Motherless girl drinks acid
Driven to desperation by constant brooding over her lonely condition, Miss Rose L. Hewitt, a 20-year-old motherless girl, who formerly lived in Warrensburgh, committed suicide in Glens Falls Dec. 9, 1911 by drinking half an ounce of carbolic acid.
She took the fatal dose shortly after 6 p.m. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pelletier, 3 Washington St., where she boarded. In spite of all that Dr. G.A. Chapman and Dr. Virgil D. Selleck could do for her, she died two hours later.
The girl had been melancholy for some time. Several times she had been heard to say, “Well, they are all gone and I want to go too,” evidently referring to her mother and brother who died some time ago.
Her father is living in Herkimer and her two brothers, William and George Hewitt live there also. Another brother, Freeman Hewitt lives in Seattle, Wa. The family members are natives of Thurman and moved to that place from Warrensburgh 10 years ago to take residence in Burnhamville near the paper mill. After the death of the mother, the girl was left in the care of her aunt, Mrs. Scott Ross. For a time she was employed at the Warrensburgh Shirt Factory before she moved to Glens Falls about three years ago to work in the Leggett Box Company’s plant on Maple St.
When Mrs. Pelletier went to Rose’s room to call her for supper, she discovered her lying across her bed in a semi-conscious condition with a small bottle in her hand. This is the second time that Rose has taken carbolic acid within six months, the former act was discovered in time to save her life.
There is a persistent rumor that the girl committed suicide because of being jilted by a young man who had paid her considerable attention until recently.
The funeral was held at the Pelletier home and the body was taken to Warrensburgh for burial in the village cemetery by the side of her mother in the family plot.
Boy dies after tooth extraction
Cassius Everts, 17, son of William V. Everts of Athol, died at his home Dec. 15, 1911 after a brief illness of blood poisoning following the extraction of a tooth.
The boy had been bothered with an aching molar and came to Warrensburgh about ten days before his death and had it extracted.
There was nothing unusual about the operation but the soreness of the gum did not seem to subdue as quickly as expected but the young man was able to be out and about to do his usual duties at his father’s farm. Finally an abscess formed on the boy’s face and Dr. Allen Parker was called to see him. The patient’s condition, however, rapidly became worse and blood poisoning developed causing severe suffering and pain until the end of his life finally came.
Cassius Everts was a close companion of his father, always at home, cheerful and happy. He was a dutiful son. Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Grace and Marjorie Everts. Bearers were John and George Lanfear, James Dow and Basil Gallup. Burial was in the Baker Cemetery.
Violent racist ‘prank’ punished
Patrick O’Rourke of Glens Falls has some original ideas regarding the nature of a joke. One night recently, Pat had a good “bun” on and while passing through the Glens Falls “ghetto” was seized with a fit of humor which prompted him to pull the whiskers of Samuel Cohen and smash him in the head with a stone. Cohen failed to see the joke and shouted for help.
The residents responded to a man and Pat said he thought there was “a riot after him.” In the pursuit, Maurice Cohan, son of the assaulted Hebrew, fell and broke a leg.
City Judge Merrill fined the festive O’Rourke $20 and 60 days in the county jail but later suspended the last part of the sentence.
Convicted of wife’s murder
The trial of George Quick of Kings Station, for the murder of his wife at that place on Sept. 4, 1911, was completed Saturday, Dec. 16, 1911 at Ballston and Quick was found guilty of murder in the second degree. Justice J.A. Kellogg of Glens Falls, who presided at the trial, sentenced him to not less than 20 years at Dannemora Prison. The maximum of the sentence is the natural life of the prisoner.
The trial began Dec. 11, 1911. The result of the jury’s deliberations was announced by foreman N. Lester Beswick of Wilton, formerly of Warrensburgh.
The prisoner had nothing to say when he heard the verdict but appeared to be pleased with the outcome of the trial. Quick is 29, and it is doubtful that he will survive his long term in prison as he is thought to be dying of consumption (pulmonary tuberculosis). (Note…The complete story of the brutal murder of Quick’s beautiful 25-year-old wife, who was shot in the back and dumped in the woodshed, appeared in the Sept. 17, 2011 Adirondack Journal.)
Hog carcass switched?
Jerome Lindsay of Luzerne hired Tyrus Flanders, a butcher, to kill his hog. Flanders did the job and took the carcass to his market to dress it.
Lindsay claims he sent back another hog weighing 100 pounds less and he has sued the butcher to recover the difference in value.
Treasure beyond price
Orley Wood, who went to San Francisco from Warrensburgh about two years ago, on Nov. 28, 1911 took unto himself a wife in the person of Miss Lillian McLeod of that city.
Mr. Wood has a good position in the cutting department of Ulman, Selligsohn & Brown’s shirt factory. He writes his people here that he is prosperous, contented and happy with a good wife, a treasure beyond price, who has made his life still more attractive.
The Baptist Church of North Thurman is to lose its pastor Jan. 1, 1912 as the Rev. Edwin H. Hovey has accepted a call from the church at Hagadorn Mills. Good luck to him while he is there! (Note: Rev. Hovey married Mary Hadden, the widow of Miles Frost of Thurman and moved to Hagadorn Mills with her and her two orphaned granddaughters, never to be heard from again.)
Fred Reynolds of North Thurman, while skidding wood Dec. 8, 1911, was hit by a pole just above the small of his back and has since been so lame and sore that he could hardly get around. He is improving very slowly.
Fred Barlow of Riverbank, who cut his foot some time ago, now can limp around independent of crutches. Frank Smith’s ankle, which was badly jammed while he was skidding logs several days ago, has been very painful.
C.W. Smith of Landon Hill, Chestertown, butchered a beef which weighed 626 pounds. D.B. Jenks butchered a yearling beef which dressed off with 400 pounds of fresh meat.
Almina Mattison, 51, wife of Alfred Ward, died Dec. 1, 1911 at her home in Thurman.
Stella Cameron, little daughter of John D. Cameron of Athol is dangerously ill with tuberculosis measles.