Town elects first G.O.P. chief
A rare assemblage of good fellows met the evening of Nov. 15, 1911 in the Grand Army House at a banquet given in honor of the king of good fellows, Milton N. Eldridge, Warrensburgh’s newly elected and first-ever Republican supervisor.
The tables were decorated and covers were laid for 50 guests. J.P. Gabel, the local caterer had spread out a lavish banquet with many succulent items including Blue Point oysters on the half shell, tenderloin a-la-casserole, roast Vermont turkey with oyster dressing and Cardenal punch, plus all the fixings. Imported cigars were handed out after the meal and the smoke began to curl upward from 50 contented smokers.
Acting as toastmaster, Hon. James A. Emerson delivered a masterful address which closed with the expression of a desire to live and die in Warrensburgh. Mr. Eldridge responded in his characteristically happy manner and assured his listeners he would work for the interests of the taxpayers and would consider himself responsible to them only. The speeches went on well into the night.
(Note: The Grand Army House later became The Warren Inn and now another building stands on the lot on the corner of Main and Water streets, housing John Henry’s tavern.
Milton N. Eldridge was an amazing man, never afraid of hard work. He was born at Wevertown, Oct. 16, 1880, a son of Hon. Taylor J. Eldridge, known as “T.J.,” a prominent North Creek merchant who served Warren County with distinction for five years in the lower branch of the state legislature.
In 1899 his father, with Hon. Louis W. Emerson and James A. Emerson, established the Warrensburgh Woolen Co., a principal area industry on the old pants factory lot. Milton was put in charge of the business which manufactured 40 pairs of men’s all-wool trousers per day as well as varieties of woolen cloth. The street was later named “Milton Avenue” in his honor. This lot is today 18 Milton Avenue where I now reside.
Milton Eldridge was Warrensburgh supervisor from 1912 to 1921, having taken over the job from Dr. Alfred J. Pitcher, a veterinarian who lived on Elm St. From 1922 to 1924 he was a state Assemblyman. Eldridge was a “live wire,” a handsome and accomplished gentleman, a man born to lead, who never married and was very popular here in his hometown.)
The rough house blues
Fred L. Hamilton of Warrensburgh went on another rampage Sunday night, Nov. 12, 1911 and started a rough house at his home on Main St. After a struggle he was subdued by his son and was than arrested for assault. He was given a hearing Monday morning and in consideration of an agreement on his part to pay $7 per week toward the support of his family and to keep away from them, the proceedings were suspended. Should he violate the agreement at any time he will again be arraigned to answer the charges preferred against him.
Mother Nature provides bounty
Seth Alden and George Fuller took up a bee tree from which they secured 80 pounds of honey.
Dan Doty, an Adirondack gum hunter, has finished gathering 1,300 pounds of spruce gum which he found during the summer in the Adirondack forests. The most he ever secured in one day was 30 pounds. He gets $1.50 cents a pound for his gum from druggists.
Hero saves lady from a bear
A school teacher was imprisoned in the attic of a country schoolhouse by a black bear and she was rescued by a teamster who shot the bear.
Miss Helen Cowles is the heroine of this thrilling tale and the scene of her peril and daring rescue was in the Grogan district in an isolated section between Lake George and Glens Falls. Miss Cowles went to the schoolhouse to do some special work on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 28, 1911, when the bear paid her a visit and she fled to the attic to escape his clutches. There she was imprisoned for several hours until John A. Chadwick appeared and shot the bear dead.
Voters reject Library funding
A large majority of the tax payers of Warrensburgh, by their vote on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 1911, expressed their disapproval of the proposition to increase the annual appropriation for the Richards Free Public Library from $100 to $300. The vote was 120 for and 220 against and we believe that the vote against was actuated solely by motives of economy. What the citizens do not realize is that the increase for the great majority of the taxpayers would be less than 32 cents each.
The people of Warrensburgh appear to be guilty of that most despicable of offenses, ingratitude. The Richards Free Public Library was a free gift to the town of Warrensburgh for the use and benefit of its inhabitants for all time with an outlay of at least $55,000 and now has fallen on hard times and asked for a little assistance from those whom they faithfully serve.
The library will forge on and continue its good work in this community and many of the people who helped to defeat this proposition will continue to enjoy the many advantages it offers in the future as they have in the past.
Lost, looking to be found
Edwin Upton of Warrensburgh is offering a $5 reward for the return of “Dewdrop,” his female Beagle hound. Although the owner’s name is on her collar, no questions will be asked if she is returned.
Harry Bolton at the Bolton House Hotel, Warrensburgh, asks for the return of his small black puppy, “Buster,” an eight-month-old beagle who went missing on Nov. 8, 1911. His children are heartbroken.
Election day passed off quietly in Bakers Mills, only one man becoming drunk and disorderly. A warrant was issued for his arrest but the constable was unable to find him and he has not been seen since. It is rumored that he has taken to the tall timber of the north. (Note: Getting drunk on Election Day apparently was a tradition with more than a few people in the North Country at the turn of the century, according to news articles of that era.)
Alfred Smith, son of the late George W.L. Smith of Smith’s Basin, has been appointed postmaster there. Grandfather, father and son have been appointed in succession from President Lincoln in 1861 to President Taft in 1911.
Norman Elwell is back on his old job carrying the mail from the Thurman Station of the D.&H. to the Thurman and Athol post offices.
The Sophomore class of the Warrensburgh High School has elected as President Catherine O’Connor, Secretary Alice Keays and Treasurer Celia Lavine. The class will graduate in 1913 and will be one of the largest in the history of the school.
Othniel Smith and Miss Lena Smith of Chestertown were married by the Rev. L.T. Cole, Nov. 15, 1911, at the home of the bride’s father, Josiah Smith near Loon Lake. Both are popular young people.
Dr. William R. Lee, a graduate of Columbia University, has taken up residence in North Creek. succeeding to the practice of Dr. Samuel Brush.
George Vernum of North Caldwell has a three-year-old mare weighing about 1,100 pounds, three calves and eight pigs for sale. Birtle Kenyon of North Thurman killed a May pig that weighed 258 pounds. W.W. Pasco killed a June pig that weighed 265 pounds. Watson Everts of Athol lost a very valuable horse.
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