100 Years Ago - July 1913
Soaking wet local politician
Lake George Supervisor Edwin J. Worden experienced a harrowing experience ending early on July 7, 1913, when for five hours he was tossed about on the surface of Lake George in a small motor boat at the complete mercy of the waves in a terrific wind storm.
Worden went out on the lake shortly after 9 o’clock Sunday night, taking a number of men to the east shore to fight the fire which raged on the mountains there. After passing more than an hour at that location he started to return to the village to summon more men. When he reached a point near the center of the lake, the gasoline tank ran dry and he was left stranded without an oar.
The high wind quickly turned his boat about so that it lay in the trough of the waves, the water dashing high over the sides of the boat soaking its interior and the clothes of its occupant. In desperation he tore up a part of the flooring of the boat in an unsuccessful endeavor to paddle to shore.
In trying to establish communication with their supervisor at the Hotel Worden, terror-stricken residents were told that he had left the east side of the lake hours before and had never reached the hotel. Genuine alarm was felt for his safety and a search was started for him but the search party was at least a mile above where the supervisor’s boat was floating its way toward the shore.
Meanwhile Mr. Worden wrapped himself in a blanket and braved the elements in one end of the boat until daylight when he found himself about 100 feet from shore near Menzies Point. His boat was hurled onto the shore but with the aid of the piece of wood he had ripped from the bottom of the boat, he managed to prevent the vessel from dashing on the rocks. He alighted on the shore and hurrying to the Menzies cottage, borrowed a quantity of gasoline and embarked on his homeward journey arriving at his hotel in less than an hour.
Despite his many duties as supervisor, proprietor of one of the most popular hotels in Lake George, owner and manager of the Worden Garage and a member of the county Board of Supervisors now in quarterly session, he managed to take a quiet day off for much needed relaxation. (Note: Edwin J. Worden and Lake George had a love-hate relationship. In this column Feb. 9. I told an account of Worden racing his ice boat Zero on the lake and barely escaping with his life when he broke through the thin ice, putting a 4-inch laceration in his thigh. He was Lake George supervisor from 1910 to 1917.)
Boat goes to the islands
Polish Count Casimir S. Mankowski of Lake George has wired to New York to have his racing boat, “Ankle Deep” with her 16-cylinder Sterling engine shipped from the shop in Detroit by express to the Thousand Island races where she will be the entrant of the Lake George Regatta Association for the Gold Challenge Cup in the international races to be held there July 31 to Aug. 2, 1913.
The count has been sorely tempted to go to England with his hydroplane in the face of flattering inducements offered him both in the sporting and in the social world. Great credit is due the Count for his sportsmanship and his unswerving loyalty to the fans who dearly love him in Lake George.
Countess Mankowski has been very ill with pleurisy and rheumatism for the past year and to her great regret will not be able to travel to St. Lawrence to view the races. (Note: An account of Count Mankowski’s brief but exciting life on the Lake George stage was portrayed in this column July 21, 2012. Count and Countess Mankowski lived just north of Bolton Landing on an estate called Tallwoods. It was later known as the Countess Restaurant before it closed.)
‘Forgotten’ soldier re-buried
Anson Comstock was born in 1763 and died Sept. 14, 1841. Little is known about this long forgotten man besides the inscription on his tombstone which says, “Pensioner of the Revolutionary War.” It should be noted that on July 4, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed, Comstock was only 13 years old.
The man’s remains were removed from the old burying ground in West Street to the Bay Street Cemetery, Glens Falls near the vault. He was reburied to rest close beside General Warren Ferriss, another soldier of the Revolutionary War.
Work on water line progressing
Work on the massive Catskill Aqueduct, which began in 1907, is progressing rapidly. The aqueduct will transport water from the Catskill Mountains to Yonkers where it will be piped to towns and cities. (Note: This 163-mile system that includes three dams and 67 shafts was completed — at a cost of $177 million — in 1924.
Mrs. John Reirden, 76, died in July, 1913 at her Warrensburgh home on Schroon Avenue. She had been ill a long time with a complication of diseases. Mrs. Reirden was born in Ireland and came to this country with her parents at an early age. They settled in Granville where the deceased was married in 1846 to John Reirden, than a resident of that place. Forty-seven years ago they removed to Warrensburgh and settled on a farm on Harrington Hill where they resided until about a year ago when they came to their place in the village to spend their declining years. Mrs. Reirden is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Frank H. Worden of Lake George. Internment was in the Warrensburgh Cemetery.
Mrs. Elizabeth Harris, 76, for more than half a century a highly respected resident of Lake George, died in July, 1913 at the home of her son, Walter P. Harris, with whom she had resided since the death of her husband, Capt. E.S. Harris, on Dec. 19, 1906, when he was found dead in his bed of Bright’s disease. At that time Mrs. Harris suffered a nervous breakdown and had since been in failing health. During the past year her decline has been very rapid. Besides the son mentioned she is survived by another son, George B. Harris of Bolton Landing. Internment was in the Lake George Union Cemetery. (Note: Prior to his retirement in 1903, Capt. E.S. Harris, 79, was commander of the Lake George steamers Minnehaha and Horicon and the Sagamore for several years as well as the John Jay before it burned.)
Child’s death blamed on apples
Doris Cole, a 5-year-old girl, died suddenly on July 19, 1913 in the Pucker Street neighborhood in the northern part of the town. The child’s mother came to Warrensburgh with Leland Purvee and when she returned home she found Doris dead.
Dr. Goodman was summoned and after inquiring into the circumstances from the other children, decided that the child’s death was caused by eating green apples.
Fruit is scarce this season on account of the dry weather. Raspberries are a failure as well as every other kind of fruit. Crops are looking fine however, excepting hay which is very light — but there are plenty of grasshoppers.
Richard Dean was born in July, 1913 in Brooklyn, New York. (Note: In 1947 Richard Dean and his wife, Madeline Langworthy Dean started their popular photography business, Dean Color, in Glens Falls.
John Hayden and son are cutting the hay on the ground adjoining the Wevertown Hotel.
Peter Dary, machinist of the Schroon River Pulp &d Paper Co. in Burnhamville, Warrensburgh, killed a monster black snake on Monday, July 28, 1913 near the mill that measured 6 feet 8 inches in length and was as large around as a man’s arm.
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