•100 years ago - Nov., 1913•
Troubles abound for Belden
Whitman Gifford of Hague, accused of stealing a horse from Charles Belden’s farm in Horicon, while the latter was held in the Warren County Jail on a charge of bigamy, and who threatened to shoot Constable Russell when the latter went to arrest him, has taken to the woods and is now (Nov. 27, 1913) being pursued by a posse headed by Constable Ross and Justice of the Peace Melvin Barton. There may be some shooting if the man is cornered as he has the reputation of being a desperate character. (Note: Charles Belden’s illegal marital troubles were documented in this column in the Nov. 16 Adirondack Journal.)
Trolley car collides with train
There was a great smashing of glass and woodwork when four persons were injured in an accident on the Hudson Valley Railway in Glens Falls on the evening of Nov. 26, 1913. A trolley car bound for Hudson Falls and Fort Edward, heavily loaded with passengers, collided with a Delaware and Hudson freight car at the railway crossing on lower Warren St. and the occupants were considerably shaken up and badly frightened.
No one was killed but many of the female passengers became hysterical and great confusion reigned for a time. The four people who were injured were taken by automobile to Glens Falls Hospital and considerable excitement was caused by the rapid dash of the frantically honking machine through the business section of the city.
Two U.S. aviators were killed. - Lieutenant Eric L. Ellington and Hugh M. Kelley of the Army Aviation Corps of the U.S. Army were killed in a fall from an aeroplane over North Island in San Diego Bay. The men were maneuvering 80 feet above the earth when something went wrong with the machine which turned turtle. Both men were from North Carolina. There were five fatalities at the Army Aviation School this year.
In other news: With many prominent canal officials onboard, the small steamer Louise passed entirely across the isthmus of Panama through the Panama Canal, the first boat ever to make the journey. (Note: The Panama Canal was the waterway, built at great cost and loss of life, which connected the Atlantic ocean, by way of the Caribbean Sea, to the Pacific ocean. It was built by U.S. military engineers between 1904 and 1914 and the land flanking the canal was turned over to Panama in 1979. In 2000, operation of the canal was passed over to the Republic of Panama.)
Exciting events at the Empire Theatre
Prof. de-Leon will present Dorva, the world famous coloratura soprano in a brilliant program of operatic gems at the Empire Theatre on South St., Glens Falls, both matinee and evening on Thursday, Nov. 27, 1913. The most birdlike voice ever heard - singing F above high C in a manner beyond description.
Another great show at the Empire will be on Nov. 28 and 29 with Pasquall’s “Last Days of Pompeii.” It is a story of absorbing interest which can be easily followed in the splendid pictures to be shown.
Pretty wedding conducted
Miss Florence E. Baker, daughter of Deputy Sheriff Charles Baker, of Baker Mills, was married to Obed Tarin the morning of Nov. 26, 1913 by the Rev. Father Ward at the Catholic rectory in North Creek. The bride was tastefully attired in a tailored gown of blue whipcord and a blue plush hat with an ostrich plume of the same color. She was attended by her cousin, Miss Katherine B. Maloy. Edgar Baker, brother of the bride, acted as best man.
Following the ceremony a wedding luncheon was served at the home of the bride. The couple will reside in North Creek.
Tying the knot
Ephraim Palmer and Miss Elizabeth Balch, both of Warrensburgh, were married by the Rev. Richard Abbott on Saturday morning, Nov. 22, 1913 at the Presbyterian manse. The newlyweds are at present boarding with Warren Wood.
Edward L. Frost of Thurman and Miss Helen M. Pasco of Warrensburgh were married by the Rev. C.S. Agan, Nov. 27, 1913 at the Methodist Episcopal parsonage in Warrensburgh.
Librarian gives lecture
Miss Mary S. Crandall, librarian of the Richards Free Library of Warrensburgh, read a paper before the library section of the state Teacher’s Association in Syracuse entitled, “What can be done by a small library in a small town.” (Note: Mary Crandall and Margaret McGann were the original librarians of the Richards Free Public Library which opened Aug. 13, 1901. The library had been their dream come true and was a gift to the town by sisters Clara and Mary Richards. How proud they would be if they could see the wonderful library expansion project recently completed. If it wasn’t for these ladies and future librarian Jennie Daniels who rescued copies of the Warrensburgh News back to 1878, this newspaper column would not be able to exist today, 112 years after the library opened to the public. Present librarian Sarah Farrar has carried the torch to the present day.)
Stalking their prey
A large buck deer was wounded Nov. 13, 1913 by James Jones at the Jones brother’s camp in Chestertown. The deer was followed by Ad Kingsley, James and Jordan Jones until two days later, when it was finally shot by Jordan after the deer had leaped from a 50 foot rock ledge into a brook.
Reward posted for retrieving deserter
The adjutant general of the U.S. Army has sent a request to the authorities in this vicinity to be on the lookout for Anthony King, 32, a private who deserted from Co. A, Signal Corps, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Nov. 4, 1913 and who prior to his enlistment on April 8, 1912 resided in Warrensburgh. A sum of $50 will be paid for his delivery to at any army post.
Seneca Ray Stoddard, the Glens Falls artist-author, will travel in the south this winter and write a series of letters to the Glens Falls Times describing the region and its attractions.
Fred Colvin, 62, walked into the canal at Fort Edward when on his way home Thursday evening and drowned. His body was found Saturday morning. No one witnessed the incident.
Fred Bump has moved into his new house in Adirondack. Charles Carey, with a crew of men, is lumbering the Ball Mountain lot at Trout Lake, Bolton and expects to finish the job this winter.
A dance will be held Thanksgiving evening at the Wevertown Hotel. The “Shark Swish” is one of the new dances that is popular with the young folks.
Henry Baker of Bolton Landing is going to give up the drugstore business and go to farming, having bought the farm owned and occupied for many years by Erastus French.
Also in Bolton, Lewis Tyrrill, 15, the son of Frank Tyrrill, is ill with typhoid fever and the family has been quarantined. C.B. Maxim is putting a new roof on his house and Lamb Brothers are painting their store.
A daughter, Lillian Eleanor Baker, was born Nov. 13, 1913 to Mrs. Melvin Baker of Darrowsville.
Mr. and Mrs. James Davison of the Wayside Hotel, Warrensburgh, received a telephone message from Glens Falls on Nov. 17, 1913 announcing the arrival of a 13-pound baby boy at the home of their son, Louis Davison. The youngster is their third child, the other two being girls.
Five thousand fingerling trout, from Plymouth, Mass. have been placed in Chatiemac Lake by the Chatiemac Club.
Stylish coats for stout women are being sold at Frears store in Troy in Persian textile, for $15, lined throughout with satin and deep cuffs of plush seal fur. They also have a wonderful sale on coats made of black Alaska dog fur for $16.50. Their raccoon auto coats are popular with the gentlemen.
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