Turning back the pages

100 years ago - February, 1907 A February storm, with all the characteristics of a blizzard, raged for days after it started on Feb. 10, 1907. At times the wind reached almost the proportions of a gale. The wind blew the plaster off of the parlor walls on Wesley Morehouse's house in Sodom. A big tree in front of Mrs. M.L. Kenyon's house was blown down and the top was taken out of the one near Frank Robbins'. The wind blew one of the telephone poles down near the Sodom postoffice. There has been little snow but five inches did fall in Bakers Mills making cross roads impassable. The stage managed to get through. The ongoing grippe epidemic is causing considerable distress in Warrensburgh. Leon Taylor, 18 years, died at his home in Luzerne after a two week battle with the illness. Hotel fire Mrs. Edward McAuliffe, of Brant Lake, is charged with setting fire to the Palisades Hotel. She took dinner, on Feb. 14, 1907, at the Adirondack Hotel, in Warrensburgh, while in the custody of Deputy Sheriff Alfred C. Stone. They then left on the 1:15 trolley car for Glens Falls for appearance before the county judge. The Palisades Hotel, on Brant Lake, together with its contents, was totally destroyed by fire on Saturday night, Feb. 9, 1907. Not a thing was saved. No one was staying in the hotel at the time of the conflagration. William Owens, the proprietor of the Palisades, who lives in Brant Lake during the winter, was notified. He and several neighbors found tracks in the snow leading from the hotel grounds and a mitten was found on the trail, saturated with kerosene. Deputy Sheriff Stone, of Warrensburgh, was summoned and arrested Mrs. McAuliffe, wife of Edward McAuliffe, proprietor of the Brant Lake House, on a charge of setting fire to the property of their competition. The first witness at the Monday examination was Judson Smith, who accompanied Owens on the night of the fire following the tracks in the snow. Much animosity is felt by the people of Brant Lake toward Mrs. McAuliffe. Grippe in Johnsburg All parts of Johnsburgh are having a scrap with the Grippe (flu) and many people are very ill. Irving Armstrong cut a gash four inches long in one of his feet with an axe while chopping firewood. G.R. Smith and Lemuel Morehouse went out after rabbits Saturday afternoon and brought back ten prime ones. (Ick! I'd as soon eat a cat!). Arthur Perry has finished his job of collecting logs on the Spoor farm. Thomas Green, 15 years, of Lewisville (Part of River Street, Warrensburgh), is very low with Quick Consumption. A.S. Taylor has Erysipelas (contagious inflammation of the skin). John Rhodes' five year old son is recovering from Pneumonia. Emma Carleton is recovering from a badly bruised leg caused from sledding. In East Thurman, Wallace King is seriously ill with Pleuro Pneumonia. Fred Laverys sawmill in Pottersville is broken down. Mrs. J.W. Putnam, of Garnet, suffered a partial shock of paralysis. In Sodom, Arthur Morehouse is helping Benjamin Wadsworth cut wood for John Wade. The Pasco boys, who live on the Joseph Pasco place, in North Thurman, had their woodshed and four or five cords of seasoned hardwood burned. The woodshed was close to their house which was saved. Charles Gilchrist Hartman, 40 years, one of the oldest conductors in point of service on the Hudson Valley (trolley) railroad, died in Glens Falls. He was well known to Warrensburgh passengers. Nicholas Lynch, who has been proprietor of the Grand Army House, in Warrensburgh, for the past year and a half, has sold his interest in the hotel to H. Van Schultze, of Saratoga (now John Henry's tavern location). J.I. Hewitt is suffering from a broken jaw caused by having a tooth extracted. In Sodom, Nathan Moore cut his foot badly with an axe while chopping wood. In Warrensburgh, wallpaper is 2 1/2 cents a roll at Turner's Store. Premier light weight champion of the world, Joe Gans, of Baltimore, knocked out Kid Herman, of Chicago, in the eighth round to retain his title. Thought for the day - Neighbors are folks who come over when you're sick and tell you how sick they used to be.

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