Chester to build schoolhouse
Town citizens have voted to build a new $7,000 schoolhouse in Chestertown. The vote was 38 to 12 at a special meeting held July 12, 1912 to purchase the old Baptist Church property for $1,000, sell the old school which adjoins the property and build a new school on the church lot.
Some time ago the Baptist Church property, which had not been in use for some time, was sold to the late Charles H. Faxon and Milo Knapp by the Baptist Church Association and is now held by their heirs. The church is in poor condition, as is the school and cannot be expected to bring a very large sum. Both buildings will be sold to the highest bidder and must be removed at once by and at the expense of the purchaser. Work on the new school building will begin as soon as possible in order to have it in readiness for the opening of the fall term.
The trustees, Dr. Erwin L. Stafford, W.A. Fosmer and Cyrus W. Kettenbach has given permission to borrow upon the credit of the district the sum of $8,000 from the Emerson Bank in Warrensburgh and to issue district bonds on Aug. 1, 1912 for that amount, 16 for $500 each.
Father suggests suicide
Nathan Swartz, the slayer of Julia Conners, killed himself as his father, to whom he confessed, advised him to do. His father told him, “The only thing left for you is suicide. Here is some money, $1.25 for you to buy a pistol and shoot yourself or jump into the river.” Nathan ended his life with gas in a tenement house in New York City. At the time of his death he was on probation from prison where he had served a sentence for a crime against yet another girl.
Nathan’s murderous attack on the Conners child, which he stabbed 41 times, stirred the whole nation. He left an open letter unaddressed and unsigned. In part it said, “I am guilty and I am insane. It was caused by the beautiful makeup of women.”
Auto party escapes death
A serious automobile accident occurred the morning of July 25, 1912 three miles north of Luzerne on the Lake George Road, at a point where the Porteous bridge spans a creek, when a party of five, A. Boquecash, owner of the car and Mrs. Boquecash, together with their daughter and Mr. and Mrs. St.Onge of Pittsfield, Mass., were thrown out of their machine.
The driver lost control of the auto as it neared the bridge. The car ran up one of the protecting arms of the structure and turned completely over into the bridge. Had it gone into the creek the entire party would have been killed. All of the occupants were more or less injured and suffered greatly from the shock. One man was seriously injured and all were taken to the home of George Dunkley near the scene of the accident. A telephone call was sent to Luzerne for Dr. George Thompson and the badly damaged car was towed to Luzerne for repairs.
Mother bear suffers beating
While on their way home recently from fighting a forest fire near the Upper Iron Works in Newcomb, Joseph Lamb, Fred Gregory and several others caught two baby bear cubs. The mother did not fancy the idea of having her young kidnapped and she put up a stiff fight, but was finally beaten off with clubs.
One month it rains too much, another month it rains too little. One month it is too sunny, another month it is too cloudy. The winter is cold, the spring is raw, the summer is hot and the fall is wet. It is an abominable climate and not what it used to be.
(Note: These are “the good old days” before global warming.)
Roads, old and new
Contractor Joseph H. Walker is making good progress on his state road contract between Warrensburgh and Chestertown, He now has a gang of men near Darrowsville. The first three miles are all finished so that autos can go very well now on the main line going over Spruce Mountain and making the distance about three miles less than by Friends Lake.
In other road news, R.J. Brown, of Bolton, has been appointed by the State Civil Service Commission as temporary assistant in the history division, Department of Education. He will be assigned to the collection of data in reference to the original trails and military roads used during the French and Indian War, covering the territory between Albany and Crown Point.
Wild West show in town
A feature with the Prairie Lillie and Nebraska Bill’s Wild West Show, billed to appear in Warrensburgh Aug. 1, 1912 and in North Creek the following day, is the true-to-life portrayal of the famous Mountain Massacre which calls forth the entire company of over 250 people and 300 horses. It is a spectacle well worth seeing.
(Note: The Mountain Meadows Massacre is a little known and sad part of Mormon history. In 1857 Mormon pioneers from Cedar City, Utah disguised themselves as Indians and attacked the Fancher wagon train of emigrants which was heading along the Spanish Trail for California. Between 100 and 140 men, woman and children died. It was a black day in Mormon history. There has been a great deal of controversy over the matter and few facts are known about the reasoning behind the attack.)
Saintly lady dies
Mrs. Thomas Needham, 77, a long-time resident of Warrensburgh, died July 19, 1912 of paralysis at South Johnsburgh. She is survived by four sons and three daughters, Clarence Needham, at whose home she died, LeRoy, William, Charles Needham and Nellie Corbett, Anna Mosher and Mrs. Wilbur Perkins.
Elizabeth Harrison was born at Northrop, Linconshire County, England on Aug. 20, 1835 and was married to Thomas C. Needham Nov. 29, 1852 in the Church of England at Eckelsfield, Yorkshire County. She came to America with her husband the following year and on March 6, 1853 settled in Thurman.
She became the mother of 11 children and she was a good wife and a loving mother, as well as a friend to everyone that came to her in sickness or trouble. Her ability as a nurse and midwife could not be excelled. She brought many little ones into the world and many eyes she closed in death. She will be missed.
News near and far
The city treasurer of Newport, Oregon swallowed a whistle when a child and recently had it removed from his throat because sometimes it whistled of itself in his sleep and woke him up.
Richard A. Hudnut and chauffeur of New York passed through Bakers Mills with his new automobile on his way to Fox Lair Camp. (Note…Richard Hudnut, owner of Fox Lair, was heir to the Hudnut cosmetic empire.)
Rev. Richard Palmer and Mrs. Orletta Cilley, both of Warrensburgh, were married in Glens Falls the evening, of July 23, 1912 at the home of Frank Palmer on Ridge St.
John Gamble died in Chestertown the morning of July 21, 1912 and his body was taken to New York by the Monday train.
Chicken pox is the prevailing disease among children in Johnsburgh and some adults are catching it also. Harlon Mead’s house in Igerna burned to the ground July 20, 1912.
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