100 Years Ago - December 1912
Charged with crookedness
The Siegal brothers, Jacob and Lewis, who formerly conducted clothing and dry goods stores at North Creek and Indian Lake, than removed later to Burlington, Vermont, where they engaged in the same business, on July 15, 1912 went into bankruptcy. When their affairs were being settled they were charged with willfully and fraudulently concealing from the trustee and receiver, William A. Vial, the sum of $10,000.
When thus accused both fled and have since been fugitives from justice until Saturday morning, Nov. 30, 1912 when Lewis Siegal was arrested by Patrolman Thomas Clancy in Glens Falls. The whereabouts of Jacob Siegal is unknown. Attorney Henry Williams has been engaged to defend the prisoner who is currently free on $1,000 bail.
Old Glory raised high
The new schoolhouse in district No. 2 in Chestertown is getting along finely and will be a great addition to the town when finished.
The Italian masons working on the schoolhouse recently after finishing the chimney, placed a flag of their own country on the building. This was just too much for Earl Carpenter so he procured an American flag and clambering to the roof hoisted the good old Stars and Strips over the foreign banner and it waves there where it always should be, on top. (Note…The complete story of the hard struggle to create a new Chestertown school was told in this column in the July 28th and Sept. 22, 2012 Adirondack Journal.)
Birds feast on oysters
Thomas Bolton of Horicon was in the town of Adirondack Thursday morning, Dec. 12, 1912. “Tommie” left his horse standing in front of Smith Barton’s residence while he was inside visiting. In the meantime a blast was sat off nearby on W.L. Potter’s place and the horse, concluding that home was the best place for him, turned around and rapidly started in that direction but was stopped by some of the boys at the schoolhouse. No serious damage was done except the spilling of a few gallons of oysters which Tommie had brought into town to sell.
New sheriff takes oath
Sheriff-elect Richard J. Bolton took the oath of office before County Attorney and Notary Loyal L. Davis on Friday afternoon, Dec. 13, 1912, in Glens Falls. (Note…In January, 1913 Sheriff Bolton succeeded Sheriff Thomas J. Smith and received more than 100 applications from Republicans in the north country, particularly Horicon and Chestertown, for the job of Deputy Sheriff. The new sheriff appointed to that post his father, Richard J. Bolton, Sr. of Horicon, at a salary of $50 a year.
He also appointed three others as special deputies, without salaries, who were Alpha St. Claire, Fred Case and Herbert Smith.)
Slide nears completion
The toboggan slide at the Fort William Henry Hotel in Lake George is nearing completion and as soon as the lake freezes over it will be ready for use and it will be a busy time.
The Charles J. Peabody residence now in course of erection is progressing rapidly, the current fine weather being very favorable for the work. (Note…Charles Jones Peabody bought the Lower Price Place, an English Tudor Mansion on Millionaires’ Row which he named Evelley. The house was in later years owned by Paul Carroll.)
Testing apple cider
The determination of when apple cider has become “hard” suggests the well known test by means of which toadstools are differentiated from mushrooms. You must drink the cider and if all the apple trees in your vicinity begin to participate in a measured movement to waltz time the cider is indeed “hard.”
Sometimes it may require 3 or 4 goblets with amber crown to decide properly whether the tingling beverage knows its business.
Death in the news
Enos O. Putnam, 77, an old resident of Johnsburgh, died suddenly on Wednesday morning, Nov. 27, 1912 at his home. He had been ill for about a week but the day before his death seemed to feel unusually well.
He had spent most of his life in Johnsburgh and he was a good businessman and a good citizen. He lived 3 miles from the Johnsburgh Church and was seldom ever absent from any service. He is survived by a son, George Putnam and two daughters, Mrs. Albert Armstrong and Mrs. Noble Armstrong, all of Johnsburgh. Burial was in the Wesleyan Cemetery.
“The Southland Serenaders,” a troupe of talented, colored jubilee singers, will appear at Music Hall on Thursday evening, Dec. 12, 1912 for the benefit of the Warrensburgh Cadet Band. A large turnout is expected.
Lewis Thomson, one of Warrensburgh’s best known citizens, was operated upon by Dr. Harvey of Troy at the Samaritan Hospital in that city on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1912. The operation was a serious one and Mr. Thomson’s recovery is expected to be slow. He is doing as well as can be expected. (Note…Lewis Thomson was one of the wealthiest self -made men in Warrensburgh. His home was the 27 room mansion he had built in 1906 which is today called “The Cornerstone Victorian,” on Main Street. Lewis Thomson died in 1913.)
Scott B. Smith, the local real estate agent, has affected a sale of the Aldrich residence property on Hudson Street, to Orley Hazelton, who will take possession May 1, 1913. The price was $2,000.
William Liman of Boston and Miss Mary Smith, a life long resident of Chester and Warrensburgh, were married Sunday evening, Oct. 20, 1912.
A Thanksgiving dance was given by the new landlord of the Wevertown Hotel. A little daughter arrived Nov. 19, 1912 at the home of Joseph Martin in Riparius.
Thanksgiving night, at Sodom, a little son of Edson Kathan secured some matches and going into an out building, set fire to some papers. A big blaze was soon underway and five men worked strenuously for some time to put it out.
George M. Wells of Johnsburgh is ill with quinsy. Mrs. Kate Hill of Friends Lake is ill with typhoid fever. Harry Parker of Friends Lake has been away for two years and has returned home. He did not lose his whistle while traveling.
Oliver Hammond, 63, died at his home at Diamond Point on Sunday, Nov. 24, 1912. He leaves a widow, one sister, Mrs. Winchip and a brother, Eugene Hammond.
Enos Perry of Chestertown died Monday morning, Dec. 2, 1912 after a long illness at his home on North Main Street. He leaves a widow and one son. Burial was in the Chester Rural Cemetery.
Charles Jones of Landon Hill, Chestertown and Carrie Flewelling of Minerva, were united in marriage on Nov. 27, 1912 by the Rev. Bert S. Van Vleet at the Baptist parsonage in North Chester.
D.B. Jenks of Landon Hill, Pottersville butchered two fine hogs on Friday, Nov. 29, 1912, one weighing 390 pounds and the other, 419 pounds. F.E. Shaw butchered one weighing 334 pounds.
Some young men of Athol, working on the theory that competition is the only way to bring down prices, have opened an up-to-date department store under the firm name of Goodman & Pasco there.
In Johnsburgh Corners, there has been nice sleighing the past week but the rain on Monday, Dec. 2, 1912 has changed things. Sam Balcom is removing an old land mark known as the Mack house. Jabez Waddell has moved his family to his new farm on Elm Hill which he bought from Walter Whittemore. The remains of Mrs. Daniel Carey of Glens Falls, former resident and daughter of George Hewitt, were brought here Thursday, Nov. 28, 1912 and buried in the Wesleyan Cemetery.
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