A grand and heroic death
American aviation enthusiasts were aghast when they heard the news that Philip O. Parmalee, one of the daring young pupils of the Wright brothers and holder of the American endurance record for aviation, had fallen to his death before the eyes of thousands of visitors at the fairgrounds in North Yakima, Wash.
This expert, who was used to remaining in the air for three hours without accident, had only been up there three minutes when a contrary gust of wind caught the tail of his aeroplane and turned it completely over. Parmalee clung to the framework, but the plane shot straight for the ground from a height of 400 feet. When it crumbled into a shapeless heap in a field three miles distant from the fairgrounds the young aviator was pinned beneath the wreckage. He was an especial protege of Wilber Wright and a carefully trained airman. It is believed that some unprecedented atmospheric condition must have had part in causing his untimely death and the wreck of his flying machine.
Workmen severely burned
Five men employed by International Paper Co. at Fort Edward, were badly burned by vitriol (sulphuric acid) while pouring the dangerous fluid from a 25-gallon glass bottle into a similar container enclosed in wood.
Two Italians became frightened when the vitriol spattered on their hands and they dropped the neck of the bottle they were holding over the funnel. The bottle, which was nearly emptied, dropped to the ground and exploding with a loud report, scattered the vitriol. All of the men were more or less badly burned about the legs and feet.
Boat displaced by wind
While making a landing June 6, 1912 at Bolton Landing in a high wind, the steamer Horicon was tossed upon the dock where it laid helpless for two hours until the Mohican went to its assistance and pulled it off.
The wind had blown the fender from the dock before the boat arrived, which was the cause of the accident. The steamer was not damaged but part of the dock was broken by the great weight of the boat and the damage was estimated at $100.
Injured Finkle boy loses lawsuit
For the second time, Byron Finkle, 20, a youth of Bolton, failed in his effort to recover damages in court from the Bolton Landing Lumber Co. for the loss of his right hand while employed in the company’s mill.
The action was brought by Elisha B. Middleton as the plaintiff’s guardian and $25,000 was the amount sought. As in the first trial, the jury brought in a verdict of no cause for action.
Stately elms decimated
The magnificent elms of the Hudson Valley and adjacent territory have been most severely injured by the pernicious Elm leaf beetles. This is not only true in the cities, but also in many villages and even in pretty country districts.
Warrensburgh has some of the most beautiful specimens of these stately trees in this area. The preservation of these invaluable assets of the village should not be left to chance and neither should the efforts of private individuals be depended upon to save them. The city of Glens Falls has engaged an expert tree man to work on the problem in the city, who will also visit Warrensburgh. A vigorous war will be engaged against the pests. (Note…The Dutch Elm disease, first identified in Holland, is caused by a fungus. The symptoms were wilting, yellowing of the foliage and eventually death. The disease was transmitted from tree to tree by the small brown Elm-bark beetle with which deposited its eggs under the bark. Toward the end of the 1800’s, Warrensburgh was known for its beautiful stately elm trees which lined Main and Elm Streets. Over time, they all slowly disappeared, leaving the landscape noticeably bare. Recently Paul Gilchrist, President of the Warrensburgh Historical Society, has planted disease-resistant Elm trees in an effort to restore the town’s grace and beauty. Several may be seen on the lawn of Richards Library and elsewhere around town. It will take many years for the saplings to reach the great height of their predecessors.)
B.E. Murray, popular automobile agent of Warrensburgh, has a brand new 22 h.p. 1912 Metz for sale that he has recently brought from the factory in Waltham, Mass. It is a two-seat convertible with a rumble seat and will run 32 miles on a gallon of gasoline. The price is $495.
In other news, owing to the increased expense of operation on account of the change from a horse-drawn stage to an automobile, the Warrensburgh-Thurman stage finds it necessary to increase the fare from 35 cents to 40 cents. The greater comfort of the passengers should more than compensate for the additional charge.
Love in bloom
Edward Bowerman, 92 and Miss Elizabeth Greer, 55, both of Watervliet, were married June 7, 1912 in that place. The match is the result of a romance which began when Mr. Bowerman, who is wealthy, came from New York and boarded at the home of Miss Greer.
Death in the news
Miss Adaline Sullivan, 24, of Olmstedville, died June 12, 1912 in Utica from the effects of a railroad accident she recently suffered.
Joseph Luther, 68, of Warrensburgh, a veteran of the Civil War, died June 9, 1912 of dropsy of the heart. He had been an inmate at the Soldiers Home in Bath since May 14, 1912. He leaves a widow.
Area news roundabout
There was a frost the night of June 7, 1912 all over this section. Considerable damage to garden stuff was reported. Four acres of potatoes on Warren Potter’s farm in Glens Falls were badly nipped and the damage is estimated at $500.
The North Creek Telephone Co. has erected a three-story building on Main St., which stands near the junction of the Indian Lake and Newcomb roads. The first floor is occupied by L.D. Pereau’s garage, the second by the telephone exchange and the third by living rooms.
The Moston brothers of Johnsburgh have had 11 sheep killed by dogs. In Bakers Mills, Nathan Moore cut his arm badly with sheep shears while shearing sheep for Luke Rist on Edwards Hill. The very first sheep he operated upon kicked and hit his hand that held the shears and drove the sharp points through his other arm between the wrist and elbow, making a severe wound.
Truman Monroe of The Glen cut his foot badly recently while peeling pulp wood for William Ingraham.
Michael F. Cronin, of Aiden Lair, was seriously injured the night of June 7, 1912 while walking along Albany St. in Schenectady. He stumbled over a street car fender that had been left in the roadway and fell heavily to the pavement.
Harry Wadsworth of Sodom has a duck that has laid 37 eggs this spring and is still shelling them out at the rate of one every day.
Jesse Cooper of Diamond lost a fine horse. Willard Moston of Wevertown has purchased a new Overland motor car.
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