100 Years Ago - January 1913
Supervisors celebrate at gala
The Halfway House was the scene of gay festivities the evening of Dec. 13, 2012, the occasion being a banquet tendered by Supervisor Milton N. Eldridge of Warrensburgh, the youngest member of the Warren County Board, to observe the anniversary of his birth. Present were almost all of the members of the Board of Supervisors, Attorneys, county officials and representatives of the press.
Proprietor Arthur Lyle spread his usual excellent feast before the banqueters at 7 p.m. and waiting for their appetites to recover, did it again an hour later and when their stomachs had been appeased, an extemporaneous post-prandial program was observed.
Hon. Addison B. Colvin was the first speaker. After complimenting the Board of Supervisors as a whole, he paid tribute to the late Taylor J. Eldridge, father of the evening’s host. He recalled a banquet in the Rockwell House in 1893 which he and Taylor Eldridge attended. He closed his speech by offering a silent toast to the memory of Jonathan M. Coolidge, once a member of the Board of Supervisors, who had died a few days previously at his home on Glen St.
One of the amusing features of the program was the presentation of a silk hat to Supervisor Beecher Glassbrook of Stony Creek by county Attorney Loyal L. Davis. Glassbrook had gained much fame among his fellow supervisors as a collector of caps and hats and it was thought that the silk hat would prove a most desirable present. Glassbrook graciously accepted the hat and agreed to wear it for the remainder of the evening, but refused to appear within the limits of Stony Creek in such regalia.
Supervisor Herbert J. Russell ended the program with a talk on “The Centennial.” A rising vote of thanks was tendered to Milton N. Eldridge. (Note: The historical Halfway House was located near today’s outlet shops on the west side of state Rte. 9, directly facing the entrance of the Fort Ann Road. Established by C.L. Rockwell, The Rockwell House — on the west side of Glen St. in downtown Glens Falls — perished in a spectacular fire. Milton Avenue, in Warrensburgh, was named for Supervisor Eldridge. I wonder if Supervisor Glassbrook’s silk hat today rests in the Stony Creek museum.)
Weather amazes residents
Walter E. Harris made a trip through Lake George to Baldwin in a motorboat Jan. 24, 1913. This is a remarkable experience at this winter season as Lake George is generally icebound much before the latter part of January. On Jan. 5, 1904 it was 24 degrees below zero.
Many of the older residents of this area have wracked their brains in an effort to recall similar conditions in years gone by. One old settler says that January, 1889 was the same as this year and dust was blowing in the streets in the middle of the month. There was than a great shortage of ice in the cities and quantities were shipped from the scant but adequate supply in Lake George to Albany and New York. Two or three Warrensburgh men made a lot of money that winter.
Self made man perishes
Leonard Bibbey, 60, died from pneumonia Jan. 31, 2013 at his home in Fort Edward. He was a native of England and came to Glens Falls as a boy. He later started a small bottling works out of which has grown the firm of Bibbey and Ferguson brewers.
Bibbey lived in Glens Falls until 1890 when, with several others, he went to Fort Edward and purchased the John R. Durkee Brewing Co. which he has since conducted under his personal direction.
Bibbey was a self-made man and charitably inclined. He was widely known as one of the leading horsemen of this area, having owned some of the best horses in the state. The Bibbey Hose Company was named in his honor. He is survived by his wife, one son, Walter Bibbey and a daughter, Mrs. W.L.R. Durkee.
Citizens seek rate increase
The residents of Bolton Landing and of the lighting district in the town are being asked to sign a petition to authorize the town board to increase the rate paid to the local lighting company to five miles on the assessable property of the district, the present rate being three miles on each dollar. The reason for this action is that the company has been doing business at a loss since its organization and as its finances are burdened. It is necessary for the company to increase its income by some means or give up the business which would mean quite a loss to the residents. The increased rate would put the company in a more favorable position —not necessarily give them profits — but at least enable them to maintain their plant and distributing system in much better condition. Consumers request that the candle-power of the street lights be increased from 25 to 32 and that the company’s lines extend another mile and a half in the village.
A majority of citizens, however, are not in favor of a new increase. The way things are, it is doubtful if the company, which is expected to suspend operations this month, can be replaced if it is allowed to go out of business because of lack of funds.
Gala wedding held
Miss Minerva Morehouse, daughter of Lewis Morehouse of Johnsburgh, was united in marriage with Leroy G. Phelps of Bridgeport, Connecticut, formerly of Glens Falls, by the Rev. W.S. Mulholland. The ceremony was performed at the Morehouse home before immediate relatives. Edna Morehouse was maid of honor and Walter White was best man.
Leroy Phelps, son of Dr. A.H. Phelps, holds a lucrative position with the American Salesbook Company.
News, big and small
Richard Milhous Nixon was born Jan. 9, 1913 at Yorba Linda, California.
It was just 65 years ago, Jan. 24, 1848, that the big news of the day was that gold had been discovered in California and the male population of Warrensburgh and elsewhere, rapidly diminished.
When President Woodrow Wilson took office this month, he made it abundantly clear that he had decided to follow a policy of cooperating with only such governments as rested upon the undoubted consent of the governed.
Fishing through the ice on the Schroon River, Jay Griffin of Lewisville, Warrensburgh caught three pickerel whose combined weight was 21 pounds.
Special lace- and embroidery-trimmed corset covers are on sale at a price of two for 25 cents at the Boston Store, Glens Falls. All fancy feathers ladies’ hats in felts, velvets, plush and silk beavers are 50 cents and 98 cents. A week’s supply of Isabel Cassidy’s daintily perfumed face powder will be given free to each lady customer.
Looking back in time
It was just four years ago, Sept. 17, 1908, that Lieutenant Thomas Etholen Selfridge, 26, became the first person to be killed in a powered aircraft. He was flying in a plane at Fort Myer, Va. piloted by Orville Wright which crashed after engine failure. A propeller blade was snapped off. Wright was seriously injured in the accident and it is said that he never again felt the same way about flying. Thomas Selfridge is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
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