•100 Years Ago - April, 1910•
A comet the cause of wintry May weather?
If it continues to be warm we will have an early spring. Farmers have their plowing nearly all done and by April 15, 1910. Jay Pasco of South Johnsburgh had 35 bushels of oats sowed. It is early in the season but sweet peas are being planted. It looks now as if this will be a wet season after three dry summers. Grass has a fine start and promises to give us a good hay crop.
Old folks in this area remember back to the days when spring did not come so early. On the third of May, 1857, the tops of all the hills and mountains in sight of Warrensburgh were white with snow that had fallen two weeks before. It was a cold and backward spring and the wise ones attributed the fact to the presence of a comet that was cavorting in space near the earth's orbit at the time.
A sad but productive life
Horace F. Palmer, 39, died April 25, 1910 at the home of his brother, Charles B. Palmer in Poughkeepsie, after a long lingering illness. Born in Warrensburgh in 1871, he received his education at the Warrensburgh Academy and he later attended Albany Law School. He received his degree in 1895.
Palmer married Miss Louise Leland of Schroon Lake and they lived in Warrensburgh for several years before moving in 1903 to Glens Falls. In 1907, because of failing health, Mr. Palmer gave up law and became manager of the New York Telephone Co. Mrs. Palmer died June 2, 1908.
Horace Palmer was an invalid, never physically sturdy and strong, but he courageously fought against the disease that finally killed him at such a young age. He leaves behind a nine-year-old daughter and his father, Beman L. Palmer of Glens Falls.
Undertaker J.A. Woodward of Warrensburgh went to the Riverside railroad station in his funeral car to meet the remains and to convey them to the home of C.T. Leland in Schroon Lake where the funeral will be held.
Moving to the country
Seth Bennett's residence property at the corner of Mill and South streets, Warrensburgh, was sold to Nelson Combs who will take possession May 1, 1910 when Mr. Bennett will move to Riparius to take possession of the Asa Porter farm.
Mr. Bennett bought from Henry Ashe a fine work team, harnesses and heavy lumber wagon for use on the farm. Seth has been employed for a long time in the Empire Shirt Factory's laundry in Warrensburgh and is very much looking forward to the outdoor work and fresh country air.
H.D. Tripp has left his business in Chestertown to go to Stony Creek to take care of T.J. Smith's grist mill there. Walter Kingsley has moved into the house behind Tennyson's store. James Culver is driving the Warrensburgh stage. Charley Glassbrook has a new stage team.
The autocar stage between Chester and Riverside is chauffeured by Allen Mundy. Orville Smith is building a hotel on Loon Lake and A.E. Durkee has the contract.
Minor F. Wells of Fort Ann and Miss Etta Southwick of North Chester were married at the Baptist parsonage in Minerva on April 14, 1910. George E. Perkins was best man and Miss Katie V. Wells was bridesmaid. The groom is a successful farmer.
George May is bringing in some fine slab wood and W.W. Bower's new piazza floor is completed. Clarence Pratt has installed a compressed air facial douche in his tonsorial (barber shop) parlors.
Walter W. Janser takes a daily spin in his new automobile and he never goes alone but always takes along a friend. Louis Potter serves as his assistant at the drug store. (Note...Walter Janser died just 50 years later, Feb. 18, 1960, and is buried in Troy.)
Elwin Culver had two fingers cut off his left hand by a circular wood saw, April 25, 1910, while working for W.H. Faxon. C.H. Burge brought him to Warrensburgh in his auto car for treatment by Dr. J.E. Goodman and Dr. J.M. Griffin.
Drama at Music Hall beaks records
"The Country Minister," written by Arthur Lewis Tubbs of Warrensburg and presented by clever local actors, broke all records at Music Hall for attendance. This rousing benefit for St. Cecilia's Church brought in a net sum of $205.80 which has never been equalled.
In the title role, Nelson DuFresne played Rev. Ralph Underwood. Mrs. F.C. Loss was the leading lady and she wore some beautiful dresses. Her costume in the fourth act, a pink satin gown, was especially grand and the ladies in the audience were enthralled. Before her marriage she was Helen Burleigh of Fort Edward and was prominent in amateur theatricals. (Note...Music Hall, before it burned in 1950, was at the north corner of Main and Adirondack streets.)
A woman of unusual qualities
Martha Cameron Dayton, 76, died at her home in Decorah, Iowa where she has lived since she moved from this area in 1861. She was born here April 8, 1834 and married Joel Dayton, who died in 1906. She was a faithful member of the Episcopal Church. She is survived by her son, Charles and her daughter, Miss Jennie Dayton.
The deceased was a woman of unusual intelligence and penetration which was beset with the pearl of affability, which she retained to the very last, notwithstanding the shadow which came in the sunset of life. She held steadily, quietly, patiently, sweetly on her way to meet her maker. She met her last day full of confidence and fortitude, born in the faith in the word of God.
State Supreme Court convenes
The divorce action brought by Aden West against Effie West was dismissed by the Supreme Court of Warren County at their spring term.
In a case to recover damages for timber which was cut upon lands encumbered by a mortgage against George Waters, a verdict of $713 was awarded to Julia G. Morgan and Clara L. Griffin.
Deaths in the news
Ona Wakely, infant daughter, aged one year and ten months, died at the Edward Wakely home in Sodom.
Mrs. Helen Wakely of Johnsburgh, 69, died April 14, 1910. She was the mother of John B. Wakely and Mrs. John J. Hewitt, both of Sodom.
Mrs. Harry C. (Hazel K.) Johnson, 23, died April 20, 1910 at the home of Harry Chambers, Lake George. She was the daughter of Hylon B. Chambers. Internment was in the Lake George Cemetery.
Local news roundabout
The highways of Warrensburgh are now undergoing their spring repairs. A crew of river log drivers in charge of Ashley Kellogg and Edward Wakeley in camping at Sherwoods on the West (Hudson) River.
Sanford Young is starting a fruit orchard in Warrensburgh by setting out young trees on his farm up the Schroon River above the County Home.
Mrs. Lewis Emerson (the former Ella Fuller Thomas) has sent to her brother-in-law, Albert H. Thomas in Warrensburgh some seed potatoes from California which bugs are not supposed to disturb. Joel Bennett has volunteered to raise them to see if the claim is true. Mrs. Emerson and her son, Robert Thomas have been spending the winter in Lindsay, California and are expected to return home in May, 1910. (Note: Albert Thomas' ancestral home is now the Senior Citizens house.)
James H. Sturdevan, at his bakery on Elm St., Warrensburgh, has a variety of cakes - including angel, jelly layer, and fruit cakes - ready for daily sale. There are hot rolls every evening. (Note: The bakery is now Riverside Gallery. After Mr. Sturdevan had passed on, his son-in-la, Judge Loran Hoffman and his second wife, Ida Mae Nestle carried on the fine tradition until recent decades.)
The Adirondack Hotel in Warrensburgh is building a garage on the east side of the hotel barn. Ira Wilsey has the foundation completed. (Note: This was behind the present-day Rite Aid location.) John G. Smith has painted his new barn white. (This "barn" is today located on the corner of Hudson and Woodward streets.)
Charles Brooks is building an addition to his sporting house at West Stony Creek. Hila Parks has moved his family to Bakers Mills where they will live in the house owned by William Brown Sr.
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