100 Years Ago - July 1913
Drunken quarrel ends in death
During a drunken carousal on the riverbank July 5 1913 at Hudson Falls, participated in by Earl Hammond, Victor LaRoux and Arthur Butler, all of that place, Hammond and LaRoux became engaged in a quarrel and LaRoux pushed his companion over the bank and into the river. Hammond, being too drunk to swim, sank to the bottom and was drowned.
Charles Riley heard the argument and saw Hammond go over the embankment and with the assistance of John Ryan rescued the body from which life had fled. Riley notified the police and also Dr. Mellick. Officer George Harding took LaRoux in charge and placed him in the village lockup, while Hammond’s body was removed to Riley Brother’s undertaking rooms.
LaRoux is a young man with a police record, having been arrested several times, but has always managed to get off without sentence. He had been a pardoner of Hammond for several years.
Young Butler, who was the only eyewitness to the whole affair says that when LaRoux pushed Hammond down the bank that LaRoux rolled with him and that both being drunk, Hammond was unable to get out of the water and that LaRoux did not hold him under the water as has been alleged.
Earl Hammond, 22, is the adopted son of Harry Hammond of Hudson Falls. LaRoux is only 19. Coroner Mellick is conducting an investigation. The weight of the evidence seems to be in favor of the contention that LaRoux was not responsible for his companion’s death.
Distraught youth declared insane
George Adkins, a colored youth from New York, who recently came to Luzerne to work at the Wayside Inn during the summer, attempted to commit suicide early morning June 30, 1913 by slashing his throat and left wrist with a razor. Two other colored men who roomed with him discovered his act and notified the hotel manager. Two physicians were hastily summoned and succeeded in saving the young man from bleeding to death. His strange actions and a subsequent examination by the physicians confirmed the suspicion he was insane and he will be committed to an asylum. His injuries were not serious.
Dead from unknown cause
The body of John Barrett of Corinth was found July 5, 1913 in the Sturdivan Creek mill pond near that place. From the position of the body, he might have accidentally fallen from the bridge or have committed suicide.
Hard work up in smoke
A barn on Sanford Young’s farm on the River Road, Warrensburgh — known as the Green Place — was struck by lightening, July 9, 1913 and burned to the ground. Mr. Young had his hay crop nearly all harvested and being stored in the barn, it was all destroyed.
Fish hatchery makes progress
Several engineers of the State Conservation Commission in the charge of T.H. Bean and E.S. Cullins are at work on the Ben Glynn place on the West River (now Hudson) in Warrensburgh making a contour map of the site of the proposed state fish hatchery at that point. It is stated on good authority that the hatchery is a sure thing and it is expected that the work of construction will be started at an early date.
Stage play dazzles audience
“The Wolf,” a graphic drama of Canadian north woods, full of color and action, inspiring in its theme, thrilling in its situations and declared to be one of the most perfectly constructed plays on the stage, was presented at the Music Hall in Warrensburgh, Monday night, June 30, 1913 by a competent band of players under the direction of the King Amusement Co. of New York. Written by Eugene Walters, the story is of absorbing interest, heart-gripping in its intensity and compelling in its appeal to the best instincts of men.
The show must go on
The electric light plant has been out of commission since Saturday evening, June 21,1913, when it was deprived of power by a breakage of the step in the water-wheel. Repairs will be completed by July 6, 1913 and the current will revivify the lights. The illumination will be gratefully welcomed and kerosene lamps will again be stowed away with much pleasure.
The Warrensburgh Music Hall was lighted for the show Monday night, June 30, 1913 with two powerful automobile headlights from Tim Lynch’s garage with kerosene lamps for footlights.
The family of Attorney Abbott Jones of Troy are comfortably domiciled for the summer at the home of Professor. and Mrs. John B. Chilson of Upper Main St., Warrensburgh. This is their second summer here. Mr. Jones comes up for the weekends. (Note: Chilson became the popular new principal of the Warrensburgh school in 1909 and served for 13 years. I believe that he rented, the house on the south corner of Main and Hackensack Avenue. This house was owned and later lived in by Assemblyman Harry Reoux and I believe that it was originally owned and possibly built by Harry’s grandparents, Peter and Emily Venotte Pelkey, who settled here from Canada.)
Roads built ready for action
The state road has been completed to the bridge by the cabinet shop at Horicon. L.R. Dunlop of Stony Creek has a new Overland automobile.
Nearly everyone at Diamond Point is glad that the automobiles can use the new Lake George-Warrensburgh road as they were getting so numerous that it was dangerous for any foot-man to travel the roads.
Contractor Walker’s heavy auto truck, if driven at a brisk pace through Chestertown streets, raises a small cloud of dust and vibrates houses.
Kettenbach Brothers’ new auto truck, driven by Cyrus Kettenbach, is said to be a profitable and prompt means of receiving merchandise from Riverside and delivering goods to customers.
Mrs. William Mead’s pet cow, “Rover,” has been transported from Charles Glassbrook’s pasture in Chestertown to one owned by Mrs. Mead’s father near Riverside.
Notice — Whereas my wife, Lillian Langworthy, has left my bed and board without just provocation, I hereby forbid all persons harboring her on my account as I shall pay no bills contracted by her after this date, June 25, 1913. Signed, Lewis Langworthy, Lake George, N.Y.
The young people of North Creek and vicinity will be given an opportunity on the evening of July 10, 1913 to enjoy the delightful music produced by Green and Hicks with violin and piano for dancing at Fuller’s Hall.
The Schroon River log drive, in charge of Lawrence Pratt, reached Warrensburgh on July 6, 1913. The river is now of good height, the water having been released from Schroon Lake to make a flood for the drive.
A son was born on July 4, 1913 to Mrs. Nathan Russell. A daughter, Anna Caroline Haskell, was born July 10, 1913 to Mrs. Frank Haskell.
George Montgomery of Wevertown is putting a new slate roof on his house. George Ingraham, of Thurman, has a fine three-year-old chestnut stallion.
Cyrus Frost of Johnsburgh has bought a new mowing machine. (Note: I am not able to say if Cyrus’ new machine was powered by gasoline or by an old farm horse.)
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