Update on Dr. Howard’s farm
In the Oct. 29 edition of this column, it was written that after Lawrence Murdock died in 1911 in a ditch cave-in, his body was taken to his brother’s farmhouse in North Warrensburgh where they had both resided at the “old Dr. Howard place,” about a mile north of the village. Dr. Eliakim W. Howard came to Warrensburgh in 1837 and lived on a farm north of town before he built a big house in 1840 here on Main St.
I always wondered just where exactly that farm was located.
Robert Oustecky sent me an email this week, noting that his parents bought the white farm house just north of Karl Duell’s Motel (across from the entrance to Route 28). They bought the property from Flora “Toadie” Johnson in 1962. Oustecky continued that when he was in high school, he worked for Karl Duell (the local Oldsmobile dealer) cleaning cars, pumping gas, and “babysitting” Karl’s motel next door to the garage. Oustecky asked whether his old homestead was the place where Murdock was taken after the cave-in, as he heard that a doctor was one of the previous owners.
I wish that I could answer this question with certainty, but it does makes sense that this was probably where the old Howard farm was located.
Oustecky’s mention of Karl Duell’s dealership brought back many happy memories. Karl was my husband’s closest buddy and, both immersed in the car business which they dearly loved, the two spent many happy hours together “wheeling and dealing.” Karl’s yearly big cocktail party celebrating the arrival of the new Oldsmobile in his showroom every fall was the social event of the season.
A year after a big fire in 1939, Karl built the home and garage — across from the town landfill road — which my husband purchased and lived in where he sold countless cars and mobile homes from 1953 to 1994. I arrived there in 1959 after a whirlwind courtship and wedding. I thank Oustecky for my trip down memory lane.
Peabody mansion burns
The opulent summer home of Charles Jones Peabody, on the Bolton Road about a mile from Lake George Village, was completely destroyed by fire. All the furniture on the first floor and part of that on the second was saved, but the house, built entirely of wood, was burned to the ground, entailing a loss of $50,000.
As soon as the fire was discovered, word was sent to the village and the church and town clock bells were rung and many men went to the scene of the conflagration. In spite of the persistent efforts of those gathered, the blaze stubbornly resisted the water thrown upon it by a hand pump and the once handsome home was a mass of ruins.
The fire started near the roof and spread rapidly. Although the exact cause of the fire is undetermined, it is conjectured that the fire started from a blowtorch used by the plumbers who were repairing the roof.
The house was built by Col. Walter W. Price of New York, who sold it to Mr. Peabody. (Note: The last Mrs. Walter Price, one of many, Constance (Bridget) Fallon was said to have been a former upstairs maid in the Price mansion. Walter Price was a poor boy with little education born in England, who started his career by working for a coal company and selling coal from door-to-door. He later became a millionaire. He is said to have paid any child $50 whose parents named him, “Walter Price.”)
Death in the news
William S. Tuttle died Nov. 13, 1911 at his home on East Sanford St., Glens Falls. He was one of the best known granite and marble men in the vicinity. Some of his work can be seen in the Glens Falls Cemetery where he erected the Fowler, Coolidge, Goodman and Ordway monuments. One of his best pieces of work is the granite shaft in Crandall Park. He is survived by a widow, one daughter, Mrs. Robert A. Braley and a son, Luther G. Tuttle. He was buried in Glens Falls Cemetery.
In other news, George Wood, 37, died Oct. 28, 1911 after a brief illness of Bright’s Disease at the home of his sister, Mrs. Walter Lilliebridge on King St., Warrensburgh. He was the second son of Edward Wood and is survived by his father, three sisters and five brothers. Internment was in the family plot in the Pottertown Cemetery just off The Glen Road.
Prodigal boy returns home
Burnis Combs, a young man from Warrensburgh of agreeable personality, keen mind and ready wit, arrived home Oct. 24, 1911 from an extended trip through the west and also in the south, where he visited New Orleans.
Young Combs, sometime before he was old enough to vote, developed a sure case of wanderlust, and with several companions he made a trip west. For months, he worked at his trade, expert shirt ironer, in St. Louis and before his return, he explored some of the large cities and towns in that area.
Early last summer, accompanied by Iman Cahill, he went to Indianapolis where both secured employment in a large laundry. This prodigal son has finally come home at last and will stay home with his Pa all this coming winter.
Man stricken at home
Albert H. Thomas was taken suddenly ill at his home on Main St. in Warrensburgh Sept. 20, 1911 while preparing to retire for the night. He was found unconscious by his bedside. Dr. Griffin was summoned and remained with him during the night. His condition was critical until the following Sunday when some improvement was noted. He has since been able to be around the house but has not yet fully recovered. (Note: Albert Thomas and his brother, Charles Thomas, who died in 1886, were the sons of Miles and Sarah Brown Thomas for whom the Senior Citizens House on Main Street today is presently named. This house, built in 1871, was for many years the home of Albert’s family as well as his mother, who died in the spring of 1911. Albert Thomas was the grandfather of Assemblyman Harry A. Reoux of Warrensburgh.)
Zalmon Hall has a farm of 102 acres for sale on Harrington Hill, Lake George which he wants to sell because of failing health. Interested buyers may apply at the residence near the watering trough just above the Judd Bridge, Warrensburgh.
Weller Brothers of Riverbank have bought from James Hill of Lake George his farm of 100 acres in the town of Bolton near the Middleton Bridge. The property is heavily timbered. George Hill, who has lived on the farm for several years, will remain as a tenant of the new owners.
Frank Hill and Miss Emma Fish, both of Chestertown, were married at that place Saturday, Nov. 11, 1911. The ceremony was performed by Rev. L.T. Cole at the Methodist Episcopal parsonage, Warrensburgh.
Percy Combs is employed in Pasco’s livery stable. Madeline Branch, the three-year-old daughter of Robert Branch, is seriously ill with pleura-pneumonia.
Orley Hazelton has built an addition to his barn.
Hiley Purvee assumed the management of O.R. Wilsey’s market on Oct. 25, 1911 in the Pasko block in Warrensburgh. (Note: The Pasko block was just south of the Floyd Bennett Memorial bandstand.)
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