•100 years ago — March 1914•
World famous explorer murdered
News of the death of Harry V. Radford, formerly of North Creek and well-known throughout the Adirondacks, and his traveling companion T. George Sweet, has been received from the Canadian Mounted Police. They indicate that a quarrel followed a misunderstanding between Radford and an Eskimo in which both Americans were killed.
Radford and Sweet, who were exploring the far north, had engaged two Eskimos to guide them to a whaling vessel at Point Barrow. The party was already to start when one of the Eskimos backed out and refused to go. Enraged by this action, Radford struck the guide with a whip. A fight followed and Radford was speared in the back by another native. Sweet made a run for his sleigh, but was murdered before he had any time to put up a fight.
Radford, it seems, had bought an Eskimo wife and according to the story told by her father and another Eskimo who had witnessed the fight, Radford put up quite a fight before he gave in and had to be speared several times before he fell and his life lingered as he lay on the ground, he got the finishing touch by getting his throat cut.
On being asked why the Eskimo refused to accompany Radford, they said that the man’s wife was taken ill and Radford not understanding the Eskimo language, must have taken the wrong meaning and tried to force obedience. (Note: Harry Radford and T. George Sweet died before they got to Point Barrow in 1914. Will Rogers and Wiley Post died in a plane crash in 1935 when they arrived there. In 1908, Harry V. Radford erected a bronze tablet on a large boulder on the mountain road entering North Creek from the Tahawus Club commemorating Teddy Roosevelt’s wild ride Sept. 14, 1901, to the train station in North Creek when he became President of the U.S. after President William McKinley expired in Buffalo from an assassin’s bullet.)
Curio sold at auction
A letter written by Edgar Allan Poe brought $700 at the sale of the John Boyd Thacher collection of autographs in New York City. The poet never had as much money as that at one time in his life. His days were spent in a battle against poverty. (Note: Mentally disturbed, Poe attempted suicide in 1848 after his wife died. He died in 1849 when he was only 40.)
A double life revealed
The death in Omaha, Nebraska recently of Philip J. Ackermann, formerly of Greenwich, revealed his double life. Though he had a wife and family living in Watertown, N.Y., he married another woman in Boston last June and was living with her in Omaha. She claimed his body but gave it up willingly when she learned of the existence of the Watertown wife.
Horicon lady injured
In an accident at Horicon this week, Sarah Sheldon, an elderly lady of that place had her left arm broken and right wrist badly sprained. Mrs. Sheldon was riding with her grandson, Wardner Robbins, when they met a load of hay. In turning out, their cutter was capsized and they were thrown out. Mrs. Sheldon sustained her injuries when she struck the hard snow crust. She was taken to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ned Vaughn where she was attended by Dr. E.L. Stafford of Chestertown and Dr. George Bibby of Pottersville.
Queen Village guests
Mr. and Mrs. William Burress, of New York City, prominent vaudeville actors, are enjoying a vacation in Warrensburgh as guests of Charles and Eva Burhans. They have just closed a season of 35 weeks with “The Song Birds,” a musical set employing 32 people and one of the most pretentious and successful sketches on the vaudeville stage. They played the Keith & Aubrey circuit and closed at the Palace Theatre in New York.
Mrs. Burress has played leading comedy roles in most of the comic opera successes ofrecent years. The couple will indulge themselves in a long rest and will not resume their work until August, 1914. They will leave Warrensburgh, Saturday, March 28, 1914 for Long Beach, where they will open their summer cottage for the season. (Note: The couple stayed at the Burhans’ “castle” once located up on the hill behind today’s Warrensburg Town Hall before it was torn down in the 1960s.)
Loving mother dies
Adelia Chandler Daggett, 68, of North Caldwell, Lake George, died March 23, 1914, when she succumbed to liver trouble after a long and painful illness. Two daughters survive, Mrs. Anna Savarre and Mrs. Raymond Monroe at Lake George.
