Winter drags forward
Yesterday was St. Valentine’s Day and now the sun is getting higher every day and daylight is superseding electric lights and oil lamps to an appreciable extent. However, no robins have been reported here and the groundhog has gone back into his lair for another six weeks. We are having nice spring weather here now and if it continues many days longer, the sleighing will be gone. However, to be on the safe side we might as well keep our coal bins well-filled for the present time.
Lake George froze over this year in 1912. Previously in 1910 and 1911 the winters were mild and the lake didn’t freeze completely. (Note: 100 years later, in 2010 the lake again did not freeze, but in 2011 it did freeze over and this year, in 2012 it has not even come close.)
Boy meets violent death
Howard Mead, 20, of Fort Edward, employed as a brakeman on the D&H passenger train running between Glens Falls and Fort Edward, was fatally injured Feb. 21, 1912 at noon when a freight train from Glens Falls collided with the passenger train that was standing in front of the Fort Edward Depot awaiting the arrival of the southbound train from Whitehall.
Young Mead was caught between the tender and the engine where he was at work and was badly crushed receiving internal injuries and his right leg was severed from his body below the knee. The boy was carried to a grocery store nearby where he was attended by two physicians, but nothing could be done for him. He died at 1:15 p.m.
This is the most serious train wreck in eight years since engineer John Howe was killed near the cement works.
Fire at Lake George
A storehouse owned by the Schermerhorn Construction Co. of Lake George, located near the Russell switch in that village, was destroyed by fire at about 2:30 o’clock the morning of Feb. 25, 1912. Building materials of various kinds were stored in the building and all were destroyed.
The fire is believed to have caught from a spark from a pipe or a cigarette. The loss, partly covered by insurance, will reach $5,000. The company will at once commence the erection of a concrete building to replace the burned structure.
The talk at the Warrensburgh barber shops and around the potbelly stove down at the feed and grain store is all about daredevil Frederick R. Law who, on Feb. 2, 1912, safely parachuted from the torch of the Statue of Liberty in New York city, in a stunt filmed by Pathe News.
In other news, the number of farmers who own autos in New York State in 1911 more than doubled previous records and advance orders now on hand at the different factories indicate that 1912 sales will excel those of last year.
Minister has narrow escape
While holding the ladder for a workman who was chopping ice from the roof of the Methodist parsonage on Feb. 22, 1912 in Warrensburgh, the Rev. H.F. Titus was struck in the forehead by a big icicle about four feet long and over six inches in diameter. Fortunately the blow was a glancing one and Mr. Titus escaped with a slight cut and a big headache. He was able to address the congregation on Sunday morning. Had the icicle struck him squarely, it would likely have fractured his skull.
Big turnout for pastor’s talk
The Rev. Richard Abbott, pastor of the Warrensburgh Presbyterian Church, gave a historical talk at the Richards Library the afternoon of Feb. 13, 1912 about Abraham Lincoln. Nearly 100 people attended.
Mr. Abbott is a deep thinker and a speaker of unusual ability. His mind is stored with a wealth of material and it is a pleasure to listen to him. He was one of the boys of 1861 who responded to Lincoln’s call for volunteers at the beginning of the bloody Civil War.
Horse ice racing on Lake George
Winter horse racing on the ice started Feb. 1, 1912 with ideal winter weather at Supervisor R.J. Bolton’s hostelry in Hague. Mr. Bolton’s horse, “Miss Bolton” took first money, a $75 purse.
A large crowd of horse racing enthusiasts assembled at the head of Lake George Feb. 12, 1912 to witness the matinee ice races held over the lake’s kite-shaped course under the auspices of the Lake George Driving Association. Officials have arranged to have a three-day meet which will take place the last three days of this month. A number of excellent purses will be offered. Two races took place for purses of $50 each. A town race was held for a prize of ten bushels of oats and five bushels for second place.
James Dougray’s “Putnam Jack” of Glens Falls took first money in the first race but in the third heat, James Wilson’s steed, “John O” nosed “Putnam Jack” out at the wire. Considerable local interest is taken in these races and large crowds gather for each event.
Thurman bids fond farewell
The Rev. Edwin .H. Hovey, who accepted a call from the Baptist Church at Hagadorn Mills, began his duties there this year on Jan. 7, 1912. Pastor Hovey and his wife, Mary Hadden Frost were given a purse at the Kenyontown Baptist Church containing over $7 in cash.
Mrs. Hovey has rented the former land of her late husband, Miles Frost to David Frost. Rev. Hovey, well loved by his parishioners, preached his last sad farewell sermon on Sunday morning, Dec. 31, 1911 in Thurman.
Warrensburgh gained four in population during the month of January, 1912, there having been six births and only two deaths.
A large number of Warrensburgh people were in the audience that witnessed the comic opera, “The Spring Maid” on Feb. 12, 1912 at the Empire Theatre, Glens Falls. (Note: The renovated Empire Theatre building is still standing today on South St.)
All Adirondack game protectors have been instructed to enforce the Forest, Fish and Game laws relating to hounds running at large in the woods.)
Charles Haskin of French Mountain has just completed chopping up a giant tree from which he says he cut out ten and a half cords of wood and his neighbors bear witness. (Note: is south of Lake George Village several miles.)
Mrs. B.S. Gurney gave a birthday party for her little son, Walter Gurney and a few of his little playmates were invited. (Note: It was Walter’s brother, Ben Gurney who designed Warrensburgh’s Floyd Bennett bandstand as a gift to the home town he loved.)
It was just 52 years ago, Feb. 27, 1860 that Mathew Brady photographed presidential aspirant Abraham Lincoln just before his most influential speech at Cooper Union in New York. (Note: In the hamlet of Wevertown, a historical sign was erected Nov. 10, 2011 near the community center that commemorates his Johnsburg birthplace. Mathew Brady was of course, the famed Civil War photographer. The picture of Lincoln on the U.S. $5 bill was taken by Mathew Brady.
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