One Hundred Years Ago - January, 1914
Fire ends victim’s life
Mrs. Catherine Densmore, 79, of Corinth, was horribly burned, Thursday night, Jan. 22, 1914, while alone at her home. It is supposed that she accidentally overturned a kerosene lamp while sewing. She died Friday morning, Jan. 23, 1914, from her injuries.
Mrs. Densmore lived alone on the second floor of the frame building, the lower floor being vacant. Firemen found the lady leaning against a barrel in the kitchen with her clothing entirely burned from her body and her flesh burned to a crisp. They wrapped her in a blanket and carried her to the home of Mrs. Wilcox, a neighbor. Dr. H.J. Allen attended her and tried to relieve her suffering with morphine, but without avail and death brought merciful release from her awful agony.
Only prompt work of the fire department saved the house from total destruction. Mrs. Densmore was the widow of one of the most prominent physicians in Corinth.
Danger of indecency
Following the example set by many prelates, Bishop Burke warns Catholics against the tango. He issued a statement to the press defining his position. He said, “I suppose that the tango could be danced in a manner that would not be immoral or indecent, but it is by its nature exposed to abuse which is unbecoming to Christians and conductive to immorality. I trust, therefore, that no Catholic in the diocese of Albany will take part in any such dances as the tango, the bunny hug, the turkey trot or the grizzly bear. I, however, will leave it to the clergy of the diocese to warn the flocks against anything of danger to morals or decency.
Look out below
There is an appeal by the Town of Thurman from a judgment rendered by a jury in Supreme Court at Lake George last spring for $800 in favor of William A. Ingraham who alleged that he was permanently injured by the collapse of a town bridge over which he was driving with a load of hay.
Daredevil thrills onlookers
Rodman Law, 29, the daredevil moving picture performer, who has distinguished himself by several foolhardy feats, Monday, Jan. 26, 1914, climbed hand over hand across Ausable Chasm on a steel wire rope. The distance from the bottom to the top of the chasm is 300 feet and it is about 200 feet wide. (Note - Frederick Rodman Law, the early 20th. Century career parachutist and silent movie stuntman, made a name for himself in 1912 when he jumped off the top of the candle of the Statue of Liberty. He was called, “The Human Fly.” In 1919 he died of tuberculosis.)
Too much clutter
Attorney General Carmody has noted for trial at Lake George, Jan. 26, 1914, an action against The Delaware and Hudson Company to compel the removal of “encroachments and obstructions” on land under water in Lake George. The stated complaint alleges that the company has filled in the lake in front of the Fort William Henry Hotel and adjoining lands and has erected a station, docks, restaurant, etc., this curtailing the rights of the public. It is also charged that the railroad company has unlawfully closed a public highway which extended to and along the waters edge, this depriving the public of the use of this highway at all points west of the so called Dowling Road.
The pleasure of hearing Mischa Elman, 23, one of the great masters of the violin, at the Empire Theatre, South Street, Glens Falls, on Wednesday evening, Jan. 14, 1914, should not be missed by Warrensburgh music lovers. It is not often that an artist of his rank visit’s the smaller cities. Elman, the handsome and famous young Russian is known as “the genius of the violin.”
To attend, the Hudson Valley trolley cars will be leaving Warrensburgh at 7:00 p.m. and will be returning at 11:00 p.m., which makes it convenient for local theatergoers. (Note - Mischa Elman, once an outstanding child prodigy, was one of the most famous violinists of his day. He died in 1967.)
Saintly lady departed
Hattie L. Fuller, wife of Don H. Heath, passed away at her home in Warrensburgh, Thursday morning, Jan. 1, 1914, death being caused by tubercular laryngitis. Her illness was a painful one but her sufferings were alleviated by tender care, also by sweet remembrances in various forms which came to the sick room from loving hearts.
Mrs. Don H. Heath was born March 17, 1887, the daughter of Joseph L. Fuller of Stony Creek in which town she was dearly loved by all who knew her.
Last will and testament
The late Lewis Thomson’s will was admitted to probate in surrogate’s court in Glens Falls Monday, Jan. 5, 1914. Philip E. Rice, son-in-law of the deceased, is made soul executor and the entire estate is left to the widow, Mrs. Phebe (Sisson) Thomson and daughter, Mrs. Philip E. (Pearl) Rice. In the instrument no mention is made of the value of the estate. (Note - The sad story of the lingering death of Lewis Thomson, who died Dec. 19, 1913 of cancer was told in this column in the Dec. 21, 2013 Adirondack Journal. His home is today The Cornerstone Victorian at 3921 Main Street, owned by Doug and Louise Goettsche.)
The Albany Weather Bureau reports that from a meteorological point of view, 1913 was a remarkable year. It was the driest since 1826, the first year of the making and filing of figures on precipitation. The average temperature of the year was unique. It was 50.5 degrees, the highest one in 40 years.
In Albany the minimum temperature was one degree below zero on Feb. 1, 1913 and the maximum temperature was 99 degrees on July 1, 1913.
Wilbur Hack and Miss Jennie Ackley, both of Stony Creek, were married Dec. 31, 1913 by the Rev. C.S. Agan at the Methodist parsonage in Warrensburgh.
Fayette McKee of Chestertown and Miss Dora Waddell of Johnsburgh were married Jan. 7, 1914 by the Rev. C.S. Agan at the Methodist parsonage in Warrensburgh. (Note - The parsonage was located on Main Street where the big parking lot is now next to the Methodist Church.)
Winter activities - near and far
Nearly all the ice houses in the village of Stony Creek have been filled with ice from Tannery Pond.
Sleighing is good and most people are taking advantage of it. The ice-harvesters are busy cutting from the Moston Pond, Wevertown.
J.F. Thurston, who always likes to see his logs moving, is loading about 100 markets on his mill pond at Friends Lake.
Elmore Tucker and George Daggett are drawing timber from Swan & Company’s mill at The Glen to T.H. Pasco’s saw mill in North Thurman. Nathan Carlton is drawing logs in Chestertown.
Daniel Winslow, of Stony Creek, has finished drawing logs from the Schroon River Pulp and Paper Company, in Burnhamville, Warrensburgh. On Monday, Jan. 5, 1914 William Wyman, of Stony Creek, had his arm broken while drawing logs.
Four pairs of valuable horses passed through Newcomb on Sunday morning going to Tahawus, They were the property of John Moynehan, who had purchased them in Utica.
Items of interest
It was just one year ago, Jan. 11, 1913, that the first enclosed sedan-type automobile, a Hudson, went on display at the 13th National Automobile Show in New York city. Since than they have proved to become very popular.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at email@example.com or 623-2210.