Pathetic case of destitution
Mrs. John Albert, 18, died Sunday, April 2, 1911 on The Klondike, Warrensburgh. The family moved from Riverside to Warrensburgh last summer. The father has done the best he could to support his family but his earnings have been small.
John Albert had an arm broken twice last year. Last February their baby, four weeks old, died from whooping cough and measles. The mother contacted diseases from the baby with complications which resulted in consumption and she died after a month of suffering. The surviving child, a boy of about a year old, is now ill with pneumonia. He is being cared for by his father and his grandmother. The neighbors are responding with food, clothing and assistance. (Note ... The "Klondike" is an area on the mountainside above River Street across Rte. 418.)
Old Man Winter hangs on
The open season for automobiles will begin late this year. Most of the roads in this locality are now covered with about six inches of slush and mud. Skating was enjoyed by the young people on the North Caldwell ponds for the first three days of April, a month that came in like a jackass.
The sugar season is almost, not quite, a failure thus far as the weather has been unfavorable to the run of sap. The frost is gradually leaving the ground and the sap is taking its time climbing into the branches.
Medical quack out on bail
Dr. William Lindsey of Worcester, Mass., who claims to be the seventh son of a seventh son and therefore endowed with wonderful powers was arrested at Lydonville, Vt., March 12, 1911, charged with practicing medicine without a license. Bail was furnished and the case is still pending.
Many patients from Warrensburgh and other area towns have gone to Dr. Lindsey and some report remarkable and miraculous cures.
Prize bull thrives in Thurman
J.E. Johnson of Warrensburgh is raising a fine blue-blooded Guernsey bull at his stock farm in North Thurman. He has received the bull and calves, Florodora's King and Ballet Glenda's Greta, which he bought two weeks ago from New Hampshire for his Meadowbrook Stock Farm. The bull was born May 8, 1910 and has a white spot on his forehead. The pedigrees of the cattle delivered to Mr. Johnson prove them to be of the purest blood and to be descended from some of the best butter makers of the Guernsey breed, of which there is none better.
They will be valuable additions to the Meadowbrook herd which now numbers nearly 40 of the finest cattle in the area. A new barn will be built on the farm this season to make additional room which is badly needed.
(Note ... Jacob E. Johnson was born in Thurman on Oct. 15, 1853, the son of Sanford W. Johnson and he moved to Warrensburgh in 1866 with his family to attend the prestigious Warrensburgh Academy. With the Civil War finally over, the year 1866 was the start of great building and prosperity in America.When his father died in 1890, Jacob inherited one-fourth interest in the lumber manufacturing firm of A.C. Emerson & Co., which made him a rich man. The stock farm in Thurman had been in the Johnson family since 1792 and Jacob took great interest in raising Guernsey and Jersey cattle there.
Jacob E. Johnson was married on November 29, 1898 to Miss Helen "Nellie" Crandall, daughter of businessman Thomas H. Crandall of Warrensburgh. She died two years later leaving no children.)
Former academy principal dies
Thomas Hoxie Hall, 72, of Pownal, Vt., who will be well remembered by the older residents of Warrensburgh, died at his home. He was principal of the old Warrensburgh Academy in 1865 and 1866. Mr. Hall was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention that nominated President Grover Cleveland. He held many offices in Warrensburgh and was high in Masonic orders. His burial took place on March 26, 1911 in Vermont.
A stroke of good fortune
Mrs. Peter Normandin and Mrs. Alexander St. Clair, who have recently moved from Whitehall to Glens Falls, have been notified that they are heirs to a fortune left by Madame Huett of Paris, France estimated be to worth $60,000,000. Madame Huett died intestate some weeks ago and the share due to the ladies will make them very wealthy. Several other relatives are stepping up to stake a claim on the money and the matter is expected to go to court.
Lake George building boom
The firm of Prescott & Robideau of Plattsburgh has been awarded the contract for the erection of a pergola on the new Fort William Henry Hotel site at Lake George. The building will be 158 feet long and 16 feet wide. It will be colonial style and contain a grill and caf .
Work will be started soon on two train sheds at the Lake George station adjoining the hotel which will be 400 feet in length and of steel frame work. The hotel is expected to open for business on June 1, 1911.
The Burhans mansion, which has been closed for the winter, is being prepared for occupancy by Charles F. Burhans and family, who will return soon from their winter's sojourn in Glens Falls. (Note ... the Burhans mansion, which was torn down in the early 1960's, stood on Pine Tree Lane in back of the current Warrensburgh Town Hall.)
A pullet owned by Mrs. David Cardle of lower Main Street, Warrensburgh, laid an egg which measured 6 inches by 7&1/2 inches.
A.T. Crandall has sold his fine carriage horse, "Ray Wilkes," to S.H. Wood of Lake George and the animal is now domiciled in the Edwin M. Shepard stables. The dam of "Ray Wilkes" was "Old Mag," the late Dr. Billy D. Aldrich's well-known roadster by "Alexander Wilkes." (Note ... The story of the passing of Dr. William "Billy" D. Aldrich and his brother, Dr. Gilbert H. Aldrich was told here in the March 5, 2011 Journal.)
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