American aviator splashes down
J.A.D. McCurdy, the American aviator who attempted to fly from Key West, Fla. to Havana, Cuba in an aeroplane, dropped into the sea in plain sight of Havana harbor, 10 miles from the town and six miles off the coast. His supply of lubricating oil had become exhausted necessitating his descent. A wind which blew six or seven miles an hour retarded the flight of the machine causing the exhaustion of the supply of oil.
When McCurdy landed on the surface of the sea he retained his seat. He was picked up by the crew of the U.S. torpedo boat destroyer, Terry. President Gomez of Cuba was on board the boat to shake McCurdy's hand in congratulations.
Cottage colony attracts Bohemians
On the southern slope of Spruce Mountain, six miles north of Warrensburgh, is Kellum Pond where in the good old summer time is gathered a cottage colony made up of some of the choicest spirits of Bohemia, unique figures of world-wide renown who dwell in harmony.
Among the first colonists to discover Kellum Pond were Mr. and Mrs. Lester Ralph. The gentleman has attained more than average success as an artist while his talented wife has won, before her marriage, considerable fame as a newspaper woman.
Mrs. Ralph, the former Miss Elsie Reasener, was not here last summer because she was in London where she is rapidly winning a place among the finest sculptors in the world.
(Note ..."Bohemian" was a term used to denote a gypsy, a person of artistic tastes who lives in an unconventional manner. Elsie Ralph must have been to Warrensburgh what artist Georgia O'Keeffe was later in the 1920's to Lake George. Warrensburgh was also the home of M.J. Fitzpatrick, a famous veteran actor and vaudeville artist. "Fitz" toured the country from Maine to California and played on the stages of the leading theatres of the principal cities.)
Emerson's hard work pays off
Sen. James Emerson's good roads bill was passed Feb. 2, 1911 in the senate without a single dissenting vote and the sum of $1.2 million was appropriated. This will provide a trunk line from New York City to Rouses Point. Senator Emerson has positive convictions, especially on matters political and he is a "steam engine" for hard work.
Sen. and Mrs. J.A. Emerson and Sheriff T.J. Smith, all from Warrensburgh, attended the legislative reception given Feb. 7, 1911 at the Executive Mansion by Governor and Mrs. John A. Dix in Albany. (Note...Dix was a native of Glens Falls. He was governor of New York from 1910 to 1912.)
New village predicted to spring up
The building of the new mill in connection with the Union Bag and Paper Company's plant at Fenimore, opposite Hudson Falls, promises to create a new village. It is predicted that a small village of 500 people will spring up within a year. An estimate of about $500,000 will be spent on the erection of the mill.
Shirt Factory topic of school essay
Miss Vivian Waters won the essay contest in the third-year English class at Warrensburgh High on the assigned subject, "The Manufacture of Shirts." The class had toured the Empire Shirt Factory, Jan. 10, 1911 to do their research.
Game warden defeated in trial over loose dog
Curtis Morse of Glens Falls was arrested on complaint of game protector Morgan B. Leland. Morse was charged with allowing his dog to run in a forest inhabited by deer. A jury was drawn at the Lake George Court House and the trial was held Feb. 6, 1911 before Justice Weaver and the courtroom was thronged with spectators as the case was very controversial.
Morse, it is claimed, was hunting foxes one day and lost the dog. Leland saw the dog running in prohibited territory and shot and killed it. Upon investigation, found that Morse owned the animal.
After deliberating 15 minutes, the six Lake George jurors returned a verdict of not guilty. Game Protector Leland has vowed to take the case to the Supreme Court.
Wilbur H. Hebert of Glens Falls and Miss Della H. Lucia, daughter of George Lucia of Warrensburgh, were married on Feb. 8, 1911 by the Rev. Father Livingstone at St. Cecilia's Church in Warrensburgh. A handsome costume of white chiffon broadcloth enhanced the brunette loveliness of the bride while her sister, also a lovely brunette, was charming in a gown of old rose nun's veiling. Both wore hats to match. Mr. Hebert is employed in Glens Falls as a tailor.
In other news, Frank Sherman of Hudson Falls, formerly of Glens Falls, and Miss Cora Ellsworth of Lake George, were married Feb. 4, 1911 by the Rev. Dr. E.R. Sawyer.
The Glen Lake Hotel, owned by the Dr. S.T. Birdstall estate and leased by John Riley of Glens Falls, was destroyed the night of Feb. 2, 1911 by a fire of supposed incendiary origin and the loss is estimated at $6,000.
In other news, John A. Stewart, who has successfully conducted the Pebloe Hotel, at Brant Lake the past two seasons and whom had a lease of the property for three years, has given up possession to the proprietor, Philetus Smith. Mr. Stewart, who was stewart of a Hudson River steamer for a number of years, will resume his former position come next season.
About two inches of snow fell the night of Feb. 3, 1911. A strong northeast wind blew the snow in all directions causing huge drifts. Four days later there was another heavy snowfall. We have lots of winter left yet!
Frank Hill, a former resident of Warrensburgh, was arrested at Knowelhurst (near Stony Creek) by Constable A.C. Stone on a charge of stealing a horse in Fort Ann, where he had been staying. He was caught with the goods and the matter was settled by a relative who paid $35 to the owner of the animal.
George Reynolds has moved his family from Lake George back to his farm on Harrington Hill, Warrensburgh. Robert Jarvis has been afflicted with senile cataract for more than a year.
George VanGilder and Fred Morey, employed on the Smith & Millington pulp job at Riverbank, recently sawed and piled 10 cords of wood in eight hours.
Holden Kenyon of North Thurman is drawing hardwood logs to Ferris & Howland's sawmill at The Glen. Orrin Perkins of West Stony Creek is very ill with quinsy.
Mrs. Susan Woodward fell down the back stairway at the residence of her son, J.A. Woodward of Warrensburgh, and received injuries from which she is slowly recovering. She was found at the bottom of the stairs unconscious.
In Warrensburgh, George Farrar is building a small garage on the Hudson Valley Railroad's land opposite his residence on River Street. The roof of Robert Knipe's house in King's Addition caught fire Monday morning, Feb. 6, 1911 and was discovered in the nick of time by Mr. Knipe whose prompt and vigorous action extinguished the blaze. That makes three fire scares in town this week.
Frank Thissell of East Thurman has purchased a fine phonograph and 100 records. (Note: I can remember as a little girl listening to the voice of Enrico Caruso, the Italian operatic tenor star of that era on my grandmother's crank machine. His voice made your very soul take flight!)
Frear's store in Troy is selling marmot or rat-lined coats with Persian or real otter collars for $55 this week. They also have beautiful seal brown Japanese wolf sleigh robes, plush lined, for $8.25.
Words of wisdom
The small town of Warrensburgh has many advantages, which you can see if you will but take your eyes off that mirage, the city, where souls are huddled together, all striving to beat their neighbors to a phantom goal - riches; where guileless wanderers come from afar and become lost in the mire of failure. Only one in 100,000 reaches the topmost rung. Look around you! Does not your town show you more advantages?
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-2210