Poisonous sense of humor
Myron Blanchard, the French Mountain Marathon runner, who won a hotly contested race at the fair grounds in Warrensburgh several years ago, made a bluff of suicide Dec. 23, 1911, giving his family a severe fright.
Blanchard had been drinking most of the week and on Saturday visited Glens Falls with his wife to do some Christmas shopping. Upon their return home they had a little tiff and Myron went to the cupboard, seized a package of Paris Green, bade his children goodbye and lying down on a couch and pretended — as he confessed later — to take a dose of the deadly stuff.
His wife summoned a doctor but his services were not needed. Blanchard says that he didn’t take any of the poison and was only making a bluff.
Horicon posse protects town
There has been another burglar scare in Horicon. Every night between 9 o’clock and midnight the streets of Horicon are paraded by a corps of merchants headed by Philetus Smith with an old flintlock lined up, M.C. Lackey with a Fourth of July pistol, Bill Johnson with an old broom handle and little Edson Smith with a lantern, each bent upon protecting his own property. Any lone pedestrian who has any business on the streets after 9 o’clock had better wait until the next morning before they transact it.
Motorcar collision injures citizen
In other Horicon news, Fred Parker is suffering from a lame back caused by an automobile accident of which he was a victim. While on his way to Chestertown in his Maxwell automobile with his son, Fred was driving the car. The machine collided with Mason Lackey’s automobile just the other side of the Starbuckville woods. Both of the chauffeurs were running their cars at a twelve-mile an hour clip until they came in sight of each other, then both slowed down. As they were about to pass, the wheels of Parker’s machine struck a piece of ice and skidded, throwing the left part of the machine in front of the other machine.
Both chauffeurs threw on their emergency brake just in time to prevent a catastrophe. The machines came together with a crash throwing Mr. Parker through the wind shield and into a watering trough. The rest escaped unhurt. Lackey’s machine, being larger and heavier than Parker’s, was unscratched. The front of Parker’s car was bent and one of the lamps broken and had to be sent to Glens Falls to be overhauled.
Hanging too good for him
A jury in an out-of-state murder case at the trial of a man over the murder of a woman in an unusually horrible manner, unanimously voted the prisoner guilty of murder in the first degree.
They also decided that hanging was too good for him and set about devising some punishment that would be worse. As a result of their deliberations they brought in a verdict recommending life imprisonment and further stipulating that on each anniversary of the crime the prisoner would be placed in a dungeon and put on a bread-and-water diet and that no board of pardons should ever be permitted to set him free or mitigate his punishment in any way.
The judge agreed that the punishment was justified but the verdict could not be carried out according to the law and he sent them back to the jury room to bring in a verdict differently worded.
Thievery at Darrowsville
Charles Saville’s house at Darrowsville was broken into the night of Dec. 2, 1911 in the absence of the family and all the potatoes stored for the winter, together with various other vegetables, Mr. Saville’s best winter overcoat, razor and other belongings, were carried away. An entrance was effected by breaking the glass in a kitchen window and the door was opened from the inside for removal of the plunder. Fresh wagon tracks near the house showed that the thieves came prepared to carry away anything they could find which would be of use.
Mrs. Saville has a strong suspicion as to the identity of the marauders and she and her husband propose to follow the matter up until some one is compelled to pay the penalty for the crime. Several young men are being closely questioned as to just what they know about the affair. Sensational developments are expected and the people of Darrowsville are very much excited.
Supervisors scrutinize budget
At one of the sessions of the Warren County Board of Supervisors at the state armory in Glens Falls, an amendment to the county law was requested fixing the salary of supervisors at $300 per annum instead of $4 a day as at present. The supervisors completed their labors after a session of 28 straight days. One of the last acts of the board was to audit their own bills for services rendered to their various towns. Warrensburgh Supervisor Dr. Alfred J. Pitcher received $260.68 for the year.
Lady found dead in bed
Mrs. Sarah Fuller, 85, a native of Stony Creek, was found dead in bed the morning of Dec. 21, 1911 by her stepson Elmer Fuller who lived with her at home in West Day. Dr. S. Kathan and Coroner Small decided that her death was caused by heart disease from which Mrs. Fuller had suffered since she had a stroke of paralysis several years ago.
The deceased was the oldest daughter of Stephen and Eliza Corey Green. She was born in Stony Creek in 1826 near Lens Lake. When she was young woman, she moved with her parents to West Day where she has since resided. Her husband was Chauncey Fuller. By old and young alike she was known as “Aunt Sate” and was loved by all. The funeral was held Dec. 23, 1911. Her body was taken to Northville for internment.
An epidemic is no joke
The city papers are publishing some great yarns from Lake George which furnish considerable amusement for the residents of that locality. The latest is that an epidemic of “horse measles” has broken out there which has already carried off 70 or 80 horses. There is nothing to it!
In real news, Letha Decker of Hague has just recovered from the quinsy. In Adirondack Mrs. Harvey Bolster has the same ailment and Miss Beatrice Tripp there is ill with chicken pox. Elmore Tucker of North Thurman is ill with stomach and liver trouble.
Lee L. Hall and Mrs. Susie McDonald, both of Stony Creek, were married at Luzerne Saturday, Dec. 23, 1911 by the Rev. G.W. May. The couple will reside in Stony Creek where Mr. Hall is a prominent business man.
Ernest Pratt and Miss Beatrice Hill, both of Warrensburgh, were married Christmas morning by the Rev. H.F. Titus at the Methodist Episcopal parsonage in their home town. Miss Olive E. Pratt and Lafayette Pratt were the attendants.
Torrents of rain came down Dec. 22, 1911 making the streets of Warrensburgh an American Venice.
A son, Glendale Edward Rounds, was born to Mrs. Herbert Rounds of North Thurman. A son was born on Dec. 16, 1911 to Mrs. John Jordan of North River. A daughter was born in Darrowsville to Mrs. Merton Bartlett.
Joshua Reynolds of East Thurman who will be 81 years old in April, walked to Warrensburgh one day last week and back carrying a big sack of groceries on his back, a trip of eighteen miles. He said it was to keep his muscles limbered up.
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