•100 Years Ago - March, 1911•
Together in life, joined in death
Eslie Alonzo Griffin, 53, of North Bolton, died March 11, 1911 after an illness lasting two of apoplexy, on the stroke of midnight at the home of his father, Benjamin Griffin of Bolton Landing. His wife, the former Clementine Truesdale, died two days before he did at the Utica Hospital. Because of his illness, he was never told of her passing.
The couple was married in 1880 and they lived in Glens Falls where Griffin conducted a well known livery stable on Park Street. He is survived by his father and two sisters, Mrs. Leonard Lane and Mrs. Chauncey Murch. Eslie Griffin was buried in Huddle Cemetery, Bolton.
Aged minister succumbs
Rev. Cicero Barber, of Fort Edward died on his 101st birthday, March 10, 1911. He was perhaps the oldest minister in the country and preached right up to the time of his death. He was born in Schoharie on March 10, 1810, the son of the late Dr. Isaac Barber who was born in 1781 in Albany County and practiced medicine in Schoharie. Dr. Barber was associated with and was an advisor to the late Governor DeWitt Clinton.
(Note...DeWitt Clinton was elected mayor of New York City in 1802 and served 10 one-year terms. He was the nephew of George Clinton who was US vice president from 1805 to 1812. DeWitt Clinton was governor of New York off and on from 1817 until he died in 1828. In 1825 the Erie Canal was popularly called "Clinton's Ditch."
In the Aug. 22, 2009 Journal I told the story of Dr. Arthur Barber, the 29-year-old dentist who fell overboard from his boat on Lake George near Diamond Point and drowned. He was the son of Rev. Cicero Barber.
It is normal to think that no one who was alive 100 years ago could have survived to our modern day but this is not true. Henriette Bullard Luke of Eagle Bridge was 100 years and three months old when she died Feb. 23, 2011. Frank Buckles of Morgantown, West Virginia, the last veteran of World War 1, was 110 years old when he died Feb. 27, 2011.
Fearful choice for death
Condemned men in Nevada have their choice of death by hanging, shooting or poison and there has been much discussion lately of having the same law in New York State. One drop of hydro cyanide acid on the end of the tongue is sufficient to produce instant death and by law is given by a physician of the prison who is instructed in its use.
Woolen Mill dam gives way
The brackets on the Woolen Mill Dam over the Schroon River were carried away at 5 o'clock on the morning of March 9, 1911 by the weight of ice and water resting upon them. They cannot be replaced until the water goes down in the spring . In the meantime, the woolen Mill plant on Milton Avenue and the Hudson Valley power station in Warrensburgh are deprived of power from that source. The mill is running with steam power. There is a loss of 250 to 275 horsepower from wires of the trolley line.
Fred Graves and Clara Tripp, both of Warrensburgh, were married Saturday, Feb. 25, 1911 by the Rev. W.S. Warren. Attendants were Isabel Bidwell and Bernice J. Howard.
Allen P. Russell and Miss Ferna A. Walsh, both of Warrensburgh, were married by the Rev. W.S. Warren Saturday evening, March 4, 1911 at the Baptist parsonage.
Four inches of snow fell in Bakers Mills on Sunday morning. The thermometer registered 18 below zero the next Thursday, March 16, 1911 at Sanford Kenyon's store in Kenyontown, Thurman.
The population of Warrensburgh is now 2,385 and there are 805 people in Thurman. Stony Creek has 858 and Lake George has 1,482 citizens.
Workmen are now digging and blasting for the cellar of the store to be erected in the spring by T.P. Braley and Dr. D.L. Rogers, just north of the Baptist Church in Bolton Landing and fronting on the river road.
The Owens family have decided to build an addition to The Palisades Hotel at Brant Lake this spring and have commenced cutting logs for the lumber. The hotel has had a full house every season and is very popular among their city guests.
Miss Edith Swan has commenced her spring term of school at Darrowsville, near Chestertown. Martin Hill of Riverbank has the measles and Frank Smith's two little daughters are having whooping cough. Mrs. Ann Lynn fell on the ice near her home in Olmstedville and broke her wrist. Her daughter, Mrs. John Clifford is caring for her.
Lenitt May Barber of South Johnsburgh, died Monday, Feb. 27, 1911 of pneumonia. She was eight months old.
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Everts, of Lake George, formerly of Thurman, brought the body of their infant child, three weeks old, to Warrensburgh on Feb. 28, 1911 for burial.
Nig, a little black pug dog owned by Scott Ross on River St., Warrensburgh, died at the ripe old age of 16 years.
Old Dan, a horse driven by his owner, Mrs. Mary Davis for twelve years before surrendering up his life, is finally gone. He was well loved and one of the handsomest horses in Warrensburgh.
Himalaya Cloth, zibeline poplin, ottoman silk cord, dragon silk, cobweb tissue, madras and percale cloth, all wash goods, may be had at Goodson's Daylight Store in Glens Falls for 25 cents a yard. McCall's patterns are 15 cents each.
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