•100 Years Ago - December, 1910•
Sub-zero temperatures recorded already
Four inches of snow fell on Bakers Mills and Sodom, Nov. 29, 1910. The heavy snow has made good sleighing. Will White found a dandelion in full bloom Nov. 26 on the south side of the hill in his pasture.
The coldest day of this season was on Dec. 7, 1910, when the thermometer registered 8 degrees below zero at T.J. Smith & Son's Grist Mill (bottom corner of Mill Avenue) in Warrensburgh, 14 below at Thurman Station and 20 below was reported at North Creek. On Dec. 8, 1910 it warmed up and was 3 degrees above zero at the grist mill. Work on the state road in Riparius has been suspended for the winter.
County court hands out stiff sentences
At the regular fall term of county court in Lake George, John O. Williamson, who was accused of keeping a disorderly house at the Summit House in North Caldwell near Warrensburgh, pleaded guilty and was required to pay a fine of $100 or spend 50 days in the county jail at Lake George. Due to lack of funds, he will serve his sentence in jail.
John Harvard was tried for third-degree burglary for breaking into the cottages of Col. Stephen C. Mills and General Lee, at Hague. He was sent to Dannemora for a term of one to three years.
Medos Benway of Glens Falls, who pled guilty to third-degree robbery, was sentenced to a term of ten years in the Dannemora state prison. With his companion Frank Trombley, Benway held up and robbed Oscar Duell, a farmer who resides in Bolton Landing. Trombley turned state's evidence and no indictment was brought against him. (Note: Benway was a repeat offender who had recently been released from Elmira Prison. His complete story is in this column in the Oct. 16, 2010 Journal.)
Death came in a heartbeat
Erastus Frazier, an aged resident of Horicon, died suddenly Nov. 27, 1910 at his home. Apparently in the best of health, he had been talking cheerfully with members of his family and when he started to retire for the night, he suddenly fell to the floor with a gasp and expired.
Coroner Burt of Lake George decided that death was caused by the bursting of arteries near the heart. Mr. Frazier, who leaves a widow, was a member of one of the oldest and most prolific families in Horicon. He was the father of 13 children, six of whom are married and away from home.
Big win in Supreme Court
Supreme Court Justice Kellogg has handed down a decision in the suit brought by Mary L. Curtis of Round Lake to recover for the death of her husband, Dr. P.C. Curtis who was killed at Round Lake by a Hudson Valley trolley car while he was riding in his automobile in September 1909.
Mrs. Curtis was awarded a verdict of $18,500 by the jury. The defendant's lawyers immediately made a motion for a new trial which was denied. Hudson Valley plans to appeal.
Wealthy Lake George estate owner dies
General Henry Edwin Tremain, 70, a veteran of the Civil War and a well-known lawyer, died Dec. 9, 1910 at his home in New York City. He had been in poor health for some time and died of heart disease.
He was born in the city in 1840 and enlisted in the Civil War as a private in the Seventh New York Volunteers, but later recruited a company and went to the front as a lieutenant in the Second Regiment of Fire Zouaves, known as the 73rd New York Volunteers. He was taken prisoner at the second battle of Bull Run and became a prisoner at Libby prison. He was made a major in 1863 and was recommended for bravery at Chancellorsville. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery in the battle of Resaca.
For several seasons, General Tremain and his wife lived in a house at 32 Sherman Avenue, Glens Falls and they were well-known summer residents. He owned a summer home and farm on the Bolton Road and a big Hill View (Diamond Point) estate on the lakeshore, the largest property there. At his death he left a widow.
Ground came up fast
George Chapman, while employed on E.A. Moore's job painting LeGrand C. Cramer's buildings on the Bolton Road, Warrensburgh, fell from a ladder breaking his left leg between the ankle and knee. He was brought to the Grand Army House (now George Henry's) in Warrensburgh and Dr. Goodman attended him. Recovery is expected to be slow.
Lawyer takes up residence
Frederic V.R. Turk, a young lawyer from New York City, has been sojourning for the past year in Olmstedville and North Creek to practice his profession. He has an attractive personality and a bright eye that indicates much native shrewdness and a frank manner which invited confidence.
The new Glens Falls Hospital was opened Dec. 7, 1910. The building cost $116,000.
During the morning of Nov. 18, 1910, the residence of Bird Odell, a mile south of Lake George Village, was destroyed by fire which started from a defective chimney. Little furniture was saved and there was no insurance. The loss will not exceed $1,200.
Miss Lizzie Cameron and Roscoe Hadden were Thanksgiving guests of Miss Cameron's parents in Athol. Marshall Stone is ill and confined to his bed in Warrensburgh. Dr. Goodman is looking after him.
Fay Young, 63, was found dead in bed Nov. 28, 1910 at the Lynch Hotel in North River. His death was due to lung and heart trouble.
Robert Wood of Igerna has typhoid fever. Kenneth Morehouse of Sodom is quite ill with a hard cold. George Sprague of Chestertown is ill with pneumonia. William Crompton of Newcomb has blood poisoning in his hand. Miss Bessie Pratt is ill in Warrensburgh with nervous prostration at her home on Horicon Avenue. Dr. Cunningham is attending her.
Andrew Chase of Newcomb, who is lumbering at Cold River, walked out to Newcomb on Saturday, Nov. 26, 1910, a distance of over 20 miles after he had only ate a slice of toast for his breakfast.
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