Horse attempts suicide?
Driven to despair by the recent increase of “buzz-wagons” or automobiles in Warrensburgh, a local horse cut his throat with a pane of glass.
Viewing the trend with deep concern —and seeing in this the eventual decay of his race, a philosophical horse owned by R.D. Cowles of Lewisville, philosophized to such an extent April 19, 1912 that he became mentally unbalanced and in a moment of desperate despondency was determined to “shuffle” off this mortal string of vertebrae.
The animal thrust his head through the pane of glass which separated him from the outside world of smoke - belching vehicles and a couple of rubbed his head neck several times against the jagged edge of the broken window pane. However, he did not know how much a horse could stand — although one of the arteries in the neck was severed, he still tarried in this world of worry and woe.
Local veterinary surgeon Dr. Alfred J. Pitcher was summoned and he closed the wound with a number of stitches. The horse is now making a rapid progress toward recovery.
Fire rescue sets a record
The Glens Falls Fire Department established a record on the morning of April 14, 1912 by extinguishing in 45 minutes a stubborn fire which broke out in the Linehan Hotel, a three-story structure at 57 Glen St. and at the same time rescuing four persons from the second and third stories by means of ladders. The building’s damage was estimated at about $1,000 which was covered by insurance.
The only person injured was Harvey Delavarge, a man about 70 years old and a Civil War veteran. The old man occupied the room in which the fire started, a small apartment in the rear of the barroom. He was rescued by several firemen but not before the hair was burned from his head and his left hand was burned.
The fire was discovered by Miss Nora Linehan, the proprietor’s daughter who occupied a room on the third story. She tried to put out the fire but was unsuccessful and had to arouse help. Her mother, Mrs. Linehan, on the second floor, escaped in her nightclothes. She was taken down a ladder by a fireman.
Two men boarders were rescued in a similar manner from a third story just as they were about to jump out of the window. It is thought that the fire started by carelessly discarded cigar stubs. Happily, no lives were lost.
Spring brings happy changes
Lake George is now practically clear of ice, the largest part of it having gone out the night of April 21, 1912.
The snow has all disappeared in West Stony Creek and the grass is looking quite green in many places thereabouts. Six large deer were seen in the early morning back of the Perkins place. Two large flocks of wild geese passed over a few days ago, flying toward Lake George.
A number of automobiles, just out of winter storage, were buzzing around town in Minerva on Sunday afternoon, April 21, 1912 for the first time this season. Everyone is invited to the home of David Jones for a maple sugar social.
Work started in the Gore Mountain garnet mines in North River for the season on Monday morning, April 22, 1912, with a small crew of men. William Ross and his wife went April 22, 1912 to Foxlair Camp in Bakers Mills where they will be employed for the summer by Richard A. Hudnut. Robert Ward of Sodom will work there also.
Fancy new rig in town
Soper & Somerville have purchased a 20-passenger Stanley Steamer auto stage with baggage carrier for their Warrensburgh-Thurman mail and passenger route. It is expected that the machine will be put in service on April 29, 1912. George Moore is now at the factory learning to run it.
Gift made to the library
The Warrensburgh News has presented Richards Library with a bound volume of our village newspaper for 1910 through 1911. A great deal of emphasis is made at all library meetings on the duty of the library in compiling local biography and history. The great value of possessing The News in bound form can be readily appreciated.
(The Warrensburgh News and its successor newspapers, the Warrensburg-Lake George News and Adirondack Journal, continued to be bound and presented to the library through the 1990s.)
Seeking site for fish hatchery
It is possible that the new fish hatchery to be built in Warrensburgh will be established during the present season. The location has not yet been decided upon but the local fishermen are of the opinion that the most desirable site is on the big brook, where it comes down from Harrington Hill and empties into the Schroon River. The brook never dries up and its waters are always pure as well as plentiful. (Note: This site was not chosen. The hatchery was built on the old Ben Glynn farm in Warrensburgh, on the banks of the Hudson River.)
Business thriving in area
Frank G. and Marshal B. Stone have sold their Warrensburgh barbershop business to Roscoe Hadden, who recently graduated from the Moler Barber Institute in New York City, and will conduct a drug store in another part of the same building, now occupied by W.L. Smith’s lunch room and ice cream parlor. Mr. Smith will move his business into a store formerly occupied by H.B. Sanders.
Dickinson & Bertrand, at their Rexall store in Warrensburgh, will make their customers a big ice cream soda at their soda fountain with all fresh fruit for 19 cents.
Alonzo H. Sherman, at his new store in the Pasko block, will sell new Dayton & Haverford bicycles, a high grade wheel, from $22 to $27. Repairing is promptly done. Call Warrensburgh 6F21 on the telephone.
Herbert Tripp has opened a grain store on the old post office building in Stony Creek.
A summary of all industries of New York State, in cities of from 10,000 to 50,000, issued by the census bureau for 1909, shows that Glens Falls has 68 industries employing 3,048 people.
How many Warrensburgh wives will join a Cincinnati woman in her demand for a curfew law be put into effect compelling husbands to be in their own homes every night at 9 o’clock?
Mrs. O.J. Lewis drove from Riverbank to Bolton Landing recently. O.J. Lewis walked beside the rig all the way. Mrs. Lewis and the mud are gaining too much for the poor horse to pull.
Nearly everybody in Sodom has a cold. J.D. Dunn is building a piazza on his house in Garnet and H.F. Kenyon is building a new chimney on his house there. Allie Pasco has moved his family into Charles Smith’s tenant house on High St. in Athol. Walter Glassbrook of Stony Creek is a student at the Troy Business College.
Thought for the Day: The human soul weighs 30 grams according to Dr. Ivan Kerstoff of St. Petersburg, Russia. He placed a dying man on a weighing machine which registered that decrease. Similar experiments with animals showed no diminution of weight at death.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-2210.