100 Years Ago - April, 1913
Experiment begets explosion
Washburn and Hickey of Indian Lake, in their chemical researches, have found that a mixture of air and hydrogen make a good explosive and recently gave a demonstration of the fact. Gretchen Houghton, who was studying biology nearby was the victim as flames flew in her direction setting her hair on fire and burning her face. Her eye was only slightly injured.
Child torn from loving arms
In the chambers of Warren County Judge Raley in Glens Falls, a pathetic scene was enacted April 15, 2013 when two prominent people, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Dickinson of Warrensburgh, were forced to part with their beloved granddaughter, Myrtle Burnham, 8, who they had given since her birth the only parental love she ever knew. The child, greatly against her will, was wrested from her grief-stricken dear ones and forced to go to Bellows Falls, Vt. with her legal parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Burnham who betrayed no interest in her welfare from the time she came into the world until last fall.
Clinging to her weeping grandparents and sobbing as if her heart would break, the little one was virtually torn from the only friends she had and forced to go with strangers to a strange place. Despite her pleadings to be left with her grandparents, her parents remained stubborn. The child is frail and would listen to no inducements made by her father and mother. With tears streaming down their faces, the grandparents left the little girl, expressing fear that she would die of a broken heart.
Deciding the petition for the custody of the child upon the Beaudoin case, which has attracted considerable attention, Judge Raley had no course but to give the child into the keep of her parents. Mrs. Burnham formerly lived in Glens Falls and Walter Burnham lived in Corinth. Six years ago they moved to Bellows Falls. Burnham is employed as a machinist and earns $18 per week. The couple has three other children.
Essex Co. man kills brother
A crime was committed in Essex County, Jan. 19, 1913, when James Pattisen, a lumber jack of unsavory reputation, attacked and killed his brother, Thomas in a particularly flagitious manner. Dragging his sleeping brother from his bed, the murderer stabbed him twice, once in the arm and again in the left breast, the latter wound penetrating the heart and causing death.
Defendant judged insane
Howard Monroe of Wevertown, who a few weeks ago was mixed up in a midnight fracas at the Griswold Tavern — a roadhouse in the town of Moreau — during which it was alleged he stabbed Thomas Luddy of Watervliet, has been declared of unsound mind and committed to the State Asylum for the Insane at Utica.
Luddy was stabbed in different parts of his body five times leaving him in critical condition. He later recovered in the Glens Falls Hospital.
Monroe has long been an erratic individual and for the past year his relatives claim that he has been showing pronounced signs of mental aberration. He at one time conducted a stage line between North Creek and Glens Falls which was discontinued about two years ago. He has since been engaged in horse trading and teaming.
Monroe was confined in the Saratoga County jail at Ballston after the attack and was later released on $1,000 bail. His brother Harvey Monroe convinced Judge George S. Braley to declare him insane and to send him to Utica to prevent him from injuring or killing others.
Several bridges suffer damage
Warrensburgh Superintendent of Highways Henry Williams has been making temporary repairs to the Warrensburgh-Thurman bridge. The span has been closed since the recent flood when one of its supporting piers was damaged and so weakened it that it was deemed unsafe. It will cost $2,000 to fix it and the county will stand part of the expense.
In other news, the bridge extending across the Hudson river between the towns of Fort Edward and Moreau was washed away April 16, 1913 as the structure was left in a weakened condition by recent flood waters. The damage will exceed $10,000. Another bridge across the river half a mile north of this one also went down during the flood. (Note- In the March 23 Adirondack Journal was the story of the Glens Falls - South Glens Falls bridge being washed away by the deluge.)
Heavy loss in Bakers Mills fire
In the fire at Bakers Mills last week in which William Merrill was burned to death in his store and residence building, the damage was estimated at $3,000, the building, household goods and stock of merchandise, with the barn in the rear, together with two tons of hay, three wagons and a cutter, being a total loss. There was $1,250 insurance on all the property. Mr. Merrill’s widow will leave Bakers Mills as soon as she can settle her affairs. (Note: This tragic story was told here in the April 20 Adirondack Journal. It was alleged that Merrill was walking around his store late at night with a kerosene lantern while he was intoxicated.)
Emerson achieves new honor
Hon. Louis W. Emerson of Warrensburgh has been elected vice president of the Manhattan Navigation Co. at which C. Louis Duval is president. The company’s steamers, Iroquois and Mohawk, run between Albany and New York. They have been completely rebuilt during the winter and handsomely appointed.
Architect to draft plans
A.B. Bouthillier, a New York architect, will arrive in Glens Falls April 28, 1913 to locate the foundation walls and make other necessary arrangements for the construction work of the Glens Falls Country Club. The contract for the erection of the clubhouse has been awarded to Hartman and West who have stated the building will be ready by Aug. 13, 1913.
Death before its time
Miss Estelle Gallup, 28, eldest daughter of Herschel Gallup of Johnsburgh, died April 13, 1913 after a lingering illness of tuberculosis. During her whole illness Miss Gallup was very patient and kept up her courage until the Messenger of Death came to relieve her suffering. Her death was particularly sad as it is the third death in the family within a short time. She is survived by a brother and two sisters, Winifred and Belva Gallup of Johnsburgh. She was buried in the family plot in the Bates Cemetery, Johnsburgh.
Sweet and sour notes
Every year we raise better cows, better horses, better trees and better flowers, why not better babies? Mothers with new babies should realize that a better baby is possible.
County Superintendent of Highways Bertram E. Murray has purchased a five-passenger Overland automobile from Hall & Granger, proprietors of the Warrensburgh Automobile Garage. Dr. Allen Parker has purchased a Ford runabout for use in his practice.
Claude C. Granger, a summer hotel man at Kattskill Bay, Lake George, has filed a petition of voluntary bankruptcy in the United States court in Utica. In it Granger made an affidavit that he owes money to 40 creditors and the only property he possesses is $1.43 in cash.
John G. Smith is in the process of building a greenhouse on his Warrensburgh property at 63 Hudson St., adjunct to his beautiful new residence.
“Comical Tom,” a negro minstrel performer, was billed to give a show at the North Thurman schoolhouse Saturday night, but for some reason he did not appear. A large crowd has gathered to see the show.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-2210.