Adirondack manhunt for murderer
Edward Donato, the missing Italian farmhand who is wanted for the murder of the Morner family near Rensselaer last month, is believed to be making his way through the Adirondacks to Canada. An Italian, whose description is similar to the description of Donato, left the Utica train at Tupper Lake Dec. 28, 1911 and was seen to leave the town on foot taking the road leading over Mt. Steward which is seldom traveled in the winter. He is described by those who have seen him as having “a hunted look.”
The Utica police were notified and some officers arrived and took the trail. It is believed that the man may stop at Mineville where there are about 150 Italians employed at the Sherman foundry and that place is being closely watched.
Seer predicts bad times ahead
The coming of a new year brings changes of more or less importance with the social, political and financial world.
According to a Paris fortune teller, we are in for a tough time during 1912. This “pythoness” declares that “a hard winter is ahead, a sullen spring -time, a heavy summer and a bitter fall.” Also “nations will be upheaved, a great European war is to be fought, the high cost of living is to go higher, Paris will probably topple in ruins, babies will not have enough milk and Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany will lose his crown. We’re not going to worry about it! (Note…Looking back at history, this female soothsayer was not far wrong. In 1912 the world was on the verge of disaster, just as we are today. World War I, “the great war,” started when on June 28, 1914 Archduke Francis Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, was gunned down and killed. It was an ugly war with the use of poison gas which continued on until 1918 when Kaiser Wilheim II, who had ruled Germany since 1888, did indeed lose his crown when he suffered enforced abdication. History seems to just repeat itself — same story, just different names and places. Warrensburgh News Editor John Tubbs was right when he wrote that it did no good to worry about it.)
Hurried man chokes on food, dies
Robert W. Johnson, head butcher for John Anderson Jr. at Newcomb, choked to death the afternoon of Jan. 4, 1912 while eating dinner at the Adirondack Hotel in North Creek. He was hurrying to catch a stage, which was waiting for him, when a piece of meat became lodged in his throat. The unfortunate man was hurried to the porch and every effort was made to remove the obstruction, but his suffering could not be relieved and in a few moments he fell lifeless.
The deceased was 60 and was a son of the late Col. William R. Johnson of Saratoga Springs. Burial was in the family plot at the Saratoga Greenridge Cemetery.
Festive party set for Queen Village
The first dance of 1912 at the Music Hall in Warrensburgh is announced for the evening of Jan. 3, 1912. “Jack” Curley will be in attendance with his two able assistant music-makers and a program of the latest hits to be rendered “Curley style.” The admission will be 75 cents for the fellows but the girls can get by with a quarter. Dancers who are foolish enough to stay away will miss a really good time! (Note: When you drive west on Adirondack Avenue toward Main St., roll down your window, listen carefully and you will be still be able to hear the echo of that distant music!)
Gala weddings held locally
Miss Genevieve Marion Bibby, daughter of Robert Bibby of North Creek and Harry Suprenant, son of Modeste Suprenant of Olmstedville, were married Dec. 26, 1911 at high noon at the home of the bride by the Rev. Bert S. Van Vlett of the Chester Baptist Church.
The couple will return from their wedding trip in two weeks to take up residence at North Creek.
In other news, Walter Foote of Aiden Lair and Miss Rose Goodspeed, oldest daughter of George Goodspeed of North Chester, were married at the Baptist parsonage in Minerva on the evening of Dec. 29, 1911 by the Rev. F.M. Bar. They were attended by Howard Foote and Mrs. Leonard Savoy of Aiden Lair, brother and sister of the groom.
A pretty wedding took place at the home of James Varnum at high noon, Dec. 30, 1911 when their daughter was given in marriage to Luther G. Hammond of Lake George. Some time after Jan. 1, 1912, they will be at home at 153 Bay St., Glens Falls.
Schuyler Gill of Stony Creek and Miss Lucy Bruno of Caldwell were married Dec. 31, 1911 by the Rev. C.H. Mead at the home of the bridegroom’s father, Chester Gill in Stony Creek. They were attended by Chester Gill, brother of the bridegroom and Miss Clara C. Madison. The couple will take up housekeeping in Stony Creek.
Business changes hands
On Jan. 1, 1912, Russell & Co., will take over the tea jobbing business of John B. Brown, for years a prominent figure in the trade. His partner, Mr. Sloan and many of the new employees will continue with the new connection.
John B. Brown is married to Miss Alice Faxon, daughter of the late Charles H. Faxon of Chestertown. Mr. Brown, who has large banking and railroad interests, will now spend more time at his country home in Chestertown.
Warrensburgh news briefs
There was not a single death in the town of Warrensburgh in Dec., 1911. The population of the town increased by one citizen as there was one birth reported. There were several marriages.
The windstorm which swept over this locality the night of Dec. 28, 1911 was one of the most violent known here in many a year. It raged all night with unabated fury, but no serious damage was reported. The next day the roads were muddy and than froze and made it so slippery that it was hard to get around. Snow finally came on Dec. 31, 1911, followed by sleet in the evening which put the roads in good condition for driving with light sleighs and cutters.
Chicken were selling for $1 per head at Christmas and were all snapped up for that price. Richard Combs has sold his farm at Cat’s Corners to Nelson Combs. (Note: Cat’s or Katz’s Corners is in Warrensburgh, just this side of the Thurman Bridge.)
While rolling logs at A.C. Emerson & Company’s mill on the afternoon of Jan. 9, 1912, Thomas Woodward slipped and fell, breaking one of the bones in his left forearm. Dr. Griffin was called to reduce the fracture.
Michael O’Brien of Hudson Falls has announced the engagement of his daughter, Helen C. O’Brien to Scott B. Smith of Warrensburgh. (Note: For many years Scott B. Smith was a well-known and respected insurance man in Warrensburgh,)
The mica mine in Darrowsville, North Warrensburgh is turning out a fine grade of mineral. Roscoe Stone is employed in John G. Hunt’s hardware store. (Note: The store was in the north end of today’s Marco Polo Pizza shop.)
Craig Wood of New York City is entertaining Hart Joseph, Milon N. Eldridge. Berry W. Woodward, J.P. Gabel and E.C. Austin at the Viele Pond Club. (Note: This club was on the top of Harrington Hill.)
Thought for the day: The Warrensburgh News started publication Jan. 30, 1878 to become the second oldest newspaper in Warren County. The Glens Falls Messenger, a weekly paper very similar began first when it started publication in 1855. Now, of course, the Adirondack Journal incorporates the Warrensburgh News, as it has since the mid-1990s.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-2210.