Lady refuses food, expires
After a fast of 60 days, during which not a particle of food and only a small amount of water passed her lips, Mrs. Samuel B. Moses, 63, died the night of July 29, 1912 at 12:15 p.m. at her home on Alden Avenue where she lived quietly for many years with her husband, Capt. Samuel B. Moses, who survived her. The couple had two children in the early years of their married life, but they died in infancy.
Paulina Moses, born April 20, 1849, was the daughter of the late Asahel Bennett and the sister of Alice Gates who survives her. The deceased had been an invalid for a number of years and she had been attended by Dr. Griffin.
For several days in the latter part of May, Mrs. Moses abstained from food but broke her fast on May 30, 1912. Her stomach refused to perform its functions and rebelled against the food. Since that day she had persistently refused to take nourishment in any form. In spite of this, she retained her strength in a remarkable degree. During the early part of her abstinence she walked each day to her husband’s little shop near the house where she sat and watched him at his work. Later when she could no longer travel the short distance on her own, she insisted on being carried each day to her accustomed seat in the shop. This was kept up until three days before her death.
Capt. Moses did everything in his power to get her to eat but his efforts were in vain. There were suspicions that Paulina Moses, always eccentric, was mentally deranged. She was a spotless housekeeper before her illness, “as neat as wax,” and almost never ventured beyond the bounds of her street. Paulina Moses is buried in the Warrensburgh Cemetery. (Note: The Moses home is on the east corner of River St. and Alden Avenue. Years later, the late Jim and Florence Gallup lived there. Florence worked for several years in the Richards Library. Their son lives in the house today. Capt. Moses was a talented and unusual man with an outrageous sense of humor, who was famous for his wild and complex practical jokes. He was in charge of Warrensburgh parades and went to unheard of lengths to make them memorable. Because he had no live wild animals for his parades, he made his own reproductions in his workshop. Samuel Moses, 71, died Nov. 25, 1915 and lies beside his wife in the Warrensburgh Cemetery.)
Handsome, historic walking cane
Dr. Charles B. Cunningham of Warrensburgh has recently become the owner of a handsome cane of historic value, presented to him by the executors of the estate of his late uncle, Mr. Cunningham of Plattsburgh. The cane is made of wood which was once a part of the hull of the Royal Savage, a British vessel that sank in Lake Champlain during the War of 1812.
Several times attempts have been made to raise the vessel and it was on one of these occasions that a diver brought to the surface a piece of the hull from which the cane was made. The stick is of some dark wood resembling ebony. It is handsomely polished and is surmounted by a beautifully engraved gold head bearing an appropriate inscription. Mr. Cunningham was at that time prominent in city affairs and the cane was presented to him by the citizens of Plattsburgh as a testimonial of their esteem.
Dr. Cunningham has another cane he prizes highly, a bamboo stick given to him in 1881 by his buddies at Dartmouth College. Almost the entire surface is covered with the names or nicknames of the givers, cut in with a pen knife. Many of these classmates have, of course, long since gone to their eternal home and their signatures now form their epitaphs.
Girl leaves family, relatives worry
News has been received by local relatives that the 14-year-old daughter of Henry Lee, of Granville, who disappeared from her home the evening of May 25, 1912, has just been found in West Pawlet, Vt. She was last seen in a wagon with a strange man who took her away with him. She says she does not wish to return home.
In other news, a traveling Italian vagrant came to the home of Joshua Reynolds in East Thurman the other day and refused to leave when told to do so. Neighbors were called to help get him to go away.
Arthur W. Morehouse, formerly of Lake George, whose wife died this spring leaving him with four young children, and who has been staying for some time at Bakers Mills, came to Warrensburgh recently to remain for a stay at the home of Dudley Monroe.
Old Maids’ show opens
The one-act comedy, “The Spinsters’ Convention,” under the auspices of the Warrensburgh Presbyterian Ladies’ Aid Society was presented July 26, 1912 at Music Hall. The players were arrayed in wondrous comical costumes and were cleverly made up to look as spinsters are supposed to look, but seldom do. Mrs. Charles F. Burhans played Josephine Jane Greene with much dignity.
Their antics provoked frequent and hearty laughter. The hall was completely filled and the door receipts were about $110, most of which was profit. (Note: the Warrensburg Music Hall was next door north of today’s Rite Aid pharmacy.
Two steamers in trouble
The new steamer Horicon, carrying about 700 passengers on a moonlight excursion on Lake George under the auspices of the Knights of Columbus, grazed a rock in the narrows and barely escaped a serious accident. As it was, one of the paddle wheels was considerably damaged, part of the wheel box was carried away and the hull was scraped. The boat was enabled, however, to reach Lake George Village under its own steam. The next day it was sent to the Baldwin yard and will be out of commission for 10 days.
The night of Aug. 10, 1912, the steamer Sagamore, with about 200 passengers aboard, ran on a sand bar opposite Hague village and was stranded for 36 hours. Word was sent to Lake George Village, and the steamer Horicon, which was docked there, was rushed to the scene with all possible speed. She pulled and tugged on the big boat for several hours to no avail, having moved the steamer only about three feet after breaking all her hawsers and anchor chains.
She returned to Lake George and the next day she again took up the task with the result that the boat was freed from the sand. The Sagamore had no damages except a badly scraped hull and was able to resume her daily trips.
Children in need
The New York State Charities Aid Association has placed an ad in local newspapers carrying on its work in placing homeless children, under 14 years of age, in homes where they will be received as members of the family. Over 40,000 children had to be placed in military-type institutions last year in the state. Young lives that start in an orphanage are forced to leave at 14 or 16 years of age and venture out into the world and fend for themselves with no one to turn to.
It’s August now and summer is on its last legs. The weather is in fact autumn-like in its coolness and it seems like fall already. As of Aug. 5, 1912, there were 700 motorboats counted on Lake George.
A band of gypsies, who have been camping in Wevertown, broke camp Aug. 12, 1912 and moved on.
Will Smith went to Lake George July 30, 1912 with a large supply of peanuts and ice cream cones which he sold to the people there who came to see the circus.
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