•100 years ago - Oct. 26, 1913•
Long hike back to town
T. H. Lawrence of New York, who shot and killed his guide, William Schryer of Tupper Lake, while hunting in the Adirondacks on the afternoon of Oct. 17, 1913, will be held for the Grand Jury according to Justice of the Peace Bissell. Mr. Lawrence, when he found he had shot his guide, mistaking him for a deer, ran along the state road through the Adirondack darkness for a distance of 20 miles in order to get a surgeon. He covered the distance between the scene of the accident and the town of Axton in five hours.
Birdshot found its mark
While hunting birds on Oct. 26, 1913, in Alfred Stone’s pasture on Harrington Hill, Warrensburgh, Herbert Scryver of Lewisville was accidentally shot by another hunter who was screened from his view by a heavy fog. Bird shot lodged in various parts of Scryver’s body. The wounds were not serious unless they cause blood poisoning. Later the only shot extracted was the one in his finger.
Scryver was accompanied by Garry Hall, another young man of Warrensburgh. The men made no effort to find the man who fired the shot as they were convinced that it was purely accidental and the hunter was probably unaware that his bullets had found a target. They lost no time at all in getting out of the range of further shots.
Men escape flaming death
Hall & Granger’s five-passenger Maxwell touring car burned on Sunday, Oct. 19, 1913 on the Lamb Hill Road between Warrensburgh and Bolton. The car was going down the hill when it caught fire. It was run to the side of the road and an effort was made to check the flames, but without avail and everything that was combustible about the machine was consumed. The machine was occupied by Mr. Hall and Mr. Granger and the loss is only partly covered by insurance.
Train strikes auto
Four women were killed and a man was seriously injured when an automobile, driven by Edwin Schurz, treasurer of the Hobart M. Cable Piano Company, was struck at the crossing by a Pere Marquette freight train. Two ladies were thrown under the wheels of the train and two others were hurled to the side of the track and crushed.
Suicide stuns family members
Charles P. Jones, the young forger who committed suicide by shooting himself Oct. 15, 1913 to evade capture by a sheriff’s posse at the home of Percy Bruce, in the town of Horicon, was buried, funeral services being held at the home of his mother Sarah Jones on Landon Hill near Pottersville. Neighbors who have known Jones since childhood attended his funeral and threw the mantle of Christian charity over the dead man’s acts and he had a truly sympathetic following marching to his freshly dug grave.
Three of Jones’ five brothers, Jordan, Melvin and John were in the north woods hunting when the shooting occurred and could not be reached and knew nothing of the family tragedy until they came home after the funeral was over and hearing of the end of their brother was a great shock to them.
Percy Bruce, who sought to prevent the officers from entering his house because they had no search warrant and opened fire on them with a Winchester rifle was prostrated with grief and nervous excitement after the trouble was over and had to be under the care of Dr. George Bibby. He will not be prosecuted for his rash conduct. (Note: The spellbinding full story of this suicide may be found in this column in the Oct. 12, 2013 Adirondack Journal.)
Local home trashed by vandals
A vacant house on the Chester Road, about a mile north of the village, owned by William Langworthy, was broken into Thursday night, Oct. 16, 1913 and the contents were strewn about and considerable damage was done.
The owner states that the names of the house-breakers are known and if they will come to him and settle for the damages, no action will be taken, otherwise they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. (Note: That house used to stand next door south to today’s Evergreen Campground and was torn down only a few years ago. That part of Route 9 was known as “Langworthy Hill,“ stretching south to the landfill road.)
Hen walks with spring in her step
A valuable prize hen, the pride of the flock of Wilber Johnson, a Johnsburgh farmer, was run over recently and one of its legs were broken. Mr. Johnson decided to try an experiment to save the hen and sawed off the leg at the joint and placed a spring clothes pin on the upper part of the leg. The hen is now able to walk about the yard and outside of a slight limp is none the worse for its operation.
Jay West dies of the grippe
After a week’s illness with the grippe (influenza), which aggravated a serious stomach trouble from which he had suffered for several years, Jay West, 62, died Monday morning, Oct. 20, 1913 at the Echo Lake Poultry Farm on the outskirts of Warrensburgh which he ran in partnership with his brother, L.T. West. He had two other brothers, Samuel M. West of Glens Falls and Duane West of Florida and a sister, Mrs. J.A. Woodward of Warrensburgh.
He was born in Lake George and his parents moved here in his boyhood. He was buried in the Warrensburgh Cemetery.
Mortimer Tyrrell deceased
At the old home down by the river, occurred the death of Mortimer Tyrrell, 79, on Friday, Oct. 24, 1913. He was a lifelong resident of the town of Chester and from early manhood had lived on the farm where he died. For many months he had been in feeble health and a post-mortem examination revealed an aneurism near the heart.
He was a man of great disposition and sterling character. In early manhood he taught school and many of the older residents of the town have sat under his instruction. Later he married Emeline Humes and ran a sawmill in connection with the farm. He did well what his hands found to do. For 57 years their home was known as one of the Christian homes of the community.
Mortimer Tyrrell was converted in early youth and for 40 years he was a member of the Advent Church near his home, serving it as an elder for 25 years and since such time his son, Elmer has held the office. His son lives with his family near the old home and for 13 years he has cared for his father. Another son, William lives in Michigan. Burial was in the family plot near the church.
Local news roundabout
Game protectors who have been after Harry Floyd of Horicon for several months for hunting without a license and using a hound illegally in 1912, finally got him last week and he confessed. A fine of $51.50 in each case was imposed.
Arthur Bennett killed a 200-pound deer with five prongs, on Harrington Hill, Oct. 22, 1913, in the vicinity of the Viele Pond Club House.
Many of the high school boys are spending their spare time hunting deer. All report that they have had good luck seeing the deer but poor luck in shooting them.
Vetter’s new concrete automobile garage at Chestertown has just been completed and is now open for business. The building is commodious and convenient and is heated by steam. Competent repair men are now employed there.
Campbell Conway, head cutter in the Warrensburgh Woolen Company’s pants factory on Milton Avenue, is enjoying a vacation with relatives.
Alfred Stewart and Miss Edith Edmondson, both of Chestertown, were married Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1913 in an unostentatious manner at the home of the brides parents by the Rev. Mr. Stevenson.
Bichley Brothers, 172 Glen St., Glen Falls, near the monument, has a “Housekeepers’ Special” bed spring, new, comfortable, non-sagging, vermin proof, woven wire spring, any size, for $2.98. Coal hods are 25 cents and coal shovels are 10 cents each.
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