The former Bonnie Brae Villa, once a palatial summer home built in 1865 at the base of Dackinsack Mountain near Raymond Lane, Warrensburgh, was later renamed The Manor restaurant. This photograph was taken by Jean Hadden on Feb. 17, 1980, a mere 24 days later, the house was totally destroyed by arson fire.
Right hand shot off
While hunting squirrels in the woods north of Warrensburgh on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 3, 1912, Herbert C. Smith, Town Clerk of Warrensburgh, was severely wounded in both hands by the accidental discharge of his weapon, a double-barrel breech loading shot gun. A weak wrist caused him to drop the gun which struck a stump and went off as he grasped the barrel to save it from striking the ground. His right hand was literally shot to pieces and was amputated at the wrist by Dr. Thomas Cunningham at the Glens Falls Hospital about four hours after the accident occurred. The left hand was also badly mangled and torn by the charge of bird shot but no bones were broken and it can possibly be saved.
Mr. Smith was hunting in the company with E.C. Austin, salesman for the Warrensburgh Woolen Company and Ernest C. “Kid” Manzer, Warrensburgh barber. Mr. Smith is about 40 years old and has a large family. He is a brother of Deputy Sheriff Truman H. Smith of Thurman. He moved here from the north several years ago where he was an Adirondack guide. His warm friends sympathize with him deeply in his great misfortune.
Hunter’s nervous breakdown
Charles Murray of New York, while hunting with a party in West Stony Creek, was lost in the woods for two nights and a day and when found, he had given up all hope of rescue and resigned himself to death. His condition was pitiable and he probably will never recover from the effects of his terrible experiences.
The party Mr. Murray was with was made up mostly of Stony Creek men. They went into the woods on Monday morning intending to stay for two weeks. While in the woods alone, Murray, instead of taking a proper turn as he had been carefully instructed to do, kept walking straight and in an hour he became hopelessly lost in the forest. He frantically fired his gun and shouted, but to no avail.
His rescue was due to Halsey Fuller of Luzerne who had a camp near by and had been a guide in the Stony Creek area for many years. Fuller heard feeble cries, sobs and groans and found Murray who had fallen to the ground and was unable to rise. His clothing was torn to shreds and he was weak and exhausted from his long fast and was in a highly nervous state from being lost. He was carried on a stretcher to Fuller’s camp and it was two hours before the young man was revived but he was still unable to walk.
Murray was taken to Creek Centre (Stony Creek) and left for his home on the afternoon train, still in a state of agitation. Dr. W.W. Aldrich says he will never fully recover from the effects of his dreadful experience.
Noble lady dies in Hawaii
Cordelia Church Bishop, daughter of Nelson R. and Harriet Osborne Bishop, born in Warrensburgh in 1835, died on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1912 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The deceased was the widow of Col. William F. Allen, late of Honolulu, who held a position under the government as collector of customs.
Mrs. Allen was a descendant of two of Warrensburgh’s oldest families, the Bishops and the Osbornes. She was distinguished for her many lovable traits of character and graces of mind and body. Her cousin, Charles Reed Bishop, also a native of Warrensburgh, left this place in 1841 to seek his fortune and after many adventures landed in the Hawaiian Islands where he married Princess Bernice Pauahi Paki, daughter of King Kamehameba the fourth and he became the ruler’s confidential advisor, acquiring great influence and wealth.
After considerable correspondence with her cousin, Miss Bishop was induced to make the long voyage alone to the islands which became known as the Paradise of the Pacific. Soon after her arrival she formed the acquaintance of Colonel Allen and they were married. Col. William F. Allen Sr., her father-in-law, was dean of the diplomatic corps. He died in the White House in Washington, D.C. when he was visiting there and suffered a heart attack.
The couple visited Warrensburgh for the last time in 1897 when they were entertained at The Elms (now The Pillars). Col. William Allen died in 1906.
Cordelia Bishop Allen was universally loved in her adopted land. Her funeral was held on Sept. 24, 1912 at her late home and she was cremated.
Judge Hodgson’s court
Claude Smith was arrested Monday, Oct. 7, 1912 on a charge of grand larceny, preferred by James Raymond of Spruce Mountain, who alleged that Smith, who was in his employ, stole a $20 bill from him. After a jury trial of his peers, Judge Hodgson sentenced Smith to six months imprisonment in the Albany penitentiary.
In another case, John Jackson, a young man who was inclined to be “tough,” was arrested by Constable Lon Sherman on Oct. 8, 1912 for disorderly conduct and was taken to the Lake George jail. In the car he became obstreperous and tried to “mix it up” with Lonnie. The attempt was a failure, but Jackson was badly mussed up by the cordy constable before he was brought to realize the fact that he wasn’t so tough. Judge Hodgson gave him a six month sentence which will remain suspended during his good behavior.
Bonnie Brae spruced up
John F. Burt has taken the contract for painting Bonnie Brae Villa, Mrs. John L. (Mary) Russell’s beautiful summer residence on Upper Main Street and is now on the job with several men. The body color is light green, with white trimming and blinds dark green. The colors blend beautifully with the fall foliage of the many shade trees on the place and the effect is very pleasing to the eye. (Note…This house, built in 1865, was one of the most beautiful mansions ever seen in Warrensburgh and sat at the base of the mountain behind today’s Post Office. The end of a gracious era, it was destroyed by arson in 1980.)
The hillsides are arrayed in their autumnal robes of splendid colors.
As a result of the fine weather we are having at present, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are again in blossom and an apple tree in front of Albert Pratt’s house in West Bolton is in blossom.
Farmers are busy digging their potatoes and gathering apples. There are plenty of both. Deer hunting is poor this year, not because there is a scarcity of them but because it bothers hunters to catch them and measure their horns before they are allowed to shoot them.
The Ticonderoga schools, which were closed for some time because of an outbreak of smallpox, were reopened. Only pupils who have been properly vaccinated will be permitted to attend. The churches and place of amusement will be closed until further notice. There are currently eight cases of smallpox in Ticonderoga.
The Philathea class of the Horicon Baptist Church Sunday School will give a masquerade social and Harvest Supper at Smith’s Hall on Oct. 25, 1912 and the proceeds will be used to get a new carpet for the church.
Mrs. Charles E. Hawley, 60, died Friday morning, Sept. 27, 1912 at her home in Lake George. Internment was in the Lake George Union Cemetery.
Mrs. Cordie Montgomery has gone to Thurman to open her school in the Frost district. A new roof has been put on the post office building in Chestertown. A daughter was born to Mrs. James Goodman of Athol. Miss Jennie M. Beadnell, of Pottersville, is recovering from an acute attack of bronchitis. Mrs. Samuel Bates of Lake George has a new Elmore car.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at email@example.com or 623-2210.