•100 years ago - Nov. 1913•
Boy let off easy
John Hanson, 15, the lad who killed the aged Patrick Cushing at Willsboro last summer, “because the old man wasn’t any good,” was sentenced by Judge Pryke, at Elizabethtown, to the New York Catholic Protectory until he became of age.
The youth had been brought from that institution to do the work about the Cushing farm as Mr. Cushing was in his dotage and had suffered from some strokes. The boy mixed Paris Green in water and gave it to the old man to drink, causing his death. (Paris green is a very poisonous copper and arsenic compound used long ago as an insecticide and dye.)
After being accused of the crime the boy took to the woods, but his capture was easy. The Grand Jury indicted him for the murder, but in view of his youth and the extreme age of the old man, District Attorney LaDuke accepted a plea of guilty of manslaughter in the second degree.
Halloween, come and gone
Highways hereabouts, Hallowe’en harbored horrible hobgoblins, hideously humorous, hiking hurriedly hither - hollering hilariously happy hordes. This tumultuous triumph took the town tipsy, topsy-turvy on Hallowe’en night.
Samhainophobia is an intense fear of Halloween. Many elderly widows suffered from this particular ailment a century ago as it was the custom of the time for rowdy adolescents to tip over outhouses.)
Fire scare uptown
Live coals in an ash barrel at the rear of John G. Hunt’s residence in upper Main St., Warrensburgh, started a lively blaze Nov. 17, 1913 which reached an ice house and caused considerable excitement before it was extinguished with several pails of water. The ice house was slightly damaged but fortunately the flames were checked before they attacked the nearby house.
Home at last
Daniel Bowen Hoag, a brother of David Hoag of Warrensburgh, who went west 36 years ago and has of late years made his home at Broadgate, Iowa, has sold his farm and all other property at that place and returned to Warrensburgh to spend his declining years in his native town. He arrived Nov. 5, 1913 and his son, Francis Hoag accompanied him. He will also remain here.
Former Stony Creek girl dies
Mrs. Catherine Murray Evans, 77, died Oct. 20, 1913 in Gloversville after a lingering illness. She was born in Stony Creek and lived there continuously until 16 years ago when she went to Gloversville to live with her daughter, Mrs. Alvah Fosmire, where she died. She leaves two sons, Guy and Fred Evans. Her brother George Murray lives in Stony Creek.
Joe Miller, manager of the Empire Theatre, Glens Falls, is negotiating for the appearance there in the near future of Evelyn Nesbit Thaw and her all-star vaudeville company. The Empire Theatre is currently presenting Hi Henry’s Minstrel’s with 25 famous minstrel stars culled from the cream of the profession. Matinee seats are 25 and 35 cents. There will be a free street parade.
(Note (Evelyn Nesbit, considered America’s first “pin-up girl,” posed for some of the leading artists of the era and she was the nation’s leading magazine model before she turned to a career on the stage. Nesbit achieved additional notoriety when her multi-millionaire husband Harry Kendall Thaw shot and murdered New York socialite Stanford White out of jealousy. Thaw owned Villa Marie Antoinette in Bolton. The murder was the scandal of the era. By 1913, she was appearing in vaudeville. Fifty years later the movie “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing,” told a fictionalized account of her story.
The Empire Theatre on South St. opened in 1899 and presented for public entertainment some of the greatest names of the day. It was a big occasion for Warrensburgh people to travel down to the city on the trolley for a grand evening’s entertainment.)
Reading the classifieds
Rooms for rent: Desirably located near the shirt factory; newly papered throughout. Will be rented very reasonable for the winter. -Charles E. Brown
Found: A sum of money. Owner may recover same by proving property and pay 25 cents for this advertisement at the Warrensburgh News office.
Jackson Virgil, a Diamond Point farmer, fondly praises Doan’s Kidney Pills which can be bought for 25 cents a box at any drugstore.
To whom it may concern: My wife, Georgiana Wilcox, having left my bed and board without just cause or provocation, I hereby forbid all persons from harboring or trusting her on my account as I refuse to pay any debts incurring after Oct. 15, 1915. -Charles B. Wilcox, Warrensburgh.
Notice: On Oct. 24, 1913 a large gray mare strayed on to my premises. Owner may have same by proving property and paying any reasonable damages and cost of this notice. — James A. Ingraham, Athol.
Notice: A reward of $25 will be paid for the arrest and conviction of parties found buying, selling, cutting or removing timber from my property adjoining Lens Lake schoolhouse on south and running to northeast side of Lens Lake. — C.I. Fisher, owner, New York City.
In his will, Glens Falls philanthropist Henry Crandall, 92, who died Feb. 19, 1913, left a fortune of $257,600.57.
In New York City, Isaac Levy’s gallant fight for life ended in death after more than a week when he took bichloride of mercury by mistake. His terrible plight stirred the sympathy of the whole city.
E.W. DeLong, a well-known Crown Point farmer, has a squash that measures 5 feet, 4&1/2 inches in circumference and weighs 76 pounds.
Jacob E. Johnson has raised on his Meadowbrook Stock Farm in Thurman this year 200 bushels of potatoes and 75 bushels of onions. Who says we can’t raise anything in a dry season? (Note: Today, Meadowbrook Stock Farm has been renamed Nettle Meadow Farm and since 2005 it has been owned by Sheila Flanagan and Lorraine Lambiase, who are producing nationally renowned artisan cheeses.)
Samuel Morgan of Riverside was the only candidate to try the Civil Service examination for the appointment as postmaster of Wevertown. The job pays $364 a year.
With a three-cornered fight under way in Thurman, between the Democrats, Republicans and Progressive parties, each with a full ticket in the field, the upcoming election is said to be somewhat uncertain. The leaders of each party is said to be certain of victory. Willard Baker, Democratic candidate for Justice of the Peace has been nominated to succeed himself. Mr. Baker has the courage to do his duty regardless of personal consequences. (Note: Republican C.H. Wilcox won the election.)
News close to home
William F. Alger and Anna M. Potter, both of Warrensburgh, were married by the Rev. S.C. Fox on Monday, Nov. 3, 1913 at Fair View Cottage on Burdick St., Warrensburgh.
James Mclaflin of Wevertown and Miss Carrie Jones of Olmstedville, were married Nov. 4, 1913 at the residence of the officiating pastor, Rev. F.M. La Bar at North Creek.
There was heat lightening Sunday evening, Nov. 9, 1913. C.H. Putnam is making extensive repairs to his house in Stony Creek. Burt Monroe and family have moved back on the Jed Burch place at Riverbank.
John J. Richards of Bakers Mills has been camping near Siamese Pond during the hunting season. L.L. Maxam of Chestertown killed a snake on Foster Flats.
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