100 Years Ago - Winter 1913
Young Emerson is hometown hero
Albert Louis Emerson, the young son of Senator and Mrs. James A. Emerson of Warrensburgh, played the part of the hero Feb. 1, 1913 when at the risk of his life he rescued from drowning in Harrington Pond, on King St., his playmate Carson Hamilton, who broke through the ice while skating and would have sunk in six feet of water had he not been rescued in the nick of time by his brave young companion.
The boys, in company with others, were playing hockey on the pond and young Hamilton was in pursuit of the pack when he ventured out too far and striking a patch of thin ice, went through. There is a considerable current at that point and the boy would have quickly been swept under the ice only for the prompt action of Emerson, who bravely skated out on the thin ice and grasping the struggling boy by the shoulder dragged him out of the water and assisted by the other boys soon had him on safe ice, badly chilled and much frightened. They took him home and he soon recovered from the effects of his thrilling adventure. (Note: This pond, on King St., was next door to the present day home of Alan Hall. A popular town skating rink, it was filled in with dirt many years ago and no longer exists except in the minds of the people who used to skate there in their younger days.)
Henry Crandall laid to rest
Lumber baron and Glens Falls philanthropist Henry Crandall, 92 — who died Feb. 19, 1913 — was reported to be worth between one and two million dollars. The entire estate was left to his widow, Betsey Crandall, his wife of 54 years, and at her death passes into the possession of a perpetual corporation under the name of Crandall Trust. The will was drawn Dec. 30, 1912 and stated that no intoxicating liquors will ever be sold on any property owned by the estate.
The funeral services at the Crandall home were private, but during the hours that the body lay in state, nearly 2,000 persons viewed the remains and several hundred friends and relatives attended the ceremony at Crandall Park when his body was laid to rest.
The solid copper casket is covered with the finest black broadcloth. The interior is of heavy plain satin and the mountings are of oxidized silver. The design of the casket is square with ornate corners.
As soon as the casket was borne from the house to the hearse the Crandall Boys’ Saving Club, a philanthropic organization founded by Mr. Crandall, with its fife and drum corps, led the way to Crandall Park. As soon as the body had been placed in the crypt, taps were sounded by Stuart Crandall Mason, bugler of the Boys’ Saving Club. Rev. Officiating was Oliver Shaw Newell, rector of the Church of the Messiah. The monument which marks the resting place of Mr. Crandall in Crandall Park was erected in 1899 and the shaft is nearly 40 feet high. (Note: It was only 11 months later that Betsey Waters Crandall, 81, died Jan. 18, 1914 at her home in Glens Falls and was moved to Crandall Park to join her beloved husband there.)
No-snow winter drags on
The ice harvest began near the end of February on Echo lake in Warrensburgh. Fred M. Harrington and the Noble brothers, who supply the local demand, have been waiting for some time for snow, but concluding that there was none in sight, began drawing on wagons. Everyone has been hoping for sleighing all winter long. The total snowfall so far for nearly the whole month is only 6.8 inches, and it has been sporadic. Some men are drawing logs on wagons.
The ice is 16 inches thick and of excellent quality. On Feb. 10, 1913 it was nine degrees below zero. Tim Lynch is drawing for Noble Brothers with contractor J.H. Walker’s big auto truck and carries 50 cakes at a load, making a trip every hour and sometimes better. They are now filling the ice houses of the Adirondack Hotel and the Warren House. J.H. Arehart at West Stony Creek is currently filling his ice house with ice taken from the lake.
Livery stable closes
The Griffing & Leland Co. of Glens Falls, one of the largest livery and sales stables concerns in northern New York is about to retire from business and the large five-story brick structure occupied by the company at the top of Glen Street Hill, if not sold, will be transferred into dwelling apartments.
Mineral rights purchased
The Honorable Frank C. Hooper of North River and Philip A. Whittaker of Saratoga Springs, a popular freight train conductor on the Adirondack division of the D & H Railroad, have purchased the mineral rights on James Warren’s farm on the Hudson River, in the Town of Thurman. They have begun mining a big deposit of flint rock which is used in the manufacture of sand paper. Mr. Hooper is owner of extensive garnet mines at North River and is an expert mining engineer.
Lady alive and well
Mrs. Hannah Lavanway, who was born in the town of Moriah and now lives on Fish St. in Chestertown, is 101 years old and is in excellent health. Her husband Jerome Lavanway died 20 years ago and she has since lived with her granddaughter, Mrs. Harris Millington. The lady has grandchildren all more than 50 years old.
Animals lose their lives
A young dog owned by the Hon. Lewis W. Emerson of Warrensburgh, while playing with other canines on the Hudson Valley railroad track near the corner of Main and School streets (now Stewart Farrar Avenue), was run down Feb. 14, 1913 by a trolley car and instantly killed, its head cut off by one of the wheels.
In other news, a fine black horse owned by Lewis Everts, was found dead the morning of Feb. 26, 1913 in its stall. The horse was driven all day the day before and was quite warm when it was put in the barn and it is thought that death was due to severe chills.
Tough times in Adirondack, N.Y.
In the hamlet of Adirondack, W.M. McGinley lost a horse and William Joyce had a cow choke to death. An epidemic of measles is sweeping the town, also many people have severe colds — and most all of the water pipes there are frozen.
Our dear aged people who have been ill in Pottersville are better.
E.J. Worden’s John Henry won the race on the ice at Lake George, Feb. 23, 1913 in three straight heats. George Russell’s Halyard took second.
Lawrence Stone, infant son, four months old, of Ralph Stone, died Jan. 31, 1913 of pneumonia.
For the sum of $1,100, Ernest Whipple has bought from D.E. Pasco the residence property on Hoag Avenue in Warrensburgh known as the Leroy Needham place.
John R. Carson has sold his hotel property on Schroon River to an Albany man who is to take possession March 1, 1913. The hotel was recently built to replace a structure which was destroyed by fire. The price is said to be well up in the thousands.
Assemblyman Brereton has introduced a bill authorizing the town board of Bolton to determine that the Edmund Cemetery there be no longer used for cemetery purposes.
Mrs. George Culver, 77, died Feb. 10, 1913 at her home in Wells of diseases incident to old age. She is survived by her husband and four sons, Clarence, Ernest, Clark and Hulbert Culver.
On March 2, 1913, William H. Daggett, formerly of Thurman and Miss Bertha Burns of Schenectady were married.
Items for sale: New model 1913 Go-Carts (baby carriages) are on sale for $2.75 at Burger’s store, Glens Falls. They are roomy and comfortable with sensitive springs. At Haskell’s Store, Warrensburgh, are brooms for 35 cents, home-knit socks, 50 cents and mittens, 40 cents. At Dickinson’s Market in Warrensburgh there’s fresh fish for 8 cents a pound. At J.F. Cameron’s store on River Street, a bushel of onions is 79 cents.
At the end of February, pussy willows are budding out at Friends Lake.
Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-2210.