Crops stalled by weather, stagecoach rolling
Crops are very late this season on account of the cold weather in May. Henry Ashe did, however, pick a mess of delicious green peas and dug early new potatoes from his garden.
The city people are beginning to arrive. The stage auto between Pottersville and Riparius made its first trip this season on June 27 1910.
Charlie Glassbrook of Chestertown has had his Chester-Warrensburgh stage painted and is in readiness for a brisk summer trade. He owns seven good stage horses.
Thurman desperado bushwhacked The notorious Alvin "Sam" Pasco of Thurman is in Glens Falls Hospital as the result of a bullet wound in his leg. He was shot early morning June 27, 1910 by someone in ambush behind a stone wall while walking along a road in that section of Thurman known as the Frost district.
The shooting was evidently carefully planned. Pasco, who had been staying with Eugene Frost for the past three months, was in the habit of making an early morning trip from his boarding place to one of Frost's lots where he was pasturing a yoke of steers and a couple of colts.
At 5 o'clock a.m., Pasco was walking along one of the three roads that branch to the north above Ransom Wilsey's place when a shot was fired and he fell to the ground, face downward. The bullet struck him in the right leg near the hip joint and came out near the groin.
Pasco's calls for help were heard by Myron Kenyon, living below Wilsey's, who ran toward the distress calls when he met Pasco limping along. Edward Frost brought the wounded man to Warrensburgh and Dr. Griffin gave him temporary treatment after he had made a deposition before Justice Hodgson. Pasco walked from the doctor's office to board a trolly for Glens Falls to seek aid at the hospital. In his affirmed statement he said Ransom Wilsey shot him as he saw Wilsey walking toward his barn after the shooting with something in his hand, possibly a gun or a crowbar.
Meanwhile, Ransom Wilsey, 63, later saying he knew nothing of all this, walked to Warrensburgh, intending to go to Glens Falls on the trolley and he was waiting on the Warren House porch (now Stewart's Shop lot) when Sheriff T.J. Smith arrested him. Wilsey claimed to have no knowledge of the shooting, saying that he had not fired a gun in 20 years and that he had no trouble with Pasco. Edward Potter, who heard the shot fired and Charles Baker, son of Eugene Baker, who stayed at Wilsey's house the night before, were interviewed by the sheriff. The investigation will continue as soon as Pasco gets out of the hospital.
Sam Pasco has been implicated in a lot of scrapes and has served time in the Albany Penitentiary and Dannemora Prison. He has a lot of enemies in the Thurman, Johnsburgh and Stony Creek area.
(Note... Only five months earlier Lewis Olden had sworn out a warrant for Sam and had him charged with assault. Eight years later, after this incident, in April of 1918, he died from being shot in the back by a deputy sheriff when he was running from the law after he had shot and killed Orley Eldridge. Sam Pasco, whose legend lives on, is buried beneath a boulder in the Pasco Cemetery, Thurman.)
Benefactress restores history for all
The west barracks at Fort Ticonderoga have been restored to appear as they did during theRevolutionary War and this June, 1910 the barracks will open as a museum. The barracks will contain the gun which was carried by Col. Ethan Allen when he demanded the surrender of the fort in 1775 "In the name of the great Jehovah and the Continental Congress." There are also many other relics of the war on display.
Mrs. Stephen H. Pell, in whose family has owned the property for many years, is bearing the expense of the restoration of the fort. Her summer home is on the property.
Recent deaths in the news
Alfred L. Edwards, 74, of New York, died back in Feb. 23, 1910 at the home of Mrs. Ellen Gillingham in Athol. He was a lawyer and a man of exceptional literary ability, but he preferred to live a quiet life and therefore spent much of his time at the Gillingham farm house.
Amelia D. Newcomb died April 21, 1910 of heart disease and dropsy at the home of Cynthia Haight, Hudson Street. She was the oldest resident in Warrensburgh, her age being 93 years and 21 days. She is survived by one daughter, Alma Bennett of Downey, Ca.
(Note...Alma Bennett was the aunt of world famous aviator Floyd Bennett. She died in California 17 days after her mother passed away.)
News around Warrensburgh
Nelson DuFresne has sold his house and lot in Glens Falls and moved his family back to Warrensburgh. They are occupying David Rothschild's house on King St. Mr. DuFresne is the superintendent of J.P. Baumann & Sons' laundry at the local shirt factory in Warrensburgh.
Fred R. Mixter is building a veranda with a bell gable on the east end of his residence on lower Main St., Warrensburgh. The roofed portico will be supported by iron pillars on rubble stone foundations, an attractive feature to the home. (Note: This is the stone building across from Warren Ford on Main St.)
The spacious grounds surrounding Lewis Thomson's new residence on upper Main St. are being graded under the superevision of R.J. Maloney of Glens Falls. (This residence is today the Cornerstone Victorian Bed and Breakfast.)
W.E. Lawrence, a Glens Falls architect, was in town looking over the proposed new quarters of Warrensburgh Masonic Lodge in the Woodward block. The rooms will be handsomely appointed and modernly equipped. (Note: this brick building eventually burned and was later rebuilt.)
Upon examination of complaints made by persons who have been bitten by a dog owned by Henry DeGrush, of lower Main Street, Justice Hodgson issued an order that the cross canine be killed.
One of the most flamboyant heros to ever grace the waters of Lake George was the Polish Count, Casimer S. Mankowski. He lived at Tallwoods in Bolton Landing. Speed boat racing was his greatest love and in 1913 he pushed his boat "Ankle Deep" up to an incredible 50 miles an hour.
On May 22, 2010 during the Queen's Boating Weekend on Lake George, the boat "Gun Smoke" reportedly reached a speed of 92 miles an hour. If the good count were alive today he would without a doubt already be making plans to break this record.
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