100 Years Ago - June 1913
Emerson’s grand party
The Hon. Louis W. Emerson of Warrensburgh gave his annual house party at the Leland House, Schroon Lake, with a banquet Friday night, May 30, 1913 which marked the opening of the hotel for the season. The feast spread before the guests reflected much credit upon the resources of the hotel and its proprietors, L.W. and J.A. Emerson and manager G.H. Brickwedel.
Patrick Moynihan was the speaker of the evening and his subject was “True Friendship.” Dr. J.B. Harvie told a humorous story in Scotch dialect.
In other news, the Empire Theatre in Glens Falls was packed to the doors with 2,000 men and women, Democrats, Republicans, Progressives and people of all or no parties assembled to hear Governor Sulzer speak.
Sen. James A. Emerson occupied one of the boxes and many Warrensburgh people were scattered about in the audience. After the meeting the governor visited the Elks Club before he returned to Albany.
Thurman youth drowned
While swimming in the Boreas River at Newcomb, Monday afternoon, Hiland Wescott, 19, of Thurman, was seized with a cramp and before help could reach him, sank to the bottom and was drowned.
Young Wescott was employed on the state road work near Newcomb and after the day’s labor was done, went to the river to seek relief from the intense heat by a refreshing bath in the cool waters. He was a good swimmer and did not hesitate to venture into deep water, but when the cramp paralyzed his limbs he was unable to save himself. Other men were nearby but were unable to reach him in time.
His body was brought home to Thurman and the funeral was held May 1, 1913. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Wescott, three sisters, Myra, Francis and Lulu Wescott and a brother, Linwood Westcott.
Burglar’s last job ever
Harry W. Watrous, a New York artist, at 2 a.m. June 16, 1913, discovered Frank and Joseph Cardinal, of Hudson Falls, engaged in burglarizing his summer home, “Camp Inn,” at Hague and opened fire on them with a Colt automatic revolver. Two bullets struck Frank Cardinal in the abdomen, inflicting wounds which caused his death in the Moses Hospital in Ticonderoga at 3 p.m.. The brother jumped through a window and escaped. He was pursued by Sheriff Richard Bolton and was captured and lodged in the County Jail at Lake George.
Mr. and Mrs. Watrous occupied a room in the second story of the cottage and the latter was first awakened by the noise the men made in their operations. She aroused her husband who took a flashlight and a revolver and went to investigate the cause of the noise. Entering the dining room, clad only in his nightshirt, Mr. Watrous flashed his light and its rays fell directly upon the crouching figure of a man. Not knowing if the intruder was armed, Watrous fired at him and at the same instant his thumb slipped from the button of the flashlight, leaving the room in darkness. He again flashed the light and saw what he thought was a different man, so he aimed and shot at him. The man fell to the floor with a groan and at the same time a crash of glass was heard as the other man plunged through a window in another room and fled in the darkness.
(Note: Harry Watrous was a founder of the famous Lake George Club. He was a well known painter from New York City and at one time was president of the National Academy of Design.)
In the summer of 1906, Col. W.D. Mann constructed a large “wooden trout” in order to play a joke on his friend Watrous and the man retaliated by constructing a wooden sea-monster which was worked by a system of pulleys and levers. “George the Sea-Monster” created a panic among the summer residents which soon turned to amusement. George was bought by Mrs. William Bailey in 1962 and left Lake George to live in the Virgin Islands.)
Vacationing in the Adirondacks
Hon. Charles Evans Hughes, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court has leased a cottage at Lake Placid and will spend the summer season there with his family. (Note: Hughes was born in 1862 in Glens Falls and became governor of the New York State in 1907. He ran for president in 1916 but was narrowly defeated by Woodrow Wilson. He died in 1948.)
Fortune in jewels found
Dr. Albert H. Phelps, whose funeral was held June 17, 1913 from the family residence at Ridge Street, Glens Falls, left no will and his entire estate will pass into the hands of his sons Guy M. Phelps of Troy and Leroy G. Phelps of Bridgeport, Conn.
Among the many possessions left by the late physician is a collection of rare gems, containing many diamonds, rubies, sapphires and other valuable gems which were found about a year ago by the deceased in an old trunk which had been the property of his grandmother and which had been placed in a store room in the rear of the house and left unopened for many years.
Wood alcohol deadly
Thirteen persons in New York state were made blind for life and four were killed during the past year either by drinking wood alcohol (methanol) or inhaling its poisonous fumes and across the country hundreds of persons have been innocently victimized by the same poison, which is easily obtainable from various retail stores, drug stores and grocery stores. (Note: In our day wood alcohol is found mostly in antifreeze, a fatal poison, which has caused the death of many people who have consumed it.)
Telephone Company purchased
Solon B. Dunlop of Stony Creek, Clerk of the County Board of Supervisors and M.B. Riddell of Luzerne have purchased the interests of the North Creek Telephone Company, consisting of 40 miles of poles and lines and all rights and franchises within the limits of the Town of Stony Creek. They took possession June 1, 1913 and henceforth the business will be known at the Luzerne Telephone Company.
The new owners plan to make extensive improvements to the system, in which there are at present 50 subscribers. New instruments will be installed and a girl has been engaged for the switchboard which has been installed in the Stony Creek office.
New anti-discrimination law
Hotel and boarding house keepers in the state of New York are by a new law prohibited from printing in their booklets, on their stationery or in any other way publishing, posting or circulating a notice to the effect that the patronage of Jews is not desired, as there must not be any discrimination against applicants or patrons on account of race, creed or color.
Spreading his love around
Dr. G.A. Moore, a young physician of Fort Ann, has been arrested and taken to Brooklyn on a charge of bigamy. It is alleged that besides having two wives he is also engaged to a young nurse in Glens Falls. Moore was employed as a cook in a Glens Falls restaurant last summer, being destitute of funds with which to establish a practice, and several physicians of the city assisted him to get a start in Fort Ann.
Turtle cure serum
Despite the extravagant claims of German physician Dr. Franc Friedmann, his Turtle Serum cure for tuberculosis, which aroused such high hopes in the minds of thousands of sufferers from the great white plague and their friends have failed to meet the tests of government scientists and had practically been rejected by the medical profession. This is a great disappointment to people who saw this cure as their salvation.
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