•100 years ago - Sept. 1913•
Horse killed in Batesville
A most miraculous escape from instant death was experienced by Dennis Pratt of Bolton on Saturday evening near the tracks of the Hudson Valley Railroad Company’s trolley, just south of the Batesville crossing north of Lake George. The horse Pratt was driving was instantly killed and the wagon in which he was riding asleep was carried 100 feet with him in it, the wagon being demolished. Pratt was found beside the tracks still sitting in the detached wagon seat in which he was riding just before the horse and rig were struck. Pratt escaped with a cut over his left eye and bruises about his legs. The man, horse and wagon was on the company’s right of way at the time of the accident.
Pratt was on his way home and is claimed to have been in an intoxicated condition. He fell asleep in the open rig in which he was riding alone and when the horse got to the Hudson Valley tracks leading from the County Clerk’s office around Batesville, it followed the tracks. The animal hauled the unconscious load bumping over the ties to within 700 feet of the Batesville crossing when the Motorman William H. LaPoint and Conductor Ross Taylor struck it as they were going along at 40 miles a hour after they had left Warrensburgh.
Slowing down at a curve, LaPoint says he saw the horse, wagon and sleeping man coming up the tracks toward them and he applied the air and put on the reverse but going down a grade, he was unable to bring the car to a stop in time to avoid a collision. The front end of the car hit the horse and killed it instantly. The animal was thrown to the left of the track and the wagon was demolished.
Between Glens Falls and Lake George, a Warrensburgh man discovered that he had been relieved of his roll, containing about 25 dollars in bills which he saw he had when he paid his trolley fare a short time before. The pickpocket had bumped against him and the local man feeling sure that he was the thief, accused him. The fellow put up a bold defense and with many protestations of innocence permitted himself to be searched. Needless to say the plunder was not found upon him, having without a doubt been passed to a confederate who had quietly left the car.
The thief, who is of small size and wears a blue suit and panama hat probably was the one that worked the Centennial crowds recently. A prominent Chestertown business man lost a fat roll of bills in this same way on another trolley car recently.
(Note: The trolley, known locally as “The Yellow Kid,” and the trolley service were very important to this area as in most cases the only other travel alternative for the average person who didn’t own a horse or a bicycle was to walk, but the world was changing, much of it due to Henry Ford. The first trolley car entered Warrensburgh on Jan. 27, 1902 and in 1928 trolley service in this area ended.)
Cupid is busy in Lake George
After having traveled 250 miles by rail, a Mrs. Wright of Syracuse, alighted from a train in Lake George station and linking her arm in that of Isaac Worden, made her way to the home of Rev. Randolph Rock, where a ceremony was performed that made the happy couple man and wife. The bride is 83 and her groom is two years her junior.
The marriage was the culmination of a pretty romance brought about through correspondence and the aid of relatives, although the pair is said to have met about 50 years ago when Mrs. Wright was here with her husband, who was then employed on the construction of the old Fort William Henry Hotel.
The couple are as happy and enthusiastic as any newlyweds who sought the shores of historic Lake George to while away the blissful hours of their honeymoon. They have leased rooms in a residence owned by Fred Selleck and plan to begin light housekeeping within a short time. Both are surprisingly active and look forward to a long period of domestic happiness. The present Mrs. Worden is the third wife of her aged husband.
(Note: For many years Isaac Worden was a prominent contractor and builder and also caretaker of the old Fort William Henry Hotel back in the early days before it burned, when it was owned by T. Roessle & Son. He died in 1915 at the home of his son, Frank H. Worden and was buried in the Lake George Union Cemetery. The gentleman was survived by his widow.)
Cupid works overtime
Half an hour after the marriage of Mrs. Wright and Mr. Worden at the home of Rev. Rock, in Lake George, another pair of lovers found their way to Rev. Rock’s residence to be made man and wife. They were Miss Bertha Marton of Gansevoort, who is employed as a domestic in the home of Dr. C.K. Burt, and the groom is Forrest Wallace of Glens Falls, who worked in the Howe Restaurant during the summer season. Mr. and Mrs. Wallace plan to go to Warrensburgh and make their future home there.
Honest man pays debt
Edgar Starbuck of Saratoga demonstrated that he is a cut above the average autoist before a large crowd in front of Dolan’s Drug Store in Glens Falls. Mr. Starbuck was coming down Glen Street in his large touring car and in Bank Square the machine struck and damaged the rear wheel of a bicycle ridden by an elderly unidentified man. Calling for his chauffeur to stop, the Saratoga man alighted and tendered the victim a ten dollar bill, asking as he did so, “Will this cover the damage?”
The scowl faded instantly from the cyclist’s features and was replaced by a broad smile which for a time threatened to split his face from ear to ear as the man yelled, “You bet, that covers the entire damage.”
Mr. Starbuck re-entered his auto and proceeded on his way, followed by prolonged cheers from the spectators. In the opinion of the cyclist and eye witnesses, Mr. Starbuck’s driver was entirely blameless. The elderly man was heard to say, “I hope that man hits my wheel every week and twice on Sundays.”
News near and far
Ruling our country today with an iron hand is our 27th president, Thomas Woodrow Wilson. He is a Democrat, a cool and un-dramatic figure, a “highbrow,” a thin-lipped lantern-jawed scholar with a powerful faith in the American common man. He believes that for too long the government has been used “for private and selfish purposes” and plans on reform.
On Aug. 27, 1913 the first aerobatic maneuver ever made in an airplane was made by Lt. Peter Nestrov of the Imperial Russian Air Service when he performed a loop in a monoplane at Kiev.
Floyd Bennett, 23, a young man who had lived in Warrensburgh with his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Stanton on Fourth Avenue, has an interest in aviation. (Note: In his adult years, Bennett was an internationally renowned aviator, having flown Richard Byrd on the duo’s historic attempt to reach the north pole in 1926.)
It was just 10 years ago, Sept. 10, 1903 that the Warrensburgh Pants Factory started to manufacture vests.
It was just 12 years ago, Aug. 13, 1901, that the Richards Library, a gift to the town of Warrensburgh by sisters, Mary Kellogg and Clara Richards, opened its doors to the public. Being exceedingly popular from the start, in 1911 an addition to the building nearly doubled the capacity. (Note - On Dec. 24, 1914 the Richards Library burned and only the stone portions, quarried on the farm of James Hammond in North Caldwell, were left standing.
(Note: In the last several years, another addition has been constructed, and in the next week or so, the library’s new rooms will be open to the public.)
“Blueberries as big as the end of your thumb. Real sky-blue, and heavy, and ready to drum in the cavernous pail of the first one to come.” Robert Frost.
On Sept. 18, 1913, Seth Reed sold his celebrated “None Such” cider, made from his cider mill, for 25 cents a gallon. (Note - Seth Reed lived on “Hadden Hill,” now known as Ridge Street.)
Merritt L. Lamb and Miss Ellen Denno, both of Bolton, were married Sept. 24, 1913 by the Rev. George N. Gates at the Baptist parsonage there.
Mrs. William Coon of Bolton Landing had a serious attack of measles last spring which has left her in a serious and incapacitated condition and she is not expected to survive.
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