One Hundred Years Ago May, 1914
Bull is still out of the pen
Charles D. Bull, of Lake George, who is under a suspended sentence of five years in Dannemora Prison and who disappeared from that place about a year ago after breaking his parole by committing a second crime, was taken into custody by Under Sheriff Mac R. Smith, Saturday, May 1, 1914 in Saratoga Springs.
Bull was indicted for stealing goods from the store of Homer Selleck, of Lake George, pleaded guilty and was given a suspended sentence. Later it was alleged that he forged the name of the Schermerhorn Construction Company to several checks. He was arraigned before Judge Raley and his suspension of sentence was revoked. He was remanded to the county jail for a week to give the judge time to decide what should be done with him.
The young fellow has been in various scrapes at Lake George. He comes from a reputable family, but has some sort of a kink in his mental makeup which seems to make it impossible for him to keep out of trouble. After cashing the forged check he disappeared from Lake George and was only recently located by Under Sheriff Smith in Saratoga who went there after him.
The company whose money this young man is alleged to have illegally procured did not care to press a charge, therefore Judge Raley concluded that it would be well to continue the suspension of the sentence so long as Bull continues to support his wife and four small children.
Fisticuffs at Hague
A three cornered noisy row and assault occurred at Hague on Monday afternoon, in which Dennis Davis and Edward Yaw were the combatants, is being investigated by the Grand Jury now is session at Lake George. It is stated that Yaw became engaged in an altercation with Dennis Davis’ father, an aged man, and was chocking him severely when Davis took a hand and struck Yaw with a club breaking three of his ribs, one of which punctured the man’s lung. Dr. Cummings, of Ticonderoga, attended Yaw, whose injuries, though severe, are not necessarily dangerous.
Strange man in town
In Indian Lake, a strange man calling himself William Johnson, of Rockwell, N.Y., on Saturday, May 9, 1914, broke into the farmhouse on the mouth of the Indian Road, owned by George S. Morehouse and took a ham and a Winchester rifle. He was captured and arrested within an hour after the theft and sent to Lake Pleasant to await the session of the Grand Jury.
Early dip in Lake George
Captain Harvey Crandall, 91, one of the oldest inhabitants of Lake George, seemed rather proud that on June 5, 1914 he had been one of the first of the season to take a dip in the lake there, which he described as “invigorating.” What many a summer tourist would have called a narrow escape from drowning, the captain termed “just a little accident.”
Shoving off from the dock in a small boat for a fishing trip, Captain Crandall tripped over an oar which lay in the bottom of the boat and plunged head foremost into the icy water. In spite of the fact that he was weighed down by a heavy sweater and coat, the captain, who in his day was an expert swimmer and had saved many from drowning, showed that he had not forgotten the art by striking out for the shore and reaching it in record time. Undaunted by his experience, he secured another boat and again ventured forth, this time to bring in his capsized craft. After putting on dry clothes, the captain found that he was none the worst for his cold bath and rather enjoyed his adventure. (Note – In this column in the May 3, 2014 Adirondack Journal I told the story of another of Captain Crandall’s fishing excursions that took place a couple of weeks earlier then this one when he leaned too far to one side of his boat to bait his hook and fell into the water near the Fort William Henry dock. Arthur Finkle, a Lake George youth, plunged into the icy lake to save the captain from drowning. When I get to be 91 years old, I hope that I have the zest for living that the good captain possessed.)
Cooper’s Cave made accessible
For the past sixty years or more, Cooper’s Cave, which is situated on the island in the Hudson River at the foot of Glen Street Hill between Glens Falls and the Town of Moreau, has been a mecca for thousands of tourists. This cave, made famous by James Fenimore Cooper’s “Last of the Mohicans,” has done much toward advertising Glens Falls throughout the nation.
In the past, wooden steps led from the bridge to the rocks in which the cave is situated, but with the flood carrying away the 1890 bridge last year, these steps were swept into the torrent. With the erection of the new concrete viaduct there will be no provision made for the stairs being replaced nor will there be any method provided for tourists reaching the cave.
