brown's Tract Guides Association, has just returned home to civilization after 14 months in the wilds of Northern Canada. He is now preparing to penetrate the north on a three years' journey that will carry him to the northernmost edge of the continent.
About 3,000 pounds of clothing, ammunition and food have been shipped to his new headquarters on the Slave River near the northern border of Alberta, Canada.
Last winter, for scientific purposes, he killed the largest wood bison known in the records of natural history.
Vigilantes girdle prized shade trees
The village of Lake George was a hotbed of indignation when it was discovered the Monday morning Nov. 21, 1910, that sometime during the night the line of fine Maple shade trees just off the center of the main street,\\ in front of the Lake House property, had been girdled and were most probably ruined.
Little evidence has led to the discovery of the perpetrators of the foul deed. The work was done evidently by at least two persons, one of whom used a sharp axe. No noise was detected in the night but at three o'clock in the morning chopping was heard by residents who didn't bother to investigate.
Recently an ongoing controversy has been going on among residents about weather the trees should stay or be eliminated but most villagers wanted them to be left alone. An attempt has been made using an application of wax, rosin, oil and tar to save the trees but they are not expected to survive through next summer.
A purse of five hundred dollars has been raised in the village as a reward for information that will led to the arrest and conviction of the vandals who are responsible for this dastardly deed.
Town board struggles over $3,457 budget
The Warrensburgh Town Board has set aside $300 in the town budget for snow removal and miscellaneous expenses for the coming winter. It is a major concern to them that the town is indebted at a major sum of $939.60.
Supervisor Alfred J. Pitcher receives a salary of $140.06 per year and receives an additional $18 per year for serving on the Town Board. The largest town expenditure is the salary of the Superintendent of Highways who receives $425.00 a year.
The total budget for 1910, which included the indebtedness, was $3,457. Supervisor Pitcher is a member of the Equalization Committee of the Warren County Board of Supervisors who are meeting daily at Lake George and a long term is expected with plenty of hard work as many matters are to be considered.
It was 8 degrees above zero on Nov. 22, 1910. Ponds are all frozen over including Loon Lake. The severe cold of the past few days is causing much trouble for persons using row boats on the Hudson River which is filled with floating ice. A severe epidemic of the grippe is sweeping over East Thurman and nearly everyone is affected.
Charles Waddell of Wevertown has come from his work at Cold River waiting for sleighing to begin log drawing on the jobs under his supervision. In Chestertown they are blasting rock out of the creek so as to float logs this winter.
Horse clipping is the order of the day as road horses do much better when clipped. Orlin Needham is drawing hay from Athol to Lake George for Silas Tucker.
In North Creek, Harry Carr has his new house ready for plastering. That makes five new houses built there this season. Cashier Martin and Harry Liddle moved the bank furniture on Nov. 25, 1910 into the new bank building.
In Bolton Landing the frame work on Orlin Vandenburgh's barn is now up. Mrs. Stewart Fuller of West Bolton, while washing clothes, broke a sewing needle off in her hand which had to be cut out by Dr. Goodman of Warrensburgh. I.S. Smith, who has been very ill, died Nov. 12, 1910 in Pottersville. He leaves a widow and five children.
A bright little baby girl arrived on Nov. 5, 1910 at the home of Clarence Brown in Athol. The next day a baby boy arrived in the same town at the home of Clayton V. Kenyon. A 7-pound boy arrived Nov. 18 1910 at the home of Ted Bump in Adirondack.
Claude C. Potter and Miss Nellie May Alger, both of Chestertown, were married by the Rev. S.C. Fox on Nov. 22, 1910 at Fair View Cottage, Warrensburgh. Truman H. Smith has bought a lot here in town.
The new state road in Minerva is like a city boulevard on Sundays with automobiles, buggies and people on foot trying the pleasures of such a fine thoroughfare.
Doctors advise that plenty of fresh air, sleeping outdoors in winter weather and a plain, nourishing diet are all good and helpful to help cure tuberculosis, the dread disease of mankind.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at email@example.com or 623-2210.