Wonders of wireless telegrams, flying machines
Mark the wonderful progress of our modern age in this 20th century: Air flights on heavy machines, telegrams without wires, terrible war inventions to kill our fellow man.
Guns drawn, stones thrown
Revolvers were drawn on Friday June 24, 1910 in a disturbance incident at a strike of the quarrymen employed by the Glens Falls Portland Cement Co. at Glens Falls.
About 50 men, mostly Italians and Syrians, struck for more wages. Some of the men attempted to go to work and were prevented from doing so by the strikers. Deputy Sheriff Hackett drew a revolver on a man who attempted to hit him with a rock and other officers were compelled to draw revolvers when the mob closed in on them.
The trouble was settled when the company agreed to give the men a slight increase in wages.
Riding with the wind
Ed Smith, the popular Adirondack Hotel clerk and W.U. Osborne of Poughkeepsie, who is staying in Warrensburgh at the hotel (now Rite Aid location), enjoyed an auto ride to Schroon Lake and back on Sunday, June 26, 1910, in Senator James Emerson's big touring car. They made the return trip in just over an hour and Ed says there were times the scenery appeared blurred because they were going so fast and he had that empty-in-the-pit of his stomach feeling all the way home.
Driving at night with no lights, lady sent flying
Mrs. Charles Miller, of Minerva, was seriously bruised Monday night, June 27, 1910, when a rig in which she and her husband and their daughter, Mabel were riding, was struck by an automobile driven by Dr. Brush of North Creek. Mrs. Miller was thrown to the ground and was seriously bruised, but no bones were broken.
The accident occurred about midnight at a point near where the road goes along the outskirts of Bank's Woods. The auto struck the wheel of the rig and both the machine and the wagon were wrecked. The car carried no lights, only side lamps and Mr. Miller had no light on his wagon.
New rules, new roads abound
More than 25 men employed by contractor C.J. Reardon have begun work on the state road in the village of Lake George. M.H. Bitely is foreman.
Preparations under the direction of John Anderson Jr. of Newcomb are being made at Riverside to begin the new state road there. The Stanley farm house has been enlarged for a boarding house for the workmen and the barns remodeled to accommodate the teams. The machinery is on hand and the road is being marked out.
The laws of New York state provide that when an automobile overtakes a team of horses, the team driver shall as soon as practicable turn to the right, so as to allow free passage of the automobile on the left. Many drivers do not understand this and will turn their horses to the left in front of the automobile, causing confusion and sometimes accidents or death.
Field strawberries are a failure this year on account of the late freeze. Fruit trees have also suffered much from the frost but the Orange Hawk weed seems to thrive with the cold and there is a guarantee of a big crop of this pest.
Complaints are being heard relative to bicycle riding on town sidewalks as several people have been run into.
Notice: "All persons are hereby forbidden to trespass on my land, neither hunting nor berrying permitted under penalty of the law." - Lyman Stark.
(Note: Stark's land was directly across today's Route 9 from the landfill road. He lived in a shack next to the road and dug at his "gold mine" further up the hill for many years but I never found any record that he ever discovered anything of any value.)
Fred M. Harrington is building a retaining wall on the south side of his ice pond on Oak St. (Note: Before it was filled in, this little pond was a popular place for winter ice skating many years ago.)
Mrs. Joseph Bruno of west Warrensburgh died of Bright's Disease, June 6, 1910 at her home on The Glen Road. She is survived by a husband and nine children. Burial was in the Potter Cemetery at The Glen.
The Sophomore class of the Warrensburgh High School enjoyed a picnic in the grove at Bond's Pond (now called Echo Lake) with Professor and Mrs. John B. Chilson and Miss Mary S. Crandall as their guests. (Note: Professor Chilson, a tireless educator, became principal of the Warrensburgh school in 1909 and served for 13 years.)
News has been received that the Rev. James F. Knowles, who became pastor of the Warrensburgh Presbyterian Church in 1884 and preached here for a good number of years, died Sept. 8, 1909 at his home in Greensboro, Indiana.
Bolton racehorse Gypsie Countess won the match race on the Warrensburgh Fairgrounds, defeating Lake George horses, John L., and John Henry.
The fence around the Baptist Church lot in Bolton Landing is being painted by diligent workers. Winfield Carpenter of South Horicon is painting Mr. LaMar's cottage at Brant Lake near the Palisades Hotel.
In North River, George Ordway has his new barn completed and the contractors, John C. and Frank Welch, have returned home to North Creek. A son was born to the Bert Burns family. A little daughter arrived at the James Lawrence residence on Hedgson St., Johnsburgh Corners.
Marshall Stone is ill with tonsillitis. H.P. Brace of Pottersville is enjoying his new automobile. Miss Zetta Hitchcock is employed at the Bibby farm in Bakers Mills.
Dennis Howe is working for Joseph Bolton on his lumber job in South Horicon. Bert Middleton is peeling bark and cutting logs for Arthur Perry.
Fred Vetter's auto blew up in Chestertown when it was being made ready for a run on the road, but no one was hurt. The machine was taken to Glens Falls for $700 in repairs.
Eldrid Harpp of South Horicon has moved into the woods at the head of Pharoah Lake where he has taken a lumber job.
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