•100 years ago — March 1914•
Lingering death from saloon fight
John Joseph Kelleher, 35, who five years ago was wounded in the shoulder by a bullet from a revolver in the hands of Beecher Faber at the time he shot up the Ryan saloon in the west end and fatally injured Maude Ryan, died March 7, 1914 at his home in Glens Falls and his early demise is believed to have been indirectly due to the bullet which was never removed from his shoulder.
Faber was twice placed on trial for killing the Ryan woman, the jury disagreeing the first time and the prisoner entering a plea of guilty of murder in the second degree in the second trial. Faber is now serving a sentence of twenty years in Dannemora prison. John Kelleher is survived by one sister, Miss Anna Kelleher.
Preparing for war
All Warrensburgh people who are interested in Women’s Suffrage, either for or against it, are invited to attend a meeting at the Grand Army House on April 3, 1914 at 3 o’clock to be conducted by Mrs. Susan Bain of Glens Falls, who is the suffrage leader in Warren County and Mrs. Hodgson, Vice President of the Political Equality Club of Glens Falls. It is hoped that a large number of people will respond to this invitation and that an organization may be started here.
Warrensburgh women have not up to this time shown much activity in the struggle of their sex to secure the right to vote, but it is believed that once their interest is aroused they will go into the fight with the vigor which characterizes their efforts in any good cause they espouse. At any rate they should give the Glens Falls ladies a hearing.
(Note: The Grand Army House was where George Henry’s Tavern is now located. Women’s Suffrage, the right of women to vote, was first proposed in the U.S. in 1848 and was a hotly contested battle. It was not until 1928 that women received full equal voting rights.)
Immodest lady sent home
At Brussels, on March 13, 1914, Albert, King of the Belgians, on seeing a woman at a court ball wearing a slit skirt, whispered to the court marshal who thereupon offered his arm to the lady in the most cordial manner and escorted her from the ballroom. When they arrived outside the court marshal said, “His majesty noticed that your gown was torn on one side and asked me to escort you to your carriage, so you can go home and get the skirt repaired.”
Sale of the century
Local hunters and trappers have been interested to read about the recent London fur sale. About 420,000 skunk skins were disposed of March 19, 1914 at the opening of the March fur sale of C.M. Lampson & Co., in London. Because of the great size of the offerings and the lack of spirited buying, prices showed a decline of 27 and a half per cent from the prices obtained at the March sale in 1913.
(Note: Now we know why the Adirondacks are not overrun by skunks. At this same time, Frear’s store in Troy had on sale men’s coats made of dog fur for $13.90 each.)
Tame deer amuses local citizens
North River has a lame deer, a good sized doe that is a great pet with the natives and an object of curiosity to visitors. The animal was captured when a fawn and has grown up with the children of the village. It roams about the place at will and sometimes makes a nuisance of itself by entering houses when a door is left open and helping itself to any eatables in reach. It can often be seen playing with the dogs of the village, but if a strange canine shows up it immediately prepares for battle and drives the intruder away.
Thurman correspondent sounds off
“I don’t particularly object to hogs if they walk around on four feet, but I don’t like the kind that have only two legs. There is one of this breed in North Thurman who shows his mean spirit especially by his actions on the road. He drives a heavy team and always keeps in the road, making all who meet him turn out.
The other day he met a neighbor who was driving a light team drawing a heavy load of grain and refused to give him an inch of the road, making him turn out in the deep snow to get by. The very next time this happens, I will mention his name in this column.” -- (exerpt from the Thurman column in a March 1914 issue of The Warrensburgh News.)
Hazardous spring driving
Mrs. C.A. West of Minerva, while out driving, March 4, 1914, with her little daughter and Mrs. W.H. Lorimer, was run into by a freight team whose driver was intoxicated. The teams were walking slowly along the road and failed to turn out when meeting Mrs. West’s cutter, which had turned out as far as the drifted condition of the roads would allow. The cutter was demolished, but fortunately Mrs. Lorimer stopped the team before anyone was hurt.
