•100 years ago — Jan. 1914•
She followed her husband to the grave
Betsy Waters Crandall, widow of the late Henry Crandall, died at 6 a.m. Jan. 18, 1914 in her Glen Street, Glens Falls home at Crandall Place, Monument Square, as the result of a paralytic shock that she had suffered the night before as she was about to retire. She was found around 10 o’clock by her maid laying unconscious on the floor of her room on the second floor of her mansion. Dr. M.D. Smith and Dr. S.A. Rowe did everything they could possibly do for her but were unable to bring her back to consciousness before she finally died several hours later.
Mrs. Betsy “Hattie” Crandall was 81 and enjoying her usual good health. She had passed the afternoon and evening paying social and business calls around the city.
The lady was born in Bolton, the daughter of Howard and Laura Waters. She was married to Henry Crandall in 1858 coming with him to Glens Falls right after the ceremony. Not only was she his wife but his advisor, his constant companion, with him in all his extensive travels and always planning for his comfort and welfare. Her sole ambition in life was to make him happy during his life and in his waning hours she was at his bedside at all times.
After his death, lacking one month of a year ago, she faithfully worked to carry out his plans for the Crandall Free Library and many other philanthropic institutions according to his wishes, which stand as monuments to his memory in Glens Falls.
She loved to talk with young folk, telling them of life in Glens Falls during the three score years that she had lived there. Kindness and generosity were her main virtues, she had a pleasant manner and there was always a smile on her face.
She is survived by one brother, Almon Waters and three sisters, Mrs. C.H. Faxon, Mrs. Almira Myers and Mrs. Mary Beach. Mrs. Myers of Chestertown arrived at her home to assume charge of her household affairs.
Betsy Waters Crandall’s remains will be placed beside those of her husband at the base of the great granite shaft in Crandall Park. (Note: Lumber baron and philanthropist Henry Crandall, 92, also died of a stroke Feb. 19, 1913 at his Glens Falls home which once stood on the original Crandall Library property. His story was told in this column in the Feb. 16, 2013 Adirondack Journal.)
Stallion breaks man’s leg
John Francis Beckwith, author and naturalist, who makes his home in Riverbank, near Warrensburgh, sustained a bad fracture on his right leg Jan. 13, 1914, when he was kicked by a stallion which had been left in a stall in his stable by a guest. He had a number of guests for dinner which included Stewart MacFarland, Ledwith Dowd and George Doty of Glens Falls who had arrived on their horses and had also placed them in the stable.
During the afternoon, Beckwith went to his stable to give the horses some hay and as he was walking in back of the stallion, owned by a local guest named Smith, the animal kicked him in the leg.
Beckwith, in great pain, managed to crawl from back of the enraged steed’s heels to the outside of the stable. He than called for aid and his guest’s assisted him into the house. Dr. Goodman from Warrensburgh was summoned and attended the injured man. His friends begged him to go to the Glens Falls Hospital but he refused to make the trip. He is expected to be confined to his bed for a long time.
In addition to his short-story work and naturalist work, Mr. Beckwith has been recently writing moving picture plays. Representatives of the Universal Film Company were to have visited his home recently in Riverbank for the purpose of securing pictures for a play to be acted out under the direction of Mr. Beckwith.
Winter weather bites hard
The snow storm on Dec. 23, 1913 brought about eight inches of snow making good sleighing and was followed by another bigger storm which began Christmas night and continued until noon the next day with a fall of about 12 inches. Fourteen inches fell at Bakers Mills. A heavy wind Dec. 26, 1913 made blizzard like conditions and county roads were blocked and badly drifted. Immediately after the storm in Chestertown, Frank Moses, unsolicited and unaided, plowed snow by horse from the village walks.
There is nothing that will beat the snow roller when it comes to making our roads passable. Three teams and the roller were at work in Graphite, in charge of Charles Lamb and after the roller passed over the snow drifts the roads looked like a race track.
Lumber and wood men are now rejoicing over the snow which enables them to get to their winter business. Men are drawing logs to the river at Riverbank. The Hudson Valley trolley cars were snowbound and the service was uncertain until later in the day after the storm.
Fire strikes Needham home
A two-story dwelling house at Athol owned and occupied by Orley Needham was destroyed by fire at 7 o’clock in the morning on Jan. 7, 1914, starting from a defective chimney. The flames made such a rapid headway that only the furniture on the first floor could be saved.
Eighty bushels of potatoes and other provisions stored in the cellar were destroyed. The property was valued at $1,500 and was insured for $500.
Coveted job awarded
Fred R. Smith, of Bolton Landing, Chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, was elected chief door-keeper of the Assembly Chamber in the Capitol building in Albany at a salary of $7 per day for the session of the legislature. Mr. Smith won the position and secured his election by a vote of 53 to 26 over Michael E. Kehoe of New York City.
Local news roundabout
The Union Church at Adirondack has lately been furnished with new gas lights.
Charles Baker, foreman of the Faxon lumbering crew at Chestertown, was badly bruised on Dec. 23, 1913 while skidding logs.
Mrs. D.E. Farrington, of Indian Lake, had one of her legs amputated above the knee at the Glens Falls Hospital, it being affected with blood poisoning.
Judd Pratt of Trout Lake, Bolton is having a new horse barn and cow shed built on his existing barn. Lewis Fuller is doing the work.
Arthur Duell, of Diamond Point, took his son to Glens Falls to be operated upon for adenoids which were affecting the boy’s hearing.
Bernard Eldridge, infant son of John Eldridge of Indian Lake died Dec. 29, 1913 of pneumonia.
Wilmer Whitney, of Igerna lost one of his best work horses. Howard Morehouse, with his team of heavy horses is hauling coal from Riverside. Karl Wheeler, of Trout Lake, Bolton killed a hog, 17 months old, that weighed 625 pounds dressed. E.E. Dickinson of the same place slaughtered a 7-month-old porker that weighed 300 pounds.
The stork brought Mrs. Walter Foote of Olmstedville a baby boy. A son was born to Mrs. Wyatt Fuller on Dec. 22, 1913 at Stony Creek. A daughter was born to Mrs. John Hitchcock of Bakers Mills on Christmas day.
The members of the Ischagabibble Club were entertained on New Year’s Eve by Miss Nina McCane at her home in Lewisville, Warrensburgh.
Mrs. William Walsh of Knowelhurst of Stony Creek gave a Christmas dinner in honor of Mr. Walsh’s mother, Mrs. Olive Walsh who is 83 years old. Four generations of the family were represented.
To the great delight of the children, a Christmas gift in the form of a small table and chairs arrived for the children’s room at Richards Library, Warrensburgh. One tiny girl, with shining eyes, petted the table with her little hands and said - ”Isn’t it lovely?” (Note: Long-time librarian Sarah Farrar said that now, after 100 years, the table is still there but she is not sure about the chairs.)
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