Youth sacrifices life for his lover
Arthur Kingsley, 17, of Adirondack gave up his life Sunday, April 10, 1911 in a successful attempt to save the life of his sweetheart, Miss Edna Avery of Ossining. Young Kingsley had been visiting for several months past with his grandmother, Mrs. J. Freeman Wells of Ossining and had been Miss Avery's constant companion.
The two young folk started for a walk and were strolling along the track of the New York Central railroad. Because of the high embankment they did not see the southbound train approaching but when they heard it, they leisurely crossed to the other track into the path of the northbound train which they had not heard coming because the noise had deafened them. The express was only a few feet away when Kingsley saw it bearing down upon them and he hurled the girl down the embankment but could not save himself from being crushed beneath the wheels and being mortally injured.
So quick was his action to save the girl that she was hurled with great force rolling over and over down the bank for nearly 50 feet, stopping within a few feet of the Hudson River and being badly scratched and bruised. The boy was removed to the home of Ella Wells, his grandmother, where he later died.
Arthur Kingsley was the son of Charles Kingsley of Adirondack, where his remains were taken. He had three sisters, Mabelle, Anita and Muriel Kingsley and four brothers, Forest, Horace, Charles and Thomas Kingsley. Among the many floral tributes at the funeral was a pillow of white flowers bearing in purple the words, "My Hero," sent from Ossining by the young lady whose life he had saved. Burial was in the Leggett Cemetery, Chestertown.
A bitter potion ends in death
The case of Daniel V. Weller, as administrator of Lillian B. Weller, against E. Ferris Cromley and Dewitt Schermerhorn, druggists of Fort Ann, for negligence was called April 14, 1911 in the Supreme Court of Hudson Falls.
The action resulted from the death of Miss Weller of Fort Ann which occurred about a year ago and which the father claims was due to negligence on the part of the druggists. The young women was not feeling well and asked her sweetheart Frank Hill, formerly of Warrensburgh, to go to the drug store and get some powdered medicine for her. He did as directed but according to the allegations of the plaintiff, instead of being given the proper medicine he asked for, was given a poison by mistake.
The case was bitterly contested by attorneys on both sides. The jury brought in a verdict of no cause for action.
A sad ending
Wilbur Ramsey, 27, of Luzerne died Saturday, April 4, 1911 after a long illness of tuberculosis of the lungs. He was the son of William and Nancy Ramsey and he married Miss Winnie Wood of Athol. Twin sons were born to them in 1906. The day before Wilbur died his youngest twin son Alfred died, which was a heavy blow to the stricken man. Burial was in the Luzerne Cemetery.
Lake George comes alive
The ice has been gradually disappearing from Lake George and the last went out on April 28, 1911. The bays of the lake have been clear for some time but it was not until the last few days of warm weather that the ice in the center of the lake was affected. This break-up causes much relief of the citizens of the town who were fearful of a late season. The Mohican is expected to be the first boat on the lake.
Just 50 years ago, April 12, 1861, the great Civil War opened at 4:30 a.m. when the Confederate batteries at Charleston, South Carolina, led by General P.G.T. Beauregard, opened fire upon Fort Sumter.
Thus began the greatest and bloodiest of modern wars and the wounds that were raw and bleeding when the war closed and the bitterness of the conflict has not been forgotten even today.
News around Warrensburgh
Three inches of snow fell on the night of April 8, 1911. This year suffered a backward spring, but who would think that the apple tree, so barren, awkward and bare, would ever don its busy blooms and become most wondrous fair?
This year in 1911, for the first time, some automobile manufacturers have installed starters in their new machines. If this trend catches on, it is possible that future models will no longer have to be cranked by hand. The first automobiles of the season are beginning to make an appearance on Warrensburgh streets.
The dance given at Music Hall with music by Zita's Orchestra was a great success with 90 couples attending. Managers were Wilbur Hitchcock, Stewart Farrar, Lee Orton and Earl Herrick.
Don Cameron of Athol has broken ground on Library Avenue for a new residence opposite John J. Archer's. The construction will be in charge of George E. Farrar. (Note...John Archer's house is today the residence of Liz Schuster, directly behind Richards Library. The house built by Don Cameron across the street was the Hap Osborne house, now owned by Matt and Io Bruce.)
The buildings of the Warrensburgh Woolen Mill Co. on Milton Avenue are being painted. Work began the morning of April 20, 1911 in the charge of Stillman Town.
Harold W. Patrick, a 10-pound boy, was born April 14, 1911 to Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Patrick of Warrensburgh.
Lucy Rist Harrington, 69, wife of Harlon Harrington, died April 16, 1911 of pneumonia following an attack of measles. Besides her husband she leaves an adopted son, James McCuen. The funeral was held from the Warrensburgh Baptist Church.
Charles N. Baker, formerly of Warrensburgh and Thurman, has moved to the Dillon farm owned by T.J. Murphy of Wevertown.
Vernando Mead of Warrensburgh has recently moved to the P. Bump farm in Riparius, recently purchased by G. Blomgren of New York City.
Thought for the day: In 1911 John T. Bryant was "foreman" of the Lake George Fire Company. It was not until 1927 that the title of chief was used.
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