Grand new highway in the works
With gratifying promptness, the state Highway Commission has begun the great work of building the grand trunk line of the state roads from New York City to the Canada line provided for in the Emerson- Trombly bill which recently became law. The work is to be started in Warren County by the construction of 13 miles of road between Warrensburgh and Chestertown. The road will extend from the big rock in the lower part of Warrensburgh to the end of the Chester-Riverside state road in the front of the Rising House on Main Street, Chestertown. Next to follow is work to begin on the four-and-a-half mile road from Lake George to Warrensburgh, then five miles from Wevertown to North Creek. The highway will be 28 feet wide for the entire distance.
It is estimated the construction of the road will cost $160,000 or about $13,000 a mile, which is about $5,000 a mile greater than the cost of the average state road. The additional expense will be caused by the unusual amount of heavy blasting necessary in various places.
At the Devil's Kitchen on Spruce Mountain, the roadway will be cut from solid rock and the road will be changed somewhat in order to cut away many dangerous curves that now exist. This means that in a short while one of the finest roads in the country will connect New York City with Montreal.
The people of Warren County cannot but feel grateful to Senator James A. Emerson of Warrensburgh for the good work he has done in their behalf.
(Note: The "big rock" mentioned in the lower part of Warrensburgh was an impressive huge historic landmark called "High Rock" for which the town was originally named near the end of the 1700s. It was blasted to smithereens May 21, 1931 to widen the highway. The late Dave Culver once told me that the whole town shook and small pieces of rock showered the roofs of houses in the area near the present-day Judd Bridge. "Devil's Kitchen," was the stretch of Rte. 9 highway south of Chestertown where high solid rock walls have felt the impact of the automobiles of many Saturday-night beer drinkers over the years.)
Cannonball found under bridge
Otto Quist of Glens Falls and Royal Smith of South Glens Falls were hunting for stones Saturday under the Glens Falls bridge over the Hudson River and found a cannonball that is doubtless a relic of early wars.
The men were looking for round stones for a building project at the new Finch and Pruyn office and had a long pole with nails at such an angle that they would fasten over the stone and hold it. The cannonball, which is 3 inches in diameter and weighs nearly 9 pounds, was found in the bowl-like hole commonly called the "Devil's Punch Bowl." The relic was badly rusted but grooves had been worn by its constant rubbing against the rocks in the bottom of the hole.
In other Glens Falls news, while returning home on a Hudson Valley trolley car at 11 p.m. May 30, 1911 from Glen Lake, Paul Enches, of 112 South St., received a bad cut on his right foot when a trolley wheel fell from the pole and crashed through the roof of the car. The wheel, a heavy copper one, fell with full force on the toes and instep of his foot, crushing and lacerating them. He was removed to Glens Falls Hospital.
Saving Lake George fish
Assemblyman Brereton is working to broaden the new law against trolling from motor boats on Lake George waters for fish to include legislation for the measure of limiting the total catch from any one boat in any one day to 25 or 30 pounds of fish. People along the shore of the lake support his cause but petitions in Ticonderoga are being gathered to oppose this measure.
Regional news briefs
A moving picture company is arranging to reproduce the attack of Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain boys at Fort Ticonderoga. The picture will be made on the original old fort grounds and 150 men garbed in the dress of soldiers of that day, with horses and other auxiliaries to be engaged in the scenes. (Note: What a historic treasure that 100-year-old movie must be. Does it still exist?)
A large load of school girls from South Glens Falls came over the mountain on Saturday, May 20, 1911 in a carry-us-all and spent the day on Lake Luzerne. You can just bet they had a good time and they drove back in the cool of the evening, their sweet young voices echoing through the woods in laughter and song.
Through a thorough census, 128 widows have been found in the village of Granville. This is the result principally of numerous fatal accidents in the slate quarries which constitute the town's chief industry.
John Nichols of Albany committed suicide in Whitehall May 19, 1911 by hanging himself in a shed in the rear of the Hall house. The deceased was a native of Whitehall, having left there when he was a boy. He was engaged in the grocery business in Albany and for many years he was a D.& H. conductor. He was well advanced in years.
Wayward husband on the lam
Percy Whitby, a well-known former resident of Warrensburgh, later of Glens Falls from then Albany, has made yet another move and his place of residence is now unknown. Attorney Louis F. O'Neil of Albany is looking for him and will be much obligated to anyone who can supply Whitby's present post office address. Sheriff Platt was unable to find the man.
Attorney O'Neil wishes to serve on Percy a notice of an action for divorce instituted by his client, Mrs. Whitby. Justice William P. Rudd authorized publication of the summons and complaint in the newspapers.
Mr. and Mrs. Whitby were married for about 12 years and have a young daughter, Clara Whitby. The deserted wife alleged that her husband met temptations in Albany which caused him to stray from the path of marital duty and when she became convinced of his wrongdoing, she left him about two years ago and returned to the home of her mother in Glens Falls.
The mercury registered 92 degrees May 20 and 90 degrees on May 21 and 22, 1911, when it was 102 degrees in Chestertown. We had a fine rain here the next day. It was badly needed and greatly appreciated.
The daily mail from Garnet to Johnsburgh will begin June 1, 1911. At Brookdale Farm at Garnet Lake, J.J. Armstrong has six week old Poland pigs for sale for $4 each. In Chestertown, Lou Young bought a black mare from Albert Thierot. In Wevertown the Mulholland poultry farm is having a large hennery building constructed. In Thurman David Frost has 80 young chicks hatched in the old fashioned way and has built a new and larger hen park.
Lewis Thomson of Warrensburgh needs 30 men at once to peel pulpwood. In Adirondack, L.M. Carpenter and Julius MacKinstry have several men engaged in peeling logs on Hollis Johnson's place. Harvey Bolster has been suffering from stomach trouble. Mrs. Edward Ordway of West Stony Creek has inflamed rheumatism in her arms. George Codner, proprietor of the Lake House, has blood poisoning in his head and arm.
Thought for the day: A woman would rather be regarded as young as she looks than to have it said that she looks young for her age.
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