Exciting news from afar
In Warrensburgh barber shops and around local places where men congregate to smoke their pipes and converse, the big news that excites aviation fans comes from Chicago where two deaths marked the fourth day of the great aviation meet there. William C. Badger, the son of a Pittsburgh millionaire and St. Croix Johnstone, a Chicago boy, both met a spectacular death when they went down in a blaze of glory before their shocked and adoring fans and the news quickly spread across the country.
William Badger was a national hero, a daredevil former automobile racer and the idol of every schoolboy. The accident he suffered took place before the eyes of thousands of people as he was attempting some spectacular maneuvers. One of the wings of his flying machine came in contact with the bank of a deep gully and in an instant the plane went to pieces. Badger was picked up unconscious, bleeding from a dozen wounds. His back was broken and death soon followed in the ambulance. There was a frenzied rush to the crash site and police had difficulty in preserving order.
That same day, St. Croix Johnstone was a half-mile off shore when his motor blew up. Hugh A. Robinson, in his hydroplane, swooped down from 300 feet in the air in a thrilling but vain attempt at rescue. Johnstone fell under his monoplane and was carried down under his engine. A fleet of motor boats recovered his dead body.
Prominent lady dies
Mrs. Walter Pasco, 71, died of heart trouble at 4 a.m. Aug. 4, 1911 at her home on River St., Warrensburgh, after an illness of only an hour. She had been subject to similar attacks for several years and she had been feeling unusually well of late and her death was a shock to her family.
She had been a highly respected resident of this village for 28 years having come here with her family from Johnsburgh. She is survived by her husband, one son, Delbert E. Pasco and a daughter, Mrs. George W. Davison of Glens Falls. Burial was in the Warrensburgh Cemetery. (Note: Mrs. Pasco lived in the big white house on the corner of Commercial Avenue, next door to Pasco’s hardware store, now Curtis Lumber.)
Explosion at the Woolen Mill
The cylinder head of the steam engine at the plant of the Warrensburgh Woolen Mill on Milton Avenue blew out recently just before the machinery had been started for the day. The part was hurled with terrific force through a heavy partition into the dye room. Fortunately there was no one in its path, two men having finished some work there only the night before. The engine was temporarily repaired and operations were resumed the next day.
Big party in Thurman
During the month of August 1911 Henry Griffing has been entertaining at the old Griffing homestead near Thurman Station — a house party composed of his nearest kin. For several years the party has been an annual event. Attending from Warrensburgh were family members Frederick Osborne and daughter, Mrs. Orley Hazelton.
The old house was the birthplace of Mr. Griffing and his sister, Mrs. Taylor and there they passed their childhood days with their parents, Nathaniel and Susan Boyd Griffing.
The building was an old-fashioned farm house of the better class and was, in its day, a mansion. It is delightfully situated on a rise of ground and is surrounded by some magnificent shade trees and though a century old, it is in excellent condition having been well cared for. Last spring, Mr. Griffing made many improvements, especially in the interior. The house is filled with one of the finest and most valuable collections of old furniture in this area. Mr. Griffing is a connoisseur of fine antiques. (Note: Henry’s grandfather, Stephen Griffing Sr., a veteran and officer in the American Revolution and his wife, Elizabeth Uhl settled in Thurman in the house opposite the present day Thurman bridge in 1800. Frederick Osborne married Helen Griffing, the sister of Henry Griffing. The old Griffing cemetery is close by. The Griffing homestead is still standing, one of the oldest houses in Warren County. For many years it has been the home of Deliah Walter.)
Theatre has new manager
T.J. Lynch of Utica has assumed the management of the Empire Theatre in Glens Falls for the lessees, the Shuberts of New York City, succeeding James A. Holden who resigned in order to give his entire attention to his duties as New York State Historian to which office he was appointed by Gov. John A. Dix quite some time ago. Mr. Lynch is a young man but has an extended experience in the theatrical business. (Note: In 1898, the barns of the Lake George Stage Coach Co. were demolished to make room for the Empire Theatre which opened on South St., Glens Falls on Oct. 6, 1899 when the play, “Way Down East” was performed there. The theatre drew some of the nations biggest musical acts of its time during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The theatre was very popular among Warrensburgh people who were able to travel there and back on the trolley.) Since 1950, the building sat in limbo until it was bought for renovation in 2008 by developer Michael Kaidas.)
Good people, bad accidents
Mrs. N.J. Kenyon, while going down the steps at the side entrance to the Warrensburgh shirt factory, Aug. 30, 1911, fell and doubling one of her legs under her broke a bone near the ankle, a bad break on account of the location. Dr. Cunningham and Dr. Griffin attended her.
In other news further down the street, while playing near Hockaday’s Harness Shop on Friday, Aug. 25, 1911, Harry Whipple, the 10-year-old son of Charles Whipple of Lewisville (River St. area) cut his right foot on an old scythe, nearly severing two toes. Dr. Griffin decided that amputation would be necessary but later decided to try to save the injured members using five stitches to close the wound.
News from near and far
The good news from afar is that almost four-fifths of the total excavation to be done on the Panama Canal has been completed.
Mrs. Goldie Fritzer gave birth to a baby girl, in the Jewish Maternity Hospital, weighing 14 pounds 10 ounces, breaking the hospital’s record. Mrs. Fritzer was married at the age of 17 and now she is 40 years old. Of her 17, nine of them are still living.
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