•100 years ago - Oct. 1913•
Complying with a request made by her father Stephen M. Pratt, 71, an aged resident of the town of Bolton, Miss Elizabeth Pratt, his youngest daughter and Lester Duell, a former Glens Falls boy, were married at the bedside of her dying father, on the night of Oct. 30, 1913, shortly after 9 o’clock. After Mr. Pratt had been stricken with a third shock of paralysis only a few days previously he realized that the end was near and called his daughter to his bedside to tell her that he would be pleased to see her married. The marriage had previously been arranged for the fall. The daughter immediately agreed and after sending word to her fiance, the Rev. George Gates, pastor of the Baptist Church was than called into the presence of the dying man and the couple were married. Only immediate family members were present.
The old man continued to fail and the next day, Oct. 31, 1913, he died of paralysis. One of Bolton’s oldest and most respected citizens, he was well known in the North Country, a proud member of the Odd Fellows’ lodge and a veteran of the Civil War.
Accused of a wicked scheme
Fred L. Hamilton, a Warrensburgh attorney of brilliant attainments but erratic conduct, who has often been in trouble, is now in the Warren County Jail at Lake George, facing a charge of conspiracy, the most serious accusation that has yet been brought against him. He has a companion in misfortune in the person of Robert Holland of Wevertown, who was a party to the alleged scheme, which had been cooked up to extract money from two prominent and respectable citizens of North Creek. A girl, who was to be used as a tool, exposed the plot.
The pair were arrested Oct. 6, 1913 by Deputy Sheriff Charles Baker, at Bakers Mills, on a warrant issued by Justice Ellsworth Ross charging attempt to commit conspiracy against former Assemblyman William R. Waddell and Dr. J.L. Fuller of North Creek. It is alleged that the pair of schemers attempted to induce a 16-year-old girl, Ellen Dyre of Johnsburgh Corners to swear to a false statement in order to extort money from Mr. Waddell and Dr. Fuller. The girl, after the inducements were held out to her, refused to join in the scheme. She swore to a statement upon which the warrant was based.
Both men are being held to await the action of the Grand Jury which sets Oct. 20, 1913 and in default of $2,000 bail each they are now in the County Jail.
Hod’s good days
Hodges H. Hill, Warrensburgh’s town barber, has announced the engagement of his daughter, Edythe Myrtle Hill to Phineas Sewel of Glens Falls. Hod is enjoying his annual vacation and Jim Gates is barbering for him in Hill & Manzer’s Music Hall block shop. Hod is the Republican candidate for town tax collector. He also plans to go into the woods soon and shoot a deer.
Mrs. William Coon of Bolton Landing died Oct. 5, 1913 after a long illness resulting from an attack of measles last spring.
Germain Mattison, 60, of Sodom, died Oct. 8, 1913 after a long and exceedingly painful illness. Death was caused by cancer with which he had been afflicted for a long time. He was born March 8, 1854 and he leaves one son. Internment was made in the Bates Cemetery. Bearers were Robert Somerville, Reuben Ross, Eben Wood and Edson Kathan.
Mrs. Bishop Carpenter, 59, of Adirondack died very suddenly the evening of Oct. 13, 1913 at her home. She had finished her work after supper and sat down in the kitchen. As she did so she told her husband she felt dizzy. After he reached her side she breathed only a few times and passed away. Dr. Bibby of Pottersville was summoned but upon his arrival found that she was indeed dead. Besides her husband, she is survived by one son.
William Edgerton of Chestertown, in cranking a motor, preparatory to driving Fred Mundy’s car, was kicked by the crank quite seriously, injuring his hand which will require inactive days for restoration.
Miles Morehouse of Bakers Mills was thrown from one of his horses and was considerably bruised on his hip and side which required Dr. W.W. Aldrich to dress the wounds.
The Arrow Head Hotel, at the head of Fourth Lake in the Adirondacks, was destroyed by fire Sept. 23, 1913 entailing a loss of $40,000, the property being insured for $10,000.
The driver of Parker’s White Steamer auto, in an endeavor to avoid a collision with another car, ran off the road near Bartonville.
News near and far
No less than 11,338 Union veterans of the Civil War died in 1912. There are still over 180,000 on the rolls of the Grand Army of the Republic.
John Hanson, 15, accused of poisoning Patrick Cushing in Willsboro last July, 1912, was examined as to his sanity at the Elizabethtown jail recently by two physicians appointed by a judge.
Ticonderoga is now a “dry” town, all licenses to sell liquor having expired on Oct. 1, 1913. Only drug stores may now dispense the liquid that exhilarates and than only upon a physician’s prescription.
The Warrensburgh News will pay 3 cents a pound for clean rags suitable for wipers for machinery. They must be well washed, all buttons must be removed and no piece can be smaller than a handkerchief
Owners of driving horses may be interested to know that the road leading west from Darrowsville to Friend’s Lake is in good repair and worth driving over.
Warrensburgh Democrats in caucus at the Warren House (corner of Main and Water streets) Oct. 9, 1913 headed their ticket for the coming election with Milton N. Eldridge for Supervisor and Herbert C. Smith for Town Clerk.
An opportunity to enjoy all the latest dances with a congenial crowd and inspiring music by Green and Hicks, will be afforded by a social gathering Saturday night, Oct. 11, 1913 at Music Hall (north corner of Main and Adirondack streets). Everyone is invited.
Adirondack men are beginning to get their guns in order for the coming hunting season.
Construction efforts under way
Elbridge Pratt is rebuilding his cottage in Bolton which was destroyed by lightening two years ago.
F.W. Ross has broken ground in Garnet for a new house.
Lon Fosmer has negotiated for a steel roof to be placed over his hotel in Chestertown.
George McCauley has purchased the old Braley house in Chestertown.
Archie Johnson is building an addition to his house in Adirondack.
Orrin Tubbs is building an ice house on his property on Oak Street, Warrensburgh.
Many who marry widows regret that some men didn’t live longer.
Want ads - Charles H. Carey of Diamond Point has 40 pigs for sale at $2 per head.
Mrs. Charles F. Burhans is looking for a “thoroughly competent second girl” to work in her large household. (Note: The Burhans mansion was once located on the top of the hill behind today’s Emerson Town Hall.)
An eight & a half pound son was born to Mrs. Fred L. Patnode of Brandon, Vt., on Oct. 7, 1913. Mrs. Patnode was formerly Miss Helen Hunt of Warrensburgh.
Edwin Carey of Trout Lake, Bolton is laid up with sciatic rheumatism.
Dr. Shaw has recently moved to Stony Creek and is practicing medicine there.
Leonard Savoy of Minerva has purchased a Maxwell automobile.
James May of Graphite has gone to Newcomb where he has secured a good job as chauffeur of a Peerless Ford car.
Layton Wells of Bolton, on Oct. 7, 1913, picked in a field near his home enough ripe raspberries to make a large pie.
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