One Hundred Years Ago
Lumberjack held for murder
Melvin Hitchcock, of Wilmington, a brawny lumberjack, is in the Essex County Jail at Elizabethtown, held to await the action of the grand jury on a charge of murder in the first degree. Hitchcock and another lumberjack named Cannon, who is being held as a material witness, went to the home of Mrs. Hannah Ovitt, in Lake Placid, on Saturday night, May 2, 1914 and the three had a carousal during which they were heard quarreling. At 2 o’clock in the morning the house was discovered on fire. After the firemen extinguished the flames they found the dead body of Mrs. Ovitt wrapped in a mattress behind a coach. The coroner found wounds on her head which probably caused her death. The men were found in a log driver’s camp near the village where they were employed.
The woman came from a reputable family, but was somewhat demented and had become a victim of the drink habit. It is believed that Hitchcock killed her and than fired the house to hide his crime.
Mistake could be fatal
Suffering from a severe headache on Sunday morning, Mrs. Richard A. Lane, 9 Jefferson Street, Glens Falls, went to a medicine cabinet to obtain a remedy. In separate envelopes of similar appearance were headache tablets and bichloride of mercury tablets which had been procured to be used as a disinfectant for a wound on her hand. By mistake she took the poison. In a short time her husband noticed that she was very pale and called her attention to it. She told him that her stomach seemed to be burning and she was afraid that she had taken the wrong tablet.
Before going to a physician he called in a neighbor who promptly gave Mrs. Lane the white of an egg for an antidote. If her life is saved, she will owe it to this simple remedy which may have absorbed the deadly poison before it entered her system. The physician attending Mrs. Lane says she has a chance of recovery owing to the fact that the antidote was promptly administered but only time will tell as she will be in critical condition for the next two or three weeks.
Mrs. Lane’s husband, Prof. Richard A. Lane, is a music teacher well known in this general area. He has had piano pupils in Warrensburgh for several years and his many friends here sympathize with his terrible trouble.
River driver drowned
While working on a log jam near the mouth of the Cedar River, Napoleon Champagne, of Indian Lake, lost his balance and fell backwards into the water and being unable to swim was drowned in the swift current.
Champagne, who was employed on the Frank King river drive, was trying with three other workmen to break up the jam. After falling into the water he shouted for help, but his companions were unable to assist him and he soon disappeared from sight. A searching party was immediately organized and the body was found Monday evening, May 11, 1914 at the junction of the Indian and Cedar rivers, nearly three quarters of a mile from the place where Champagne was drowned.
He is survived by one daughter, Lulu Champagne of Indian Lake and his mother-in-law, Mrs. Seth Thomas, formerly of Wevertown.
In other news, the Schroon River log drive, under the management of Michael McCarthy, started Monday morning, May 18, 1914 from the foot of Schroon Lake. As a result of the heavy snows of last winter the log traffic is unusually heavy this season and for this reason several new recruits have been added to the already established corps of river drivers The river men were kept busy all day Monday, May 18, 1914, undermining a jam which formed at Island Falls, near Starbuckville.
In spite of the perspiration continuously dripping from their ivory domes, seven husky river drivers with willing servitude worked strenuously just above the shirt factory in Warrensburgh all Wednesday afternoon, May 20, 1914, removing old timbers and other floating debris which obstructed the pathway of the logs floating gracefully down the Schroon River on their way to the various mills along the stream.
Edson Persons has a crew of men peeling hemlock logs before they are put into the Schroon River, at Riverbank.
Look out below
A large auto truck used in hauling coal from Ticonderoga to the mines at Graphite, in the town of Hague, broke through the flooring of a bridge at the head of Brant Lake Tuesday afternoon at 1 o’clock and blocked traffic on the Hague – Horicon road until 7 o’clock in the evening after the truck had been raised by horses and blocking brought from the mines and placed in the road.
Superintendent William O’Connell was riding in the truck when the accident occurred but neither he nor the chauffeur was injured. Only the rear end of the machine went through the bridge and the truck was not damaged.
