100 Years Ago - May 1913
Shirt Co. forms alliance
The Empire Shirt Company of Warrensburgh has formed a big business deal with one of the largest collar manufacturing concerns in Troy which provides for the sale of the entire output of the local factory, with its present capacity doubled.
The Troy concern, which manufacturers collars and cuffs exclusively, has 25 salesmen on the road covering the entire region and each one of these men will carry a complete line of the Empire Shirt Company’s samples. This will positively assure a ready market for all the goods that can possibly be made here. The factory will be greatly enlarged and when the fall business begins, there will be a great demand for operators.
This means much to Warrensburgh.
With plenty of work for everyone, the old days of prosperity will return. The empty houses, of which there are at present not a few, will be filled and property values will rise again. Town businessmen in all lines of trade will share in the benefits of the upcoming boom. Families in surrounding towns who desire steady work need not hesitate to come to Warrensburgh in the fall as they will indeed find a good life here.
Henry Crandall’s will contested
The late Henry Crandall died about two months ago, leaving his entire estate, estimated at $1 million, in trust for the city of Glens Falls. Most of the estate is real property, part of which is a park of several thousand acres.
Several persons who claim to be heirs of the late Mr. Crandall have taken steps to contest the aged philanthropist’s will. The heirs are Harvey S. Crandall of Lake George, Henry Crandall Durkee, Anna Wickes and Anna M. Lawlor. They maintain that the will is not the last will and is therefore invalid.
Will Rogers becomes a father
World famous salty comedian and actor Will Rogers, now touring the country after successfully appearing on Broadway vaudeville stage, has become a father for the second time. His wife Bettie Blake gave birth to Mary Amelia Rogers on May 18, 1913 at her mother’s home in Rogers, Ark. (Note - Cowboy philosopher William Penn Adair Rogers, one of the best known performers in the country, was famous for his saying, “I never met a man that I didn’t like.” He often made political jokes about what he read in the newspapers. He took his first airplane ride in 1915 and later died on Aug. 15, 1935 when he was 55 years old at Point Barrow, Alaska, in a plane crash with aviator Wiley Post.)
Death in the news
William O. Terry, 41, lessee and landlord of the Bolton House, died Sunday evening after only two hours illness of cerebral hemorrhage. He was apparently in good health until around 7 p.m. when he complained of severe pains in his head. Two physicians were called who could afford no relief. Rev. Father Livingstone was called from Lake George to administer the last sacraments of the Catholic church.
George Streeter, 45, proprietor of the Phoenix Hotel at Hague, died Saturday evening after an illness extending over several years. He leaves a widow, one sister and three brothers, Eugene, Scott and Robert Streeter.
Miss Jane Nichols, 75, a lifelong resident of Lake George, was found dead in bed at her home Monday afternoon on Canada street. She had been ill for more than a year. Three brothers, Sidney, Melvin and Henry Nichols and three sisters, Lorene, Eliza and Eve Nichols, survive her.
George Morrison, infant son of Eugene Morrison of Schroon Avenue, Warrensburgh, died Tuesday night of German measles. The child was practically recovered when the disease attacked the brain and quickly caused death.
Mrs. Nelson Alger died March 31, 1913 at her home on Horicon Avenue, Warrensburgh, after a short illness of pleurisy. She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Florence Alger.
Thomas Bentley, 89, an old resident of Brant Lake, died April 7, 1913 at the home of his son, William Bentley.
Lydia A. Armstrong, 88, of Johnsburgh, died at the home which she shared with her daughter, Elizabeth Armstrong. She was also the mother of William H. Armstrong.
In Johnsburgh Corners an 8-year-old son of Horace Hack died April 12, 1913 of pneumonia. Burial was in the Hack Cemetery and the bearers were E.J. Little, Delbert Waddell and Jay Morehouse.
Historic affair remembered
John W. Millington, a native of Chestertown but now a resident of Portland, Oregon, who served two terms of enlistment in the Union Army during the Civil War and was a member of the party that pursued and captured John Wilkes Booth, 27, near Bowling Green, Va. after his assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, has written a graphic description of his part in the historic affair containing many little known details. Millington was born in 1843 and enlisted in Company E, 93rd N.Y. Volunteer Infantry in 1861.
A copy of the story is in the possession of the writer’s brother, Robert Millington of Warrensburgh. John Millington related that before Booth died of gunshot wounds on April 26, 1865, the prisoner told others to tell his mother that what he did was “for the good of the country.”
Lively auction brings crowd
One of the largest auction sales ever held in Glens Falls or vicinity was held April 30, 1913 at the Griffing & Leland stable which lasted all that day. According to auctioneer Frasier, he was forced to continue the sale one day longer. A large number of buyers were present from out-of-town and many good bargains were secured. The sales totaled $5,000 the first day and at least $20,000 worth of stock remained.
Two matched pairs of coach horses were sold out-of-town and a handsome pair of gray horses were sold to the Lake Placid Club for $495. W.M. Stone of Saratoga secured a handsome pair of gray cobs for $470. Two demi-coaches were sold, one to city liveryman Charles W. Seeley, and another to Mr. Pattridge of Schuylerville. Many buyers who traveled long distances could expect to secure excellent bargains.
Mayor Griffing is to retire after 30 years in business and he has stated that everything will be sold and the business will pass out of existence.
Putting his mouth over the spout of a steaming tea kittle, the 5-year-old son of Charles Harrington of Harrington Hill, Warrensburgh received burns in his mouth and throat which it is feared will cause his death.
Little Robert Moses, son of Frank Moses of Chester, is ill with scarlet fever and the house has been placed under quarantine. Several cases of German measles have also been reported there.
In North Thurman, the heavy wind that blew the last week of March 1913 blew down a barn on Henry Moon’s place. The structure was 30 by 60 feet and the timbers were all broken up and the structure was ruined.
George Jenks of Landon Hill, Chester delivered a barrel of maple syrup at Riverside Station, April 12, 1913, to be shipped to a customer in Rutland, Vt.
Fred R. Mixter is setting out some shade trees on his Warrensburgh property on the bank of the Schroon River. (Note: Fred Mixter lived in the stone building which is today across from Warren Ford.)
Mrs. Gertrude Park Stephens of Chestertown, has returned home from New York City and is now getting ready for the summer season. (Note: I would appreciate hearing from anyone who knows anything about this lady, as I have reader who is interested in her for reasons of genealogy.)
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