•100 years ago - Nov. 1913•
Life of ‘Lumberman Lew’
“Lumberman Lew,” by Harvester Hiram, a book recently issued from the press of the Glens Falls Publishing Company contains a story of Warren County politics and the principal character is a legendary Warrensburgh man whose identity the reader will have no difficulty in guessing. Though he is mentioned by no other name from that which the book takes its title and the name of the town in which most of the scenes are laid is given as “Warrensville,” there can be no mistake in assuming that the happenings recorded in the title, real or imaginary, took place in Warrensburgh and the hero is none other than Lewis W. Emerson.
We all know him, as do thousands of people in the big world outside our little town and know that too much that is good cannot be said about his ability as a political leader, financier, manufacturer and a man of high distinction in the various walks of life he has entered. (Note: Louis W. Emerson (not “Lewis”) was the eldest son of Albert Cilley Emerson and was born in 1857. He, along with his father and younger brother, Senator James A. Emerson, were instrumental in establishing Warrensburgh as a great industrial community in the early 20th century. Elected in 1900, he was a U.S. Congressman — a staunch Republican. His two terms ended in 1903. Louis Emerson is buried in the Emerson lot, front row center on the old east side of the Warrensburgh Cemetery. His small pathetic gravestone, covered with mold, is obscured by an overgrown bush and is hard to find. Walking in the woods in the rain in the mid-1920s to survey a logging job, he caught pneumonia. He died June 10, 1924.)
Elderly lady escapes death
Mrs. Margaret Morgan, a lady of advanced years, of Diamond Point, was found by one of her neighbors unconscious on the floor of her home early on Sunday morning nearly dead from asphyxiation by coal gas. A physician was summoned and she was revived with much difficulty. She had been visiting relatives in Glens Falls and the night before when she had returned home she built coal fires in her kitchen range and when she retired, she closed the drafts.
Alone in the house, she awoke in the night suffering extreme distress from nausea. She arose from her bed and made an effort to reach a window but fell to the floor before she could do so. She became unconscious and just how long it was before she was found is not known. Fortunately a window was raised about two inches and the small amount of fresh air that entered and diluted the deadly gas sufficiently to prolong her life until assistance reached her.
Mrs. W.H. Straight of Warrensburgh, a niece of Mrs. Morgan, received a telephone message about the accident and immediately started for Diamond Point to care for her relative, who is indeed happy to be alive.
Local boy guards Roosevelt
Erwin J. Smith, a former Glens Falls boy, who some years ago left this area to win fame and fortune in the big world, became the manager of the New York office of the W. J. Burns Detective Agency and fast established an enviable reputation for himself in the detective world.
At the dinner recently tendered Col. Teddy Roosevelt in New York by the National and State Progressive service, Mr. Smith was in charge of a squad of Burns men. The sleuths were garbed in evening dress and were seated as to command a view of the entire assemblage. The next day Smith was in charge of a squad of Burns’ men who accompanied the Colonial to the steamer Van Dyke on which he took passage to South America.
It was Smith who apprehended the butler who recently robbed the Roosevelt home at Oyster Bay of jewels valued at $5,000. There now hangs in Mr. Smith’s office a highly prized photograph of the former president bearing the appended inscription, “To E.J. Smith, Esq., with the best wishes of Theodore Roosevelt.”
Walter Gates attends funeral
Walter Gates of Bolton Landing came to North Chester to attend the funeral of his uncle, John Ferris who died recently and was buried in Federal Flats Cemetery. (Note: Walter E. Gates was the only child of Jonathan Streeter Gates and Zilpha E. Ferriss Gates. His grandfather, John Gates, was an early settler of Bolton.
Walter died Jan. 17, 1919 of the dreaded influenza, a disease that broke out in 1918, the year World War I ended and decimated large populations as the epidemic eventually killed over 20 million people before it had ran its course. Walter’s death was said to have been a severe blow to his stricken father who never recovered from his grief and died Dec. 11, 1921, two years later.
Jonathan Streeter Gates was the great-grandfather of present day William Preston Gates, — Bill Gates, our famous local history author.)
Last child to die
Mrs. Simon Rice, 84, one of the oldest residents of Rolette, North Dakota, died there Oct. 7, 1913 at her home. She was born in Warrensburgh, March 2, 1829 and was the daughter of the late Elisha and Elizabeth Harrington and one of a family of 13 children of whom she was the last to pass away. She was married at the age of 19 years to Simon Rice who is now 87 years old and survives her. They had four children.
The ruling price for prime steers in Chicago is $8.75 and $9.00 per hundred pounds, $2.25 a hundred less than the high point last year. Beaton’s Orchestra of Glens Falls has been engaged to furnish music at the Fort William Henry Hotel in Lake George for the coming season.
H.H. Malleson is improving the High Point Tavern on the Lake George state road by raising the back wing of the house two stories.
Erskine Enoch Hewitt, 8 pounds, arrived Oct. 23, 1913 at the home of Robert E. Hewitt in East Thurman. A daughter was born Oct. 26, 1913 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kenyon of Athol. On Oct. 27, 1913, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Cooper, of Diamond Point, are rejoicing over the arrival of a bright baby girl at their home.
At the I. Horowitz store’s opening sale (successor to G.D. Aldrich), in Stony Creek, kerosene oil is 10 cents per gallon and sugar is 5 cents per pound.
William Hastings, the infant son of William Hastings of Horicon Avenue, Warrensburgh, died Oct. 17, 1913.
Lewis Thomson is confined by illness to his home on upper Main St. (Thomson’s home was today’s Cornerstone Victorian bed and breakfast.) Charles E. Wheeler is painting his house on Third St.)
B.F. Hammond has removed the awning from the front of the Crystal Drug Store (across from today’s Marco Polo Pizza shop.) That is always an indication that winter is near at hand.
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