The end came suddenly
Harrison Shepard, 62, a woodchopper employed by George Reynolds on Harrington Hill, Warrensburgh, died suddenly March 24, 1911 in a house where he lived alone. His body was found by his employer. Shepard had been working for him during the winter chopping wood. He worked all morning and went home for dinner. When he did not return, Reynolds went looking for him. When he was unable to get inside of the man's house, he peered through the window and saw Shepard's body leaning up against the door which he had to force open.
Coroner Burt believes the cause of death to be heart disease. The man leaves a widow, two sons, Frank and Elmer and a daughter, Laura Shepard. He left his family some time ago and moved to Warrensburgh where at one time he lived with his niece, Mrs. John Rhodes in Burnhamville, and worked as a lumberman. His two sons came to claim the body and take it to Northville for burial.
A river flowing with hard cider
State Supreme Court Justice Van Kirk issued an order in Greenwich under the liquor tax law for the seizure and confiscation by the state of cider discovered by Washington County Sheriff Ingalsbe in a raid two weeks ago. Greenwich is a no-license town.
Six barrels of cider were taken from the American House and they were found to contain a high alcohol content. Also confiscated were 32 barrels of cider from the cellar of yet another local restaurant, and all were dumped in the Battenkill River. The river is being closely watched for intoxication among the fishes.
No will to live any longer
After living 82 years on the farm where he was born, Benjamin Griffin died March 25, 1911 in Bolton. About two weeks earlier his son, Eslie Griffin, 53, died at the farm and since that time the old man has declined rapidly. (Note ... The strange story of the death of Eslie Griffin and his wife, Clementine were detailed in the March 12, 2011 Journal.)
Old newspaper evokes memories
Henry Griffing of Warrensburgh has in his possession a copy of the Glens Falls Republican issue of May 14, 1861. The paper is prized very highly by Griffing because of the fact that it contains an account of the departure from Glens Falls, 50 years ago, of the "boys in blue" who went forth to sacrifice their lives, if necessary, that the Union might be preserved and an enslaved people be set free. "As Judas had no apology for a traitorous act, so have the Southern traitors no excuse for their actions," was the ever-popular Union battle cry.
(Note: In September 1843, two brothers, Marcellus and Thomas J. Strong, bought out the "news sheet" Literary Pearl and issued a new newspaper named The Glens Falls Republican which oddly enough ardently espoused the principles of the Democratic party. They were associated in their venture with celebrated historian Dr. Austin Wells Holden who wrote the History of the Town of Queensbury, published in 1874.
Henry Griffing was a well-known authority on local history. His family settled in 1800 in this area. He was the great-uncle of Grace Merrill Magee, for whom today's "Grace's Restaurant" is named. Griffing was supervisor of Warrensburgh in the years 1884 and 1885.
Wedding bells, divorce decree
Lyman Bidwell and Miss Mildred Russell, both of Warrensburgh, were married in Glens Falls by the Rev. C.H. Dutton.
William H. Webster, son of Palmer and Cora M. Whittemore of Warrensburgh, were married by the Rev. E.J. Guernney on March 28, 1911 at the Methodist Episcopal parsonage. (Note: In 2006 the diary of Cora Whittemore was presented in this column.)
In state Supreme Court, Mrs. Minnie Schermerhorn Terhune was granted an absolute divorce from her husband, Edward Terhune.
Local news briefs
The copious rains of March 26, 1911 softened the ice on Warrensburgh sidewalks and carried away the greater part of the snow in streets and fields and now a new supply arrived on March 29, 1911 and we have six inches on the level. The thrills of the song sparrows and crows may be heard just the same, while robins and bluebirds in their vividly colored coats seem premature against the mantled white of the fields. A.C. Emerson & Co.'s sawmill has shut down until the Schroon River breaks up. Astronomical observations say we are not to have any more blustery weather this season.
Many new cases of measles have been reported in this area.
Over in North Caldwell there are seven new cases in the family of Charles Prosser and two of them have developed pneumonia. Kate Russell also has the measles.
The new spring hats for the ladies are said to be much more becoming than last year and look just lovely on pretty heads. Miss Nina Holleran has been in New York City studying the spring millinery styles and she has been employed here as a trimmer for Mrs. Percy Hall's shop.
Mary Stone fell on the icy sidewalk on Smith St. a while ago and broke two ribs. She is confined to her bed and her daughter, Mrs. Austin Tucker, is caring for her.
George Cowles is suffering from an abscess on his neck. Mrs. Martin L. Messenger is seriously ill with typhoid pneumonia at her home on Hudson St.
The Canadian Jubilee Singers, six men and three women, gave a concert at the Arrensburgh Music Hall under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Four teachers, Misses Daniels, McIntyre, Johnson and Leland have resigned from the Warrensburgh Central School. Replacements are being sought.
Carter Pasco has opened a feed and grain store at the Jarvis homestead downtown which he purchased. He will sell all kinds of grain, flour, hay and straw.
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