•100 years ago - Oct. 1913•
Youthful forger commits suicide
Preferring death to capture, Charles P. Jones, 20, wanted for forgery and a fugitive from Justice for several months, when cornered by a sheriff’s posse at the home of Percy Bruce, in the town of Horicon early morning Oct. 15, 1913, placed the muzzle of a Savage rifle in his mouth and pulling the trigger blew the top of his head off.
Jones had been very successful in eluding the officers who were on his trail and it was not until this week that they saw a chance to get him. Deputy Sheriff Charles Baker of Bakers Mills received information that the man was in hiding in the vicinity of his home on Landon Hill near Pottersville in the town of Chester. With Constable Thomas Alexander of North Creek, he went to Chestertown and securing five men there began searching for Jones. They visited several homes before they learned that he had been seen at the home of Percy Bruce, an isolated farmhouse in the town of Horicon, about two miles from Chestertown.
When the posse reached the Bruce place at 2:30 a.m. and after surrounding the house so that Jones could not escape, Baker approached the door alone and rapped and Bruce opened the door. The officer demanded that Jones, whom he knew to be hiding in the house, to be delivered to him at once. Bruce denied that Jones was there and the officers thought they could not enter without a search warrant, and withdrawing, Baker sent his son, Edgar Baker to secure one from Justice Charles I. Burge in Chestertown. Burge refused, saying that if they had a warrant for Jones’ arrest, they had the authority to break in and arrest him.
The officer then pounded upon the door and was ready to break it down when the door opened suddenly and Bruce appeared with his gun. At that moment the report of another gun was heard at the rear of the building and it was that shot that killed the fugitive who had boasted that he would never be taken alive and had gone to the woodshed behind the house and made good his boast.
The officers scattered for cover and shots went wild but no one was hurt as Mrs. Bruce and another woman went about screaming and Bruce was almost frantic. The officers entered the building and discovered that death had cheated them of their prey. Bruce quieted down and professed repentance for his conduct and he will not be charged.
Jones was wanted for passing bad checks in North Creek, Corinth, Schenectady and other places. He was successful as most of his checks were in small amounts. The body of the suicide was left lying in the woodshed until Oct. 16 when Coroner Goodman gave permission for its removal to the Jones home near Valentine Pond.
Jones has a mother who survives him, Sarah Jones, five brothers, Van, James, John, Melvin and Jordan Jones and three sisters, Mrs. George Pardee, Mrs. Clarence Eldridge and Miss Dora Jones.
Bad boy justice
Beecher Tripp, a former Warrensburgh boy, who several years ago was ordered by the authorities to leave the town for the town’s good, was arrested with two of his fellows, Claude Copeland and Henry Lashaway in Glens Falls for stealing umbrellas from the Masonic Temple building. They were sentenced in city court by Judge Safford, Tripp and Lashaway to 59 days in the county jail and Copeland to three months in the Albany Penitentiary.
Gabel builds bake shop
J.P. Gabel, maker of the famous Imperial bread in Warrensburgh, who recently purchased the property on Woodward Avenue known as the Cross place, is building a bakery shop, just back of his new home. The shop is to be 26 feet by 36 feet and will contain all the modern improvements that will aid in the manufacture of the well-known “Staff of Life.” The new oven will be installed after the building is completed.
News around Darrowsville
Mrs. Mary Sage of Darrowsville, 104 years old and still bright and chipper, came to Warrensburgh Oct. 8, 1913 to spend a week or two with her daughter, Mrs. R.D. Hastings on First Street. Mrs. Sage, born in England, with her husband Courtney Sage, emigrated to this locality about 60 years ago.
In other news, Mr. Williams of Syracuse who is developing the mica beds at Darrowsville, has leased Louis E. Reoux’s handsome residence on Upper Main St. (south corner of Main and Hackensack Avenue) and has brought his family to make their home there. He has two daughters in their early teens who will attend the excellent Warrensburgh school.
Sam hits the road
Sam Brooks, the Northville dry goods and clothing merchant has returned from New York City with a full line of up-to-date goods and has left Northville on Sept. 23, 1913 for a trip with his horse and wagon in the northern towns. He will peddle in Warrensburgh, Stony Creek and Hadley.
Aged resident dies
Edwin Roberts, 82, passed away at his home at 42 West St. He was in his usual good health until two weeks ago when he suffered a stroke of paralysis from which he did not rally. In 1863 he married Ann Eliza Leach who died June 11, 1906. Born Jan. 6, 1831, he was about 30 years old when he moved from Dorset, Vt., to Brant Lake where he spent the greater part of his life engaged in farming and in the fur business. His greatest pleasure was reading and discussing the Bible.
Rexford E. Whittemore, of Ridgewood, N.J., son of Byron Whittemore of Warrensburgh will wed Miss Florence B. Kamp of Brooklyn.
Archibald E. Whipple, son of William W. Whipple of Feeder Dam, Glens Falls and Edith M. Ross of Garnet Lake, Johnsburgh, were married Oct. 1, 1913 by the Rev. J.C. Schwartzman, at the Methodist Episcopal parsonage in South Glens Falls.
Gordon Bennett and Miss Hazel Raymond, both of Wevertown, were married by the Rev. Bert S. VanVleet, the evening of Oct. 6, 1913 at the North Chester parsonage near Olmstedville.
Hulser Orcutt and Miss Gertrude Twiss, both of The Glen, were married the evening of Oct. 15, 1913 by the Rev. T.J. Hunter at the Baptist parsonage in Warrensburgh. Charles Twiss, brother of the bride and Miss Ada Hill of North Caldwell, were the attendants.
Local news roundabout
Ella Baker of Hague has been held to await the action of the Grand Jury on a charge of bigamy, it being alleged she married again within New York state before her husband, Clarence Baker of Hague secured a divorce from her. Bail has been fixed at $500.
An itinerant musician with a bagpipe pursued elusive small coins about Warrensburgh on Oct. 13, 1913. His brand of music was more powerful than pleasing — and met with little appreciation.
William G. Hayes has a 10-room house on Newton Street, Warrensburgh for sale with running water in the house and young fruit trees on the property.
The Adirondack Hotel (at present Rite-Aid site), Warrensburgh, is donning a new fall dress of fresh paint with Stillman F. Towne and Claude Swan manning the brushes.
A force of men are re-shingling the Phoenix Hotel in Hague.
Charles Carey of Trout Lake, Bolton, purchased two cows from Dr. Nordstrom.
Leslie Carter has sold his farm near Bakers Mills which he brought from Eben J. Hitchcock about a year ago and will return to his home in New York City in the near future. Wilbur Hitchcock was the purchaser and will take possession as soon as Mr. Carter can vacate.
A lazy liver leads to chronic dyspepsia and constipation - it weakens the whole system. Doan’s Regulets, 25 cents per box, acts mildly on the liver and bowels.
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