Romance across the shining sea
Miss Mary Campbell, for the past seven years the housekeeper for millionaire George Foster Peabody at Lake George, will sail Nov. 4, 1911 from New York to begin a trip of 12,000 miles which will end at New South Wales, Australia where she will become the bride of Murdock McDonald, her sweetheart of childhood days in Scotland. She has not seen in nearly eight years.
Leaving New York, Miss Campbell will go to Glasgow, Scotland where she will remain for a short while to visit her mother at her childhood home. When Miss Campbell left her native hearth she left McDonald behind in Scotland and at the time he expected he would follow her later on to America, but a great opportunity was afforded him in far-off Australia and it was there that after six and a half years in the “bush” that he became wealthy.
He sent for his “bonnie bride to be” and in answer to his call she is preparing to make the 12,000 mile trip and should arrive in the latter part of January or the first of February, 1912.
Miss Campbell was the guest of honor at a dinner given the evening of Oct. 3, 1911 at the Hotel Worden by the ladies of the Presbyterian Church of Lake George where she was a faithful attendant over the years. (Note: George Foster Peabody, a legend in his own time, was a millionaire, banker, reformer and philanthropist who lived during the summer at “Albenia,” his lavish Lake George estate, in winter in his mansion in Brooklyn. There was a sharp contrast between Albenia’s sculptured rose gardens and Australia’s dusty outback.)
Merwin family news
Miss Helen Merwin of Blue Mountain Lake left for San Francisco and will sail from that city for the Philippian Islands where she will be united in marriage with Gerd Shulty, who holds a government position there.
B.F. Merwin Jr., started Sept. 29, 1911 for Sudbury, Canada where he will attend school.
A small child of Burnice Monroe died Oct. 2, 1911 at the family home near the Rock schoolhouse. The funeral was held in the new church at Horicon with the Rev. Mr. Davison officiating.
Earl May moved out of the South Horicon hotel Sept. 30, 1911 and he will store his goods for the winter in the Swan building across the river. Fred H. Duell and Joseph Gwinnup are talking of renting the hotel.
Harvey Hastings moved Oct. 3, 1911 from Padan Aram down the river on to the Brad Hayes place.
Beavers lumber the north woods
The efforts of the state to prevent the extermination of the beaver in the Adirondack Mountains is said to have created a serious problem for the lumbermen. There are more than 20 colonies of beavers known and probably some that aren’t known, on the Raquette River alone, and the protection they receive is increasing their numbers rapidly.
They are doing a great deal of damage, especially to the poplar trees and this in turn is doing great damage to the paper industry. The beaver will cut down a tree that is 12 inches in diameter as quickly as a smaller one. Sometimes the top of a tree will lodge in the branches of another tree and beavers have been known to cut down another tree and directing its fall so that it will strike and dislodge the first one. (Note: I never realized just how expert these cute little devils could be at lumbering until one fall I arrived at the Hadden camp on the Schroon River to find all the shade trees lying neatly on the ground with the stumps looking as if they had been in a pencil sharpener.
I chuckle when I recall the full-scale war former Warrensburg Supervisor Charlie Hastings waged many years ago with the beaver colony who resided near the town reservoir on Alden Avenue that had no intention of giving up their territory.)
Deaths in the news
Alphonso Brown, 83, a life-long resident of Lake George, died Sept. 27, 1911. He held the esteem of his fellow townsmen. He was a stanch Democrat and a genial and large hearted man. Many poor families in town and vicinity have had cause to rejoice that of his abundance he gave willingly and freely. Burial was in the village cemetery.
Mrs. Kate Mason, 72, a native of Warrensburgh, having been born here on July 13, 1839, died Oct. 16, 1911 at her home in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma after an illness of a year and a half. She married J.M. Mason in Michigan July 4, 1870 and they had five children, four of whom died in infancy. One daughter, Mrs. Cora Whittington survives. Mrs. Mason was a noble, lovable and Christian woman.
Mrs. Clara Varnum, 42, wife of Walter Varnum, died Oct. 18, 1911 at her home in Glens Falls. She was the mother of Myra L. Dickinson. Burial was in the Glens Falls Cemetery.
Abdon A. Burdick, 83, a former resident of Thurman, died Oct. 23, 1911 at the home of his son, Delbert E. Burdick on Bay Road, Glens Falls. His other son, George E. Burdick lives in Thurman. He was buried in the Cameron Cemetery.
Area men take to the woods
The “Bear Waller” club will return Nov. 1, 1911 from hunting camp at Sawyer’s Clearing where they will have enjoyed a ten-day hunt. Nearly every member of the party was fortunate enough to get a shot at the fleet-footed creatures, and six deer will be brought home as proof of their straight shooting. (Note: In the Oct. 8 Adirondack Journal, the entire story of this remarkable hunting club was told.)
Hod H. Hill and R.E. Rooney went deer hunting at Griffin on Oct. 17, 1911. Last fall Hod made his first trip into the woods and brought home a magnificent 268-pound buck. (Note: The boys had bad weather for their hunting trip with rain falling nearly every day. To spite all this, Hod persevered and brought home a fine buck.)
Earl Herrick, Roscoe Hadden, W.F. Reynolds, John Van Auken, John Hall and Sewall Reynolds left for Harrisburgh, Stony Creek where they hunted for two weeks.
Harry Bolton, proprietor of the Bolton House in Warrensburgh, joined a Horicon hunting party that went to Pharaoh Lake to hunt.
The boarding house of Michael Owens of Minerva was burned to the ground with nearly all of its contents destroyed.
All bills for ice delivery for the summer season of 1911 must be paid by Oct. 1, 1911 to Fred M. Harrington, ‘The Ice Man.”
The Warrensburgh graduating class of 1912 will give a Columbus Day dance on Oct. 12, 1911 and music will be supplied by Curley’s Orchestra.
A son, Henry Steven Shaw was born Sept. 27, 1911 to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Shaw of Warrensburgh.
On Sept. 27, 1911 Allen and Kate Meade welcomed to their home at Brant Lake an eight-pound baby boy. Allen Meade was formerly one of Warrensburgh’s most popular young men and his wife was Miss Kate Ross, one of Brant Lake’s fairest daughters.
Miss Ella Shattuck of Hague and Mr. Galusha of Glens Falls were married at the home of the bride’s parents on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 1911. They will make their home in Glens Falls.
Maxwell Moynehan of North Creek had an operation at Glens Falls Hospital for adenoids and enlarged tonsils. Smith’s Brook in Diamond Point is a raging torrent owing to the recent heavy rains.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at 623-2210 or: email@example.com.