Farmhand murders wife
George Quick, a farmhand who lives at King’s Station, about six miles north of Saratoga Springs, is under arrest on a charge of murder in killing his wife with a shotgun. The murder is supposed to have been committed late afternoon, Sept. 24, 1911. Quick admits that he committed the deed, but said he was sorry. He gave no reason for the act.
Early that day, he borrowed a shotgun from Alton Stiles, a neighbor and later in the morning Mr. and Mrs. Quick drove to the cemetery where their infant son was buried. They returned in the afternoon and Mr. Stiles called on Quick to get him to work for him. Quick was sitting outside his house and informed Stiles that he had shot and killed his wife. He refused to tell why he did it and said, “You will know later!” He led Stiles to the woodshed where Mrs. Quick was lying on the floor. Her back had a great hole between the shoulder blades and the shot had punctured her left lungs. She died of shock and hemorrhage. “Is this what you borrowed my gun for?” asked Stiles.
Neighbors can assign no cause for the deed as Quick had not been drinking on Sunday. Mrs. Quick was 25 and a very attractive young woman. Her husband was about a year older. It is believed that insanity will be the plea of the defense. Quick was committed to the Warren County Jail where he still refused to talk.
Popular resident eulogized
In the village park at Lake George the afternoon of Sept. 23, 1911 many residents of the town and some prominent people from afar, including Gov. John A. Dix, gathered to join in a memorial service for the late Edward M. Shepard. Henry W. Hayden acted as chairman and paid an eloquent tribute to Mr. Shepard. Several hymns were sung by the combined church choirs of the village.
(Note: Edward Morse Shepard, 62, died Friday July 28, 1911 at his summer home, Erlowest on Lake George. He was a man beloved, honored and respected by all those who knew him. He was a lawyer and a democratic politician who was well-known for his integrity and attention to detail. He left a will 27 pages long which left Erlowest to his sister, Agnes S. Hewitt. Today, 100 years later, Erlowest is an elegant bed & breakfast and restaurant. The park where the memorial service took place is Shepard Park.)
Arsonist sent to jail
Jerry Gates, charged with setting fire to brush-land in the Adirondacks in May, 1911, has been convicted and sentenced to a year’s imprisonment in the Albany Penitentiary. This was carried out through the efforts of Supervisor Noxon of North Creek. (Note: The fire which eventually burned over 20,000 acres of timberland started May 13, 1911 and was still burning a week later. It was feared at the time that Bakers Mills would be wiped off the map. It rained on May 18, 1911 which could have well saved the town from destruction.)
John P. Williams of Glens Falls, councilman of the third ward and a member of lumber manufacturers Gifford, William & Co., disappeared from his home Sept. 19, 1911 and his relatives and friends searched for him in vain.
Finally a letter came postmarked Attica, 25 miles from Buffalo, which was written in a rambling manner showing plainly that the man was mentally unbalanced. Financial difficulties, following a strike in his concern’s mill is supposed to be the cause.
Deaths in the news
Mrs. Stephen R. Baker, 75, of North Thurman, died of apoplexy Sept. 16, 1911 at the home of her grandson, Cyrus D. Baker. She is survived by her husband, one son, Delbert Baker and four daughters. She was buried in the Reynolds Cemetery.
Roland Hack, 84, died Sept. 16, 1911 at his home in Stony Creek where he had lived many years and enjoyed the respect and esteem of the community. He is survived by four daughters and three sons. He was the brother of William Hack and Mrs. Sarah Bennett, both of Thurman. Internment was in the Fuller Cemetery.
Alvin Parker, of Indian Lake suffered a shock of paralysis Thursday and died Sept. 16, 1911 without regaining consciousness.
Lee Palmer, once postmaster of Hague, died at his home Sept. 23, 1911 after a long illness of paralysis. He leaves a widow.
Gertrude May, five-month-old daughter of Sandy Wallace of Pottersville, died Sept. 24, 1911 of Cholera Infantum.
Alphonso Brown, 83, lifelong resident of Lake George Village, died at his home on Sept. 27, 1911. He was formerly a well known hotel man, having conducted what is now known as the Carpenter House for years. He was also a prominent horseman some 25 years ago and raised the famous trotting stallion, Joe Brown, a local record-holder and the sire of many fine trotters. Brown is survived by three daughters and one son, Dolphus Brown of Lake George.
The severe frost that took place the week of Sept. 11, 1911 came as a surprise as the weather around that time was considered quite delightful. The chestnuts are beginning to fall already.
Norris Combs of North Thurman was received into the Baptist Church by immersion Sept. 17, 1911. The Rev. Edwin H. Hovey conducted the ceremonies.