Blueberries are said to be plentiful on Cat Mountain near Riverbank. Nearly everyone in Hague has whooping cough. Sunday, July 24, 1910, it was 96 degrees in the shade.
Everyone is haying. The crop on the old ground and new seeding is good but on old dry meadows the three last dry summers and the white grubs have destroyed nearly all the grass roots. Oats are a good crop.
A goodly number of Bakers Mills townspeople went on Monday, July 25, 1910 to make a haying bee to cut the hay for Etson Hitchcock who is ill with rheumatism. Some of the women went along to do the cooking.
Girl dead, man flees
Jennie LaFountain, who was shot on the Boulevard in Glens Falls on the evening of June 12, 1910 by Frank Ciliberto, an Italian, died Friday evening, July 22, 1910 in the Glens Falls Hospital. The child, she was only 16 years old, was taken to the hospital on the night of the shooting and at first she began to improve, but a week before her death, however, she took a turn for the worse and failed to rally.
Ciliberto disappeared completely and no trace of him has since been found, although Sheriff Smith, his deputies and the police force of Glens Falls have worked faithfully to find a trace of the murderer. The funeral was held Monday, July 25, 1910 from St. Alphonsus Church, Glens Falls.
Sheriff Smith doubled the reward from $250 to $500, having secured the consent of the Board of Supervisors, and hundreds of circulars containing Ciliberto's photograph have been circulated.
Gone in the blink of an eye
George H. Taylor of Luzerne, 56, was instantly killed on Friday morning, July 22, 1910, by a large gear weighing seven tons falling on his body while he was at work in the pulp mill at Hadley. The accident occurred about 10 o'clock when the repair gang was fixing the shafting in the large gear wheels.
William Hughes and Harmon Taylor, the only witnesses to the tragedy, state the blocking under the gear gave away which allowed the big wheel to fall about eight inches striking Mr. Taylor, who laid on his back underneath the machinery, on his chest and causing instantaneous death. It took quite a while to get the body out from under the heavy load of iron.
The deceased was born in Derby, England and came to America when he was but two years old and settled in Luzerne. He had been working at the mill for the past twenty years. He is survived by a widow, one son and five daughters. The bereavement in his close knit family is hard for them to bear.
New car turns into giant fireball
H.W. Mundy, of Chestertown, had bad luck on Friday, July 8, 1910 when he was on an automobile trip from Albany back to his home. He had purchased a new Peerless limousine in Albany and was taking it home where he planned to open a garage. About a mile this side of Saratoga, one of the rear tires blew out. Winding the wheel with rope in order to save the rim, he proceeded on his journey intending to get a new tire in Glens Falls, but he failed to reach there.
Everything was running along smoothly when he noticed a flame shooting out from beneath the car. Fearing an explosion, he immediately brought the machine to a stop and jumped out, having just enough time to secure his suit case before the rear of the automobile was enveloped in flames.
The machine now lies a total wreck about a mile and a half this side of Wilton. The fire started, it is believed, from a leak in the gasoline pipe next to the carburetor. It is fully covered by insurance to the extent of $1,600.
Hon. George R. Stevens, proprietor of the Stevens House, Lake Placid, a hunter of note, saw three wolves in the Saranac River country where he had been fishing recently. The last wolf killing on record in the Adirondack region was at Brandeth Lake in 1893.
Three years ago (1907) reliable men reported wolves seen in the town of Peru, Clinton County.
(Note, although wolves do not technically exist in the Adirondacks, they are still occasionally reported even in our time.)
Ground broken, new bank being built
In North Creek, ground for the new bank building was broken Monday, July 18, 1910 and actual construction will begin in a few days. The structure will be of brick with brown stone trimmings and will be ready for occupancy by the last of September 1910. C.W. Sanderspree of Fort Edward and A.J. Dubee, of Glens Falls are the contractors.
A.E. Prescott has purchased the building opposite the Adirondack Hotel (now Rite Aid) in Warrensburgh, in which the bank has been located since April 1, 1910 and will later fix it over for a jewelry store.
George B. Hall, of Indian Lake, and Miss Carrie Smith, of Warrensburgh, were married at the home of the groom's brother, C.J. Hall on River Street, Warrensburgh, by the Rev. E.J. Guernsey, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They left town on the trolley car for a wedding trip down the Hudson River. Mr. Hall is a prominent lumberman.
This week's time line
• Just 104 years ago, July 11, 1906: Chester Gillette became an Adirondack legend when he drowned his girlfriend, Grace Brown in Big Moose Lake. In 1908 he died in the electric chair for her murder.
• Just 83 years ago, July 12, 1927: Heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey was in Hague to act as race starter for the Lake George swimming marathon.
• Just 109 years ago, July 14, 1901: The Hudson Valley Railroad extended their trolley line to Lake George and Warrensburgh.
• Just 162 years ago, July 16, 1848: World-famous songwriter, Eben Rexford ("Silver threads among the gold") was born in Johnsburgh.
• Just 104 years ago, July 16, 1906: Seventy-two cars, carrying 400 people, passed through Warrensburgh en route to New Hampshire's White Mountains during the famous Glidden and Deming Car Race.
• Just three years ago, July 17, 2007: A 24-pound Maine Coon cat by the name of "Buster" moved from the Lake George cat shelter into the home of Jean Hadden on Milton Avenue. Today he is known as Reggie Hadden and is the lord of the manor. This great shelter deserves are love and support for the great work that they do.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at email@example.com or 623-2210