100 Years Ago - February 1913
Bad luck revisited
Mrs. Susan Woodward, 75, while walking in Warrensburgh on Mountain Avenue in Warrensburgh, on Jan. 29, 1913, in company with Elizabeth Crandall, fell on the ice and striking with great force on her left hand broke both bones of her arm in the wrist joint. This is the second time that the member has been broken in nearly the same place. The other wrist was also previously broken near the joint. Mrs. Crandall assisted her to the home of her son, J.H. Woodward on upper Main St. where she resides.
Two years before, while suffering an attack of vertigo, Mrs. Woodward fell down a steep flight of stairs at the Woodward residence and sustained injuries from which she has never fully recovered. Last August, 1912, she had yet another severe fall from the piazza of her son’s house. She is enduring her current suffering from her latest injury with great fortitude.
Fell head first
William Austin, while driving Orson R. Wilsey’s team on King St., Warrensburgh was seized by an attack of vertigo and fell unconscious from the wagon into the street. Otto Fish saw him fall and ran to his assistance. Austin was carried to his home and remained there unconscious for quite some time.
Illness and trouble abound
Charles Payne of Indian Lake suffered a stroke of paralysis and high school teacher Julia Cross has the grippe. Wilbur Perkins of West Stony Creek is suffering severely from a lame back.
Connie Baker of Fort Ann is staying in North Thurman. About two weeks ago he had two of his fingers cut off and two others severely mangled in a corn-husking machine.
Kenneth Duell of Horicon fell on the ice and cut his head quite badly. Mrs. Alfred Duell of Bolton Landing is ill with pleurisy.
George Daggett of Bolton lost a pig Jan. 27, 1913. The animal was taken sick and died in less than an hour. Peter Baker of South Horicon also lost a fine pig, a serious loss to his family.
Married and settled down
Robert C. Wood, a former Warrensburgh boy better known as Cassius, has completed two terms of service in the U.S. Army, seven years altogether, and received an honorable discharge at Fort Sheridan, Ill., near Chicago. Cass married during his last enlistment and is now working as a railroad fireman in Chicago.
Mild winter continues
Navigation records enduring for 80 years have been broken on the Hudson River. Trips of the river boats from Albany to New York marked the 288th day of the season that navigation was possible and broke the record of 30 years. The trip later taken on Jan. 13, 1913 shattered the 80-year record and the boats are still running. Last year the closing date was Jan. 3, 1912. (Note; Local people, feeling leery, were hoping that when the snow would eventually come, it would not all come all at once in a blizzard as it did on Feb. 20, 1908 when 12 inches of snow fell accompanied by damaging high winds.)
Never in the memory of our oldest residents, nor has records been found, to show that Lake George ever remained open for the entire month of January and now into February before this current year. (Note: in 2012, the lake didn’t freeze over for the entire winter, which was the first time in recent history for such an occurrence.)
Walter E. Harris of Lake George, accompanied by his dog, “Duffy,” made a remarkable trip the length of Lake George to Baldwin in his Naptha motorboat, Jan. 26, 1913 and after a cigar and chat with George Loomis, made the return home.
Fort William Henry Hotel
Under the new management of Albert Thieriot, the Fort William Henry Hotel, owned by the Delaware and Hudson railroad company, is assured of the brightest possible future. Mr. Thieriot was for many years in charge of Delmonico’s restaurant in New York City and he is considered to be the top man in his profession as he is skilled in providing for the wants of the fastidious public.
(Note: Albert Thieriot lived in Chestertown, in a house still standing on what is today Thieriot Avenue, with his wife, Phebe Watson, a native of Warrensburgh. Her father, Godfrey T. Watson, owned a grocery store in the building that now houses the Alexander-Baker funeral home. A well-loved man of indomitable energy, Thieriot served for many years as executor and trustee of the Rosa Delmonico estate. He died of the after-effects of pneumonia in 1915 at home in Chestertown.)
No ice fishing on Lake George
Fishing through the ice on Lake George, known as “Old Horicon” by locals, is a thing of the past under the state’s new uniform fish and game law. The law prohibits fishing through the ice for brook, rainbow, red, spotted and brown trout which were planted there years ago by the former culturist A.N. Cheney where they are continuing to thrive.
Heretofore an exception has been made in favor of those who wanted to fish for perch, of which the lake once boasted some of the finest in the country and hundreds of pounds were taken out each winter and they always found a ready market. Complaint was made by the cottagers that this form of winter fishing so cleaned up the lake that it was impossible to get a mess of yellow perch during several seasons past, although they were formerly one of the most plentiful of summer fishes. (Note: Because he was besieged with complaints about this new law from area residents, state Sen. James A. Emerson of Warrensburgh used his considerable influence in Albany to pressure the state conservation officer to rescind this new law for the winter of 1913, both in Lake George and Schroon Lake and to not allow Game Protector Burnett to prosecute or “molest” and person who indulged in this sort of fishing.)
This law would have forced the Fort William Henry Hotel to stop advertising “comfortable” ice fishing for their guests as the hotel had made plans to set up many fishing huts with heaters, tip-ups and holes in the ice and so far this season they have not yet done so because of the unusual winter weather which has caused only six inches of ice to form on the lake. The ice races on Lake George have been postponed until Feb. 18, 1913.
According to the almanac there will be five eclipses this year, three of the sun and two of the moon.
On Jan. 11, 1913 the first sedan-type automobile, a Hudson, went on display at the 13th Annual Auto Show in New York City.
On Feb. 25, 1913 an amendment was ratified authorizing income tax. It will take effect March 1, 1913.
The new American rage for young and old is the insertion of a prize in a Cracker Jack box for the first time.
“Babe” Ruth, the up-and-coming young baseball player, celebrated his 18th birthday on Feb. 6, 1913 and is looking forward to good things to come his way. (George Herman Ruth, known as the most famous player in baseball history, was signed up the next year by the minor-league Baltimore Orioles. He died in 1948.)
James Shannahan is seriously ill at his home on the Thurman Road known at “Cat’s Corners.” (Note: This area, directly on the east end of the Thurman Bridge, is sometimes also called “Katz’s Corners and many wonder about the name’s origin. Call me at 623-2210 if you have any information.)
F.W. Hall, who has associated with Edson Granger in the Warrensburgh Automobile Garage on lower Main St., has moved his family here from Granville and is occupying Walter Pasco’s tenant house adjoining the Baptist Church on the corner of Main St. and Mountain Avenue.
Supervisor Fred Rogers of North Creek has just butchered a pig that weighed 650 pounds dressed. Will Harris of Athol shot a silver gray fox.
A hand-powered clothes washing machine is on sale for $4.98 at Bickley Brothers store at 172 Glen St. in Glens Falls.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at email@example.com or 623-2210.