1Spring, where art thou?
April tears have been frozen and her smiles are chilly. Snow is still on the ground and the measles are making a clean sweep of Johnsburgh Corners. Everyone who has not had them is taking their turn. Kate Russell has them and over in North Caldwell there are seven new cases in the family of Charles Prosser and two of them have developed pneumonia.
The Hudson River spring log drive consisting of 30 men and four teams, in charge of Ashley T. Kellogg of Glens Falls, starts Tuesday, April 18, 1911 at Thurman Station and will go to the Big Boom in Glens Falls. The logs left in the river from last year will be driven down to the Glens Falls mills preliminary to the regular drive which starts from the upper waters.
Hot lead flying
Victoria Minnucci, who was implicated in the shooting of John Altierri a few days ago was released Thursday, March 30, 1911 in Glens Falls City Court as there was not enough evidence to hold him, but Louis Miller, who it was proven did the shooting, was held to await the action of the Grand Jury. He furnished $500 bail and will plead self-defense.
Prominent lady dies
Betsey Coolidge Dickinson, 76, wife of Capt. M.N. Dickinson of Warrensburgh, died Sunday, March 26, 1911 after a period of nearly four years of failing health. The end came quickly after she was obliged to give up the battle against advancing years.
Mrs. Dickinson was born on Coolidge Hill in the town of Bolton and is connected with the prominent Glens Falls families of that name. On July 1, 1858 she married the captain and they moved to Warrensburgh. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Grace Cordelia Somerville and a son, Lester Coolidge Dickinson, both of Warrensburgh. Burial was in the Warrensburgh Cemetery.
(Note ... Captain Myron Nelson Dickinson, born in 1829 was a legend in his own time in Warrensburgh. Volumes could be written about his adventure-filled life.)
Resigning his position as Warrensburgh postmaster in 1862, he enlisted in the 118th Regiment and served with glory in the Civil War. In Virginia, he received a canister shot weighing a quarter of a pound in his right shoulder and was left on the battle field for dead. He was confined in the fearful Libby Prison until 1865, when he was prisoner exchanged and returned to his regiment where was made a captain.
Upon returning home, he was reappointed postmaster and as a staunch Republican, engaged in politics. His son, Lester Dickinson was editor of the Warrensburgh News. He was a well-respected and powerful figure here in town.
The Dickinson home was today south of the post office, where Kreinheder Antiques is now located.)
Glens Falls news
The Glens Falls Board of Public Safety has decided that no more wooden buildings may be erected within the fire limits of the city.
In other news, Old Paddy, for 17 years one of the best fire horses in Glens Falls is to be retired as the city has purchased a new team from Bibbey & Ferguson. One peculiar habit Paddy has is that of chewing tobacco and will stick his nose into anyone's pocket to get at it.
Popular town leader dies
John Donnelly, 50, a prominent resident of Minerva, died of typhoid pneumonia on Thursday, March 30, 1911 after an illness of two weeks. He was elected supervisor of his town at the recent election. He is survived by a widow and one daughter, May Donnelly.
There were 110 teams of horses in his funeral possession and interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Supervisors vote thumbs down
The Warren County Board of Supervisors convened at Lake George for their quarterly meeting. At the session they defeated a resolution to appropriate $10,000 for the purchase of the property of Dr. Lee Somerville at North Creek for a county tuberculosis hospital. Supervisor Alfred J. Pitcher of Warrensburgh, however, did vote for it. The only person willing to have the hospital established in his town was Supervisor Thomas Goodman of Thurman. The possibility of a county hospital for patients suffering from tuberculosis in Warren County is now very remote.
(Note ... After several years of study and agitation, the county constructed Westmount as a tuberculosis sanatorium on Gurney Lane in Queensbury and it was opened in 1928. Eighty-eight patients were admitted during the first year. Westmount was discontinued as a tuberculosis sanatorium in 1957 when the number of patients dropped and those remaining were sent to Ray Brook in the Saranac Lake district.)
George L. Jackson, the wonderful young violinist, played at Music Hall in Warrensburgh. To hear him alone was well worth the 50 cent admission but Martine's Orchestra also played for a delightful dance afterward.
Arthur F. Fleming, 2, son of Arthur Fleming of Warrensburgh, died Sunday, April 9, 1911 of bronchial pneumonia. Mrs. Harlon Harrington is ill with the measles. Mrs. N.J. Kenyon has blood poisoning is one of her index fingers and had to have it lanced.
Mrs. Charles Duell, 50, of Thurman, died Monday, April 17, 1911. She is survived by her husband and one son, Crosby Duell.
Thought for the day ... Uncle Sam doesn't know where he is going, but he is on his way.
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