•100 years ago — Feb. 1914•
Play it one more time
There has been a dearth of amateur dramatic entertainment this winter in Warrensburgh, but “Brac, the Poorhouse Girl,” a comedy-drama, will be presented at the Warrensburgh Music Hall on Feb. 20 and 21, 1914 and there is expected to be a large turnout. Miss Mabel Winslow will play “Brac.“ John F. Burt will arrange the scenic features. Following the first performance on Friday night, there will be a dance for which Green and Tidmarch’s Orchestra will play. Refreshments will be served on stage at the hall.
The play was last presented in Warrensburgh on Feb. 12 and 13, 1889, just 25 years ago at Hockaday’s Hall for the benefit of the Cadet Band. Since that time the band is no more, actor J.H. Mixter has died and Hockaday Hall has been reduced to ashes in a midnight fire. At that performance Miss Maggie Fitzsimons played “Brac” and today she is the wife of attorney Thomas O’Connor of Waterford. Tickets are 50 cents for gentlemen and ladies are free. The money will go to the Warrensburgh School graduating class. (Note - How fun it would be if this play could be located and the Warrensburg School could find a copy of this fine old play and present it on stage once again to an appreciative Warrensburg audience. Three times in 125 years! It is indeed time to raise “Brac” once again from her dusty grave.
Mighty blizzard blankets Northeast
A snow storm which in widespread severity rivaled the big blizzard of March 12 and 13, 1888 began at 10 p.m. Feb. 12, 1914 and continued until 4:30 p.m. Feb. 13. Like the great storm of ‘88 it covered the entire northeastern section of the United States and everywhere traffic of every description was paralyzed.
The snow fall varied from 6 to 36 inches in various locations. About 22 inches fell on Riverbank. Roads are still impassible in Igerna. Contrary to the usual order there was the heaviest fall in the southern section. In Saratoga Springs for instance 42 inches was reported and Glens Falls got 36 inches, Warrensburgh’s received 33 inches, in Chester, 19, and in Newcomb, only 6 inches.
Boy who defended mother is acquitted
Alfred E. Dodge of Smith’s Basin, who shot and killed his stepfather, Samuel Wiggins, at that place on Oct. 26, 1913, was tried for murder in the second degree at Hudson falls and was acquitted of the charge.
The jury was out four hours. The defense advanced the plea of justifiable homicide in defense of the boy’s mother whom they contended was about to be killed by her husband. (Note: This story was detailed in this column in the Oct. 19 and Nov. 9, 2013 issues of the Adirondack Journal.)
Thurman girl severely burned
Hazel Brown, 7-year-old daughter of Clarence Brown of Athol, was severely burned the morning of Feb. 15, 1914 after she went to the cellar for some potatoes. She was carrying a lighted lantern with a broken chimney. While bending over the potato bin her hair touched the flame of the lantern and took fire and her clothes were ignited. She rushed upstairs screaming loudly and her grandmother threw a rug over her and smothered the flames. Her back and right hand were severely burned, but her injuries are not expected to prove fatal.
Time to move out
A judgment was entered in the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office in Ballston in favor of Michael P. Reidy of Warrensburgh, who brought an action against his sister Ellen, to recover possession of premises willed in 1892 to him by his father, Martin Reidy. The sister has continued to reside in the house with her mother, who had a life interest in the property until her death. She died a few months ago and then came Michael Reidy’s action to recover possession of the premises, located on Hudson St., South Glens Falls.
Horse causes painful injury
William L. Smith, the genial proprietor of the downtown lunch room in Warrensburgh, is suffering a very painful wound on his right hand. Bill was holding a horse in front of his store on Feb. 9, 1914, when the animal started and in attempting to stop it he slipped on the ice and his hand was caught under the sleigh runner, which passed over it. Nearly all the flesh was torn from two fingers while the whole hand was badly bruised and rendered practically useless for the time being.
Mother O’Connor dies
Mrs. Johanna O’Connor, 75, died Feb. 9, 1914 at Friend’s Lake, Chester, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Murphy. She was born in Ireland. Death was caused by general arterial sclerosis.
The deceased made her home in Warrensburgh with her sons, Michael and Thomas O’Connor, proprietors of the Adirondack Hotel, but had been at Friend’s Lake since last September, 1913. She was a woman of fine character. Originally she resided in Schroon Lake for many years. She also has another son, Maurice O’Connor, proprietor of the Warren House in Warrensburgh. Bearers at her funeral were her grandsons, Maurice O’Connor Jr., John O’Connor and William Murphy Jr. (Note: In last week’s Adirondack Journal, Feb. 1, 2014, the story of the O’Connor family at the Adirondack Hotel was told in this column.)
New bank building planned
The directors of the First National Bank of Glens Falls have decided to purchase the Byrne property at the corner of Glen St. and Park Avenue for the site of the magnificent new building which is being planned by the officers of the institution. An option has been secured on the property and it is assured the necessary details toward a purchase will be consummated within the near future. Work on the structure will be started during the summer or fall. Several styles of architecture are being considered. (Note: After the great Glens Falls fires of 1864 and 1884, it took Glens Falls many years to recover. A magnificent fountain stood in the middle of Glen Street near the entrance to Park Avenue, hence the area was known as “Fountain Square.” This “Neptune fountain” was removed in 1898 and in later years was sold for scrap. This area, also called “The Corners,” was than re-named “Bank Square,” because of the three banks located there.
The First National Bank adjoined the Rockwell Hotel which later burned in 1950, approximately where W.T. Grant Co.’s Department Store once stood in later years. Grant’s was demolished in 1975 in order to build Hudson Avenue extension.)
News near and far
Hollis Cahill and Miss Maude Griffin, both of Warrensburgh, were united in marriage by the Rev. T.J. Hunter on Monday morning, Feb. 16, 1914 at the Baptist parsonage in Warrensburgh.
Charles F. Kenyon of Garnet Lake has been confined to the house several days with a crushed foot, caused by rolling a heavy hard wood log on it.
Watson Everts of Athol is breaking a fine pair of Wilkes colts this winter. Duncan Everts is seriously ill. Jabez R. Waddell of Johnsburgh lost a horse.
R.R. Higgins of North Creek is having the ground in the rear of his drug store cleared for a much needed new Johnsburg Town Hall.
Walter and Grace (Able) Haynes have a lovely little one-year-old daughter, Elma M. “Pansy” Haynes who was born April 17, 1913 in Greenfield. (Note: Pansy Green, 100, the widow of Winfred A. Green of Corinth, died Jan. 24, 2014, in Saratoga Springs.)
Mrs. Wesley Morehouse, of Sodom, has 27 pullets that have been laying eggs since the last of November, 1913 without missing a day.
Popular new dances that are currently the rage are the Ballroom Wiggle, the Texas Tommy, the Bunny Hug, the Bear Dance, the Half Canter and the Buzzard Hop. Local ministers say they are not pleased.
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