Wildcat attacks man, injures horse
Louis Napoleon Beach, a former Warrensburgh man, who is now employed in Harry Raymond’s livery stable at Riverside, while driving from North River to Hooper’s Mines late in the afternoon one day recently, had a thrilling adventure with a wildcat which has been hanging around that section all winter.
Mr. Beach was driving a pair of horses belonging to his employer, hitched to a light wagon. As they passed under a large pine tree, about three miles from North River, he heard a noise in the branches and down into the wagon dropped the big cat. The horses became frightened and bolted while the driver was struggling with the animal.
Mr. Beach attacked the cat with the butt of his horse whip, but this only served to enrage the fury of the creature and it clawed and bit, making several ugly wounds in the unfortunate man. The horses made a sudden jump to one side of the road which dislodged the cat from the wagon and thoroughly maddened, the team ran wildly toward the village of Garnet. As they came to the house of R.J. Bennett, they bolted into his barnyard where they stopped so suddenly that Mr. Beach was thrown to the ground.
After he was somewhat recovered he went into the house where Mrs. Bennett dressed the wounds inflicted by the cat. The attack has greatly stirred up the people of that section. One of the horses, valued at $250, was badly injured and will probably have to be shot.
Note…A wildcat is also known as a cougar, mountain lion, puma, catamount, panther, painter, etc. and the DEC would have us believe that they have not lived in the Adirondacks since the late 1800s, although there continues to be many reported sightings of them by reliable people.
The question is, do they live here or are they just passing through? Similar to “Bigfoot,” they are elusive creatures. I have seen big paw prints in the snow in my own backyard that has made me wonder just what had been there.
In December of 2010 a cougar was sighted in a Lake George backyard and employees of DEC followed his tracks to an area near Truesdale Hill Road, just south of Warrensburgh, where they collected hair samples for DNA analysis. Later a 140 pound male cougar was killed by a car in Milford, Connecticut and it turned out to be the same animal. Its genetic markers indicated the animal had made the long walk to the Adirondacks from South Dakota. It is possible, however, that Mr. Beach could have been attacked by a ferocious bob-cat, also known as a lynx, which can weigh as much as forty pounds. We will never know for sure.)
Old flag replaced
The old flag that has floated on the top of the Masonic building since Feb. 12, 1912, three days after the work had started on the removal of the building in Glens Falls to its new location on Glen Street, has been torn to ribbons by the wind and has been replaced by a new flag.
The old flag was loaned by Colonel G. Frank Bryant to the Masonic Club on Lincoln’s birthday. It has been owned by him since 1888 when he used it in the Benjamin Harrison campaign which was conducted in this county by the Harrison-Morton Club, of which he was president. The flag had only twenty-five stars as there was but twenty-five states in the union at that time.
The scenes of activity of the Harrison-Morton Club in this county were around Lake George where a log cabin was built by Colonel Bryant as the emblem of Harrison. This was the same emblem that Harrison’s grandfather, William Henry Harrison had used in his presidential campaign before he became the ninth president of the United States.
Large numbers of people gathered at the lake when a public meeting of the club was held and George A. Batcheller, one of the great orators of those days, was present and made a speech as the flag was raised over the log cabin. A short time later this same flag was used in a parade held by the club in Glens Falls. It is now in the possession of Edward Durin of Washington, D.C.
Note…Benjamin Harrison defeated Grover Cleveland in 1888 and served as president from 1889 to 1893. He failed re-election in 1892 and went back to being a lawyer when he was put out of office. It would be interesting to know if that tattered old flag still exists today. It could possibly have found its way into the large historic flag collection I saw not long ago at the Saratoga military museum.
A story and photograph of the old Glens Falls Insurance Company building on the east side of Glen Street being made ready to move across the street to become a Masonic Temple appeared in this column in the Feb. 4, 2012 issue of the Adirondack Journal.
It was my pleasure to hear from Allan Bryant, Executive Director of the Queensbury Masonic Historical Society who wrote a story complete with several photographs on this subject for the Post Star newspaper some time ago. I wish to thank him for his encouragement and kind words. It is an odd co-incidence that although Allan Bryant and Colonel G. Frank Bryant have the same surname, they are not related.
I wish also to thank my friend, Wayne Wright, Glens Falls City Historian, for sharing his vast knowledge about this story with me.
I spoke with Mike Lawler of Warrensburgh who has been a dedicated Mason in excellent standing for 52 years. Mike spoke of Abraham George who owned the popular Blue Sky Restaurant in Queensbury, which once stood approximately in front of where Wal-Mart stands today. Mike said he can remember Mr. George reminiscing that back in 1912 his father was one of the workers who labored to move that massive building to its new location on Glen Street where it still stands, greatly remodeled, today.)
Agricultural Train draws big crowd
A big eager crowd of about 1,000 visitors boarded the D.&H. Agricultural Train on Monday afternoon, April 8, 1912 during its stay in Glens Falls. In the crowd were many Adirondack citizens from the north country.
Much interest was shown in the exhibits and lectures by state college professors of Cornell University on the subject of farming and animal husbandry. Three all-grade Holstein cows were carried in the first car and furnished a plentiful supply of milk for the entire party on the train.
At 5:30 in the afternoon the outfit steamed out, headed for Whitehall, New York. Over 10,000 people have attended the exhibits since the successful tour began and the end is not yet in sight.
Sweet days of spring
We are all glad to welcome the spring and summer birds once more after a bitter winter. The sugar makers of Bakers Mills report a good season. Several of the farmers in the area of Landon Hill, Pottersville are busy making maple syrup and sugar. Harry Thurston had the misfortune to burn up quite a quantity of syrup which also spoiled his evaporator.
(Note…In 1835 Famous bird painter John James Audubon once described a sugar camp thus: “As I approached it (the fire)…bursts of laughter, shouts, and songs apprised me of some merry-making. I thought at first that I had probably stumbled upon a camp-meeting; but I soon perceived that the mirth proceeded from a band of sugar-makers…With large ladles the sugar-makers stirred the thickening juice of the maple; pails of sap were collected from the trees and brought in by the young people; while here and there some sturdy fellow was seen first hacking a cut in a tree, and afterwards boring with an auger a hole, into which he introduced a piece of hollow cane…”)
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