•100 Years Ago - December, 1910•
Magic cure-all touted
Winter is a season of trouble. The frostbitten toes and fingers, chapped hands and lips, chilblains, cold sores and red and rough skins prove this. Bucklen's Arnica Salva, which can be bought at B.F. Hammond's drug store in Warrensburgh for 25 cents, can help cure all this as well as burns, boils, piles, cuts, sores, eczema and sprains.
Tobacco intoxicated the unruly man
A man was arrested and taken to jail recently as he had acted in a very violent and disorderly manner at a local public area. He had quarreled with a cabman to such an extent that police took him into custody believing that he had been drinking alcohol, which proved not to be true. The doctor who examined him reported that he had chewed tobacco to such an extent that it had intoxicated him.
Horror for innocent female workers
The big news story sweeping the northeast U.S. is coming from Newark, New Jersey. A girl in a factory there held a can of gasoline too near a lighted gas jet. In the fire which resulted, at least 24 girls were killed and there could be many more as the bodies of all of them have not yet been recovered. Twenty-three other girls were gravely injured.
Inadequate fire escapes, plus narrow winding wooden stairways rotted and dried with age as the only means of exit, and blind, wild, unreasoning panic forced by a rush of smoke and flame through the floorings and walls, soaked for years with oil drippings, sums up the story of the horrible fire in the factory occupied by a large underwear and box-making concern.
Five minutes after the fire was discovered the fourth floor girls were diving through the thick smoke to the sidewalk in groups. As many as six at a time, holding hands, they plummeted to the earth as firemen struggled to catch some of them in their nets. An estimated 57 young women took the leap fifty-two feet to the ground and 16 were killed by jumping. Eight dead girls were later found in the ruins and fifteen more, presumed dead, are missing. Many more are dying in the hospital.
Wallace seeks return of lost cash
Lawrence Wallace placed an ad hoping for the return of $2 in currency that he lost somewhere between the post office and Dr. Cunningham's house on Elm St., Warrensburgh.
A gentleman from The Glen paid for an ad in the Warrensburgh News looking to correspond with a lady, 30 to 40years of age, who would like a good husband and a quiet home in the country. He emphasized that only ladies who mean business needed to answer his ad as "triflers" were not wanted.
A Warrensburgh resident placed an ad to sell a lady's driving mare who was "speedy, a good saddler, absolutely fearless and kind." Included was a fine cutter and assorted horse paraphernalia of all kinds. They would only sell to someone who would guarantee that their "family pet" would have a good and loving home.
New steamer Horicon launched
Regardless of the inclemency of the weather, a large crowd gathered at Baldwin Dec. 1, 1910 to witness the launching of the new 230 foot steamer, Horicon on Lake George. The boat has three decks and a dining room with a seating capacity of 100 people. Mrs. Clifford S. Sims, wife of the vice-president of the Delaware & Hudson Railroad, was the sponsor. She broke a bottle of wine over the bows to christen the Horicon.
The new, modern steel craft took to the water without incident and a great cheer went up. It will be placed in service about July 1, 1911 and will replace the old Horicon which was built in 1876 and was dismantled after 34 seasons on the lake. The old Horicon had made its last regular trip Sept. 10, 1910 and later filled in for three days for the steamer Mohican, which was having repair work done on her boilers, before it had been finally scrapped. The new Horicon will have the latest features known to modern shipbuilding.
Construction boom in Bolton Landing
The advent of electricity seems to have inspired everyone in Bolton with a desire to build. Zero weather is no longer a sign of cessation of outdoor work.
Truxton Braley and Dr. D.L. Rogers are breaking ground for a big steam-heated store and apartment building lighted with electricity. Sheridan Finkle has a large dwelling well underway. Orlie Vandenberg has completed his barn and horse stable and will soon commence the foundations of his new house.
James Maranville has added 25 horse stalls to his livery business. Summer resident Antonio Knauth is building a garage where he will house one of his Pierce Arrow automobiles next season. Mrs. Percival Knauth is having built an extensive greenhouse to provide her with early vegetables.
Count Cassimer Mankowski has a contract to have a 100-foot-long boat house built to house his fast racing boats. Miss Crandall, of Albany, is building a charming residence under the supervision of Captain Fred R. Smith, which she expects to occupy when she is not traveling in Europe.
There is no lack of employment for all kinds of competent workmen in Bolton Landing this coming winter.
Not fit for habitation
In a letter to area town supervisors, George McLaughlin, secretary of the state Commission of Prisons, warns them to take serious steps to prevent prisoners from being sent to the Albany County Penitentiary and urges the supervisors to extend the warning to town officials. He says that the institution is unfit to house men and women and he is backed up with reports made by inspectors. He tells of unsanitary conditions and says that until some of the reforms recommended are carried out, the penitentiary remains "an unfit and degrading place for any prisoner to be confined."
Holden nominated as state historian
James Austin Holden of Glens Falls has been suggested as a worthy candidate for appointment by the governor to the position of State Historian and it is widely believed that he is the best man in the state for the position.
Mr. Holden graduated from the Glens Falls Academy in 1881 and from Williams College in 1885 at which time he officiated as class poet. He began his career as a successful editor of the Glens Falls Times and later turned to the study of history and showed to the highest degree his ability along the lines of patient and painstaking historical research.
To the large library of Americana, possessed by his father, the late Austin Wells Holden, M.D., Mr. Holden has added greatly and now has one of the most valuable collections of history relating to this region. Like his father and his grandfather , he has always been a Democrat and has held many positions of trust and honor in Glens Falls.
(Note...James Holden traced his ancestors back to Richard Holden who with his brother, Justinian embarked at Ipswich, England on the ship Francis in April 1634 for America and settled in Watertown, Mass. His descendants moved to Glens Falls in 1836. James' father, Dr. Austin Wells Holden was a legend in his own time, a famous educator and historian who wrote, A History of the Town of Queensbury, N.Y., "which will bear his name down to posterity," a volume brought out in 1874 which is much quoted by historians today. apparently James Austin Holden is no relation to the Warren County Historian Emeritus, former judge John Austin.)
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