For many years during the late 1900s and early 1900s, the opulent Grand Union Hotel in Saratoga Springs was host to the rich and famous, as well as politicians and stars of film and stage.
The Glens Falls Daily Times and The Post Star are currently exchanging journalistic courtesies after the style of some 50 years ago when editors dipped their pens in gall and wrote bitter words of contempt for their “esteemed contemporary” down the street. The Warrensburgh News has absolutely no desire to chime in and will not do so.
Timothy Hill indicted for murder
Tim Hill’s trial for murder will commence Monday, May 6, 1912. Hill, of Minerva, is accused of causing the death of Mrs. Maurice Loveland of that place by poison and was indicted by the grand jury of Essex County for first-degree murder before Justice Henry T. Kellogg at Elizabethtown. A panel of 100 jurors was drawn for the case and the names will be kept secret until three weeks before the trial.
Mrs. Loveland had left her husband and was living with Hill at the time of her death last August. He was said to have been insanely jealous of her and had been known to quarrel with her frequently when he fancied that she had been shown some attention by other men. The pair lived with William O’Donnell who is expected to be a material witness in the case.
Hill was with the woman when she died. He says she took the fatal dose herself and died in his arms. Hill’s defense will attempt to prove this to be true. The case against the man rests upon circumstantial evidence alone. Soon after her death Hill rushed from the house and informed some people passing by in a rig that the woman was dead.
Coroner J.J. Owen and Dr. John Breen were hastily summoned and after a brief investigation decided to have the stomach of the dead woman analyzed as there was suspicion of foul play. An empty bottle labeled strychnine was found in the stove.
The stomach was analyzed in Albany and the analysis showed the presence of strychnine and Hill was held on the charge of having administered the poison. It was known that Hill had the poison in his possession but there is no direct evidence that he administered the fatal dose.
Timothy Hill is generally regarded as a hard character and a heavy drinker. He figured in a murder case locally a few years ago in which his brother was accused of having shot a man. Several years after the murder occurred, Tim Hill, crazed with liquor, wandered into a saloon in Horicon where, after talking over an hour, he told several men that his brother fired the shot while he stood by and saw the victim gunned down. Despite this statement the brother was not convicted of the crime.
Although Hill is well known to be a heavy drinker, no one has yet been found to testify that he had been intoxicated on the day of Mrs. Loveland’s death. Public opinion is divided with many people supporting the theory of suicide while many believe that the woman was murdered. Hill has little to say, but is confident that he will be acquitted at trial. (Note: The Hill murder trial was one of the most famous cases ever in Adirondack history. Readers will have to wait for this column in the May edition of the Journal to hear the outcome.)
Firm to her convictions
Because her husband, a moderate drinker, refused to accede to her wishes and become a total abstainer, 16 years ago a woman took to her bed and refused to get up until she won her point. The man would not budge and the other day he died in a hospital after an operation. Then the woman tried to get up and found that she couldn’t, the muscles of her legs having become wasted and almost paralyzed.
She may walk again but only after prolonged treatment. Probably she was most punished by her foolish vow, but she had her way and that ought to make her satisfied.
Conflagration at Bakers Mills
Floyd L. Minor’s store, residence building and barn at Bakers Mills were burned to the ground at noon Feb. 22, 1912 during a high wind and severe storm. The fire broke out in the roof around the chimney and spread so rapidly that practically nothing could be saved. After the fire was discovered it was scarcely ten minutes before the building and its contents and the barn adjoining were a mass of smoking ruins.
Forty cords of stove wood stored in the woodshed of the building helped to feed the flames. The loss is about $15,000 and there was only $2,000 insurance. In the meantime Mr. Minor will continue his business in a building nearby.
Death in the news
Miles W. Bowen, 73, a lifelong resident of Thurman and a man who was highly respected, died Saturday morning, Feb. 3, 1912 at his home in Athol after a brief illness of pneumonia.
Mr. Bowen was born July 21, 1838, the son of William and Margaret Dow Bowen. He leaves a widow and two children, George C. Bowen of Athol and Mrs. Freeman Cameron of Warrensburgh. He was buried in the Cameron Cemetery, Thurman.
Milo Morehouse, 58, of Johnsburgh, died Feb. 2, 1912 after a long illness of dropsy. He leaves a widow and three children.
Stephen Baker, 79, of North Thurman, died Feb. 2, 1912 and leaves five children. He was buried in the Reynolds Cemetery, Thurman.
Anson Frazier died at his home in Grassville, near South Horicon after a lingering illness. He was the brother of Lyman, Hiram, William and Washington Frazier. He leaves a widow and a daughter, Mrs. Ann Smith.
Business changes hands
“Mayor” E.T. Hayes has sold his livery in downtown Warrensburgh to Dick Wood of Saratoga Springs who took possession in January. Mr. Wood is an expert horseman and has been a trainer of trotting horses for many years. He was employed in that capacity by the late Captain John L. Russell in the palmy days of the Home Lawn Stock Farm in Warrensburgh. Michael Moynihan is employed by Mr. Wood in the livery. (Note:”Palmy” is an archaic word meaning prosperous and flourishing. Captain Russell raised his show horses in the barn still standing behind today’s Warrensburgh Post Office. His nearby big home burned in 1980.)
Ice houses are being filled with ice of the finest quality. Sodom blacksmith Charles Morehouse has all he can do these days in keeping up with horses shod and sleighs in running order.
Ira Webb recently died at McDonough at the age of 106 years. He was the oldest voter in New York State and had always cast a straight Republican vote.
A hockey game between the St. Nichols hockey team of New York and the Londons of Albany was played Saturday afternoon, Jan. 13, 1912 on the skating rink recently constructed on the new Fort William Henry Hotel grounds at Lake George.
In Darrowsville, barrel hoops are in great demand and many are being shaved there. A son, Elroy Chester Young, was born Jan. 24, 1912 in the Forest Young home.
Mercy Daggett of North Thurman is ill with erysipelas. Herbert Ingraham, Thurman mail carrier, suffered a severe loss Friday, Jan. 26, 1912 when his horse died.
The Grand Union Hotel in Saratoga Springs, considered in 1876 to be the largest hotel in the world, is scheduled to be razed. (The lavish hotel, which could accommodate 2,000 guests and sprawled across an entire city block, dodged this fate. It remained a landmark in Saratoga Springs until the 1950s, when it was demolished for a supermarket, which coincidentally was named “Grand Union.”)
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at email@example.com or 623-2210