100 Years Ago - June 1913
Local memorial ceremony
On Memorial Day, the Queen Village paid tribute to the sacred memories of Civil War heroes who fought and died for their country. Praise was given to the living veterans, pitifully few in numbers and greatly enfeebled, who were guests of honor for the day.
The parade was formed on School St.(now Stewart Farrar Avenue) at 10 a.m. headed by the Cadet Band. The Cadets followed, looking spruce and soldierly in their handsome grey uniforms. An unusual number of schoolchildren with Principal John B. Chilson and several of the teachers in charge swelled the procession to imposing proportions. The Odd Fellows and Rebekah lodges were also in line and the veterans and speakers followed in automobiles which were kindly donated for that purpose by Dickinson and Bertrand, J.M. Somerville, D.E. Pasco, C.S. Ackley, Timothy Lynch and T.J. Smith.
At the cemetery, the exercises were held in the beautiful grove which forms a natural temple. Prayer was offered by the Rev. C.S. Agan and Lincoln’s Gettysburg address was read by Miss Corene Kenyon. After the ceremony, the schoolchildren were formed in details and under the direction of Capt. Samuel B. Moses they decorated the graves of all of the soldiers in the cemetery.
Area veteran lost at Gettysburg
George W. Bates, 70, of Lake George, a Civil War veteran and a member of the G.A.R., accompanied 16 of his comrades to the Gettysburg reunion and mysteriously disappeared from his tent in the encampment Sunday, June 29, 1913, and was later located in one of the camp hospitals and brought home.
He had been in poor health for several years. He was overcome and wandered about the battlefield for some time. He entered a tent some distance from his own quarters and lying down on a cot became unconscious. He was found by a Boy Scout, but was unable to tell his name and there was nothing about him to give a clue about his identity. The old veteran was taken to the third ward of the field hospital and for several days his memory remained clouded. The strange case was reported to the Washington War Department but before they could respond, Bates recovered his memory and was able to identify himself.
Col. G.F. Bryant of Glens Falls, Bates’ son-in-law, had been assiduous in his search for the missing man and when he was finally found, conveyed the old veteran to his home in Lake George in his automobile.
President’s son to wed
Mrs. American Will of Los Angeles and Ulysses S. Grant, Jr., namesake of the former president of the United States, are engaged to be married. Although he has passed his 61st birthday, Mr. Grant is enjoying robust health and is in the prime of life. He and Mrs. Will, 33, met two years ago on a Pullman car of a westbound train. At the time both were in mourning for their recently deceased first mates.
Mrs. Will settled at the home of her mother in Los Angeles and Mr. Grant, who had arrived at his home in San Diego, wrote to her there and he made regular visits. Mrs. Will has verified that they are soon be wed and will enjoy their honeymoon in Europe.
Judge visits hometown
Judge Charles B. Richards of San Diego, Calif. is in Warrensburgh on a visit to his niece, Miss Clara Richards of The Elms (now The Pillars). Judge Richards is a native of Warrensburgh, being the youngest son of the late Pelatiah and Polly Richards. He was born in 1832 in the house now owned and occupied by Mrs. Louise Howard. At that time his father was building the home now occupied for many years by Fred W. King, where he lived for many years. (Note: The Fred King house was located, before it burned, on what is now the north front end of the Grand Union parking lot).
After graduating from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, Charles Richards studied law with Judge Spencer of Utica and in 1855 began practice in Fort Dodge, Iowa. After the Civil War he was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln a member of the Land Commission. He has lived in California 30 years and has amassed an immense fortune. He is now considered one of the wealthiest men on the Pacific coast. (Note - Because of the date “1838” written on a beam in the Dr. Eliakim Howard house, it has been assumed that this was the year it was built. According to this tale, however, it must have been constructed many more years before that if Charles Richards was born there in 1832. Louise Howard died there in 1914. Today it is the Peter Haggerty home directly across the street from the Presbyterian Church manse.)
Man suffers grave injury
Charles A. Bay of Graphite was injured while repairing a leak in a large gasoline storage tank at Hague for the American Graphite Co. situated near the coal dock. It was supposed that the tank was entirely empty, but while Bay was soldering a part of the connection with the outlet there was an explosion which blew the head out of the tank and threw the man with considerable force back some 4 or 5 feet. A long gash was cut in his forearm which severed an artery. Bay was also painfully cut and bruised about the body and face and he was weakened by loss of blood. He was transported to the Moses Hospital in Ticonderoga.
Citizens irate over phone charges
Residents of Warrensburgh were shocked when they were informed that as of June 1, 1913 their telephone rates would be almost doubled. Private homes must pay $1.50 per month to keep their phones and pay $24 per year for a four-party residential line. Beforehand, the New York Telephone Co.charged a uniform rate of $1 per month for phone service.
Since the company took over last November 1912, customers have feared the worst and a storm of protest has been aroused and a large number of subscribers have threatened to cut off their phones and some have already ordered their removal.
Cure for a common ailment
Many mothers think that their children are suffering from indigestion, head-ache, nervousness, weakness, costiveness (constipation), when they are actually victims of that most common of all children’s ailments — worms. Peevish, ill-tempered, fretful children who toss and grind their teeth with bad breath and colicky pains have all the symptoms of worms and should be given Kickapoo Worm Killer, a pleasant candy lozenge which expels worms, regulates the bowels, tones up the symptom and makes children well and happy.
Owing to cold weather, garden stuff is growing slowly. Wesley Morehouse, however, has potatoes and corn up and ready to hoe. Apple-tree worms are terribly thick in Igerna.
A daughter, Mary Louise O’Connor was born June 30, 1913 to Mr. and Mrs. Michael O’Connor of the Adirondack Hotel (Note - once located where Rite-Aid now stands. The O’Connor home was where the First National Bank is now located) Their boys, John and Edward, are delighted with their new little sister.
A son was born, May 27, 1913, to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Johnson of South Johnsburgh.
There was quite a bit of excitement at the home of William Southwick caused by a sofa catching fire from an over-heated stovepipe. It was destroyed and before the fire could be extinguished. Some of the bedding and several articles of clothing were burned but not much damage was done to the house.
A number of Lewisville (River St.) ladies are up in arms against a petty thief who is making mid-night raids upon their plant beds and they seek to catch the villain or villainess whom they plan to punish. Mr. Charles Wood and Mrs. Minnie Gates have lost 6 or 7 plants each and some interesting footprints have been found in the wet sand.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-2210.