Horrible railway death
Glens Falls Ward 1 Supervisor Frank J. Kelleher, 57, was struck and instantly killed at noon on May 25, 1912, by a southbound passenger train near the East Hunter street crossing in that city.
At the time of the accident, Kelleher was returning from upper Ridge St. and was walking on the railroad tracks to take a short-cut home. When he got near the crossing, he started to cross the track. He did not see the approaching train and being somewhat deaf he did not hear it. He was struck and thrown 13 feet only to be picked up again and hurled against the boundary fence, striking with terrific force and dropping lifeless to the ground.
There were but two eyewitnesses to the tragedy, but many people who were in the vicinity rushed to the man’s aid. Coroner Birdsall searched the man’s pockets to identify the body. The remains were removed to the undertaking rooms of Singleton & Sullivan and later to the home of the deceased.
Kelleher was serving his second term as supervisor and was very popular and energetic. He is survived by five daughters. The funeral was largely attended.
Horse thief nabbed
Alfred Page, a Luzerne youth, was arrested by Undersheriff Mac R. Smith at Lake George on a charge of stealing a horse, watch and suit of clothes from A. Johnson of his hometown. He was taken to Luzerne and arraigned before Justice Pulver, who sentenced him to three months in the Albany penitentiary.
Battling over dirt
One of the 70 cases for the 1912 spring term in Supreme Court here is the case of Mayor W. Irving Griffing of Glens Falls against Fred Bellen and Rachael Ginsburg, owners of the Park Theatre in the city. The plaintiff desires to compel the defendants to move the west wall of their building on the grounds that it is 2 feet on his right-of-way.
Lake George’s “Waldorf” torn down
The unsightly old shack standing on the property of Charles F.W. Horn, on the main street of Lake George, which for a number of years has been an eyesore to the people of the village, has at last been razed and the citizens are now viewing the landscape in that vicinity with much satisfaction.
The building, which some facetious citizen had dubbed “The Waldorf,” was a large square structure which looked as though it might take a tumble to itself at any time. It was a spite affair and the owner has bitterly fought in the courts all attempts to cause its removal or destruction.
At last, however, he consented to have the building razed at village expense. Ownership of the site is still in litigation.
Beloved son departs life on earth
With the break of dawn Saturday morning, when Glens Falls was shrouded with clouds, the soul of Herman P. Baumann, 35, took its heavenward flight. With the passing of his kind and gentle life, Glens Falls as well as Warrensburgh lost one of their dearly beloved sons — one who never had a harsh word for a fellow man.
Pen cannot eulogize this fine gentleman. Born Jan. 30, 1877, his early life was quiet and when he was only 18 he became connected with his father and brothers in the well known firm of J.P. Baumann & Sons. For the past 17 years he has been associated with them in the shirt business, spending most of his time in New York City and Warrensburgh, where the shirt factory is located.
Three years ago he went to Denver, Colo. in the hope of regaining his health, but last November, his condition showed a marked turn for the worse and he came home on his doctor’s advice, where no hopes were entertained for his recovery.
He is survived by his widow, his parents, his son, Herman Jr., one daughter, Constance, two brothers, David and Walter and two sisters, Mrs. Rothschild and Mrs. Muhlfelder. He was buried in the Albany Cemetery.
(Note: At just about the time of this tragedy, Herman Baumann’s father, J.P. Baumann of Glens Falls, through the local real estate agency of Scott B. Smith, sold his handsome family residence of many years on upper Hudson Street, to Miss Mary Swan of Warrensburgh. The sale occurred on May 15, 1912 and the price was not stated. At that time the house was occupied by Edwin Upton, who went on living there for a time. This house, still standing, is today just north of Ashe’s Hotel.)
New life out west
R.J. Whitby, for many years a resident of Warrensburgh, but late of Glens Falls, has recently moved his family to Minneapolis, Minn., where he has secured a position. (Note: In the spring 2012 issue of the Warrensburgh Historical Society Quarterly, Editor John T. Hastings, son of local author Abbie Hastings, has published a remarkable story he wrote entitled, “From the Sheep to the Man,” chronicling a detailed history of the Warrensburgh Woolen Mill, also called the Pants Factory, which was first built in 1873 on Milton Avenue.
It provided good employment for many years for countless area people. My husband’s father Edward Hadden was night watchman in 1897 and my mother-in-law, Ida May Robinson, a Madrid farm girl, was recruited in 1903 by pants factory superintendent John Botham Twaddle of Malone to work there.
Richard J. Whitby was one of the original owners of the new Woolen Mill factory which was built in 1886 and in later years, his son Percy Whitby was much involved in the business. The street was named for general manager Milton Eldridge who later in 1912 was supervisor of Warrensburgh.
In May 1912, Richard Whitby moved his family to Minneapolis to live with his son Percy. He died there Nov. 11, 1917. I congratulate my good friend John Hastings for helping to keep history alive in our remarkable town for generations to come.
News near and far
On May 20, 1912 in Chestertown and other northern towns, there was a snowstorm in the morning followed by rain in the afternoon. This is the latest date for a snowfall in the memory of elderly local citizens.
Classified ad: Wanted, a wife by a young man of good habits and in comfortable circumstances. A blonde preferred. Good home promised to right party. Address all letters to “Personal,” Indian Lake, New York.
W.S. Codman of Pottersville made his first trip of the season with his meat wagon, May 7, 1912. Some of the students at the Stone Bridge School are suffering from mumps. John Gates and wife are domiciled in their new house across the road from his blacksmith shop in Diamond Point.
Mrs. Ada West, 74, is dead at Glens Falls. She was the mother of 19 children, 13 of whom are now living. Her first son was born when she was 18 years old. She is survived by 21 grandchildren.
Floyd L. Minor, whose store was burned on Feb. 22, 1912, has rebuilt the cellar wall and has the frame nearly completed for a new building in Bakers Mills. Two valuable cows owned by John H. Lockwood died recently from poisoning caused by eating pokeweed in the pasture.
Zalman Hall has sold his farm on Harrington Hill near Viele Pond to Louis E. Reoux of Warrensburgh. Mr. Hall and his wife are now camping in a tent about four miles south of Lake George. He is employed on the state road between Lake George and Luzerne.
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