Mystery abounds in Loon Lake fire
A mysterious blaze, undoubtedly of incendiary origin, destroyed Dr. John Magee’s summer home two miles from Chestertown, near Loon Lake on the night of Nov. 23, 1913. The house was unoccupied at the time, the family having earlier returned to their house in upper Troy.
Eugene Murphy, from his home several rods distant, about 8 o’clock, saw an automobile approach the Magee place, enter the yard and stop in front of the house. He noticed that it was a large machine with headlights but saw no rear light. He thought nothing of the matter at the time as Dr. Magee’s family often came to the place to stay a few days and he supposed they had arrived in the auto.
After remaining about 20 minutes the machine turned and went back in the direction from which it came, rapidly disappearing up Friends Lake road. After it departed Mr. Murphy saw a light in the house and believed that some of the family had arrived to stay and gave the matter no more thought. A few minutes later, while preparing to retire for the night, the Murphy’s were startled by a crash and loud report and looking from their window saw the front of the Magee house in flames.
An alarm was telephoned to Chestertown and men were quickly sent in automobiles to fight the fire. Before they arrived the flames had reached the garage nearby in which was stored Dr. Magee’s seven-passenger automobile and with much difficulty this was run out of the reach of the flames. The barn and house and everything in it was destroyed and the loss is about $3,000 and there is only a small amount of insurance.
So far as known there is no clue to the identity of the incendiaries. Dr. Magee gave no permission for anyone to enter the house and can imagine no reason for the dastardly destruction of his property.
Three men stand trial
In Warren County Court, Adolph Miller was convicted of assault in the third degree and John Konoh, alleged to have been his companion in crime, was acquitted. The two men were indicted for the stabbing of Miak Kalafan, a Spaniard, on Aug. 26, 1913, in North River and had been held on a second-degree assault charge.
In another case, Charles Belden of Bolton pled guilty Nov. 17, 1913 to a charge of bigamy. His attorney, J. Edward Singleton, pleaded for leniency as Belden claimed to have been advised he had the right to marry a second time. He was released on a suspended sentence.
Republicans big winners in election
The results of the Nov. 4, 1913 election in Warren County were mainly in favor of the Republicans. Here and there a lone Democrat slipped into town office, but the number was not large.
Milton N. Eldridge was again voted into the supervisor’s office in Warrensburgh with 286 Republican votes and 183 Democratic votes.
In the supervisors race in local towns, Charles H. Baker won In Thurman, Beecher Glassbrook in Stony Creek, Fred Rogers in Johnsburgh, Jesse Starbuck in Horicon, Fred R. Smith in Bolton and Harry S. Downs (D) in Chester. Dr. Charles K. Burt, Lake George Republican, candidate for Coroner, was elected by a large plurality.
Ladies in love
Arthur Chatterdon, a remarkably handsome and attractive young actor, appeared Nov. 10, 1913 at the Empire Theatre in Glens Falls, and was there every day thereafter for a week at the daily matinee. His tour has been very successful due to his wide circle of admirers.
Mr. Chatterdon’s company included Miss May Melvin, a leading actress. Ladies’ tickets were limited to only 128 on Monday night at 15 cents each.
Wife denies husband’s accusations
Mrs. Henry Cady of Chestertown, takes exception to the statements published recently in the Warrensburgh News regarding her troubles with her husband, alleging that the story told by Mr. Cady was altogether one-sided and calculated to place her in a false light. She denies each and every allegation reflecting upon her character and asserts that she has been greatly wronged by her husband and those who have been given ear to his story.
She avers that without reason Mr. Cady has withdrawn from her his support and left her to shift for herself.
His charge of extravagance she emphatically denies and on the contrary she exercised the strictest economy and sacrificed her health in waiting upon her aged spouse and ministering to his selfish wants, denying herself even the commonest luxuries. She entertains the belief that he is not in his right mind.
Dr. Arthur Jarvis Cunningham and Miss Bessie Mills were quietly married the evening of Oct. 30, 1913 by the Rev. C.S. Agan at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Warrensburgh. They were attended by Wyman and Lenita Pasco, Mrs. Pasco being the sister of the bride.
Dr. Cunningham, the son of Dr. C.B. Cunningham had recently began his practice of dentistry here after a three year’s course at the University of Pennsylvania. (Note: Dr. Cunningham was 48 when he began his dental practice in a little building on the north corner of Main and School streets. The latter is now Stewart Farrar Ave. Cunningham died in 1926.)
William Wallace McElroy, the only brother of the late John L. McElroy of Warrensburgh, died suddenly of pneumonia on Oct. 15, 1913 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E.E. Manley of New Salem, Pa.
The date of his burial, Oct. 18, 1913, was also the 53rd anniversary of his marriage. His wife died just 20 weeks before, on May 28, 1913. Until her death they had never spent their wedding anniversary apart. Some of their several grandchildren live in Warrensburgh.
Sad journey home
H.H. Lyon of Albany, a traveling salesman for a wholesale liquor house in New York, well known in Warrensburgh and vicinity, suffered a stroke of paralysis while eating breakfast at a hotel about a month ago and was confined to his hotel room until last week when he was removed on a cot to his home in Albany.
The Garnet Medicine Show Co. appeared at the Town Hall in Horicon and their entertainment was largely attended by local people of the town and surrounding areas.
Potatoes are selling for 75 cents a bushel at Elizabethtown. Counterfeit pennies have been spotted in Watertown.
Two old citizens passed away in Lake George in the same week. Seth Downs was buried on Nov. 4, 1913 in the village cemetery. The funeral of Corneluis Cheney was held the same day at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Samuel Ray.
Merwin Fish and Miss Effie Wells, both of Igerna, were united in marriage on the evening of Nov. 14, 1913, by the Rev. Bert Van Vlett at the North Chester parsonage. Charles Stevens had a telephone placed at his residence in Igerna recently.
A well matched and mannered yoke of three-year-old oxen, recently sold by Richard P. Smith of South Horicon to Horton Cooper, were driven to Chestertown by Cooper who is practicing his gee and haw.
H.C. Ingraham of Landon Hill, Pottersville, butchered a hog the other day that weighs 350 pounds. Mr. Ingraham has finished his cement cow stable which has been in course of construction for three or four months. It is an underground stable and very comfortable for the cattle.
Several hunting parties passed through Bakers Mills Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15 and 16, 1913 and two hunters had two and five bucks each. Few came home empty handed.
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