Murderer on the lam
Deputy Sheriff William Hackett of Glens Falls, returned Saturday July 30, 1910 from Raquette Lake where he went to identify a young man who was thought to be Frank Ciliberto, the slayer of young Jennie LaFountain, 16, who was shot on June 12, 1910 in Glens Falls.
The suspect proved to be a young Frenchman, but the authorities at Raquette Lake are not to be blamed for believing that he was Ciliberto as he is the living image of the Italian murderer.
(Note: The complete story of this incident was retold in this column on July 10.)
Sam is back in town
Alvin "Sam" Pasco, of Thurman, who has been confined to the Glens Falls Hospital since June 7, 1910 as the result of a bullet wound in his leg, was in Warrensburgh on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 1910. He made the trip from Glens Falls on the trolley, returning the same afternoon to the hospital, where he expects to remain a week or two longer before being discharged. The wound has not yet thoroughly healed.
(Note: The complete story of this strange shooting was told on June 12, 2010 in this column.)
Little girl's death a mystery
The death of Bertha Reneaud, 7, of Whitehall, whose headless, armless and feetless body was taken from Lake Champlain on Saturday, July 30, 1910, was due to drowning.
The coroner's theory was that contact with the paddle wheels of an excursion steamer which came into the harbor on Friday, had doubtless torn away the head, arms and feet. Dynamiting of the lake while it was being searched is another theory advanced to account for the body's condition. Some suspicion of foul play has been entertained.
Free to love again
Samuel Pickett, formerly of Hudson Falls, was acquitted of a charge of murdering his wife at a term of Supreme Court in Salem during winter 1909. On July 28, 1910, he married Miss Edna Kenyon of Glens Falls.
Bell boy drowned
Seized with cramps while swimming in the lake, William Montfort of New York City, a bell boy at the Lake George Country Club, was overcome in 12 feet of water off the club's dock on the morning of July 29, 1910. He was alive when taken from the water and did not die until nearly 3 p.m.
The lazy days of summer
Blackberries are scarce and very small on Crane Mountain this year. Nearly all the farmers in Bakers Mills have finished haying and report a good crop. Charles Baker has his barn full of all good hay. A load of young people enjoyed a straw ride from The Glen to Warrensburgh.
It is said that dancing makes girl's feet large. It is also said that ice cream makes freckles. Doctors are of the opinion that hanging on the front gate produces rheumatism. A few more opinions like these and girls won't be able to have any fun any more.
In Riverbank, Miss Marguerita Hill caught a pickerel in the Schroon River near her home that weighed five pounds. Not to be outdone, Reginald Hill, 7, also caught a five-pound pickerel in the same area with the help of his sister, Julia Hill, 9, who rowed the boat.
Forget the woes of weather, have fun!
Forget the toil of summer. The crops they are a bummer. Get ready for the county fair! The Forepaugh-Sells Brother's Circus will exhibit on August 12, 1910 in Glens Falls.
The building at North Creek occupied by Paisley & Sims, custom tailors, was gutted by fire the evening of July 28, 1910. A fireman was quite badly burned. The cost of the fire was $1,500 but insurance for the loss was $1,000.
To whom it may concern: My wife, Verna, having left my bed and board in North River without cause or provocation, I hereby forbid all persons trusting or harboring her on my account as I shall pay no debts after Aug. 2, 1910. - Nathan Davis.
In North Creek, C.S. Wood is repairing his house. George Saunders has his house completed and will move into it in a few days.
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