Words of wisdom
A newspaper reporter in 1910 interviewed 30 successful business men and found that all of them, when they were boys, had been governed strictly and frequently thrashed. He also interviewed 30 loafers and learned that 27 of them had been "mamma's darling" and the other three had been reared by their grandmother.
Rainfall means promising harvest
There is an old adage that says, "A good wet May, a barn full of hay" and it looks as if this year it will be realized. Grass, both in meadows and pastures, looks better than it has in three years. A large amount of corn is being planted this year.
For the love of a Stony Creek girl
Clifford Burns, 24, of Stony Creek, the son of John Burns, committed suicide May 12 1910 by shooting himself in the right temple with a 38-calibre revolver. His death is believed to have happened in the forenoon, but the body was not found until 10 o'clock at night.
The young man's father was out of town and his mother was employed in the morning at the hotel near the Burns' home, leaving the boy home alone. The mother returned home for dinner but was careful to be quiet as she thought her son was sleeping as he was out late the night before.
Looking in on him many hours later, she was horror-stricken to find the young man collapsed on his bed lifeless with a jagged wound in his temple. The revolver, which had fallen from his lifeless hand was lying between his feet.
The boy left no scrap of writing as to why he chose to end his life in the heyday of his youth. A Stony Creek girl is believed to be the cause of the sad tragedy. The girl was in Glens Falls where she worked as a domestic and when she heard the news she became hysterical and started for Stony Creek with her employer, John Ellsworth who feared she might become seriously ill in the car on the way home.
("As she was going to her home, she heard the church bell tolling. O hand me down that corpse of clay that I may look upon it. I might have saved that young man's life, if I had done my duty.")
The funeral was held at the family home with the Rev. Watson E. Perry of the Wesleyan Methodist Church presiding. Clifford Burns was buried in the Warrensburgh Cemetery.
(Note: The well-known old ballad of Bonnie Barbara Allen, as quoted above, was first printed in 1740 and it also goes, "Twas in the merry month of May, all the flowers blooming, a young man on his death bed lay, for the love of Barb'ra Allen.")
Popular English king dies
King Edward VII, 69, monarch of England, Ireland and emperor of India died in London Friday May 6, 1910, of pneumonia and bronchitis. He was the eldest son of Queen Victoria and had only been on the throne for nine years. He had married Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863 and their second son followed his father to the throne.
King Edward's brief reign was known as the Edwardian era and his last words were, "I know that this is the end. Tell the Queen."
Drowned man, dry shirt, cut throat
Patrick Cohan, 60, of Corinth was found dead on the bank of the Heath River, near his home May 16, 1910. His neck was cut which was thought to have been inflicted by the man's falling against a barbed wire fence. It is presumed that, weak from the shock and pain, he stumbled and had fallen head first down into the creek. The autopsy showed that he died by drowning. His body was out of the water but his head was submerged.
The man's remains were found by his son, John P. Cohan and he is also survived by a widow, five daughters and three brothers.
Sporty new cars in town
Dr. James E. Goodman has purchased a Studebaker-Flanders automobile and is rapidly gaining the mastery of the levers, cranks, etc., which govern its movements.
Lewis Thomson's new five passenger Stevens-Duryea automobile arrived in Warrensburgh May 15, 1910 being delivered from Chicopee, Mass.
(Note: Dr. Goodman lived in what is now Season's bed and breakfast and Lewis Thomson lived in present day Cornerstone Victorian bed and breakfast.)
Women lose their hat feathers
Ladies in New York State, after July 11, 1911, will no longer wear the feathers of most of our native birds on their hats. The bill advocated by the Audubon Society has passed both houses of the legislature and Governor Charles Evens Hughes has signed it.
The measure does not protect the English sparrow, crow, hawk, blackbird, snow owl, king fisher or birds for which there are an open season. The bill was strenuously opposed by the millinery industry.
Rexall Pharmacy fit for royalty
Dickinson and Bertrand, proprietors of the Rexall Pharmacy in downtown Warrensburgh, have installed in their store an $1,800 soda fountain made by the Liquid Carbonic Company of Chicago, which is one of the most up-to-date fountains in this area and one of the handsomest.
The counter on which customers are served is pure Italian marble and the front has a border of pink Tennessee marble, making a beautiful effect. There is an onyx column in the center containing the cooling pipes for the beverages, surmounted by a cluster of electric lights softened by a green tinted mission shade.
The prescription department is in charge of Henry S. Bertrand, a graduate of the Albany College of Pharmacy.
Crystal Pharmacy celebrates long history
The Crystal Pharmacy of Warrensburgh is enjoying a greater degree of popularity than ever before in its long and useful career.
The business was founded in 1863 by Oscar F. Hammond, father of the present proprietor, Benjamin F. Hammond, who devotes himself energetically to the success of the enterprise. A "torrent" of water power carbonator has just been installed in the fine soda fountain.
Ben Hammond assumed the management of the business at his father's death. The prescription department is in charge of W.M. Condon.
(Note: For many years Ben Hammond was proprietor of the Adirondack Hotel, where Rite Aid location is today. In 1910 he bought a well known racehorse in New York City whom he named, "William M." This noted bay gelding, of whom Ben was very proud, was named for the man in charge of his prescription department. The Crystal Pharmacy was directly across the street from today's Marco Polo Pizza.)
There was a total eclipse of the moon on May 23-24, 1910. Whooping cough has broken out in Wevertown. All of our menfolk, who have been on the log drive, finished work and have come home. George S. Byrne is setting up a store in Igerna.
Marshal Frasier died at the home of his father on Pucker St. and is buried in South Horicon. Eliza H. Bryant, 53, died of paralysis, May 5, 1910, at the home of her brother, Albert Taylor in Lewisville (lower River St.) Warrensburgh.
In North Creek, carpenters have begun work on George Saunders' new house. Bert Swain went and bought a new car in Glens Falls and it is a dandy.
In Stony Creek, a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. George Fry. In other news, John Combs of Stony Creek and Miss Ethel Morrison of Warrensburgh were married May 11, 1910 by the Rev. C.H. Mead of the Methodist Episcopal Church Allen Russell and Verna Welch were the attendants.
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