Richards Library reopens
Richards Library, with the new annex completed, was reopened to the public Oct. 21, 1911. A large number of adults and children visited the building during the afternoon and evening and the interest shown was very gratifying.
The reading room was not ready for use and this was regretted, but it was thought best not to defer the opening on that account. (Note: The “new annex” was the room located behind the fireplace on the west side of today’s library. The “reading room” is today the children’s area on the south side of the building. Library aide Linda Lamy and I had a good time, while I was doing my research on this subject, visualizing the ladies — in their long dresses, whale bone corsets, and high buttoned shoes — that came in to visit the library that day so long ago.)
Home from the hunt
Charles F. Burhans and George E. Farrar of Warrensburgh and George Martin of Glens Falls spent three days at Bolton’s camp in Indian Lake and killed three fine deer. They are plump and very plentiful this fall and came out in the clearings and feed around the cattle. Hod Hill went to Griffin on his first hunting trip and came home with a 268-pound buck. Germain Mattison shot a fine one a little way from his home that weighed 285 pounds and was as fat as a beef critter. (Note: When I recently attended the opening of the new hunting, trapping and fishing exhibit at the Warrensburgh Museum of Local History, I viewed an early collection of photographs taken during the 1890’s which depicted a group of satisfied deer hunters that included Charles F. Burhans, heir to the Burhans Tannery fortune. He died Jan. 26, 1946. Charles was the grandson of Benjamin Peck Burhans who came to Warrensburgh in March 1836 from Ulster County with his tanning business to start Warrensburgh down it’s path of becoming an industrial town.
The marvelous photographs are on loan from the Stewart Farrar family. The exhibit continues at the museum through Nov. 30.)
Italian laborers invade village
Contractor Joseph H. Walker, in charge of his efficient Italian foreman “Big Tony” — an expert American bricklayer — and his gang of 40 men are making progress on work paving the main street of Warrensburgh with vitrified brick. They are using several of the latest improved machines for road-making.
If the weather remains good the job should be finished in ten days. Bricklaying was begun Oct. 21, 1911, just above B.F. Hammond’s drug store (now where Jack Tony’s Sunoco station is situated just north of the town bandstand). All day Sunday, the work went merrily on, watched by a large group of interested citizens. On Oct. 26, 1911, the brick will be laid on School St. (now called Stewart Farrar Ave). Grading and paving will be done later this fall.
(Note: I grew up near Proctor, Vt., one of the largest marble producing areas in the world. Many of the citizens there were Italian immigrants and among them were master stone cutters with immense talent. The statues and gravestones in the Proctor cemetery are a testament to their fine work. These people were proud of their homes which they kept in pristine condition. The older immigrants, especially the women, seldom learned to speak English which kept them isolated from community life, but the younger generation grew to be solid Americans. Growing up, I had great respect for them. Dennis Martinez at the Glens Falls National Bank in Warrensburgh, grew up there also and has told me how proud he is of his hometown.)
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