Heavy rains affect farming, electric service
We have had heavy rains for several days and the brooks and ponds are all full to overflowing. What garden crops aren't drowned are doing well. "The hay crop from the old meadows will be light in spite of the rains," says Lewis Thomson, of Warrensburgh, one of the largest individual holders of farm properties in northern New York. We are sure, however, to have water to run the electric lights all this season.
During the recent heavy thunderstorms, one of the Warrensburgh Electric Company's transformers on River Street burned out at about 11 p.m., leaving the town in the dark.
Great balls of fire
In a thunderstorm June 15, 1910, lightening struck Seth Alden's house (now the store house at the bottom of Alden Avenue once owned by editor Robert Hall), tore off a curtain in one of the rooms, then the bolt zig-zagged down cellar and out through the kitchen, where Seth and Julia Burke Alden were both severely shocked. (Note: This indoor phenomenon is called "ball lightening." Back in colonial times, it was thought to be the manifestation of the Devil.)
Another bolt burned out the fuses in the motive power at the Woolen Mill (now 18 Milton Avenue lot) and destroyed two of the electric light company's transformers, one near James Stewart's residence (which long ago stood in what is now Lizzie Keays' parking lot) and the other in front of R.D. Baker's store in Lewisville (River Street).
Woolen Mill thrives
D.W. Hayes, purchasing agent for E.W. Edwards & Sons department store at Syracuse, was in Warrensburgh recently on business, principally to purchase 4,000 pairs of men's wool pants from the Woolen Mill. Manager Milton N. Eldridge and sales agent E.C. Austin entertained Mr. Hayes at the Viele Pond Clubhouse June 21, 1910. Berry W. Woodward and Byron Harrington were also members of the party.
(The Woolen Mill was on the lot on Milton Ave. where Tioga Construction Co. now has their equipment stored in preparation of building a new Woolen Mill bridge. The Viele Pond Club was a camp located on the summit of Harrington Hill.)
Fishing trip ends in disaster
Mrs. James H. Wilsey, who with her husband conducts the Pinegrove farmhouse, eight miles north of Warrensburgh, and her guest, Mrs. Fred G. Stewart of Philadelphia, decided to go fishing in Tripp Pond adjoining the Wilsey farm.
The ladies put out in the Wilsey row boat and 20 feet from shore they attempted to change places in the boat. The boat overturned and threw both of them into about 11 feet of water. Their cries for help brought Mr. Stewart and John Tennyson running from the Wilsey barn on the main road and they had to go around to the end of the pond to get the Tennyson boat to put out in. There were no oars to be found and they ripped off a seat to make a paddle.
Mrs. Wilsey had gone down twice but managed to cling to the overturned boat. Mrs. Stewart was still in the water and was towed ashore by the rescuers. The ladies feel very fortunate to have escaped drowning.
Lady found badly injured
Mrs. George W. Howland of Ketchum's Corners fell down stairs while carrying a lighted lamp. The breaking of the chimney nearly severed her ear and she was rendered unconscious. The fire burned itself out after a time. The woman is suffering from shock and loss of blood. She was found an hour after the accident by the neighbors.
A fine deer was seen near the residence of J.Q. Adams in Knowelhurst (near Stony Creek) one morning recently. They get more shy as soon as the hunters get after them.
(Note...Recently, around sunset I drove into my dooryard on Milton Avenue and found a deer grazing on my lawn. We looked wearily at each other for five minutes and than he went back to eating. I found out later that he had consumed my parsley plants and all my tulips.)
Deaths in the news
Clayton L. Everts, 41, of Warrensburgh, died Saturday morning, May 21, 1910 of a complication of diseases. He leaves a widow, a brother, Watson Everts of Athol and a sister, Mrs. Fred J. Hayes of Warrensburgh.
Theodore F. Dingman, 30, the son of Bradford Dingman, died Friday, May 27, 1910 in Glens Falls where he moved only two months ago from Warrensburgh. He leaves a widow. Burial was in the Warrensburgh Cemetery in a heavy downpour of rain.
Henry Middleton, 84, died June 4, 1910 at his home in Olmstedville. He is survived by a widow and six daughters.
Mrs. Harriet Pratt, 52, of Horicon Avenue, died June 14, 1910 of diabetes at her home in Warrensburgh.
In Knowelhurst, Mrs. Charles Swanson has put up a fine granite monument for her husband in the Van Auken Cemetery. Schuyler Glassbrook has also put up a fine one for his father, Alexander Glassbrook in the Glassbrook Cemetery.
Because of computer difficulties there were mistakes in the May 22, column. Sisters, Mrs. F.R. Saville and Daisy Langworthy, of Warrensburg, were in Downey, Ca. on May 8, 1910, at the deathbed of their aunt, Alma Bennett.
North Country legend "Uncle Mart Moody" was stricken with paralysis at Big Moose Lake. It was Seneca Ray Stoddard, of Glens Falls, not Moody, who was getting ready to publish his 40 edition of his Adirondack Guide, "The Adirondack Illustrated."
A while back I wrote that Emerald and Pearl Pasco were the children of Alexander Pasco. Actually, Pearl was Emerald's daughter. Thanks go to the readers who called.
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