100 Years Ago - December 1912
Same name, probably no connection
Mrs. Lizzie Blow of 24 Third St., Glens Falls, lies in the hospital in that city suffering from six knife wounds in her shoulders and one in the back of her head, inflicted by her husband, George Blow, after a quarrel they had on Monday night, Dec. 30, 1912, near the intersection of South and First Streets.
Mrs. Blow remonstrated with her husband for whipping their 18-year-old daughter, Mabel and Blow became so enraged that he seized her by the collar and plunged the knife into her shoulders six times. She screamed for help and he threatened to cut her throat if she did not keep still.
Driven by desperate fear, the woman managed to break away from her husband and ran screaming across the street in the direction of the business section of the city. Faint and bleeding, the injured woman staggered inside a nearby house and told the startled occupants what had occurred and the police and Dr. Floyd Palmer were notified. After the physician had dressed the woman’s wounds, she was taken to the Glens Falls Hospital.
Chief of Police Fred C. Jenkins was notified and he summoned all of the officers of the force on duty and sent them out in different directions to search for Blow. The man was arrested three hours later at the home of his mother in Fort Edward. When questioned by the police, he denied all knowledge of the crime.
It is expected that the wounded woman’s condition will definitely be known in the next few days after which Blow will be arraigned either on the charge of assault in the first degree or that of murder.
The Blows have been married about 21 years but they have not lived together for many years until six months ago. The father is alleged to have whipped the daughter frequently and a week ago Mrs. Blow refused to allow him in the house for that reason. Monday he visited the house when she was absent and whipped the girl yet again and the mother strongly objected when he told her about it when they met in the street. The assailant is now in city jail. (Note…The name on the villain in this tale is not “Blow.” He actually bore the exact same name, first and last, as a highly respectable, well-known local gentleman of my acquaintance, living here now, who, I have no doubt, has absolutely no connection in his family tree with this miserable wretch. In order to not embarrass him, I fictionalized the name.)
Christmas in the good old days
Christmas was a quiet day in Warrensburgh. Services were held at St. Cecilia’s and Holy Cross churches. The work of winding evergreen for the decoration of the Church of the Holy Cross was done in the parish rooms to perfection this year. The beautiful weather was tempting for a walk or a drive, but after the church going crowds had dispersed at noon few people were seen on the streets. Family reunions were held in many houses and it was there that the day was most enjoyed.
The programs printed in the Warrensburgh News were much appreciated and fully enjoyed by large congregations. The snow storm on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1912, while light, saved us from a green Christmas and was very acceptable. The air was crisp and cold after the storm and Tuesday night, Christmas eve, was a perfect winter night.
Strange but true
An unusual story came as the result of the terrible wind in Graphite recently which blew part of the roof off a barn and through the side of a house in New Hague and so badly injured Elmer Shattuck that he died from his injuries. He was buried Dec. 22, 1912.
Comrades reunite in eternity
News was received on Dec. 17, 1912 that Hiram Jebo, a native of Warrensburgh, had died at Tupper Lake. He was a tent mate of Benjamin Cilley, of Warrensburgh, during their service together in the Civil War. The men enlisted on the same day and received their discharge at the same time. Mr. Cilley was much affected by the news of his old comrade’s death.
Death in the news
Claude Branch, 21, died in Warrensburgh on Friday, Dec. 27, 1912 at the home of Benjamin Whipple with whom he had made his home since the death of his father, Leonard Branch, some years ago. The young man was taken ill in Chestertown where he was employed by A.R. Waddell, just three weeks before his death. He was brought back home here and died the following day. The boy is survived by four brothers, Robert, Henry, William and Dorrence Branch. Burial was in the Warrensburgh Cemetery.
Judd S. Fish, 38, of Bolton died Sunday afternoon, Dec. 15, 1912 after only a few weeks illness. The deceased was formerly a student of the Warrensburgh High School.
William J. Chilson, father of Prof. John B. Chilson, principal of the Warrensburgh High School, died the night of Jan. 1, 1913 at his home in Luzerne after a long illness of stomach trouble. Prof. Chilson had been at his father’s bedside since Dec. 24, 1912 and was with him when he died. The deceased was a veteran of the Civil War. (Note…”Afflictions sore long time I bore. Physicians was in vain.”…1873 epitaph found in an old graveyard.)
Disease ravishes family
The typhoid fever has about ran its course in the family of Samuel Weller in Lewisville, Warrensburgh after afflicting them for two and a half months. Mr. Weller was first taken with the illness in September and before he recovered his wife became ill with the disease and a while later it attacked Evangeline, their daughter. She is currently making a slow recovery under the care of Dr. Allen Parker.
New marriage law
Bert Fry of Stony Creek and Miss Lillian Lanfear of Warrensburgh were married by the Rev. A.T. Murdock on Christmas day, Dec. 25, 1912 at the Methodist Episcopal parsonage in Stony Creek.
Applicants for marriage licenses will currently be required to give the name of the clergyman who is to perform the ceremony. The new law is that to not report a marriage performed to the Registrar of Vital Statistics will result in a stiff fine. (Note…What a blessing this was for scores of genealogists than yet unborn!)
Local news, near and far
The chief executioner of death in the winter and spring months is pneumonia and the season is well at hand.
On Sunday evening, Dec. 22, 1912, a load of people from Johnsburgh attended the revival meetings at Sodom.
Miss Allora Phelan, teacher at the high school in Chestertown, has gone to Cherry Valley to spend the holiday with her parents. Miss Julia O’Keefe closed her school in district No. 10, North Thurman on Friday, Dec. 20, 1912 and returned to her home in Hadley. Miss Nina Hathaway closed her school in the Harrington Hill district on Monday, Dec. 23, 1912 and returned to her home in Greenwich.
C.E. Dickinson is building a new wagon shed on his barn at Trout Lake, Bolton. Julius MacKinstry of Adirondack, killed a yearling bull that weighed 423 pounds. Harry Carpenter has pneumonia. Ralph Hill, son of Scott Hill of Trout Lake, Bolton was operated upon for appendicitis at the Albany Hospital.
In Thurman, Holden Kenyon, while piling logs with his grandson, Leo A. Baker in the woods on Friday, Dec. 20, 1912, fell on the frozen ground and broke his nose. Sanford Kenyon killed a pig that weighed 410 pounds.
Looking back in time from 1912
One hundred and five years ago, Dec. 28,1807, the Warrensburgh First Baptist church was founded.
The Warrensburgh Grist mill was built 88 years ago in 1824 on River street. (Note…Much later, on Dec. 28, 1976 the Grist Mill beside the Schroon River was opened as a restaurant, tavern and craft shop by Nancy Fitler and operated by Barbara McLaughlin.)
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