•100 years ago - Nov., 1913•
Many come to boy’s defense
Alfred Dodge, 18, the boy who shot and killed his step-father, Samuel Wiggins at Smith’s Basin, Oct. 26, 1913, is being held in the County Jail to await the action of the Grand Jury on a charge of second-degree murder. The murder is a subject of much speculation among local citizens and many believe that the boy was justified when he fired the fatal shot.
From the testimony of the case, taken by Coroner W.H. Mellick, the murdered man had, during the early morning hours, roughly kicked his wife and stepson out of their beds. The dead man’s brother, George Wiggins, swore that a short time before the murder, the heavily intoxicated man, who had been drinking whiskey, had knocked him to the ground and had made an attempt to hit him in the head with a pick-axe in a melee in the dooryard and the man’s wife, also intoxicated, standing close to her husband, had tried to intervene and he beat her. It was then when Alfred Dodge, standing in the doorway of the house several feet away, fearing for his mother’s life, fired the shot that blew off the top of Wiggins’ head.
Many hours elapsed between the time the shot was fired and the time that the coroner was notified. (Note: Details of this once hotly-debated case may be found in this column in the Oct. 19, 2013 Adirondack Journal.)
Music Hall performer
Not particularly large, but exceedingly well pleased was the audience that enjoyed the delightful concert given by the Florence Lillian Frost Company at the Music Hall, Warrensburgh, on the night of Nov. 3, 1913.
Miss Frost, a fascinating young girl, is a violinist of exceptional ability. Her tone is sweet and powerful, tender and pleading or ringing and triumphant as she wills — and her interpretations clearly show the soul of a great artist. For one encore she played with exquisite tenderness that old time favorite, “Annie Laurie.”
The dance that followed the concert was well patronized and also the refreshment tables. (Note: This building, before it burned, stood on the north corner of Main St. and Adirondack Avenue. in Warrensburgh)
Empire Theatre presentations
A large party of Warrensburgh music lovers attended the concert by John Philip Sousa’s band at the Empire Theatre in Glens Falls, Monday night, Nov. 3, 1913 — and they enjoyed the inspiring music. The Empire Theatre is regaining its old time prosperity under the vigorous and astute management of Joe Miller.
The presentation “Naughty Rebecca” will appear at the theatre Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1913 in a matinee.
The Hudson Valley Railway trolley car leaves Warrensburgh at 7 p.m. and is known as the “Theatre Car,” and also runs direct through to Saratoga except on Sundays.
New taxi in town
Henry D. Cameron, who has conducted an auto cab service in Warrensburgh during the summer season with a Ford touring car, has purchased through the local agency of T.J. Lynch, after selling his Ford to William McElroy, a 1914 model Ford, also from Mr. Lynch, which was delivered Dec. 3, 1914.
With his old car, Mr. Cameron this season covered more than 10,000 miles and only paid out $1.50 in repair charges.
The death of Asa Bruce
When Asa Bruce died, Nov. 22, 1913, the town of Horicon lost one of its best citizens. Born Sept. 7, 1880 on his father’s farm in Horicon, he remained there until his marriage to Miss Evelena Morehouse and he went with his bride to establish a home in the town of Caldwell, about 4 & 1/2 miles from Warrensburgh on the Bolton Road.
After the death of his father, Harvey Bruce, Asa conserved the large landed inheritance he received and the effort to attend to his manifold duties of raising cattle and sheep, made his health break down. His death was caused by typhoid fever. Besides his widow, he is survived by his mother, three sisters and three brothers, Clarence, Percy and Orrin Bruce. The funeral was held Nov. 25, 1913 and his mortal remains are buried on his farm land. (Note: the Bruce farm was located between Adirondack and Starbuckville.)
Suffering ends in man’s death
William D. Mead, 83, of Pottersville, after suffering severely for three weeks with gangrene, passed away Nov. 16, 1913. He leaves two brothers and four sisters. Two of his sisters, Mrs. Minnie Barber and Mrs. Pauline Stevens nursed him tenderly until the end finally brought his peace.
Lake George wedding held
One of the prettiest weddings of many a day, in the village of Lake George, was that of Miss Clarissa Jane Worden, daughter of Frank H. Worden to Walter Sidney Williams, of Brooklyn, on the evening of Oct. 22, 1913, with the Rev. Richard Abbott of Warrensburgh officiating.
The bride was attired in a gown of white chiffon over charmeuse silk and she carried white roses. Miss Mora Belter of Glens Falls, the bridesmaid, wore pink chiffon and carried pink roses. Leonard Pharmer was best man.
The groom’s gift to the bride was a handsome chest of silver. The bride has been a teacher in Warren County schools for the past three years in charge of the 7th and 8th grades in the Lake George School. The bride and groom will reside in Brooklyn.
For sale in Warrensburgh
E.G. Rist, Park Square, Warrensburgh, has Regal shoes for men and women. Buster Brown for little folks. Repairing and polishing.
D.E. Pasco, River Street, has Daily Bread Flour for $5.50 per barrel.
Harry Lavine of Main St., who is going out of business, has all-wool underwear good for rheumatism, at a price of 75 cents per pair.
Local news, round about
Predictions say that the coming winter Is going to be a hard and cruel one. Last month was the warmest October on record and November is doing pretty well also. House cleaning time is at hand. Man, poor man!
The bottling house of the Gurn Mineral Spring at Gurn Spring, several miles north of Saratoga Springs, was destroyed by fire, Nov. 21, 1913. The loss is $1,500 with no insurance.
The Glens Falls Hospital showed a deficit of $2,334.36 for the year just closed.
Jacob E. Johnson of Warrensburgh, visited his Meadowbrook Stock Farm, in North Thurman, recently as he is having his barn repaired, putting in new sills and shingles and is building a new manure shed. E.B. Germain is doing the carpenter work. (Note: The farm is today known as Nettle Meadow Farm.)
Professor Horten is conducting a dancing class in Tripp’s Hall, Lake George. Albert Shepard of Lake George shot a fine buck in Hadley.
Woman’s suffrage is gaining a foothold in Warrensburgh and during the recent election one vote was cast for Mrs. James A. Emerson. (Note - Senator James A. Emerson married schoolteacher Margaret MacGregor in June, 1899 at the Warrensburgh Presbyterian Church. She died in 1920.)
Mrs. Marshall Shaw stepped on a nail recently and it penetrated her foot an inch and she has been in severe condition with infection.
Harvey Bryant has bought the Charles Noble place near the Warren County Fair Grounds in Warrensburgh.
A young horse owned by Christopher Magee of Thurman left standing on King Street, Warrensburgh, Nov. 5, 1913 was frightened by dogs and ran away only to be finally caught by Thomas Talbot.
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