One Hundred Years Ago
Rum, rousing and revelry
Introduced in our quiet village by feudists from neighboring towns, on Lower Main Street, Saturday afternoon and evening, May 30, 1914, was the scene of a bitter conflict between rival factions from the town of Bolton, who, gathering in Warrensburgh for the holiday, took advantage of the occasion to settle a feud of long standing.
After bracing up their courage with frequent draughts of red liquor, each side allowed that they could lick their weights in catamounts and proceeded to get busy. For several hours, with occasional intervals to care for the wounded, the air was full of oaths and indecent language mingled with the sickening thud of fists landing full on human flesh and kicks brutally placed in such parts of the enemy’s anatomy as presented an opening. At one time a man lay prone and helpless on the brick pavement of the street while another kicked him in the face with a heavily shod foot. That serious injury was not sustained by some of the combatants was little short of miraculous.
The trouble continued well into the night and people residing in the vicinity were thoroughly disgusted with the rum-rousing and revelry.
Such visitors are not welcome in this usually quiet village and authorities should see that future visits of this kind are emphatically discouraged.
“Sherlock Holmes” visits Lake George
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the famous English novelist and creator of Sherlock Holmes, accompanied by Lady Doyle, H.L. Clarkson, of the Canadian Grand Trunk Railway and a few friends, arrived at the Fort William Henry Hotel, Lake George, Tuesday afternoon, June 2, 1914 and remained until the next morning of June 3, 1914 when they left by steamer for Fort Ticonderoga and from there to Montreal.
Bakers Mills mystery explored
Undertaker Willard Moston, of Wevertown, who had charge of the burial of William Merrill, of Bakers Mills, after he had been burned to death in his store at that place on April 8, 1913, has put a quietus on the suspicion of murder stirred up recently by the finding of a human foot some distance from the scene of the fire.
Mr. Moston states that one foot was entirely burned off from Mr. Merrill at the time his body was taken from the ruins of the fire and the member was in all probability dug from the debris by a dog and carried to the spot where it was later found.
(Note – This macabre tale of the human foot found in the woods near the burned out Merrill store in Bakers Mills was told in this column in the June 7, 2014 Adirondack Journal. Many believed at the time it was the foot of a bear and others believed that it was human evidence of murder.)
The Wild West comedy-drama, “A Colorado Waif,” in four acts, will be presented by the Corinth Dramatic Club on Tuesday, June 9, 1914 at Music Hall, Warensburgh, with the same cast of characters that has made the play such a success in other local areas. The play is brim full of clean fun with sufficient pathos to leaven it.
The play, under the name of “Triss, a Child of the Rockies,” was presented in Warrensburgh some twenty years ago for the benefit of the old G.A.R. Band, with Mrs. Louis E. Reoux, then Miss Adelia H. Thomas, in the title role. C.S. Woodward, in the role of Hank Jordan, made his debut on the local stage at that time and became one of our cleverest amateur actors. Other parts were taken by the late Charles H. Wallace and E.C. Beaupre.
The entertainment will conclude with a dance for which Eddy’s Orchestra will furnish music.
(Note – Adelia Thomas Reoux was the granddaughter of Miles Thomas, who built the Senior Citizens’ house in 1873 and the mother of Assemblyman Harry A. Reoux. She was married to banker Louis E. Reoux. Her wedding dress is in the possession of the Warrensburgh Museum of Local History.)
House on the move
The Pasko tenant house, recently purchased by Warrensburg tailor Abe Katz, is on its way up Main Street to its new location on Third Street, moving slowly on rollers under the supervision of Lindsey Ormsby, of Glens Falls who took the job after a local contractor abandoned the task.
(Note – Abe Katz’s original tailor shop was on the north corner of Main Street and School Street, now present day Stewart Farrar Avenue.)
A thief in the night
A burglar, Monday night, June 1, 1914, attempted to break into the Rev. S.C. Fox’s residence, Fairview Cottage, on Burdick Street, Warrensburgh. The building was unoccupied as Rev. Fox has been staying with his son since the death of his wife about two weeks ago.
A neighbor heard the noise and went to investigate and the intruder was thus frightened away before he had affected an entrance.
