Sam Pasco in trouble again
During the October term of Supreme Court at Lake George, two indictments were returned against Alvin “Sam” Pasco — one for Grand Larceny for cutting and stealing trees in August, 1912 from the property of Delbert L. Everts in the town of Thurman. The value of the trees was placed at $100.
The second indictment was also for grand larceny for cutting and stealing 28 trees, also valued at $100, from the premises of B. A. Kenyon in Thurman.
Pasco has retained Attorney James S. Kiley to defend him. (Note…Sam Pasco, son of Leander Pasco, was the notorious “evil” bandit of the North Country but like Robin Hood, he had more friends than enemies. He was well-known for seeing something that he wanted and just taking it. Back in January 1909 George T. Lockwood sued him for stealing seven or eight plots of standing timber. In January 1910, Lewis Olden of The Glen swore out a warrant and charged Sam with Assault, and he was released from jail after his friends posted $500 bail for him.
Sam Pasco died in April 1918 after being shot in the back by a sheriff’s deputy during a manhunt, when he was running from the law. He is buried in Pasco Cemetery in Thurman.)
Irate voter shoots candidate
Theodore Roosevelt, governor of New York State from 1898 to 1900, was elected U.S. Vice President in 1900. When on a vacation trip in the Adirondacks camping at Mount Marcy, he became the 26th U.S. President at 4:45 a.m. on Sept. 14, 1901 at the North Creek depot when he received official word that President William McKinley had been shot by an assassin in Buffalo and had died several days later. Teddy was re-elected in 1904.
His life always seemed to center around drama. One time, a trolley car struck his carriage and bowled him into a ditch and killed the Secret Service man riding beside him. Teddy, who received a bad leg wound, scrambled to his feet and insisted on continuing in the trip to make his scheduled speech on time. After he left office when his elected term was up, Roosevelt embarked on a long tour abroad where he found time for big-game hunting and writing books.
When the former president, only 54 years old, returned home on June 18, 1912, he became disturbed by uncertain American politics occurring since he was in office, and he sought to return to the presidency.
Colonel Roosevelt was later nominated for the presidency by the Progressive Party and embarked upon a bid for a third term in office which did not sit well with many voters, as he had promised that he would never run again. Nonetheless, he boldly forged ahead with his own Bull Moose Party.
“We stand at Armageddon and we battle for the Lord,” he thundered. At first he was brimming with physical and mental energy, but as time wore on, this enthusiasm waned and the voters grew bored.
In October, 1912, just 100 years ago, his campaign got a boost with a flash of drama when an anti-third-term fanatic by the name of John Schrank shot Roosevelt in the chest in front of a Milwaukee hotel. The bullet passed through his glasses case and a copy of his speech and lodged in a rib near his right lung. Undaunted, Teddy made his speech on schedule. “There is a bullet in my body,” he told his audience, “But it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose.”
Would-be-assassin John Schrank did not know whether Roosevelt was dead or alive as all newspapers were kept from him in his jail cell. He was eventually allowed to read one and said he felt very disappointed at the outcome as he had every intention to kill the former president. He was not allowed to be tried until after the election.
In November 1912, Roosevelt received far more votes than William Howard Taft , but Woodrow Wilson won the election with the most votes and a huge electoral majority. The Bull Moose party died and faded away into history. “There is only one thing to do,” said the Bull Moose, “and that is to go back to the Republican party.” (Note…Theodore Roosevelt is best remembered for his favorite saying, “Speak softly and carry a big stick — you will go far.” Roosevelt died in 1919 at his home in Oyster Bay, NY.)
“Bear Wallers” go hunting
Eight members of the Bear Waller Hunting Club, composed of Warrensburgh’s leading sportsmen, will be headed out on their annual hunt on the morning of Nov. 5, 1912, immediately after they have cast their votes. Their headquarters, as usual, will be established at Sawyer’s clearing in Oregon, NY, about six miles above Bakers Mills. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Wescott will go along to keep camp.
Dr. W.F. Wilkinson, Ernest C. “Kid” Manzer, Lewis E. Crandall, Clarence Russell, Marshal Burt, Charley Green, Barry W. Woodward and Orlin Magee will make up the party. Dr. J.E. Goodman will join the party when he returns from New York City where he is being treated for throat trouble.
Summer tourists long gone
The Fort William Henry Hotel at Lake George has been closed and will remain dark until about the middle of December, 1912 when it will be re-opened for the winter season. M.M. Kelly will again be manager and John Rushlow will be in charge of winter sports.
Old Mother Nature forgot our bright blue October weather at the beginning of this month but she is giving it to us now.
The Bull Moose rally held at Masonic Hall, Pottersville was largely attended. “Bully for Teddy,” was the phrase heard around the hall. Voter registration is 403 in local District One, 17 less than last year and 387 in District Two, 37 less than in 1911 at Warrensburgh. Betting on the election, Warrensburgh has Wilson as the favorite by odds of four to one.
Mrs. Tony Cioffi of Rutland, Vt. recently gave birth to her fourth pair of twins in nine years. Some single ones have been scattered along at intervals bringing the family up to nine living children as three have died. Tony says he has had enough.
A calf belonging to Roselle Stevens of Wevertown strayed from his farm Sept. 28, 1912 and although Mr. Stevens and son, Elmer have searched diligently, they have been unable to find the least trace of her.
A horse owned by Burt Middleton of South Horicon had a shock of paralysis in its stall and had to be shot to put it out of its suffering. In Garnet, resident F.D. Town had two sheep killed by lightning in a recent thunderstorm.
Eugene Scripter, an expert blacksmith and horseshoer, will enter the employ of L.D. Wilsey in his shop on Third St. in Warrensburgh. He was formerly employed here in the shops of Dr. A.J. Pitcher and A.T. Crandall.
Frank F. Merrill & Co. have established a freight and express route between Bolton Landing and Glens Falls and will make three round trips each week. They have first-class equipment.
Charles Kenyon of Garnet is constructing a new roof on his house. Charles Duell of Diamond Point is building a large woodshed on his house.
A husking party at Orlie Potter’s in Pottertown was much enjoyed by his friends and neighbors. A daughter was born Oct. 18, 1912 to Mrs. Leslie Carpenter. (Note: This is the Potter Brook road area near The Glen.) A son was born to Mrs. James A. Lilliebridge on Oct. 21, 1912 at North Thurman. A daughter was born to Mrs. Milo Straight of Johnsburgh.
Freddie Bibby went to the barn the night of Oct. 27, 1912 to see what the dog was making a fuss about. There he says he saw a striped wild cat. Freddie says he won’t interfere with the dog’s barking again.
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