100 Years Ago - November 1912
Cherished relic destroyed
An old cannon, probably a relic of the Revolutionary War, which has occupied a place on the grounds of the Fort William Henry Hotel at Lake George for upwards of 75 years, was destroyed Thursday night, Oct. 31, 1912 by a crowd of Halloween frolickers. The canon was for many years stored in a small house built for that purpose on the knoll east of the hotel, but this was torn down some years ago and the cannon has since stood exposed to the elements.
After indulging in various pranks about the village, the crowd of roisterers, whose identity is unknown, loaded the old canon to the muzzle and at 1:30 A.M. it was discharged with a roar that shook the town. The explosion shattered the gun and strewed fragments for a quarter of a mile in all directions. The piece was mounted on a carriage of oak and hickory and this was also completely destroyed.
The cannon was highly prized by the villagers as a relic and there was much indignation over the destruction. Should the miscreants be discovered, they will be severely punished. The piece was once used to fire a national salute for General Ulysses S. Grant when he arrived at the hotel on a trip through the lake on the old steamer, Minnehaha.
Young man commits suicide
Edward Seelye, formerly of Dunham’s Bay, Lake George, committed suicide Saturday morning, Nov. 9, 1912, by shooting himself in the temple at the home of his aunt in New Jersey.
The young man fell from a window about a year ago, striking his head. Since than he has been in a nervous state and often was unable to sleep for days. It is believed that his mind was affected by the injury.
Young Seelye was a grandson of the late Edward Eggleston, the famous author and he was a graduate of Princeton University and the school of mines of Columbia University. He was 26 years old and employed by the Oxford Copper Company of Bayonne, New Jersey. Edward was the son of Elwin Seelye of Dunham’s Bay and the body was brought there for burial in the private cemetery on the Seelye place beside the remains of his grandfather and sister, Allegra Seelye, who was killed by lightening several years ago while a student at Columbia University.
In the case of the Town of Queensbury against the City of Glens Falls, the Court of Appeals has made a decision which affirms a judgment for $4,567 on March 11, 1911. The city will be compelled to pay a portion of the cost of construction of the Glens Falls - Lake George and the Glens Falls - Hudson Falls state highways because the roads were built while Glens Falls was a village and a part of the Town of Queensbury.
While Miss Grace Culver of Friend’s Lake was driving home from Loon Lake Friday night, Nov. 1, 1912 and was coming through Jacob Vetter’s woods, one side of the thills came out of its clip allowing them drop down on the horse’s heels. The horse was frightened and broke into a run.
Lynwood Carpenter, who was riding with Miss Culver, tried to help stop the animal, but the wagon was tipped over and both were thrown out. Miss Culver pluckily clung to the reins and was dragged some distance, but seeing her danger finally let go. The horse got loose from the wagon and was stopped near Addison Kingsley’s place. Miss Culver was considerably bruised, but suffered no serious injury. Young Carpenter was only slightly bruised and the horse was not hurt.
Fiery blaze destroys shop
Robert A. Johnson’s blacksmith and wheelwright shop at North Creek, situated on upper Main Street near the D.& H. railroad station, was burned to the ground on Wednesday night, Oct. 30, 1912, together will all of its contents, including about $1,000 worth of seasoned lumber.
The fire broke out about 11 o’clock and an alarm was given by the ringing of church bells and the blowing of steam whistles. A large crowd gathered and a bucket brigade was quickly formed but was unable to accomplish much because of the strong wind. The house adjoining, occupied by Michael Owens, was saved with much effort. The loss is estimated at $4,000 only partially covered by insurance. There is no plan to rebuild the shop at present.
Failed to dodge the bullet
Mrs. Elwin Austin, of Newcomb, is laid up with a bullet wound in her limb caused by the accidental discharge of a gun, on Oct. 27, 1912, in the hands of James Moynehan.
Mr. Moynehan picked up the gun to clean it when the trigger caught in his mitten and discharged it, inflicting a flesh wound in Mrs. Austin’s leg.
Scrimping and saving every available penny for years, Mrs. E.D. Bentley finally accumulated $789.95, her bank being a discarded parlor stove in which she hid her funds from her husband. She wished to surprise him one day in the future by placing in his hand the money when the total reached $1,000 to purchase a house and small farm in the Catskills.
While she was absent on a visit the weather became chilly and Bentley dragged out the stove, set it up and started a roaring fire in it to take the chill off the parlor room. Now Mrs. Bentley’s fortune is in the shape of a few silver and copper coins fused into a solid mass.
News near and far
In Bakers Mills, Amos Hitchcock recently purchased the David Millington farm. Schermerhorn Brothers of Lake George are re-building their camp in the Curtis clearing which was recently destroyed by fire and hope to occupy it during the remainder of the hunting season.
William R. LaFlure, who recently removed from Pottersville to Chestertown, has bought the Mundy automobile garage on Main Street in that village and will open it on April 1, 1913. Until that time he will be employed at the Empire Garage in Glens Falls and his family will remain in Chestertown until his return.
The Ordway Hotel and premises at West Stony Creek, a well known resort for sportsmen and summer guests, has been purchased by the Riverside Distributing Company of Riparius who, on May 1, 1913, will take possession.
Sweet and sour notes
There was a flurry of snow at Friends Lake, Sunday, Nov. 2, 1912 which warns us of what is yet to come.
Cockroaches and bed bugs are the latest insects to be branded as carrier’s of Typhoid Fever germs.
The chestnut crop is very small this year. Almost everyone in Diamond Point, young and old alike, is afflicted with an awful cold. Mrs. Roscoe Reynolds there is in critical condition with gangrene in her arm. Joseph Kenyon of Minerva has been in charge of a gang of men on the state road this past summer.
The infant daughter of Fred Provonche died on Wednesday morning, Oct. 30, 1912 of Cholera Infantum, aged 5 months. She was buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Newcomb.
Loren Cunningham and Arthur Ingraham of Landon Hill, Pottersville, went to Igerna on Saturday, Nov. 2, 1912 and drove home D.H. Jenk’s young cattle that have been pastured there during the past summer months.
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