• One Hundred Years Ago, February, 1914 •
Severe earthquake garners fear
“The Logan Fault,” which geologists tell us is a split in the lower rock stratum of the earth extending along the Atlantic seaboard from Canada to Florida, made another slip, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1914 which at 1:34 p.m. caused a severe earthquake shock extending from Montreal to Washington, D.C. and as far west as St. Louis. It continued from 20 to 30 seconds and while it lasted the earth quivered like a big ball of jelly, with a terrifying tremor which spread consternation wherever it was felt. Many people believed that the end of the world had arrived.
In Warrensburgh the shock was felt in its full severity. For the first 2 or 3 seconds it was the general impression that there had been a heavy explosion somewhere nearby. As the tremors continued, it became evident to all that it was something more than a mere local disturbance and it was first thought that buildings might fall and people rushed frantically from their homes out into the open.
In several Warrensburgh homes dishes were shaken from tables and pictures swayed on the walls and the vibration made things jingle but no major damage was reported and local people lived in dread that another shock would occur. In the past earthquakes were much more common than they have been in recent years.
The earth rocks in Corinth
Four tons of dynamite stored near the Corinth plant of the International Paper Company exploded at 1:10 o’clock Monday morning, Feb. 16, 1914 and jarred the town more violently than the earthquake did last week. Many windows were broken and people rushed out from their homes in terror. The explosion was caused by a fire of unknown origin in the building where the dynamite was stored.
Tribute for a good church lady
At the recent annual meeting of the vestry of the parish of the Holy Cross Episcopal church in Warrensburgh, the subject was broached of the parish electing a memorial to Miss Almira N. Lobdell, who during her life time was one of the most faithful and generous communicants of the church and who by the terms of her will, after her death became, in perpetuity, a benefactor of the parish.
After some lengthy discussion, the proposed memorial took the form of two electric light standards to be placed at the entrance gate of the church, on condition that the cost of one of these standards be defrayed by the parish at large and one standard has been generously provided for.
The amount that it will be necessary to receive from the parish will be about $100, which will provide also for the installation of the standard. (Note - These beautiful ornamental lights, adorning the steps from the public sidewalk to the church property path, have survived for one hundred years with Miss Lobdell’s name proudly engraved upon them.)
Gala marriage celebration
Thomas O’Connor of Warrensburgh and Miss Sadie Lahey, of Minerva, were married Jan. 14, 1914 at St. Joseph’s Church in Olmstedville by the bride’s pastor, the Rev. Father Kenney. The pretty little church was beautifully decorated with evergreen, tastefully arranged as a labor of love by the girl’s devoted friends. Miss Emma Welch, of Minerva, was the bride’s maid and the groom was attended by his nephew, John O’Connor of Warrensburgh. After the wedding the happy couple and their wedding party attendants were conveyed to the bride’s home by sleigh where a reception was held. They later left for Washington on their wedding tour.
Thomas O’Connor, 40, son of Philip O’Connor, is junior proprietor of the “New Adirondack Hotel” and is a member of the firm of O’Connor Brothers, owners of the hotel. (Note - The Adirondack Hotel was born in 1825 and after yet another of the hotel’s many fires, brothers Michael and Thomas O’Connor leased and took over management of the “New Adirondack Hotel” on May 1, 1899, purchased it in 1904 and stayed for 23 years. The big old O’Connor family home was located on Main Street where the First National Bank is located today. In 1939 new owner Albert Emerson re-named the hotel “The Colonial Arms” and after even more fires and many more owners, in November, 1994 it was torn down. Rite Aid Pharmacy is located there today.)
Adirondack Hotel -1902 -
An article in the Feb. 27, 1902 Warrensburgh News stated, “It looked like old town meeting times in front of the Adirondack Hotel Monday afternoon, when the public sale of Israel Mead’s cow took place to satisfy an unpaid school tax of $9.44 and costs. The chorus of bids was not loud or excited and the animal was finally “knocked down” to James Palmer, Mr. Mead’s son-in-law for nineteen dollars.”
“Owing to the illness of Collector Alfred Stone, Constable Jerry Moynehan had the proceedings in charge.”
(Note - Reminiscing about old days at the Adirondack Hotel, when it was leased by the O’Connor brothers, I found this little glimpse of its past included in a scrapbook owned by the late, great, Warrensburgh historian, Stewart Farrar.)
Man kept in storage
Hague relatives of Ray Ackerman, who died from smallpox on the battleship Ohio recently, will get the body of the young sailor after a lengthy correspondence with government officials. They have been notified that the body will be shipped from Charleston to Hague at the expiration of one year from the date of his death.
Died too soon
Mrs. Lee Bruno died suddenly of acute indigestion, Jan. 28, 1914 at her home in North Creek. She was in her usual good health the day before but awakened early Wednesday morning with severe pain and died before a physician reached her. She is survived by her husband and a brother, Oliver Hulett of North Creek.
Much sympathy is felt for Mr. Bruno who had just completed building a new house and was about to move into it, an event to which he and his wife had long looked forward.
Caught red handed
Four Bolton fisherman while angling for pickerel through the ice in Northwest Bay, on Lake George, were caught red-handed by Game Protector D.N. Bump of Lake George and arrested for violation of the game law in fishing out of season. They were given a hearing before Justice Tabor of Bolton Landing. Oscar Belden was discharged as there was not sufficient evidence to hold him. Charles Belden and Byron Fraizier paid the fines imposed upon them and Hyram Fraizier, lacking sufficient funds to settle was committed to the County Jail at Lake George for 11 days.
News near and far
A cold winter is always followed by a late spring. Sleighing hereabouts is good. Thermometers recorded zero Sunday night, Feb. 8, 1914 and on Monday night it was 2 degrees below zero. All the ice houses in Warrensburgh are filled. Hosea Barber fell on the ice at Bolton Landing and hurt his eye.
A daughter was born to Mrs. George Allen on Dec. 30, 1913 and a son was born to Mrs. Howard Hitchcock, Saturday, Jan. 3, 1914, both in Bakers Mills. A fine baby boy arrived Monday night, Jan. 26, 1914 at the home of Thomas McPhillips of Friends Lake. The stork made a visit at the home of Wardner Spaulding on the Hague - Graphite Road.
William and Mary “Mame” Williams have a pretty little 3 year old daughter, Marnette Williams who was born May 21, 1910 in West Pawlet, Vermont. (Note - Marnette Hance, 103, the widow of Alfred Hance, formerly of Orville Street, Glens Falls, died Jan. 15, 2014 at the Fort Hudson Nursing Centre.)
Hollis I. Loveland, who has been station agent for the Delaware and Hudson railway at The Glen for about 12 years, has been transferred to Hydeville, Vermont, a larger station.
A party of Warrensburgh dancers have organized a club for the purpose of learning the new dances that are so popular now under the instruction of Edward Finch of Glens Falls. A popular new dance now the rage is the tango.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at firstname.lastname@example.org oe 623-2210.