•100 Years Ago - January, 1913•
Powder flares up, injures clerk
Lewis G. Hamilton, a clerk in the John G. Hunt’s Hardware store in Warrensburgh, was a victim of a New Year’s flare-up Jan. 1, 1913 which nearly put him out of business.
In sweeping up the store in the morning, he cleaned up a small quantity of powder which had been spilled when a sale was made earlier and taking up a dust pan with the sweepings, he threw the contents on the ash pile back of the store.
Later, he had occasion to burn some loose papers and he touched a lighted match to a scrap of paper which came in contact with the powder. There was a blinding flash and a sheet of flame leaped up into the young man’s face burning him severely. He was taken at once to Dr. Goodman’s office where his wounds were dressed. The burns were exceedingly painful but it is believed that they will not leave a scar. His eyes were not injured. (Note: Hunt’s store was in the north end of the Main St. building that today houses Marco Polo’s Pizza.)
Sad waste of life
Silas McCasland, a young man who had just reached his majority, was convicted at Plattsburgh of manslaughter in the second degree for killing Charles Facto in a drunken brawl at Bedford on Aug. 3, 1912. He was given an indefinite sentence in the Elmira Reformatory.
McCasland is said to be suffering from incipient tuberculosis and it was deemed inadvisable to sentence him to the regular prison, which by reason of the close confinement would have been equivalent to a death sentence.
Crazy weather prevails
Friday Jan. 3, 1913 was a day of remarkable weather. In the afternoon there was an electrical storm of summertime proportions. The thunder was heavy and the lightning sharp. At 4 o’clock this subsided and the sun came out warming the atmosphere to almost spring like heat. Than came a wind, starting with a breeze and increasing into a gale which swept along at the rate of 50 miles per hour and did considerable damage in various parts of the town. (No: It must have been on a day like this in 1606 that Shakespeare wrote, “So foul and fair a day I have not seen.”)
A snow storm came on Tuesday Jan. 7, 1913 followed by sleet and a freeze-up which made fairly good sleighing and most of the wheeled vehicles have been laid up for the winter. On Jan. 8, 1913 the Chester stage made its first trip of the season on runners. (Note: My late mother-in-law, Ida Mae Hadden, who was born in 1877, used to tell me about what winters in Warrensburgh were like in the old days when automobiles and bicycles were “put up” during the snow season. If a person needed to go some where, they usually walked. Ida walked to the Woolen Mill and later to the Shirt Factory to work for 50 years. People, especially single ladies, used to move in with relatives or sometimes board in other people’s homes because of the work and expense of heat. There must have been quite a smoke cloud hanging over the town in the winter of 1913 where in nearly every house they were either burning wood or coal.)
Johnsburgh’s First Pond renamed
The Chatiemac Lake Club, at their regular meeting in Glens Falls, decided to ask the State Conservation Commission to change the name of First Pond in the town of Johnsburgh to Chatiemac Lake, as it is now known locally. The club owns a large tract of land about the lake and maintains a fine clubhouse there and fishing grounds. It is their custom to place 5,000 fingerling trout in the lake each year.
Elderly couple departs together
Mrs. Jane Bennett, 79, died Monday Jan. 6, 1913 at her home on Harrington Hill of pneumonia, with which she had been ill since Christmas day. At the time of her death, her husband was also seriously ill with the same disease and he died the night of Jan. 8, 1913. Norman Bennett was 78 years old and a veteran of the Civil War.
Mrs. Bennett, who was Jane Gregory before marriage, was a native of the town of Horicon and her body was taken there for burial. The couple is survived by a son, Charles L. Bennett and two daughters, Mrs. Charles Washburn and Mrs. Richard Dutcher. Funeral arrangements for Mr. Bennett have not yet been completed.
Gone from Thurman
Susan Kenyon, wife of Isaac P. Trotter, died Dec. 28, 1912 at her home in Cresco, Iowa. The deceased was born in Thurman Dec. 1, 1836 and her early life was spent in that town where she married John Farmham, who was a Union soldier and died in the Civil War.
Later on, Mrs. Farmham was a resident of Wevertown where she made her home with her sister, Mrs. C.W. Noble. In Nov. 1872 she was married to Mr. Trotter and went to live in Cresco where she remained until her death. She was the sister of Henry B. Kenyon and Nathaniel Kenyon. The deceased was a woman of rare virtues and ability and was highly respected by all who knew her.
Working in the woods
Lumbermen in Athol have their logs and pulp wood all cut and skidded and are now waiting for the snow to come.
Gailon Swanson of Knowelhurst, while at work rolling hemlock logs for Wilbur Perkins at West Stony Creek, got caught under a log on the skid way and had one leg broken below the knee. One bone was broken twice and the other once. He was attended by Dr. Thompson.
Kenneth Duell of Horicon fell on the ice and cut his head quite badly. Caleb Duell, John Pratt and Stephen Baker went to The Glen to work in the lumber woods. Lyman Wood of West Stony Creek has a large force of men working on his lumber job on the J. Cabel place near Harrisburgh.
Steep tax hike
Ralph M. Brown, Tax Collector, will be collecting taxes at various locations around Warrensburgh this month. The tax burden will be higher this year and a total of $18,736.37 must be taken in order to balance the books, according to Supervisor Milton N. Eldridge.
Last year the town showed a deficit of $304 and $350 must be raised by taxation to pay the yearly salary of the road commissioner whose rate this year has been raised to $468. (Note: According to the 1910 census, there were 2,385 citizens in Warrensburgh to share this tax increase.)
On Christmas Eve 1912, the stork presented Mrs. Arthur Cleveland with a ten-pound baby boy. That same night, the stork brought Mrs. Arthur Duell of Diamond Point a seven-pound son.
A fine boy arrived Dec. 27, 1912 at the home of Dennis Bump of North River. The busy stork left a baby boy at the Trout Lake, Bolton home of George Tubbs. A son was born Dec. 29, 1912 to Mrs. Frank Clute in Stony Creek. (Note: “The stork” must have had only boys left to give out at the end of his 1912 inventory.)
Sweet and sour notes
W.M. Marvin of Elizabethtown has been presented with a gold medal valued at $25 for having driven his Maxwell automobile 50,000 miles. The medal was awarded by the Albany Maxwell car dealers.
The going rate for school teachers has been currently raised to $30 a month. A gasoline engine has been installed in Lee Hall’s excelsior mill in Stony Creek.
William H. Morrise and Marion Daney, both of Igerna, were united recently in marriage at Pottersville. Harry Higgins of Igerna is ill with the grip and tonsillitis. Mrs. George Rhodes fell on the icy sidewalk and sprained her wrist. Mrs. Warren Bennett is ill with quinsy. Its going to be a long, cold winter.
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