Deaths in the news
Mrs. Mary Combs Daggett, 82, of North Thurman, died Saturday afternoon, Feb. 28, 1914. Internment will be in the Johnson Cemetery.
Arthur W. Lanfear, 69, died on March 3, 1914 at West Bolton. He leaves two daughters and two sons. He made his home with Melvin Lanfear, one of his sons. Internment will be in the Warrensburgh Cemetery.
Joseph Crawford, 72, of Glens Falls, died Tuesday afternoon at the home of his stepson, Gardner Harrington on the River Road near the Warrensburgh County Home, where he had been staying for about a month.
Modern music reproduction, circa 1914
There is nothing like the luxury of having a Victrola for entertainment, no matter where, the living room, piazza, or the camp, good music always pleases. J.A. Woodward, funeral director and embalmer, in the Aldrich-McGann block, Warrensburgh, has them for sale from $15 for the basic and up to $50 for the deluxe.
(Note: I am reminded of the magical hours I spent in my grandmother’s attic, listening to the spellbinding Italian operatic tenor voice of Enrico Caruso, the greatest of all singers, on her machine.)
Two more in the Ford crowd
Louis E. Reoux and Fred Raymond have bought Ford touring cars from T.J. Lynch, proprietor of the Adirondack Garage. The local automobile club will have many more new members when the season finally opens.
(Note: Louis E. Reoux’s home was the present day Senior Citizens home. He died of a heart attack on the evening of Sept. 11, 1938 as he was smoking a cigar on his front porch. Reoux was married to Adelia H. Thomas, granddaughter of merchant Miles Thomas who had the house built in 1873.)
REO Motor Car forges ahead
The REO Motor Car Company of Lansing, Michigan requires six weeks to build one of their fine automobiles. The summer series, known as “REO the Fifth,” is equipped with a beautiful new style streamlined body, electric dimming search lights, electric starter, electric horn, one-rod control with 35 horsepower and also can be purchased as a roadster. The price is $1,175. That is Mr. Olds’ way of building cars after 27 years. The Reo is sold by a thousand dealers.
(Note: REO Motorcar was founded in 1904 by Ransom E. Olds, who had launched the Olds Motor Works in 1897, which was the original firm that produced Olsmobiles. The rock band REO Speedwagon was named after REO’s utility truck which was introduced in 1915.)
Sunday’s snow storm, March 1, 1914, which was followed by rain during the night, left us with only six inches of snow, but it was very damp and clung to everything it touched. Six inches of snow fell on March 18, 1914 at Bakers Mills. Hay is very low in Chestertown barns.
Hoary old winter, on March 25, 1914, began to loosen somewhat his icy grip and Mother Earth is basking in the smiles and caresses of the gentle young spring. The sun shines brightly, the birds sing joyously and long suffering humanity rejoices in the balmy atmosphere of the new season. Who cares if the roads and sidewalks are slushy?
News from area families
A son was born to Mrs. Charles Harrington on March 12, 1914 at Garnet. They call him Clyde.
A son was born to Mrs. David Sawyer, March 20, 1914, at Bakers Mills.
A son was born on March 22, 1914 to Mrs. Forest Duell at Adirondack.
A little daughter has taken up her residence at the Howard Roblee home in Riparius.
Stewart Fuller, of West Bolton, fell down cellar recently and sustained injuries which laid him up for several days.
John Glassbrook of Stony Creek has recently purchased a fine young team of work horses.
A man named Blackmore, who has been working in the lumber woods in Indian Lake this winter has bought Mike Gooley’s farm on Beaver Meadow Brook and moved his family there.
(Note: Could this be the famous present day Gooley Club? )
James D. Reynolds, of Garnet, has purchased a fine headstone to be placed in North Thurman at the grave of his mother, Mrs. Mary Reynolds, who died in 1880.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-2210.