Father attempts to kidnap child
Bloomington Wood, a strikebreaker at the mills of the International Paper Company, at Corinth, is a fugitive from justice and is wanted on the charge of attempted murder. It is alleged that Wood entered the home of his brother-in-law, Allan Fish in Corinth and attempted to secure possession of his three-year-old child. Wood did indeed secure possession but his egress was interrupted by his wife and mother-in-law who struggled with him.
Aroused by the noise, Fish appeared and it is alleged that Wood fired his revolver at him, but the course of the bullet was deflected by Fish striking the weapon upward. Wood left quickly and has not been apprehended. Wood is said to have came to Corinth from Ohio for the express purpose of securing the child and took the opportunity of becoming a strike-breaker to make the trip cheaply. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Mark Twain dies at home
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 74, known to the world as Mark Twain - humorist, after dinner orator, author and publisher - died Thursday, April 21, 1910 at his country home, Stormfield, near Redding Conn. of angina pectoris, complicated with cardiac asthma. It is widely believed that it was his regular 20 cigars a day habit that dealt him the fatal blow. He referred to his heart as his "tobacco heart."
He was born Nov. 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri and raised in Hannibal. He lost his beloved wife, Olivia and two of his children. His daughter, Jean Clemens died suddenly last fall in 1909. His daughter, Clara and her husband, Osip Gabrielowitz, the Russian pianist, were at the deathbed, with him to the end.
Gov. Hughes of Glens Falls moves up
Charles Evans Hughes, a native son of Glens Falls and a distinguished governor of New York State, has accepted President William Howard Taft's offer of an appointment to the Supreme Court bench and his nomination is now before the Senate. That means that Governor Hughes will resign from the governorship and that Lieutenant Governor Horace White of Syracuse will succeed him in the executive chair. (Note: Gov. Hughes did indeed quit his job as governor in 1910 after holding that office for three years and went on to become a Justice of the Supreme Court from 1910 to 1916, Secretary of State, 1921 to 1925 and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1930 to 1941. He was born April 11, 1862 at 135 Maple St. in Glens Falls and died Aug. 27, 1948.)
Prison, potatoes, plow and pulp
The main dormitory in the Comstock prison will be ready for occupancy on June 1, 1910 and will provide room for 150 prisoners. There is a plan to plow the land at once by prison authorities in order to train the inmates in the new prison, first-term men, in agricultural pursuits.
Potatoes are a drag on the market in this area at the present time and at an auction in West Peru recently 700 bushels of tubers were sold for 10 cents per bushel. The farmers refused 40 cents a bushel last fall.
A "road hone" purchased by George Washington Farrar, Warrensburgh Highway Superintendent, has been received and is being used on the roads. These hones are implements resulting from the evolution of the old fashioned split-log drag to be used in smoothing the ruts and filling depressions in the roads without ripping up the surface.
Orley Hazelton has entered the employ of Emerson & O'Brien to attend to their pulp wood business. He will have charge of the buying during the peeling season and will also do all of the measuring when the wood is delivered this winter. Mr. Hazelton is favorably known among wood men.
Disease ravishes forests
The Chestnut bark disease, or Chestnut blight, first noticed in this country in 1904 is raging and is in the process of destroying a large part of our forests and it proves to be the most serious disease ever introduced into this country. The rapid spread of the fungi has led government experts to say that they see no way to stop the sweet Chestnut from shortly being exterminated in the forests of Eastern North America and such an event will be a dire calamity.
(Note: Now, after 100 years, this terrible fungi is still alive and well but Syracuse University is striving to successfully produce a disease resistant Chestnut tree to re-populate and replant Adirondack forests.
The equally devastating Dutch Elm disease ravished our village around 100 years ago but now disease resistant elm trees have been planted in the local cemetery as well as at the library by Historical Society president Paul Gilchrist and Cemetery Superintendent Peter Haggerty. More elm trees will be planted this spring at the Warrensburg Senior Citizens Center on Arbor Day by the historical society.)
County Home resident does time
Jacob Conlon, better known as "Jake Vanderbilt," an inmate of the Warrensburgh County Home, was arrested by Constable A.C. Stone, May 4, 1910, for being drunk and disorderly and was sentenced by Justice Hodgson to four months in the Albany penitentiary. (No: An old-time North Carolina ballad that goes, "I went down to Cripple Creek, to see what them girls had to eat. I got drunk and fell against the wall, ole corn likker was the cause of it all.)
Death in the news
Benjamin Frank Lapham, 88, one of Glens Falls oldest and most respected citizens has died. Born Sept. 11, 1822 on the Lapham farm, later known as the Grant Haviland farm in the town of Queensbury, he was the son of Jonathan and Elizabeth S. Lapham. He has lived for about 60 years in his dwelling on Ridge Street, Glens Falls.
Alonzo Lane, an aged resident of North Bolton, died Friday at his home there. He has not been well for many years. He is survived by his widow and two sons, Leonard and Prof. Richard Lane. Burial was in the Huddle Cemetery.
Mrs. Clayton Bennett, a daughter of Ransom Hill of South Horicon, died April 22, 1910 at her home in Ticonderoga. She is survived by her husband and five small children, including an infant one week old. She was buried in Horicon.
Charles C. Hall, a native of Schroon Lake, died April 22, 1910 in Rochester. He is survived by a widow.
Esther Harrington died early Saturday morning, April 23, 1910, at the home of H.P. Brace of Pottersville.
Fannie Hall, 82 years, 10 months, died April 24, 1910 of pneumonia, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Cunningham. She is also survived by four other children, James, George, Charles and C.J. Hall. She was the sister of Halsey Herrick.
Mrs. Charles H. Carey, 56, of Hill View (Diamond Point), who had been ill for several years, died April 27, 1910. Internment was in the Huddle Cemetery.
Ben Whipple of the town of Johnsburgh, hereby forbids anyone from trusting Susan Whipple in his name.
R.W. Saunders of Glens Falls has a Pope-Hartford touring car, like new, for sale.
A.A. Heard, general passenger agent of the Delaware & Hudson Railroad Co. issued this notice: "The station now known as Sandy Hill, Washington County, has been changed to Hudson Falls. Hereafter the new name is to be used by ticket agents when issuing tickets and checking baggage.
Thought for the day: The Anglo-Saxons called May "Tri-Milchi," for their cows gave milk three times a day during this month. There is an old legend that says if it rains on May Day, the first day of the month, and you get your head wet, the rain will prevent headaches for a year.
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