Notes from the neighborhood
Heavy showers washed out many roads this wee, and readers are reminded that "a cold and rainy May fills the barn with hay." This recent weather raises the prospect of many full barns this fall. These rains have raised the river this week to the high water mark.
There was a severe frost in this area the night of June 3, 1910 which was bad for everything except grass and widespread damage was done to vegetable gardens. Replanting will be necessary.
The ground in some places was frozen hard and ice formed on all the ponds of water and in the woods. Potatoes, corn and tomatoes were flat on the ground after the freeze. The oldest residents of this section of the Adirondacks can not recall a frost so late in the season.
Comet fever still raging
The interest and fear of Halley's Comet in this area is still high. A million or more eyes have been straining every evening to the western horizon an hour after sunset to see the earth passing through the tail of the comet.
This celestial sight has caused intense excitement and feelings of foreboding among many. Ruth Johnson, daughter of a farmer in Alabama went to the door of her house to see the visitor from outer space and immediately fell dead of a heart attack. according to newspaper reports.
Henpecked husband seeks revenge
The stabbing of Mrs. Milton Bennett of Horicon by her husband is being investigated.
On Sunday, Mr. Bennett was passing the house of Harris Culver where his wife was employed. As Mrs. Bennett got a glimpse of her husband, she rushed out of the house and a wordy war began, a common occurrence between the two, neighbors say. Then a scuffle began and in the mix-up Bennett stabbed his wife in her abdomen and breast with a pocket knife.
Mrs. Bennett is tall and portly while her husband is undersized and all of 70 years of age and their family differences have been the cause of considerable comment for years. Their words, it seems, generally began over money matters which usually started a tussle and the husband always got the most of the hammering.
"I've stood it as long as I can!" Bennett is reported to have told his wife and then drew back and cut her with his knife. Two doctors were called but her injuries were not considered very dangerous.
Harris Culver went to Chestertown and swore out a warrant for the arrest of Bennett who has not yet been located. It is said that he was last seen near Graphite, but is expected to return home as soon as he learns that his wife's wounds are not fatal.
Boy receives grievous wound
While at work in a sawmill in Bolton June 7, 1910, Leslie Finkle, 19, backed into a whirling buzz saw and sustained injuries to his right hand of such a serious nature that amputation of the member was necessary.
The young man was standing on the floor of the mill in which he was employed, with his back turned to a large saw, when in an attempt to get out of the way of some timber which was being carried into the mill, he fell backward. His right hand struck the edge of the saw, which was revolving at a high rate of speed and his hand was badly mutilated and had to be amputated at the wrist.
Dead from rice thrown at wedding
Amos Cummings and his wife, both of Binghamton, were married 10 years ago and their friends showered them with rice. One kernel lodged in the bride's ear. For ten years it defied the efforts of physicians and surgeons to dislodge it. Three fruitless operations were performed, and a short time ago she entered a New York hospital for treatment. Brain fever developed and on Thursday, June 2, 1910 she died.
Help did not come in time
While repairing a fence May 27, 1910, Albert Morehouse of Bakers Mills sustained a severe cut on his foot and before aid reached him he bled to death. He left home with an axe and not returning as soon as expected, his family began a search. He was found dead where he had fallen from weakness and loss of blood with his ankle nearly cut off.
Popular former Hague supervisor dies
Lewis Burgess, 76, of Hague-on-Lake George died at his home the evening of May 23, 1910.
The man's grandfather was a Hessian soldier who was pressed into the British army and was sent over to fight the colonies in 1777. He deserted the worthless cause and went over to the side of the American army and after the war he married an American girl and settled in Putnam.
Lewis Burgess, born Aug. 14, 1834, began life as a school teacher and went on to become chief clerk at the Fort William Henry Hotel. He married Charlotte McClanathan on Jan. 2, 1862. Much later, after becoming the owner of the town store and holding many political offices, he went on to become supervisor of Hague several times, ending in the 1889 term at a time when there was 682 citizens in the town. Hague, lying quietly between the mountains and the lake, saw many exciting events during his terms in office.
Burgess gave to the town the lot on which the Hague town hall was built in 1893 and the lot on which the school building was built in 1909.
Senator James A. Emerson, Robert Murray, Ray Rooney and E.C. Manzer returned to Warrensburgh from a couple of days' outing at Mud Pond, Essex County, with thirty pounds of trout. The party made the trip in the senator's touring car.
Fishermen are having great sport and large catches of perch and bull-heads from Harrisburgh Lake and near Stony Creek. (Note: "It doesn't seem many years ago, when I was but a lad, I used to come out here and fish in this same creek with Dad." A.L. Heath.)
The children of Chestertown marched to the cemetery on Decoration Day and put flowers and flags on the graves of dead soldiers.
Miss Lana Thomson fell in the woodshed of her home in North Warrensburgh and injured her back so seriously that she is confined to her bed.
In Bolton Landing, Frank Parker opened the summer season May 30, 1910 by putting his auto stage in operation. Al Mundy is in charge of the wheels and he is a good and careful man in the right place as everyone is safe in his hands. He is not a "joy runner" like some drivers on other stage lines.
In Warrensburgh, St. Cecilia's Church is being wired for electric lights by the General Electric Co. of Glens Falls. The contract for frescoing the interior of the church has been awarded to Whitaker & Co. of Philadelphia and by July 10, 1910 the work will be finished.
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