Socked in the eye
Ernest LaFlure, of Chestertown, met with a peculiar accident at that place Saturday afternoon, Sept. 21, 1912 which may cause him to lose his sight in one eye, although Dr. H.S. Paine, the eye specialist at the Glens Falls Hospital, gives some hope that he might retain partial sight.
LaFlure was driving a spirited colt on the Friends Lake road when the animal became frightened at some cattle and made a wild dash. As it did a stone was picked up by one of its fore feet and was thrown with great force into the driver’s face, striking him on the bridge of the nose and cutting a bad gash. Glancing off, it struck the eye and pulled the covering from the eye ball.
The injury caused the man much pain and he suffered terrible agony during the drive of two miles to his home. Little could be done to relieve him and the next day he was taken to the hospital and the eye specialist, Dr. Paine was summoned from his summer home in Lake George to attend him.
Citizens shocked at vandalism
The desecration of the Catholic Church in Wevertown one night recently by persons who broke into the building has excited great indignation in that place. The alter was pulled to pieces, the seats tipped over and general disorder prevailed when the sexton opened the church for Sunday services. As there was little of value in the church the damage was wrought in pure malice and the culprits should be severely punished when they are caught.
Sailing away to a happy life
Rev. James Maxwell Corum of West Orange, N.J. and Miss Laura May Vetter were married at the home of the bride’s father, Fred Vetter in Chestertown. Rev. John Fulton Patterson performed the ceremony.
The couple left by automobile for Fort Edward where they boarded the train for Quebec. They later sailed for Scotland where Mr. Corum will enter the University of Edinburgh for a course in Bible study. He has a pastorate in Orange, N.J.
In other news, Glenn Judd of Penn Yan and Miss Cecile Lockhart of Lake George, were married Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1912 by the Rev. James Roberts at the home of the bride’s father, James G. Lockhart. There were 30 guests.
David R. Johnson, son of James Johnson of Wevertown and Miss Chloe R. Palmer, daughter of Rev. O.H. Palmer of North River, were married Sept. 15, 1912 by Rev. F.M. La Bar at the Baptist Parsonage in Minerva.
Wyman D. Pasco, 22, son of Delbert and Abbie Pasco, and Miss Lenita E. Mills, 22, daughter of John C. Mills, all of Warrensburgh, were married the morning of Sept. 25, 1912 by Rev. H.T. Titus at the Methodist Episcopal Church here. Walter Pasco and Miss Bessie Mills were the attendants.
New school put on hold
The trustees of Chester School District No. 2 received four bids on Sept. 5, 1912 for the construction of the new proposed school building to be erected. The lowest bid was from contractor Durkee of Horicon, who bid $7,650 to put up the building. The other proposals ranged as high as $10,000 and consequently the contract was not let.
Contractor Durkee agreed to reduce his bid to $7,000 providing several items called for in the plans are eliminated. Durkee’s bid will be accepted if the State Education Dept. agrees. (Note…The complete story of the wish of Chestertown officials to tear down the old Baptist Church and erect a new school was told in this column in the July 28, 2012 Adirondack Journal.)
Friends erect headstone
Through the efforts of many old friends of the late Patrick O’Hara, for many years a resident of the town of Horicon, the grave of the deceased in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery in Warrensburgh, has recently been marked by a handsome headstone. Mr. O’Hara was born in Ireland and emigrated to this country when he was a young man, going directly to Horicon where he spent the remainder of his life. He conducted a hotel there for many years and was well known throughout this area. He has no relatives in this country to mourn his loss.
Sweet and sour notes
We are having a rainy spell of weather now which is bad for harvesting of buckwheat and digging potatoes.
School opened Monday, Sept. 9, 1912 in Chestertown. Allie Pasco of Athol is the new truant officer. Bert Randall of North Creek is building a new barn on his lot situated on the road to Wevertown.
It was just seven years ago, Sept. 24, 1905 that the very first automobile ever driven over High Street, Athol made its historic journey. J.T. Finch of Glens Falls drove the machine with a party of five people.
People are very much wrought up over the coming election, but the prospect is that with three big parties in the field nobody will get a majority of the presidential electors and the outcome no one knows. (Note…Democrat Woodrow Wilson of New Jersey won the presidency. The Democrats gained control of both houses of Congress.)
A son, Marcus Prouty, weighing 11 pounds, was born in Sodom to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Prouty. Twin babies, a boy and a girl, were born Sept. 19, 1912 to Mrs. Amos Rogers of North River.
Ad-To whom it may concern - Given that as my wife, Ruth Maxam has left my bed and board without just cause, I forbid anyone trusting or harboring her on my account as I shall pay no debts of her contracting after Sept. 16, 1912. Henry Maxam, Johnsburgh, N.Y.
In the window of E.R. Ziebach’s drug store at Lake George is on exhibition a mammoth squash weighing 62 pounds, which was grown by Charles Forsell at his place in the Stone Schoolhouse neighborhood.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Baker and son, Edgar Baker of Bakers Mills, enjoyed a ride to Schroon Lake on Sunday, Sept. 22, 1912 in their new automobile, making the trip there and back in four hours. (Note…In this column in the Sept. 8, 2012 Adirondack Journal was a sketch of Charlie Baker, a most remarkable man.)
A.W. Baker and Wallace Tucker went to Garnet on a fishing trip recently and they hooked one pickerel but it was so big that they couldn’t get it in the boat. They got a few nice bullheads.
Centurions once among us
(Note…It is easy to assume that a hundred years ago was a time so far back in history that we have no contact with any one or any thing of that era and any person alive than has since long gone to meet their maker. This is actually not true as a vary few people have indeed made the long trip from than to now.
Cora Eva Archambault was born in Whitehall in 1904 and was already eight years old in 1912, a hundred years ago. She lived for 108 years before she finally died in June 2012 of this year.
Katherine Little Kettenbach, the mother-in-law of New York Assemblyman Harry Reoux, was born in 1874 and “Aunt Kate” was only a few days short of her 108th birthday anniversary when she died in 1981 in Warrensburgh.
The all time record is held by William Moss who was born in 1833 and died at the Warrensburgh County Home and is buried in the cemetery there. He was 111 years old in 1945 when he departed this life.
Contact correspondent Jean Hadden at email@example.com or 623-2210.