Fourth of July quiet except at racetrack
Independence Day was observed in Warrensburgh with less noise than usual. The Fourth of July falling on Monday, many folks took advantage of the extra day by visiting friends in other places. Large numbers enjoyed a sail through Lake George. The only attraction in town was the horse race on the Warrensburgh Fairgrounds track, which drew a fair-sized crowd.
Parrot said 'Goodbye' and flew away
A parrot owned by Miss Maude Cunningham, with beautiful plumage and a fluent tongue, is at liberty somewhere around the village and Miss Cunningham requests its return to her home on Main St., Warrensburgh.
Fred Cunningham, who presented the bird to his sister, is home for a few days visit and on July 6, 1910 he released the bird from its cage to give it exercise, supposing it was sufficiently attached to its home to remain on the premises. He was dead wrong!
The Parrot decided to see something of the world and promptly flew to the top of a big tree shouting at the top of his more-or-less melodious lungs, "Good-bye, good-bye." After flitting joyfully from tree to tree, frustrating all attempts to capture it, the bird finally disappeared. There is a reward for his capture.
(Note: the historic Cunningham house, built in 1850, stood until 2000 on the corner of Main and Stewart Farrar Avenue, on property which is now in a designated historic district - a plot which local citizens are today trying to save from commercial development.)
Motorcar travel has its risks
While motoring July 3, 1910 from near Minerva in an automobile owned by Newcomb liveryman John Hall, the machine in which Hall's son and three other men were riding near Minerva ran into and killed a large buck. The occupants were thrown from the car, which hit a railing, and the impact sent the men down a steep embankment and into a creek below. They escaped injury by a very narrow margin.
The large deer had suddenly leapt from the bushes near the roadside to the middle of the road and was hit and killed.
William Aubrey of the party is suffering with two broken ribs while one of the others sustained injuries to his arm and shoulder. The machine was overturned and, catching fire, was completely destroyed. It was a brand new Ford touring car recently purchased by Mr. Hall. The other occupants in the car, besides Warren Hall, included Joseph Bissell and Sterling Hall, the chauffeur.
Italian railway workers riot
As a result of an attack July 6, 1910 on several laborers employed by the Delaware and Hudson Co. at Lake George, Antonio Torio, leader of a gang of Italian workers, is awaiting arraignment before Justice Weaver at Lake George on an assault charge, having used a shovel to strike rail construction foreman Austin Tucker.
In another matter, in a fit of despondency, alone and friendless, an Italian workman wandered into a cemetery in Lake George village, July 13, 1910, and shot himself in the temple causing instantaneous death.
Escape attempt fails, but is needless
Recently near Long Lake, Charles Fox met a black bear on the highway and to escape a mix-up he climbed a slender tree. A limb on which he stood broke and he fell to the ground directly in front of the bruin. The bear became as frightened as Fox, and both ran away in different directions.
Suicide fails, shots to head not enough
After a discussion of melancholy affairs with her sister, Mrs. S.B. Moses of Lewisville (a section of River Street, Warrensburgh) fired three bullets from a small 22-calibre revolver into her head, but failed to inflict a mortal wound. Dr. Goodman attended her slight injuries and she is rapidly recovering from the shock.
Violent winds, lightning ravage area
A two-story dwelling north of Comstock was blown from its foundation on July 10, 1910 by Sunday's windstorm and 6,000 board-feet of lumber was whirled into the Barge Canal.
In North Thurman, Sanford Kenyon's house was struck by lightning. It tore up two of the clapboards at one end, tore off the plaster in four different places and went out through the dining room door.
Kenyon was sitting on the doorstep at the time. His leg was burned and three holes were cut in the shoe on his right foot. The shock knocked him off the steps. Esau Baker of Garnet, sat beside of Kenyon and also received quite a shock.
The lightning struck six telephone poles and three trees in this neighborhood. It also put all the local telephones out of business. The lightning burned off the wires of the telephone at the Meadowbrook Stock Farm and threw a ball of fire to the outside of the house. Mr. Ingraham saw the fire and put it out before any damage was done to the house.
(Note...Sanford Kenyon lived in Kenyontown, next to the Kenyontown Store. The store burned on Dec. 31, 1977, well after his time. His house was later owned by the late George Keene.)
Deaths in the news
While working on a farm in the town of Wilton, Grant Johnson of Hadley was overcome by heat and dropped dead in the field of heart failure.
The body of Lance Lyons, a middle-aged man who was drowned in Lake George on July 1, 1910, was recovered two days later near Flat Rock. Lyons was out in a boat when it turned turtle, throwing him into the water and he sank before he could be rescued. A searching party dragged the lake.
Horseback riding is one of the pleasant pastimes young ladies in Chestertown are enjoying this season as they are seen on the streets every day.
Ray Lyng and Miss Lorna VanDusen, both of Stony Creek, were married Saturday, July 9, 1910 by the Rev. W.S. Warren at the Stony Creek Baptist parsonage.
Charles Fuller has his new house on Alden Avenue, Warrensburgh, well under way. A son was born July 5, 1910 at the Horicon Avenue home of Willard Harrington.
Robert Jarvis of Warrensburgh has a fine buggy wagon for which he paid $75, as good as new, for which he will sell for $50.
John Collins of Newcomb, began haying Monday, July 11, 1910 with a crew of Polanders.
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