Lake George’s latest victim
Miss Grace Truesdale, 31, of Diamond Point on Lake George, was drowned at that place, Thursday afternoon, April 26, 1912 under circumstances that strongly indicate suicide. She had been in poor health since the death of her mother about a year ago and is said to have been subject to spells of despondency.
She lived with her father, Marvin Truesdale in the post office building at Diamond Point. On Thursday afternoon, she left the house saying she was going for a walk and would visit a cousin who lived about a mile from her home. When she did not return in the evening the family became alarmed and telephoned to several of the neighbors but could find no trace of her.
Fearing an accident, a searching party was organized and at 9 o’clock the young woman’s body was found by her brother, Fred E. Truesdale in the lake near a small dock a short distance from the old Truesdale homestead just above the Tremain place on the Bolton Road. The body was lying on the bottom in two feet of water. It is supposed that she wandered to her old home and going out on the dock either fell or stepped off into the water. Her relatives scout the idea of suicide.
Besides her father and brother mentioned, she is survived by another brother, Charles Truesdale and three sisters.
Farm house burned
A farm house owned by S.C. Herrick and occupied by Morgan Geering, about a mile and a half north of the old toll gate house on the Chester Road, caught fire from a defective chimney Friday afternoon, April 27, 1912 and was burned to the ground. Geering saved part of his household effects. The fire spread to the fields and ran rapidly through the dry grass until it was extinguished by the men employed on the state road.
Murder trial scheduled
Timothy Hill of Minerva, who has been in the Essex County jail at Elizabethtown since last August under indictment for having poisoned Mrs. Maurice Loveland, will be tried at a special term of Supreme Court to be convened at Elizabethtown on Monday, May 6, 1912. Justice H.T. Kellogg of Plattsburgh will preside. A panel of 100 jurors has been drawn for the trial. The defense lawyers have given no intimation of what their defense will be, but it is believed that they will endeavor to prove the woman committed suicide.(Note…The unusual case of the suspicious death of Anna Loveland, Timothy Hill’s live in girlfriend, was told in this column in the Feb. 11, 2012 issue of the Adirondack Journal.)
Watch for Sam up north
Sam Brooks, the Northville merchant, has just returned from New York with a full line of up-to-date goods and will leave Northville April 27, 1912 for a trip up north.
He intends to surprise the people with his new line of goods and the remarkable price he will ask for them. His horse drawn wagon will contain men’s clothing, dry goods, ladies’ shirt waists and furnishings.
Inmate fears bodily harm
John Gross, a resident of Luzerne who ran away from the Warrensburgh County Home a short time ago, as he feared that the persons in charge would harm him, and who was later arrested in Glens Falls on a charge of vagrancy, has been adjudged insane and committed to the state hospital in Utica.
Ernest S. Church, a young man residing near Lake George Village, has also been pronounced of unsound mind and was sent to the same institution.
Death in the news
Mrs. Herbert Moon of Bridgeport, Conn., formerly Miss Maude Fish of Bolton Landing, died in April, 1912 after a brief illness.
Truman Bills, an old resident of Johnsburgh, died Thursday, April 11, 1912 of paralysis. He leaves a widow and some grandchildren. He was the brother of William and Clark Bills and Betsey Balcomb. Burial was in the Bates Cemetery.
George Wood, 36, died of typhoid fever April 25, 1912 at his home on South Street, Warrensburgh. He is survived by a widow and a baby daughter. He was the son of Benjamin Wood and the brother of Edward Wood and four sisters.
Miss Addie Fuller, 18, died at her home in West Stony Creek of tuberculosis. She is survived by one child and two brothers.
Eighty automobiles were destroyed in a fire in the big garage of Hannan & Henry Motor Car Company at Ogdensburg, Thursday, April 11, 1912, the loss being estimated at $200,000 with only about $15,000 insurance.
Dr. Lemon Thomson of Glens Falls has ordered 9,000 California poplars and 8,000 young pine trees which he will set out on his 100 - acre farm at the foot of Luzerne mountain. He intends to conduct a modern forestry business there.
Manager M.M. Kelly, of Fort William Henry Hotel has closed negotiations with B.A. Martine of the Martine Orchestra to furnish an orchestra for the coming summer season. They have furnished music at the hotel throughout the past winter to the complete satisfaction of the many guests.
Sweet and sour notes
This year we have had a “backward spring.” The old saying is, “A cold, wet May makes plenty of grain and hay” and we will have to wait and see what is yet to come.
River driving has begun on the Hudson now that the ice is finally out of the lakes. The log drive in charge of Jack Donahue started Monday morning, April 22, 1912 at the mouth of the Cedar River at North River.
Two flocks of geese flew over West Stony Creek recently going toward Lake George. The first flock was a very large one which is called the double drag. They flew very low and could be easily shot by hunters.
Charles E. Bennett will begin delivering ice on May 1, 1912 in Warrensburgh. William Morrison of Darrowsville is employed on the state road. Cleon Hall purchased Halsey Fuller’s house and lot in Stony Creek. J.T. Lackey of Johnsburgh is building a new automobile garage and hen house.
A bright baby girl was born to Mrs. William Hewitt in Garnet on Saturday, April 6, 1912. The family was originally from West Bolton and the mother is the daughter of Orlen Pratt of Warrensburgh. A son was born to Mrs. Abe Yandon of Newcomb in the Albany Hospital.
A son was born to Mrs. John Ryan on April 10, 1912 in Bakers Mills. A daughter was born to Mrs. Robert Flansburgh, Friday morning, April 12, 1912 in Johnsburgh.
Miss Lula E. Kenyon is home from Warrensburgh in April, 1912 to enjoy the Easter vacation with her parents, Sanford and Effie Kenyon. (Note…Sanford Allen Kenyon owned the Kenyontown Trading Post, an old and celebrated Thurman general store and emporium which he bought in 1908 from Clayton Pasco. I was devastated recently while reading a historical account of this establishment in a 2002 Thurman calendar that it was not mentioned that Mervin Hadden sold the place to the Murphy family in the late 1970’s before it burned down on Dec. 31, 1977. My day was ruined!)
Thought for the day; A movement has been started to teach girls how to flirt so that they will be sure to get husbands. Flirting will nearly always get the husbands, but what girls really want is a single man.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-2210.