Boy’s night out in Minerva
A party of Warrensburgh gentlemen motored to Minerva on Sunday afternoon and spent a few pleasant hours at the Mountain View House, conducted by that prince of hosts, John D. McSweeney and his estimable wife. At the evening hour, “John D.” served for them a supper which could not be surpassed in city banquet halls or gilded restaurants in the famous capitals of Europe. The spread was prepared under the personal supervision of the hostess, who for fourteen years had charge of the cuisine at the late Timothy Woodruff’s famous Adirondack camp at Lake Kora.
Sagamore struggles to recover
The junk from the late Hotel Sagamore at Bolton Landing was sold to Bernatein & Kaplan of Glens Falls and they have six weeks to get it away from the site of the April 14, 1914 fire.
The safe of the Sagamore Hotel which passed through the recent fire, was opened Tuesday, May 12, 1914 by Sheridan Finkle and Charles Hays in the presence of Mr. Krumbholz and John Boulton Simpson. The stamps were useless but other papers were found to be all right.
“My two boys, Claude, 13 and George, 11 are truants and not amenable to discipline. I am striving to keep them in the paths of rectitude and in furtherance of that purpose hereby forbid all persons from harboring them in any way whatsoever, or trusting them for anything what ever on my account as I shall pay no bills which they contract. May 11, 1914 – C.N. McCauley, Athol, N.Y.
Man failing fast
Lewis Hack is failing fast. He could only whisper yesterday. His two sons, Jessie and Beecher are having a lonely time all alone with no one to help them but the neighbors, who do all they can for them, but it is hard for the boys for they have to see to the work outdoors and in the house and also see to a sick father who can not live long. May God help them to care for their father as long as he lives and comfort them when he goes on the road we all have to one day travel.
News around Warrensburgh
The genial warmth of May’s third week has induced the Queen Village’s shade trees to don their summer garb of green leaves and the beauty of the village is thereby greatly enhanced at their appearance as for two days the mercury has touched the 80 degree mark. Gardeners are busy putting in their crops and it really looks as though summer has at last begun. Straw hats and panamas have also made their appearance locally.
May shows some signs of being a normal month, the first that Mother Nature has allowed us to have this year.
Senator James A. Emerson is building over and enlarging his barn in the rear of his handsome residence on Main Street to provide accommodations for both horses and automobiles. (Note – That lovely old barn, next door south of the Tops grocery store plaza, across Emerson Avenue, surely looks as good today as it did a hundred years ago thanks to its present owner, Faithanne Buck whose home is the Emerson House Bed and Breakfast residence.)
Sweet and sour notes
The Starbuck brothers at Chestertown have nice four week old pigs for sale and also Lenthbert red raspberry bushes, $1 per hundred plants.
Fire escapes are being built at the Hotel Atateka at Friends Lake and the hotel will be opened on June 15, 1914 with Miss Josephine Murphy as manager.
Dyer Ackerman of Hague is erecting a large new silo on his farm. A cement porch is being built in front of the Odd Fellows Hall in Wevertown under the supervision of J.T. Washer.
The homes of James Warren and E.J. Hewitt at East Thurman were broken into on the night of Sunday, May 10, 1914 and several things were taken at each place.
Edson Smith recently sold his house in Horicon to Stewart Purvee of Brant Lake and has moved into H.H. Holland’s house.
Allie Swears of Stony Creek has a new Ford automobile. Melvin Lanfear of West Bolton has purchased a new cream separator.
Jake Billings was arrested recently for beating his horse. If it has been his wife, Jake would have got off easier.
In West Stony Creek, a son was born May 10, 1914 to Mrs. Wilbur Perkins. Many fishing parties are motoring there daily from out of town. Hard colds are common in nearly every home.
William Moston of Wevertown was called to North Creek to take charge of the body of Abner Yauney, who died in his home at that place after an illness of several months duration. Mr. Yauney was a former resident of Wevertown. A widow and daughter survive.
Mrs. Julia Plue, 75, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Abraham King, in Indian Lake. Mrs. Plue also leaves five sons, John, Lemon, Albert and Edward Plue and Charles Ducket.
Miss Muriel Harrison, daughter of William H. Harrison of North River and Alva R. Smith of Biltmore, Long Island, were married May 13, 1914 at the Harrison home. The bride attended Warrensburgh High School for several terms.
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