Arson scars area forests
Burned in a forest fire were 20,000 acres of valuable timber lands in the town of Johnsburgh starting on May 13, 1911. The timber was still burning a week later. Light rains have finally helped fire fighters in getting the flames under control.
The fire started near Mud Pond and spread rapidly to the banks of the Sacandaga River, three miles away. It followed the river bank to two islands about two miles below the narrows and than jumped the stream near Fox Lair Camp, owned by Richard Hudnut of New York City. The camp was soon surrounded by a wall of flames and the superintendent, Thomas Thornioe sent a telephone appeal for help while starting a steam pump which conveys water from the river to a reservoir atop the mountain nearby which supplies the camp with water by gravity.
A crew of men at work on the road responded to the call for help and made their way to the camp where after a hard fight they managed to save all of the buildings. The fire traveled at a rate of five miles an hour and it was feared that the little hamlet of Bakers Mills would be wiped off the map. Every man there came out to fight the fire.
In the town of Luzerne a big fire raged all day on April 15 and 16, 1911. Fire Warden Nathan Pulver says that he is positive that all the fires on state lands this spring were deliberately set.
Clouded skies and a light rain for a while on May 18, 1911, led many to believe that the long and destructive drought was at last to be broken, but not so. The sun is again shining brightly and the drought is with us still.
Automobiles cause havoc
A pony owned and driven by Mrs. John W. Wood of Warrensburgh was frightened by an automobile May 17, 1911 near the residence of Edwin Osborne. The machine, occupied by Charles B. Dix, brother of Governor Dix and a party of friends, was at once stopped and assistance was offered.
Mrs. Wood, believing that she was able to manage the frightened animal alone, left the wagon and took the pony by the head while the automobile continued on its way. The little beast, however, reared and plunged so vigorously that the woman was thrown to the ground and horse and wagon passed over her, bruising her severely.
Mrs. Wood was unconscious for some time after she was taken to her home in Dickinson and Bertrand's automobile. She was better the next morning and no serious results are anticipated. The pony was finally stopped near the Adirondack Hotel.
Girls thrown from wagon
On the evening of May 17, 1911, Miss Emma Young and Miss Jessie Soper were driving on the Lake George Road when their horse was frightened by a passing automobile and backed the wagon over a steep bank near the residence of B.C. Dickinson.
The girls escaped with a severe shaking up and numerous painful bruises. The wagon was broken up somewhat, but the horse came out of the mix-up in good condition.
In another incident the same day, a big automobile driven by two young men from Glens Falls turned out to pass Dr. C.K. Burt's car near Bolton when one of the rear axles snapped off short. The machine turned turtle, caught fire and was entirely destroyed. The young fellows were thrown out and miraculously escaped serious injury.
Jury shows no sympathy
A case proceeding before Justice Van Kirk in Lake George was that of Byron Finkle against the Bolton Landing Lumber Company. The action was one to recover damages for injuries received in an accident at the company's sawmills in Bolton in 1910.
Young Finkle, who is about 18 or 19 years old, was at work at the sawmill when his hand became caught in a buzz saw and was so badly mangled that amputation of the member was necessary in order to save the youth's life. The jury, on May 17, 1911, returned a verdict of no cause of action.
Late breaking news
No arrests have yet been made in the case of the headless female babies found on May 5, 1911 in a deserted mine in Mineville. Suspicion, however, points strongly to a certain woman as the guilty person and it is believed that the mystery will soon be solved. Because the heads were missing when the bodies were found, the children, believed to be twins, could not be identified. (Note: These murders were detailed in the May 7, 2011 installment of this column.)
News around Warrensburgh
Seaford Reynolds is building a concrete wash-rack for wagons at Straight's Livery barn. (Note: This barn would be next door north of today's Griffin House Restaurant.)
Mrs. Sarah Aldrich of Stony Creek is having a fine monument erected on her lot in the Warrensburgh village cemetery in memory of her late husband, Dr. Gilbert H. Aldrich. (Note: The untimely death of Dr. Aldrich was detailed in this column in the March 5, 2011 Adirondack Journal.)
Henry Ashe, proprietor of the Agricultural Hotel, has announced an auction sale for Saturday, May 20, 1911 when six horses and five cows will be disposed of to the highest bidder.
John G. Smith and Albert H. Thomas returned April 12, 1911 from Huntley Pond where they spent a few days angling for speckled trout with good success. Ray Rooney and John F. Burt also enjoyed a few days sport at Blue Mountain Lake and brought home a good catch.
Orson Wilsey was just getting over a spell of quinsy when he was seized with a severe attack of rheumatism which is now causing him much suffering.
A daughter, Elizabeth Almira Heath was born May 11, 1911, weighing seven and a half pounds, to Mr. and Mrs. Don Heath.
Ernest Rist of Newcomb was kicked in the head by a colt at Newcomb Lake and after two weeks is able to be up and around again. Dr. J.J. Owen took five stitches in the wound and Rist's head was also badly bruised.
Clifton Hill and Miss Mabel Frazier, both of Chestertown, were married on May 11, 1911 by the Rev. L.T. Cole.
William Merrill is building a piazza on his tenant house in Bakers Mills. B. Hall is moving into his new house in Athol at the corner of Main Street and Cameron Avenue. Miss Stella Gallup of Garnet Lake is recovering from the measles. Orrin Perkins of West Stony Creek has his house nearly painted. William Byrne of Igerna lost a valuable cow.
Thought for the Day - The money a woman puts on her back is called waste by the man who pours it down his throat.
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