•100 years ago — February - March 1914•
Soldier’s widow granted military pension
Mrs. Polly Ann Sherman of Horicon has been granted by the government a widow’s pension of $12 a month, with back pay since last July, amounting to $80.80.
Mrs. Sherman has been married three times. Her first husband, a man named Hastings, was killed in action in the Civil War and she afterward married Jonathan D. Harrington. After his death she became the wife of Charles Sherman who died about a year ago.
Being left dependent, she has secured a pension for the service of her first husband in the great war between the states.
W.S. Carpenter, manager of Kenovan Brothers general store at Horicon acted as her attorney in the matter and succeeded where several others had failed.
Actor inherits cash from estranged niece
Well-known actor James K. Hackett, who several years ago was a frequent visitor to Warrensburgh as a guest of Charles F. Burhans, has just inherited a fortune of $1.5 million from the estate of his niece, Mrs. Minnie Hackett Trowbridge, who hated him cordially and made no attempt to conceal her bitter feelings. Her dislike for the actor dates back to the second marriage of Hackett’s father. In her last years of her life she was held incompetent.
When Hackett visited Warrensburgh he was accompanied by his beautiful wife, known on stage as Mary Mannering, who has since divorced him.
Witness skips town
The case of the People against Austin Tucker has been delayed in Supreme Court. Tucker, a waiter employed in McCauley’s Café in Glens Falls, is charged with violation of the excise law in serving liquor to a minor. The principal witness, Agnes Wiswall, a 14-year old girl, has fled to Vermont.
Weather torments residents
The French scientist who claims that the sun is losing its heat is sustained in his contention by our weather record for the past month.
On Feb. 14, 1914 in Glens Falls, all of the big stores closed their doors at noon in order that their employees might reach their homes without incident because of the raging snow storm.
The morning of Feb. 24, it was 42 degrees below zero in Chestertown. Thirty inches of snow fell on Bolton Landing. Because of the weather, the Bolton Light & Power Co. has been unable to furnish light lately, a great inconvenience.
On a lighter note, the young men have built a toboggan slide about half a mile long in Adirondack and it is crowded nearly every night, many going to enjoy the sport and others to see it.
Farrar secures new job
Stewart Farrar has secured a position as salesman for the Penn Wholesale Tobacco Co. of New York. He will make his headquarters in Warrensburgh and his territory will consist of Warren and several of the surrounding counties. The company handles all the popular brands of cigars and tobacco. (Note: Stewart Farrar, years ago the outstanding Warrensburgh historian, was the town’s star baseball player and later postmaster for many years. He was honored by having the town’s former School Street renamed for him. He was the grandfather of former Richards Library librarian, Sarah Farrar.)
River swallows building
A story-and-a-half frame building on River St. in Lewisville, partly overhanging the Schroon River, occupied by Harry C. Wells as a machine shop, collapsed the night of March 1, 1914 under the weight of the snow which had accumulated on its flat roof. The building was wrecked and several of the machines it contained were ruined, part of the building and many valuable tools fell into the river which were lost. (Note: Lewisville was the historic name for the settlement on River St. in Warrensburgh)
Mr. Wells had removed only part of the snow deposited by the big storm of Feb. 14, 1914. The damage is estimated at about $600. The owner states that he will rebuild.
Bird finds new home
The afternoon of Feb. 18, 1914, a wild bird, exhausted from flying, dropped into James Gates’ front dooryard in Lewisville, Warrensburgh. It had the somewhat appearance of a loon or a duck but Jim couldn’t classify it so he took it to the Rev. G.H. Purdy who said it was a Grebe, a swimming bird of the Podieibedidae family, very rare in this section. After the bird is rested sufficiently, he will be turned loose to pursue his course as he pleases.
In the meantime, Jim is feeding the bird bait fish which he consumes with great satisfaction. (Note: Grebes are poor fliers with short wings, webbed toes and stubby bodies.)
Update from Bolton
Zera Frasier has moved to The Huddle. Many local children are ill with the chicken pox.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Edward Gates celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary on Feb. 23, 1914. Mrs. Gates is the former Miss Nettie Gertrude Harris.
News around Warrensburgh
Miss Annie Golden, employed as a weaver in the Warrensburgh Woolen Co.’s mill on Milton Avenue, spent Sunday March 1, 1914 in Glens Falls and fell on the ice the next day in front of the Rockwell House on Glen St. while waiting to take a car for her home in Warrensburgh.
In other news, Clarence Potter has purchased through the agency of Edson Granger of the Warrensburgh Garage, a new five-passenger Maxwell touring car which he will offer for hire during the coming season. Mr. Potter is making his headquarters in the Warren House.
Death in the news
Lewis Morehouse, 85, of Johnsburgh, died the morning, of Feb. 9, 1914 after an illness of several months duration. He was born in Hebron, Washington County, but later resided in Johnsburgh since his early boyhood. He leaves a widow, the former Miss Mary Brooks, eight sons and six daughters. Burial was in the Johnsburgh Cemetery.
Frank L. Thayer, 29, a former resident of Warrensburgh, died after a long illness at his home in Gloversville. He is survived by his mother, Margaret Thayer. The deceased was a printer by trade and served his apprenticeship in the Warrensburgh News office.
Warren J. Potter, a prominent citizen of Glens Falls, was stricken with apoplexy on the afternoon of Feb. 21, 1914 while riding on a Hudson Valley trolley car to the business center from his home at 218 Ridge St. and died almost immediately at 2:50 o’clock. He leaves a widow, a son, Herbert Potter and a daughter, Helen Potter.
News near and far
News has been received that inventor William Marconi has developed an apparatus by which he has lighted an electric lamp by wireless six miles from his electrical plant in London. A 100 horsepower dynamo sent the power through the air to an aerial receiver which was linked to an electrical bulb.
J. Breen of Schroon Lake has 15 tons of good hay for sale.
Harry Smith finished his job of drawing bolt wood from near the Fish Ponds in Bakers Mills to North Creek.
A son was born at the Orange Wood home on Horicon Avenue, Warrensburgh.
In North Thurman, Eddie Rounds badly jammed one of his feet recently while unhitching his team. George Johnson froze his ears while coming home from a prayer meeting at the home of Calvin Mattison on the Stony Creek road.
Mrs. Ruth Cowles, 77, died the morning of Feb. 24, 1914 at her home, the Cedar River Hotel, at Indian Lake. She was buried in the Glens Falls Cemetery.
A new upright piano has been installed in the Crandall Hall and a good floor is available for the popular new dances. (Note: Emerson S. Crandall’s house was the former White House Lodge next door to the present day Warrensburgh Museum and his three-story business block was across the street before it burned for the second time on Feb. 9, 1927 after his death.
It has been suggested that if we would begin calling the square dances immoral, they would become in fashion again.
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