For many years the deceased furnished an example of motherly love and devotion. Her son, William Chandler was in his early youth stricken with rheumatism in the most malignant form and all joints of his body became stiffened, making him entirely helpless. He also became totally blind. For many years his devoted mother cared for him tenderly and lavished upon him a wealth of love which lightened his heavy burden of pain and sorrow until death came to his relief about two years ago. Mrs. Chandler cared for him most of the time alone and every hour of the day and night turned him in his bed that he might be more comfortable.
Bad luck strikes farmer
One of Robert Russell’s horses broke a leg March 20, 1914 in his barn at Bakers Mills. It is not known just how it happened. The break was so bad that it was necessary to kill the valuable animal. This is a sad loss to Mr. Russell as it breaks up his team just as the spring work is about to begin. He had just bought a horse in order to be ready for the work.
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. David Sawyer on March 20, 1914. Porter E. Dunkley underwent an operation for an abscess in his head.
Cow owner went flying
J.H. Roberts of Riverbank, met with a slight accident Sunday, while attempting to drive a refractory cow into the stable. The animal preferred remaining in the open air and remonstrated by jamming Mr. Roberts against the fence with such force that the top board was torn off and Roberts turned a summersault over the fence, landing on the frozen ground where the snow had melted. He was considerably shaken up, thought not seriously hurt.
Julius Tripp of Riverbank recently bought a young horse of Frank Smith.
Winter, winter go away
In Johnsburgh it continues to be cold as of March 26, 1914 and we have had plenty of snow and some to spare. People are preparing for sugaring. It needs a good rain and warmer weather before much sugar will be made. Irving Armstrong is building a new piazza on his house.
John H. Arehart of Stony Creek is at his property in West Stony Creek to attend to his sugar making.
A safe has recently been purchased by the town of Stony Creek and placed in the Town Clerk’s office.
Best selling book
It was just 78 years ago, March 14, 1836 that Mrs. Isabella Mary Beeton published her well known volume, “Book of Household Management,” outlining to housewives on how to manage servants and cook for minor royalty. Also there is instruction on how to bleed a patient struck with “the strong kind of apoplexy,” when a surgeon wasn’t available. The book is still a best seller and is a popular wedding present to this day.
Several sleigh loads of people from the Fort William Henry Hotel enjoyed a drive to Bolton Landing recently.
Hollis Combs, the young son of David I. and Annie Combs is 10 years old and lives on Combs Road in Thurman with his parents and seven siblings. (Note: Hollis died during sugaring season, in the spring of 2003, a few months shy of his 100th birthday. He was a very special man, a legend in his own time.)
Twelve-year-old Timothy Carroll of Ticonderoga lighted a match to see if his grandfather’s old powder flask contained any powder. It did. Timothy is now minus eyebrows and eyelashes, but the doctors in the Moses Hospital believe he will recover his sight.
A son was born recently to Mr. and Mrs. Forest Duell in Adirondack. Two of Jesse Cooper’s children are quite ill at Diamond Point. One has Cholera Infantum.
J.F. Thurston is running his planing mill at Friends Lake and hopes to see his sawmill running soon.
Stewart Farrar has secured a good position as cutter in a shirt factory at St. John’s, Canada. Charles Whipple has moved his family from River Street, Warrensburgh into one of the Burhans’ tenant houses on Tannery Hill.
A new generation of daredevils
In this column in the Jan. 25, 2014 Adirondack Journal was the story of Frederick Rodman Law, 29, a daredevil movie stunt performer and parachutist who made a name for himself in this area by climbing hand over hand across 300 foot deep Ausable Chasm, on a steel wire rope. He was called “The Human Fly.”
Now, 100 years later, another daredevil tightrope walker, Nik Wallenda has set his sights on the goal of walking across the nearly 1,000 foot deep Tallulah Gorge in the northeast Georgia mountains. His great-grandfather Karl Wallenda successfully crossed it on July 18, 1970 on a high wire before 30,000 spectators and later plunged to his death in 1978 while trying to walk a cable between two buildings in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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