Sugarbush production down this year
The maple sugar season closed with only one good run of sap. The crop is the smallest in years, but it is of superior quality. George Codner of West Stony Creek usually makes 250 to 300 gallons of syrup and so far he has only made 60 gallons.
Since March 27, the weather in this vicinity has been unprecedented, very warm and more like June than the beginning of April. Many pansy beds are in full bloom. Seth A. Reed of Ridge St. cut asparagus April 10 from his garden.
Frank Dunn murdered
John Harper of Fort Ann has received a communication from Frederick Zorn of Susitna Station, Alaska, stating that Frank Dunn, formerly of this area, was murdered in a roadhouse on Jan. 26, 1910 in Alaska.
Mr. Zorn was a former boatman who worked on the Champlain Canal. Dunn was said to have been shot and killed by a man named Ralph Williams in the roadhouse and now his body lies in a grave some 2,000 feet from the scene of the crime. (Note...The Dunn family was among the very earliest settlers of Johnsburgh Corners after 1790 when John Thurman first brought settlers to that area.)
Child burned in freak accident
Amelia Marcellus, 14, who was staying at the John Rhodes residence at Burnhamville - between Warrensburgh and Thurman - was horribly burned Sunday morning, April 17, 1910 and it is feared that her injuries may prove fatal.
The girl was making her morning toilet at 7 a.m. in a third story room of the house. She had a small hand lamp burning on a table and blew into the chimney to extinguish it. The flame shot up and came in contact with her hair, which was loose. In a moment she was in flames and ran screaming toward the stairs.
Mrs. Rhodes, who was on the second floor with her baby in her arms, ran up the stairs and grasped the girl, pulling her into the room below. Then laying the baby down, she procured a pail of water from a sink in the room and threw it upon the screaming sufferer and extinguished the flames.
The poor creature had been terribly burned about the chest and upper part of the body. Dr. Cunningham dressed the wounds and tried to relieve the excruciating suffering and shock which the flames that caused. Her face was not much affected but both ears were badly burned. Her condition is critical.
Amelia is a lovable child. She is one of a large family of children scattered by the death of their mother. The father has remarried and the children have been farmed out to various homes. The neighbors are doing everything in their power to comfort the child and care for her in her terrible misfortune.
Famous photographer dies
George W. Conkey, 72, died Tuesday, April 19, 1910 at his home in Glens Falls. He was the first photographer in all of Warren County.
(Note...George Conkey, the son of John and Hester Conkey, was born in 1837 in New York City. He was an artist who came to Glens Falls to work as an instructor in 1861 and went on to make the first photograph in Warren County. He married Miss Mary E. Leonard of Albany.
He became so successful as a photographer that he opened his own gallery opposite the post office on Warren St. I have seen several of his photographs taken of people and places in Lake George and they are magnificent. An original Conkey photograph is pricey today. I used to own one and in 2003 I lost it when my house burned)
Let go of my knife!
Cassius Varnum of North Caldwell was arrested April 18, 1910 by Constable W.H. Ovitt on a charge of petty larceny preferred by Frank E. White, who alleged that Varnum stole a valuable butcher knife from his meat market after it burned last fall in Warrensburgh. The knife was recovered and Justice Hodgson sentenced him to 10 days in the County Jail.
Man makes hard landing
Edward LaPaige fell from the state dam at Indian Lake on April 16, 1910 and died soon after from his injuries.
LaPaige had spent the day in Indian Lake and had started home with his two sons, 13 and 14 years old. Headed across the lake from Sabael, the man was some what intoxicated and the boys led him carefully across the apex of the dam. When he safely reached the other side he turned around to go back alone and fell over the lower side of the big reservoir to a bed of rocks below, striking on his head.
He was carried to his home and a doctor was called. The accident happened at 7 p.m. and by the morning, he was dead. He left a widow and five children.
Deaths in the news
Benjamin P. Young, 36, of Chestertown died of pneumonia. His father, two sisters and six brothers survive him.
Robert S. Armstrong, 77, died April 3, 1910 of diseases incident to old age and heart difficulty at his home in Johnsburgh. He is survived by a widow and two sons, J. Noble Armstrong, with whom he resided and Harry Armstrong of Newcomb.
Joseph Boyce, 58, died Sunday, April 3, 1910 quite suddenly at his home near Edgecomb Pond, Bolton. Internment was in the Huddle Cemetery.
Michael Clifford, 78, an old and respected citizen of Olmstedville, died at home April 3, 1910. He had been in failing health for years. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Music Hall entertainment offered
John S. Woodward will sing a selection from "The Country Minister" at Warrensburgh's Music Hall, the beautiful tenor solo, "On the Road to Mandelay," which he rendered with great success in several cities at concerts given by the Union College Glee Club of Schenectady.
Colin Coe's pretty operetta, "The Cadet's Picnic," was successfully presented by pupils of the Warrensburgh High School at the Music Hall April 1, 1910, under the direction of Principal John B. Chilson with Miss Maude Thayer as accompanist to a fair-sized audience. The proceeds were about $35 which was donated to the Washington trip fund for the graduating class.
Vaudeville performances direct from the Empire Theatre, Glens Falls, under the management of J.P. Garretson, gave performances at Music Hall on April 12 and 15, 1910.
(The Music Hall was on the corner of Main and Adirondack streets in Warrensburg. It burned in 1950, several days after Christmas. My late husband, Merv Hadden used to play basketball up on the second floor in the ballroom with his team when he was in high school.)
A movement is on foot with the probable likelihood of success for the establishment of a much-needed tuberculosis hospital in Warren County. (Is this Westmount Infirmary?)
The big, new pipe organ for the Methodist Episcopal Church arrived Monday, April 11, 1910, in Warrensburgh.
Miss Clara Richards is having 2,000 little pine tree transplants set out on the hillside opposite her residence, "The Elms ." Edward Noble is superintending the planting.
(Note...Clara Richards and her sister, Mrs. Rowland C. (Mary) Kellogg once lived at their family home, "The Elms," today called "The Pillars," and the adjoining Richards Avenue in Warrensburg, is named for them. In 1901 they founded the Richards Library.)
In West Stony Creek, Ray Schuman is building a fire boat which will soon be ready to launch on Harrisburgh Lake. Wilbur Perkins started his sawmill and has quite a stock of logs on hand to saw into boards.
Henry Raymond of Riparius is suffering from erysipelas. Etson Hitchcock of Bakers Mills has been suffering with rheumatism for several years and is now much worse. Martin Breen of South Glens Falls ate frankfurters and died of ptomaine poisoning the next day.
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