100 Years Ago - November 1912
Fatal shooting accident
Kenneth Austin, a 12 year old Igerna lad, was fatally wounded in a hunting accident near that place on election day and died at 12 o’clock that night at the home of his father, Benjamin Austin, on the state road between North Creek and Minerva, opposite the McLaughlin schoolhouse.
The boy and his older brother, John, left their home immediately after dinner, each armed with a rifle, to go over near the foot of the mountain back of their home for a few hours of hunting. Both were familiar with the use of guns and were considered careful, reliable boys.
About 2 o’clock Kenneth’s rifle was in some way accidentally discharged and the ball struck him in the forehead and passed through the top of the skull. Though the wound was apparently not very deep, the bullet touched the brain in it’s passage. The boy was carried home by his brother and Dr. Fuller of North Creek and Dr. Breen of Olmstedville, who were hastily summoned. After examining the wound they gave no hope of recovery. Kenneth never regained consciousness and passed away eight hours after the accident occurred.
The boy was the youngest of three sons. His father and older brother, Howard Austin, were at the polling place in Pottersville when they were hastily summoned home after the accident occurred. Although the day was very rainy, there was a large attendance at the boy’s funeral. He was buried in the cemetery next to the Methodist Episcopal Church in Igerna.
Accident or suicide
Myron W. Farlin, son of the late Whitney Farlin of Chicago, a native of Warrensburgh, was found dead at his residence on Lake Shore Drive on Friday afternoon, Nov. 15, 1912, shot through the right temple. His revolver was beside him with one cartridge exploded. No doubt is expressed the Mr. Farlin, an invalid during most of his 38 years of life, shot himself. The police believe the shooting was intentional due to melancholy over his long illness.
The body was found by Mr. Farlin’s valet, John Crown, long in the family’s employ. Farlin’s body was in pajamas sprawled on the thresh hold of the bathroom and had been dead for nearly two hours when Crown found him. Death was apparently instantaneous. His mother and sister are both prostrated.
Arthur Bliss, of Lake Placid, is on trial at Elizabethtown on a charge of murder in the first degree. Bliss is charged with killing William Younger, on July 8, 1912, in a house where both were tenants at Lake Placid. The murder was a result of a quarrel over a comparatively trivial matter. Justice Whitmyer of Schenectady is presiding.
Lady dies suddenly
Mrs. Dwight Warner, 60, died suddenly of paralysis early Monday evening, Nov. 11, 1912 at her home in Starbuckville, Chester. She fell to the floor and expired almost instantly. Her husband and three children, George Warner, Mrs. Theodore Bolton and Mrs. Charles Fish morn the loss of their wife and mother.
Dabriel Howe of Glens Falls and Miss Jennie Bennett of North Caldwell were married Oct. 16, 19123 in Glens Falls. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Rhode Bennett, formerly of Luzerne and a granddaughter of Mrs. Rhoda Glynn of North Caldwell.
A pretty autumn wedding was solemnized at St. Joseph’s Church, Olmstedville on Sunday, Oct. 27, 1912 when Miss Isabelle McCardle of that place became the bride of Thomas F. McPhillips of Friends Lake, Chester. The bride was gowned in a blue broadcloth suit. Rev. Father O’Rourke presided. The couple will reside at Friends Lake.
Mayne Weaver of Lake George and Miss Eudora Joubert of Ticonderoga were married Oct. 28, 1912 by the Rev. Father Livingstone at Lake George.
George E. Perkins and Miss Lillie E. Hammond, both of Igerna, were married by the Rev. Bert S. VanVleet on Nov. 13, 1912 at the Baptist parsonage in North Chester. Miss Katie Wells and Roy Brown were the attendants.
Men in the woods with guns
Wilbur “Bill” Hitchcock, with his trusty rifle, left Saturday, Nov. 9, 1912 for Bakers Mills where he plans to spend a week with his brother, Harry Hitchcock and hunt for deer. In the meantime his associates at the Warrensburgh News were planning for a venison supper as Bill is a dead shot.
A.E. Rice, of Troy, has the distinction of killing the largest deer reported in this area this season, a buck weighing 255 pounds which he shot near Kenyon Point at West Stony Creek. The deer’s horns had twelve points and spread 24 and a half inches. Mr. Rice will have the head and feet mounted.
William Vernon and Edward Mead of Pottersville returned from a hunting trip with two large bucks. Charles Mattison and John Cooper each killed a fine deer in Sodom.
Earl Herrick of Lewisville, Warrensburgh came home Saturday, Nov. 9, 1912 from the Reynolds and VanDusen camps at West Stony Creek where he had been hunting for several days. He killed a fine buck and a fox. Lee Orton and Albert Bennett joined the hunters on Saturday afternoon.
The hunting season will soon close and the poor deer can take a rest. Only half as many deer have been taken out so far as were transported last year in Bakers Mills.
News near and far
There was quite a flurry of snow Sunday, Nov. 17, 1912, giving us warning that winter is close at hand.
We are glad that some of our citizens are relieved of the awful strain due to the impending election, now that it is all over and Woodrow Wilson is safely in the White House, now everyone can take it easy.
A son was born to Mrs. Byron Duell of Bolton on Nov. 54, 1912. A son, Grover Clarence Kent was born in Bolton to Mrs. Grover Kent.
Benjamin Foote Merwin, 57, died suddenly Nov. 13, 1912 at his home in Blue Mountain Lake. He is survived by his widow, five sons and two daughters.
Arthur Hewitt, 40, of North Creek, died Monday night, Nov. 11, 1912 after a brief illness. He leaves a widow, one son, Charles and two daughters, Ellen and Beatrice Hewitt.
Myer Snyder has opened a pool and billiard room in the new Braley & Rogers building in Bolton Landing.
Loren Hoffman started recently for Orlando, Florida where he has secured a good position for the winter. He was given a farewell party by his friends at the home of Bertie Whittemore on Oak Street, Warrensburgh. (Note…Warrensburgh Justice of the Peace, Loren Hoffman and his second wife, Ida Mae Nestle were my good friends. For many years they owned and ran the Queen Village Bakery, now known as Riverside Gallery. When they retired they sold the historic building on Elm Street to Mervin Hadden).
In North Thurman, David I. Combs has taken his buckwheat mill away from E.B. Germain’s grist mill so Mr. Germain has now no way to grind buckwheat.
In Sodom John Hewitt lost a good cow. The animal got an apple lodged in its throat and choked to death. In Johns burgh a farmer recently killed a cow and found in its stomach a darning needle. Evidently the cow had accomplished the almost impossible task of finding a needle in a haystack.
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