100 Years Ago - May 1913
Death came in an instant
Two men met a horrible death and another one was probably fatally injured on the morning of April 1, 1913 by the breaking of a boom on a derrick used by the Cummins Construction Co. at the new dam at Corinth. The victims were Dennis Minahan, 17 — instantly killed; Benjamin Rozelle, 23 — removed to Saratoga Hospital where he later died; and Henry Springer, 21 — seriously injured internally and also removed to the same hospital. All three men were residents of Corinth.
In swinging a load of stone into place the boom broke and fell striking all three men and pinning Minahan beneath. His body was terribly crushed, one hand was cut off and his head was badly bruised. Death was instantaneous. There were no witnesses. It was some time before Rozelle’s body could be extricated from beneath the beam. He was suffering intensely and one of his legs had been severed close to his body. He died soon after his arrival at the hospital. It is not yet known if Springer will survive.
Roscoe Hadden and Paul Smith of Warrensburgh started off the morning of May 12, 1913 for Edmonton, Alberta in the great Canadian northwest where they will take up homesteads of 160 acres each. Both young men are single and will either find wives there or come back after them after they have homes established.
They went to Montreal and took the Canadian Pacific for the remainder of their long journey. The distance from Warrensburgh is 2,500 miles. They expect to reach their destination Saturday morning, May 17, 1913. (Note - Roscoe Hadden was the son of Fred and Harriet Hadden. He grew up on Hadden Hill, now called Ridge St. Family legend stated that he ended up in Shawnee (possibly Shones), North Dakota, married a school teacher, lived and died there. He must have had a change of plans as North Dakota is a long way from Alberta, Canada.)
Child succumbs to fever
Louise Cordia Wilsey, 12, one of the twin daughters of Ludwick and Ruth Hill Wilsey, died at her home of scarlet fever at the Fairlawn tract in Warrensburgh. A sweet, lovable child, she endeared herself to all who knew her. Besides her parents, she is survived by three sisters. Internment was made in the Wilsey Cemetery at Darrowsville near the family’s former home.
Walked away, never came back
Dennis McCarthy, 75, of Riverbank, died suddenly May 4, 1913, while walking about his farm. He was absent from his house for several hours and his son Charles went to see what had detained him and found him lying on the cold ground. It was apparent that he had died suddenly and without a struggle, probably of heart failure.
He leaves a widow, three daughters and three sons. Internment was in the Catholic Cemetery, North Creek.
Going for a stroll
Edward Payson Weston, 75, the man who astonished the world in 1910 by walking from ocean to ocean in 76 days, will be on another hike soon to Minneapolis, Minn. He will leave New York City the first week of June, 1913 from the campus of the College of the City of New York, which will be his official starting place. He says that he is in better shape now than he was 10 years ago and that he should to be in Minneapolis by Aug. 2, 1913 where he expects to lay the cornerstone of the Athletic Club’s new $4 million home there.
On his journey he will be accompanied by an automobile and two attendants who will provide for his safety and look after his comfort. His only purpose in undertaking the long walk is to demonstrate to the public that more men are killed by lack of exercise than by it and that a man should eat moderately to live longer and live well. He is able to do at age 75 feats that would tax the strength of the average man of 50.
From Feb. 22 to March 4, 1861, Weston walked 478 miles from Boston, Mass. to Washington, D.C. — in 10 days and 10 hours. He arrived in Washington at 5 p.m., and was strong enough to attend Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural ball that evening. The walk was the outcome of a bet on the 1860 presidential election, and Weston had bet on the wrong candidate. It ended up that President Lincoln gave him congratulatory handshakes at the ball.
Also, in 1871, he walked backwards for 200 miles around St. Louis, Missouri — in 41 hours.
Solid gold dinner plates
The Hon. Lewis W. Emerson off Warrensburgh and Manager Albert Thieriot of the Fort William Henry Hotel, Lake George, along with many other prominent men of Northern New York, recently attended an elaborate banquet on the second floor of the sheriff’s jury, held at the Hotel Knickerbocker, New York at which the assessment was $60 a plate. The total number of guests were 450 and the banquet was served on the famous solid gold dinner service of the hotel Knickerbocker.
Jed Smith, self-made man
“Uncle” Jed Smith has the reputation of being the best known character in the neighborhood of Horicon. He has the well-earned reputation of knowing Brant Lake better than any other bass fisherman in the world. He is the town’s tooth extractor, an authority on bee culture and is the town telephone repair man. He is also one of the best storytellers in the woods, being gifted with more than his share of that mixture of native philosophy and original use of words that is characteristic of men who have commuted with nature all of their lives.
Jed has had a long and varied career and many real life adventures. Growing up he was the 13th of 14 children in the Smith family and he had to hustle to keep things going. Jed’s father, the elder Smith, had little time for family details as he was also hustling to be able to be successful in life and keep food on the table. His children grew up pretty much on their own, taking the hard knocks as they came and getting little sympathy from him. The old man was able to leave his family a goodly inheritance when it finally became time for him to meet his maker.
Jed Smith is uncle to most of the town as almost all of his brothers and sisters grew up and got married and produced large families of their own. Jed says, “You would be surprised to know how many nephews and nieces I have ’bout here.” So Jed is indeed “the town uncle.”
An infant son of Allie Pasco of Thurman, formerly of Warrensburgh, died May 26, 1913 leaving a twin sister.
Alvin Harris, 83, of Athol celebrated his birthday anniversary, May 17, 1913, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Watson Everts with a fine dinner and presents.
B.B. Bibby, while fishing at Huntley Pond with a party from Warrensburgh and North Creek, caught a speckled trout 22 inches long that weighed 6 pounds. The party caught altogether about 50 pounds of trout.
L.W. Brooks of Stony Creek has a new Oakland automobile. Girls and women are in great demand in Glens Falls for general housework for $4 to $5 a week.
Ladies who enjoy looking at pretty hats should visit Miss Janet Hatten’s millinery store at Park Square in Warrensburgh. She has a handsome line and prices are reasonable.
A chill in the air
Warrensburgh experienced two of the coldest May nights in the Eastern states in 29 years, according to weather reports. In New York city the mercury stood at 36 degrees. In some parts of New England ice half an inch thick formed. This degree of cold, coming after weeks of summer-like weather is expected to damage the fruit crop.
Forest fires are reported from various parts of the Adirondacks and great damage is anticipated unless rain comes soon.
Thought for the Day: “April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain. Winter keeps us warm, covering earth in forgetful snow, feeding a little life with dried tubers.”
-- T.S. Eliot, 1922
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-2210.
Due to an editor’s error, a reference in the May 11 Adirondack Journal to a military leader in the fall of Fort William Henry on Aug. 8, 1757 was incorrect. it should have read: “The French army, commanded by the Marquis de Montcalm, with a force of 5,500 men and 1,600 Indians, attacked the British fort, under the command of Col. Monro — and a wild killing frenzy ensued among Montcalm’s Indian followers whom he was unable to control.