One Hundred Years Ago – April, 1914
Town board publishes book
The Town Board of Warrensburgh has published a book of 45 pages and it has recently been issued from The News Press. The book gives a complete report of the proceedings of the War Committee of 1861 – 65 in the work of supplying the quotas of men required from the town by the several calls of President Abraham Lincoln to suppress the Rebellion and preserve the Union. It is a record of strenuous effort and duty faithfully performed.
Its publication in this form was made possible by the foresight of Henry Griffing who preserved the minutes of the committee meetings and compiled them for this purpose for the permanent preservation and information of those who may find them of interest. The expense of the publication was provided for by an appropriation from the Warrensburgh Town Board of 1913, supported by Supervisor Milton N. Eldridge.
On July 8, 1863 a draft was made for 300,000 men and Warrensburgh’s quota was eleven men. Four soldiers were secured here and seven paid $300 each and were exempted from the draft.
(Note – This rare little 100 year old blue volume, inscribed “Compliments of the Warrensburgh Town Board,” is a treasure and I feel grateful that I am privileged to own a copy. It tells the near forgotten tale of a heartbreaking time of death and destruction which will hopefully never come again. In it is page after page of the names of boys from here and surrounding towns who kissed their mothers and wives good-bye and marched away to possibly die and be buried in an unmarked grave or languish and starve in an enemy prison camp or come home mangled from enemy fire. Over a thousand amputations were reported to have been done on the battlefield. My own great-grandfather, Judge Edwin Horton of Chittenden, Vermont barely escaped with his life from starving for many months in a southern prison camp. His letters to his wife, Ellen Holbrook, are preserved in the State House in Burlington, Vermont.
The war ended in 1865, the Union was saved, slavery was abolished and after the war the seceded states were readmitted to the union and life has gone on now for another 149 years. There were more deaths of more Americans in the Civil War, more than 600 thousand people, than in any other war and President Abraham Lincoln, a martyr to the cause, was numbered among them. How soon we forget.
John J. Archer will designate a day in April 1914 on which every resident of Warrensburgh, man, woman and child, and every energetic citizen and efficient worker will be asked to join in a big bee to renovate the community and make sweet and to clean its every nook and corner for the public good. Citizens with teams will be asked to donate the use of them for the day and all rubbish will be drawn to the town dump.
The town has arranged with S.E. Prosser for the use of his property in North Caldwell, just across the plank road bridge, for the dumping ground. There is a big hollow Mr. Prosser desires to have filled in and he is therefore willing that refuse, aside from vegetable matter or flesh and food subject to decay shall be deposited there.
Let us all go at it with a will and clean up the town as it has never been cleaned before. Townspeople are earnestly urged to co-operate.
New buildings progress
New York State’s $4,000,000 education building in Albany, completed in 1913, is seriously menaced by a vein of quicksand which is being rapidly washed away by an underground flow of water under the northerly projection of the building and measures are being taken to correct the situation.
In other news, the erection of the new building of the Glens Falls Academy will be started in May, 1914, the foundation walls having been completed on Chester Street. F.C. Alexander of Boston, Massachusetts has the contract.
A new bell was installed on Saturday, April 4, 1914 at the new school building in Hague.
Robert Hall, a former resident of Glens Falls, died recently in England at the age of 104 years, leaving a fortune of $400,000,000, which will be inherited by his only son, John A. Hall, of Glens Falls who has not heard from his father in half a century and supposed him to be dead.
Miss Nora Dealey, of Warrensburgh, was married to Charles Brayman of Glens Falls, April 22, 1914, at St. Mary’s Church there. The couple will reside in Glens Falls.
Miss Alice Elizabeth Stark, daughter of Daniel H. Stark of Harrisena, was married on March 25, 1914 to the Rev. O.C. Auringer, author of the Warren County Centennial poem which was read in all towns of the county during the celebration last summer.
Darrowsville man deceased
R.E. Tripp died at his home in Darrowsville, Tuesday morning, of paralysis after an illness of little more than a week. He would have been 74 years old next month. His wife died about three years ago and in his illness he was tenderly cared for by his daughter, Mrs. Benjamin Bartlett. The funeral was held April 2, 1914 at the Darrowsville Church and burial was in the Chester Rural Cemetery. (Note – Although the Darrowsville Church has collapsed, efforts are still going on to preserve the site as a historic area. )
Bad news from Bakers Mills
Marguerite Wescott, 7, the daughter of Harry Wescott, died April 22, 1914 of tonsillitis and pneumonia. Burial was in the Bates Cemetery, Johnsburgh.
In other news, Bessie Bowman, 14, a girl of Bakers Mills, was taken seriously ill at school there and had to be brought home. Dr. Lee of North Creek was called and pronounced the case to be a nervous breakdown brought on by over study. She is no better at present as the nervous spasms still continue at intervals.
Mrs. Sontag sustained serious burns on her thumb and three fingers of her left hand when a small piece of dynamite exploded in her hand. Her face was also somewhat burned.
A blacksmith shop is to be built on Dr. Rogers, lot in Bolton Landing between the residence of E.M. Vandenburg and Dr. E.L. Wilson.
Spring weather hereabout
The snow is nearly gone but it is very cold, wet and backward. There was a driving snow storm on Sunday afternoon, April 5, 1914 but it melted away in just a short time. After two days of rain the Schroon River is high but not raised as much and could be expected as last year at this time, the great freshet we had was at its height.
In Pottersville, however, high water has caused people to drive over Landon Hill in order to reach the post office and stores in the village. We hope to get some hay this year as last year’s crop was almost a total failure on account of frost and drought.
Sweet and sour notes
An area man was fined for swearing at his wife, although the evidence showed that she had started the fuss by swearing at him first. Women are gaining additional rights every day due to Woman’s Suffrage.
In Stony Creek, Mrs. Albert Madison welcomed a new daughter and a baby girl also arrived to make Mrs. Schuyler Glassbrook happy as the baby is her first born.
A son was born, April 6, 1914, to Mrs. Charles Williams Hunt of Clarendon, Virginia. She is the former Miss Mabel Wilson, daughter of Edward Wilson of Indian Lake. The baby weighed 9 pounds and his father, formerly of Warrensburgh, is the son of John G. and Kate Hunt who’s family once owned a hardware store here.
Arthur W. Perry, of Chester, has purchased a new automobile, Case make, 25 horse power, which carries five passengers, from Vetter’s Garage. The family enjoyed a trip to Glens Falls in their new auto.
John Bauder, Postmaster at Truthville, Washington County, where the salary is only $80 a year, has resigned three times within the past five years but he is still there. At four mail deliveries a day, he says he deserves more salary.
Hiram Hemenway’s barn, in Chestertown, now houses five new born Holstein calves. Myron Duell recently bought a cow from Charles Swan at Trout Lake, Bolton. George R. Smith of Johnsburgh has bought a new automobile. In Bolton the sugar season is closed in that vicinity and the farmers, at the close of April, have gathered in their buckets.
A chicken with four fully developed legs and feet is the unique possession of Albert Densmore of South Corinth. The chicken appears to be in a healthy condition and is not greatly handicapped by its extra legs.
Herman VanDusen, of Harrisburgh, near West Stony Creek, recently caught four very young foxes which are doing fine at his home.
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