Man comes back from the dead
Mr. Bradley Treadwell, aged 31 years, who manifested great composure and resignation to the will of Heaven, died Aug. 19, 1820 in Weston, Conn. after an illness of five days. The circumstances of his death are truly extraordinary.
On the morning of the 19th he gave the parting hand to all present. When all supposed him to be dead, the neighbors were sent for to lay him out. About four hours after the suspension of life, when they were proceeding to lay him out, he was observed to have a small motion in his breast, which surprised the bystanders and soon increased signs of life began to appear. When one present spoke to him he attempted to answer by making a faint noise which again terribly surprised them. He than suddenly as from a sleep, arose in his bed, and sat up.
The first words he uttered were, “I have seen glorious things since I have been gone.” — which was about four hours. “It appears to me that I have been gone four or five days. I have seen the New-Jerusalem, with all its habitable beauties, and heard the sweet music of angels. I have seen and drank of the waters of life, which have cured me. My conductor told me I must return for a small space, and tell my friends and neighbors to prepare to meet me in that happy place.” He continued to comfort and exhort all present, the remainder of his time with great earnestness, which was about four or five hours.
He also said, “I saw and heard the weeping of my friends, from beyond the mountains and heard the echo and re-echo and was told by my conductor to tell them not to mourn for me, but for themselves.” He continued in this state ‘til he expired and sweetly fell asleep in Jesus.
The above and foregoing was communicated to Seth Hall, the subscriber, by a person who was present at the time, and whose veracity may be relied on, along with many other unexceptionable witnesses.
Five Dollars Reward: Ran away from the subscriber, on the first of May, an indented boy named Simeon Smith, aged 14 years. Wearing a black coat, hat and striped pantaloons when he went away. Said boy is of a middling size, darkish complexion, black eyes and dark colored hair. All persons are forbid harboring or trusting said boy under penalty of the law. Whoever will give information to the subscriber, where said boy may be found, shall receive the above reward. Laban Pratt, Shrewsbury, Vt. August 30, 1820. (Note: In the early years of the U.S., many immigrants served a period of indented labor in order to pay off the cost of their boat ride here. A common practice in the 17th and 18th centuries, over half of immigrants and their children of that era worked off an average of three years’ servitude. Their indenture was oft times similar to slavery.)
100 Years Ago, July-Aug. 1820
Big people in a small world
A baby boy in the family of Paul Bres, who lives on a farm near Ottawa, Canada, is 26 months old and weighs 127 pounds. He is believed to be the biggest child in the world for his age. This giant baby has a chest measurement of 40 inches. His parents are normal in physique. (Note…In England, on May 31, 1820, “Mr. Bradley,” the Yorkshire giant died. He measured nine feet in length and three feet across his shoulders. Many cultures believe that giants were the first race of people to inhabit the earth.)
Glens Falls builds new street
Ground was broken July 8, 1912 at the rear of the Byrne property next to the YMCA on Glen St. for a new business block to be erected by Byron Lapham, president of the Glens Falls National Bank and Charles A. Hovey, who recently purchased the property. A new street, 20 feet in width will run along the lot next to the YMCA. The dirt being excavated will be used to grade the premises of Mr. Lapham on Maple Street.
In other news, the Christian Scientists of Glens Falls have built a new $10,000 church. The cornerstone was laid Oct. 18, 1911 by Virgil O. Strickler, a lawyer of Boston.
Thomson family news
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Thomson entertained a party of Mrs. Thomson’s relatives this past summer at their palatial home on Upper Main St., Warrensburg in honor of their 30th wedding anniversary. They were married May 16, 1882 in Queensbury, in the home of the bride, Miss Phebe Sisson. The officiating clergyman, Rev. Robinson is now dead as is also more than half of the guests who witnessed the original ceremony. The destroying angel has been merciful as no deaths have occurred among Phebe Thomson’s nine brothers and sisters. Her 84-year-old mother was present at the gathering but the brothers and sisters are widely scattered in various states and were unable to be present at the festive occasion. (Note: The Lewis Thomson mansion, built in 1906, is today Cornerstone Victorian, the bed and breakfast establishment of Doug and Louise Goettsche.)
Popular French chef dead
Louis Tournier died Wednesday, July 3, 1912 at his home in Starbuckville, town of Chester, after a short illness. The deceased was a French chef of great ability and in the 1870s and 1880s he was employed in various summer hotels at Lake George, commanding a large salary. For the past 20 years or more he had been chef at the Chester House and the dishes he prepared have made that hotel famous for its table. He was probably about 70 years old. (Note: The Chester House was on the north corner of Chester’s main street and Thierot Avenue. I remember Carl Turner when he lived on Turner Road just off the west side of the Starbuckville Dam and I believe that he was Louis Tournier’s son.)
A hollow walking stick which holds a pint of whatever brand of liquor the owner fancies is the current craze. These sticks are extremely popular in some of the no-license dry communities in this area.
Mrs. Benton lost 45 chickens on her place in Chestertown on July 21, 1912, which was evidently the prey of some animal. The next day she set a trap and caught a big fat raccoon in it.
Edwin H. Floyd is building a barber shop across the street from Charles Bump’s in Adirondack. L.M. Carpenter has improved his barn there by building underground stables. C.H. Russell has rebuilt his wheelwright shop into an automobile garage in Pottersville. John Hitchcock is cutting his mother’s hay on her village lot in Bakers Mills. He reports a good crop.
Terry’s Hotel and garage in North Caldwell, two miles south of Waynesburg, has been open since last fall and caters to automobile parties as a specialty. They stock a choice selection of wines and liquors. William Terry is the proprietor.
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