Grand prize winner
Ten year old Paul Gurney is now the proud and happy owner of the twenty dollar foot-power automobile which was on exhibition in Warrensburgh, in the show window of the Haskell – Hall Company, Inc., from April 15 to June 1, 1914 and was given as a prize for a contest during that period, votes being credited for “Whoppers” from Sunshine Biscuit wrappers. Paul went at the business of being a winner in a systematic manner and gathered in something like 400 votes.
(Note – Paul Gurney was an amazing and talented man who loved his home town. In 1929 he drew up blueprints for a new Colonial style bandstand, the Floyd Bennett Memorial flagpole and the commemorative bronze plaque for its base. He died in 1979 and left money to the town in his will for the maintenance of the bandstand which had been left to deteriorate over the years. Paul was also a talented cartoonist.)
Bolton wedding celebrated
George W. Nelson and Miss Lucille Barber, both of Bolton, were married Tuesday afternoon, June 9, 1914 by the Rev. E.M. Parrott at St. James Episcopal Church, Lake George. Miss Jessie A. Barber, Miss Pauline Nelson and Miss Matilda Veach were witnesses. Miss Helen Weaver played the wedding march. The bridal party left for Bolton Landing about noon by automobile after the nuptial knot was tied and a reception was held at the home of the bridegroom’s parents where the happy couple will remain until fall at which time Mr. Nelson plans to build a house.
Death in the news
Nehemiah Floyd, 92, of Adirondack, died Sunday morning, May 31, 1914 of diseases incident to old age. He is survived by five sons and two daughters. Internment was in the village cemetery by the side of his wife who preceded him to the grave by only a few months.
Adam Putnam, an old resident of Hague, died Sunday morning, May 31, 1914, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Shattuck at Silver Bay.
Silas Wood, 66, a life long resident of Athol, died Saturday morning, June 6, 1914, after a long illness. He is survived by five daughters and four sons. Burial was in the Cameron Cemetery.
Immigration figures show that the population of Canada increased during 1913 by the addition of 400,000 new settlers from the United States and Europe. Most of these have gone on farms in the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
In local news, Stewart Farrar returned home to Warrrensburgh on Tuesday, June 9, 1914, from Montreal where he had been employed for some time in a shirt factory there.
It was just fifty years ago, May 31, 1864, that the village of Glens Falls burned in a speculator fire. The blaze began in the kitchen of Glens Falls Hotel and quickly spread to burn most all of the downtown area, destroying 112 buildings and houses, the aftermath leaving few 19th century buildings. Only three buildings in the central downtown business district were left standing after the fire.
(Note – Glens Falls residents, ever aware of the danger of fire after that fateful day, had an engine house built the next year, in 1865, on Ridge Street, next to the present City Hall and another soon after on South Street, next to where the historic Madden Hotel was once located.)
Spring has arrived
Memorial Day was quietly observed in Warrensburgh. There were no public exercises, but the sacred duty of decorating the graves of the departed was faithfully performed by many citizens. The Warrensburgh Cadets marched to the cemetery at an early hour in the forenoon and placed floral tributes to mark the last resting place of their deceased comrades.
Trout fishing is on now and several good catches of the speckled beauties have been reported
We have been favored with a fine rain here and everything is fresh and green. The rain came just in time to save the crops.
Weller Brothers, of Riverbank, have begun running their meat cart for the season and they have a quantity of young pigs as one of their sows recently gave birth to thirteen fine piglets.
Clarence Potter has exchanged his Maxwell automobile with Edson Granger for a Saxon touring car.
Eugene Wood, of Indian Lake, has a new Stanley Steamer in charge of Orvis Locke which makes two trips daily to Blue Mountain Lake, which is a great convenience.
Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Reynolds, of East Thurman, are in bad shape, Mr. Reynolds’ mind being weak and Mrs. Reynolds being very feeble. Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Jones are also both in very poor health as not having recovered from the rigors of the hard past winter.
The interior of the Gore Church, in Igerna, has been entirely renovated and the new paper, paint and varnish make a great improvement.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at email@example.com or 623-2210.