100 Years Ago - June 1913
Boy evades trampling
Riding down Warrensburgh’s Main Street on his bicycle at a rapid gate and looking backward over his shoulder, John Straight, 8, shot directly between Fred Raymond’s team of spirited horses standing in front of McGann’s Store. The horses did not take kindly to the intrusion and began dancing frantically, their steel-shod hoofs making a tattoo on the brick pavement that sounded like a bunch of firecrackers going off, which many people believed was the cause of the racket.
With the horses dancing over him and all around him it may be considered to be a miracle that the boy was not killed, but he fortunately escaped the feet of the animals and the wagon passed over him without touching him. He came out of the mix-up with only a small cut on his face by the side of his left eye and a few bumps on his head. He was taken to his nearby home where Dr. Griffin attended and patched him up. John’s bicycle was smashed to atoms.
Mr. Raymond was sitting in his wagon when the collision occurred and had the reins in his hands. With considerable difficulty he brought the frightened horses under control and stopped them near Hammond’s Drug Store. (Note: John Straight lived in the “Wills Block,“ the stone house just north of the Merrill-Magee House and he later went on, as I recall, to owning the town taxi service. Hammond’s store was directly across Main St. from today’s Marco Polo’s Pizza.)
Male suffragette commits suicide
A determined male suffragette, waving a flag of suffragette colors and brandishing a revolver, committed suicide by flinging himself in front of August Belmont’s four- year-old horse Tracery during the race at Ascot, England for the valuable Ascot Gold Cup and deprived the American sportsman a good chance of capturing the trophy. The man was trampled to death on the spot but the horse and rider, who both fell to the ground, were unscathed.
The king and queen of England with their entire entourage were present at the races. (Note: Suffragettes, followers of Emmeline Pankhurst, were members of an early 20th century movement in the UK and USA to secure rights for women to vote — and their demonstrations were often violent.)
Verdict of ‘Not Guilty’
The case of Leonard Frazier of Horicon came up for trial June 18, 1913. Frazier was accused of shooting at F.G. Thomas, a game protector whose home is in Ticonderoga. The shooting took place last fall in the Town of Horicon. There has been much local interest in this case.
Thomas was trailing Frazier and his two companions, Samuel Girard and Fred Kingsley, believing that they were hounding deer. Girard and Kingsley were indicted on the same charge and their cases are being tried separately.
The next day at Warren County Court in Lake George, the defendant Leonard Frazier proved an alibi and was found Not Guilty. The charges against Girard and Kingsley were dismissed by Judge Raley.
The good life
Arthur Lewis Tubbs of Philadelphia, formerly of Warrensburgh and Glens Falls, will sail from New York Wednesday, July 1, 1913 on the Cunard Line steamer Carpathia, for a two-month tour of Europe, accompanied by a small party of friends. They will visit Italy, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, France and England. On Aug. 30, 1913 they will sail from Liverpool on the Mauretania to return home by Sept. 5, 1913 to New York. (Note: Arthur Lewis Tubbs, born in Glens Falls, was the youngest brother of Warrensburgh News editor, John Livingston Tubbs. He became established as Music and Dramatic Critic on the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin and wrote poetry for leading magazines of the era. He also wrote plays, dramas of rural life, many of which were performed at the Music Hall in Warrensburgh.)
McNeal & Prosser married
Arthur J. McNeal and Miss Deana B. Prosser, both of Warrensburgh, were united in marriage by the Rev. Thomas J. Hunter at the Baptist parsonage the morning of June 14, 1913. They were attended by Miss Maude Griffin and Henry Griffin, cousins of the groom. The happy couple left on the 8 o’clock trolley for a wedding trip.
Flies weren’t the culprits
The Bluebottle Stable fly, charged by Rockefeller Institute investigators with responsibility for infantile paralysis, has been exonerated by scientists of the California State University at Berkeley on the strength of experiments with 17 monkeys. Not a single one showed systems of infantile or any other kind of paralysis.
Young con artists stymied
The Board of Health has decided to pay no more bounties for the killing of flies. It has become known to them that numerous small boys have discovered that they could breed flies in great numbers by cooping them up while young and they have been collecting large bounties each week.
Deaths in the news
Wilson S. Smead, 71, prominent Luzerne postmaster, was found dead June 8, 1913 in his bed at home. A veteran of the Civil War, he was appointed postmaster by President Roosevelt in 1904. He is survived by two sons, Walter and Clifford Smead.
John G. Harris, 69, a native of Warrensburgh, who left here about 50 years ago and made his home in Johnstown where he engaged in glove making, died June 8, 1913 after a year’s illness from a complication of diseases.
Two black bears died at the hands of Clark Hayes the other day and the larger of them weighed 400 pounds while the little one weighed about 100 pounds. The big one was tough and did not give up his life or the little one’s life easily as he bared his teeth and flashed his claws and gave Hayes considerable trouble. The bears were caught in traps on the ridge and could not get away when they were shot and killed.
A severe frost visited this locality the night of June 8, 1913. Also, public-spirited citizens view with much alarm the destructive attack of hordes of forest tent caterpillars upon Warrensburgh’s shade trees. Most gardens are being re-planted again because of “too much frost and too many worms.”
Last year prime hay was selling for $28 a ton and now the price is $20. (Note - Just 22 days after the heavy frost, July 1, 1913 was the hottest day in the prior two years. The Warrensburgh News thermometer registered 93 degrees but in other parts of the village it soared to 100. Back in July 1911, the hot spell only rose to 96 degrees.
Area news in brief
North Creek Photographer L.E. Atherton has established a studio in a tent at Chestertown which will be open Sunday and Monday of each week during the season. He takes superior photographs and does developing and printing for amateurs.
Harry Bierman, a native of Russia, and 14 other alien residents of Warren County have filed applications for U.S. citizenship. Bierman is associated with the Warrensburgh tailoring firm of Katz & Bierman.
Miss Huldah Eldridge was given a linen shower recently at the home of her sister, Mrs. Grant Turner. Miss Eldridge is soon to marry William McElroy of Warrensburgh.
A lawn party held Friday evening, June 6, 1913, did well on the lawn of the Johnsburgh Methodist Church and netted $11.50.
Warren County Clerk E.C. Sisson of Lake George in enjoying his new Buick automobile.
The new book, Profitable Breeds of Poultry, is now in the collection of the Richards Library.
Fremont Cilley of West Bolton was taken to Glens Falls Hospital to be operated upon for appendicitis by his son, Leonard Cilley.
If you are suffering from any old running or fever sores, skin trouble, boils, eczema or an old ugly ulcer, Bucklen’s Arnica Salve, for only 25 cents, will cure the problem.
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