Although the cave possesses nothing of historical interest, Cooper has made it famous the world over, and to the end that something may be done toward providing access to the cave, State Historian James A. Holden took the matter up with the International Paper Company, which owns the island on which the cave is situated. Mr. Holden asked that the company provide a method for tourists to reach the cave but they gave several reasons why the company did not feel like undertaking to carry out the idea.
Mr. Holden finally received a communication from company president, Chester W. Lyman saying that he would be glad to see the cave made accessible but they would not pay for it but would instead place the property at the disposal of any responsible organization, giving such a body a lease for a purely nominal sum for a long term, the paper company reserving the right to modify the lease, restrict or cancel it due to the height of the dam or if any other danger occurs.
Subscriptions are being raised to install stairs leading from the bridge to the rocks below as the work will have to be done in the near future before the new bridge is completed. (Note – The dramatic story of the South Glens Falls Bridge collapsing into the Hudson River was told in this column in the March 23, 2013 Adirondack Journal. Completed with the new viaduct in 1915, a specially designed stairway was listed in guide books as “the most unique concrete spiral stairway in America” and was built near the center pier of the bridge which provided access to Cooper’s Cave. The bronze railing for the stairway and a bronze tablet at the head of the stairway was put in place in June, 1915. When the bridge was rebuilt in 1961, the crumbling stairway was not replaced as Mr. Holden was no longer there to lead the charge.)
News near and far
Weeghman Park was built for the Chicago Federal League baseball team, the Chicago Whales. It opened April 23, 1914.The Chicago Federals pounded the Kansas City Packers in the first game. (Note – The baseball park was known as Weeghman Park until 1920. Today is named Wrigley Field for chewing gum heir, William Wrigley Jr., and is the oldest national league ballpark in the country.)
The popular new movie, “The Perils of Pauline” is now being shown in local theatres. The first color film ever made, “World, the Flesh & the Devil” was shown for the first time on April 9, 1914 in London, England.
Levi Parsons Morton, former governor of New York and one of the four men living who have been vice-president of the United States, celebrated his ninetieth birthday on May 16, 1914 at his summer home, Rhinecliff on the Hudson. Physicians predict that the energetic old man will live at least until he reaches the century mark.
Col. John L. Cunningham resigned on April 29, 1914 as president of The Glens Falls Fire Insurance Company after forty-seven years of service in the company. He became president in 1892 succeeding Russell M. Little, who died the year previous.
Local news roundabout
Determined to check the ravages of the tent caperpillar, all owners of fruit trees or plants infected by these caterpillars are issued by an order, according to the new agriculture law, to destroy these nests by June 1, 1914.
About twenty-five Great Meadow prison inmates are repairing roads in Warrensburgh, the bailiwick of the Honorable Senator James A. “always on the job” Emerson.
A horse owned by A.R. Waddell, of Chestertown, while standing in front of Kettenbach Brother’s store in that place, Thursday, May 14, 1914, became frightened of a passing automobile and dropped dead in its tracks.
A party of ladies and gentlemen standing in the Whitcomb yard on Sunday, May 10, 1914 at Graphite, were startled by the report of a gun and a bullet whizzed by within a few feet of them and buried itself in the ground some 100 feet distant. It was later learned that the gun was fired by a nearby resident from the yard of his home at a hawk. The man should be more careful when he shoots with his poor marksmanship.
To whom it may concern – My wife, Electa Maxim, having left me, taking all household furniture, without just provocation, I hereby forbid all persons from harboring or trusting her on my account, as I shall refuse to pay any debts she may contract. May 13, 1914 – Nelson Maxam, Stony Creek.
P.H. Donovan, although suffering from a broken wrist, has put up a large quantity of maple syrup at Friends Lake.
Miss Sarah Griffith died at her home in North Bolton following a long illness. She was buried in the Bolton Cemetery.
Warren Chesney, a former resident of Luzerne, died suddenly at the state asylum in Utica, where he had been under treatment for some time. The remains were brought back to his home in Luzerne.
J. Frank Houghton, of Indian Lake, died at the state hospital in Utica where he had been under treatment for nearly two years. Besides his widow, he is survived by three sons and four daughters, all of Indian Lake.
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Thought for the day; Garrison Keillor, the talk radio legend tells tall stories about his famous imaginary hometown of Lake Wobegon, “where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking and all the children are above average.” Sounds like Warrensburgh to me!
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