Citizens petition postal authorities
Ever since the name of the old village of Caldwell, at the head of Lake George, was changed to Lake George, there has been endless confusion. Mail, baggage, freight and express have gone wrong and in many instances travelers have become confused.
The Lake George Association is trying to find relief from the confusion and the inconvenience arising there by petitioning the Postmaster General to once again change the name of the village. They respectfully insist that the name "Lake George" belongs to the whole 36-mile lake, with it's about 150 miles of shoreline, rather than any one point on its shores. They feel that the village name should be either changed back to its old name of Caldwell or to some other appropriate name.
Such reasonable and proper action will lead to the comfort and well being of nine-tenths of the people residing upon Lake George.
Hay crop faring well in the heat
Although apples and berries were killed off by the late frost this year, grass has been flourishing. Farmers are still busy cutting what is said to be the largest crop of hay harvested in these parts in several years. With just a little more favorable weather the hay crop should be just about secured for this season. The thermometer registered 96 degrees on July 24, 1910.
Library receives priceless treasure
Mrs. W.F. Allen, of Honolulu, to whom the Richards Library at Warrensburgh is indebted for contributions of many curios, has presented to the library a Korean chest of great value. The chest was presented to Mrs. Allen by Captain Dominis, a sea captain of Hawaii, who made a tour of the world in 1840 and picked up many wonderful things in out-of-the way places.
The chest is made of some dark wood of great beauty and is handsomely ornamented with brass in unique designs. It was placed in the reading room of the library and a great number of townspeople have come to view it. Mrs. Allen is a niece of world-famous Warrensburgh native, Charles Reed Bishop, who traveled to Hawaii many years ago and made his fortune.
(Note: Current librarian Sarah Farrar says that after 100 years, the chest still resides at the Richards Library and is safely packed away for the next generation to marvel at. Charles Reed Bishop, who grew up and was schooled in Warrensburg , is credited as the founder of Hawaii's banking system, and influential in education there. )
Fire ravishes hamlet
A disastrous fire occurred Monday noon, July 25, 1910, at Hartman's, a small hamlet on Luzerne mountain. The fire started from an overheated chimney in the two-story frame dwelling owned and occupied by D.G. Hartman.
The general store, also owned by Mr. Hartman, adjoining his residence and in which the post office was located, was also burned to the ground and nearly all the contents were destroyed. The loss is about $5,000. Some of the mail was burned.
Early Caldwell resident dies
Eunice Mead, 78, wife of Alphonso Brown, died Saturday July 23, 1910 at her home in Lake George. Mrs. Brown was the daughter of David and Maria Mead, lifelong Caldwell residents and was born in the town in 1832 where she has resided all her life. Beside her husband, she is survived by a son, Dolphus J. Brown and three daughters. The funeral was held from the home and she was buried in the Lake George Cemetery.
Fine boat hits the road
A gasoline-powered launch purchased by John Anderson, of Newcomb, from Fred D. Howland of Hudson Falls, passed through Warrensburgh on the first of the week of July 21, 1910 on a wagon drawn by a remarkable fine pair of draught horses owned by Anderson and driven by his head teamster, Henry Peck. One horse was a bay and the other black. The horses weigh 3,100 pounds and are perfectly matched in size.
Peck stopped at the Adirondack Hotel (now Rite Aid location) overnight and the team was viewed and admired by many local horsemen. The boat is to be placed on Lake Harris, at Newcomb, where Mr. Anderson has a summer hotel.
The gramophone playing entertainment held at the Kenyontown Methodist Episcopal Church in North Thurman was well attended and $11.65 was taken in.
Mrs. Rebecca Clarke of England, 107, says she has been a total abstainer who only drank water, for the past 40 years.
While diving in Bond's Pond (Echo Lake) Saturday, July 23, 1910, Arthur Oney made a grab for a shining substance imbedded in the sand and struck the jagged edge of a broken bottle, badly cutting his right hand between the third and fourth fingers. Several stitches were required.
Pine moths are destroying pine trees to an alarming extent in Johnsburgh. When this species of pest attack a pine tree, it is soon divested of it's foliage and is left as bare as if it had gone through a forest fire.
In Igerna, George Byrne is doing a good business in his new grocery store. Myron Mead has returned home to help his father with the haying. In Minerva, C.F. Mitchell's new stage is on the road daily from Minerva to North Creek.
Stillman F. Town has taken the contract for painting the interior of the new Masonic Hall and club rooms in Warrensburgh. All the work will be finished in white enamel. Plastering the walls was done by Ira Wilsey.
(Note: This stately brick building, with a magnificent interior, burned not too many years ago in an unfortunate incident of arson).
The carpenter work on John G. Smith's new residence, corner of Hudson St. and Woodward Avenue, was begun Monday, July 25, 1910 in charge of contractor James Hall.
(Note...This fine house is today owned by local dentist Raluca Sandler and real estate agent Gary Cooper. Contractor James Hall is buried just a short distance up Hudson St. at the front of the old Warrensburgh Cemetery, on the east side of the roadway.)
Mr. Collins of The Hermitage on Hague Mountain was in Warrensburgh July 22, 1910, with a splendid grey team. He is a lover of fine horses. He owns many good ones and raises them on his stock farm.
Frank L. Bennett and John H. Lloyd, along with their mother Mrs. Jane Chappell, left July 26, 1910 for Salisbury, Maryland where they expect to locate permanently on a farm. Mrs. Chappell and Mr. Bennett recently sold their farm on Harrington Hill to C.J. Hall of Warrensburgh.
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