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One Hundred Years Ago - Dec. 1908

An unusually cold January is predicted. Fred Harrington, the local ice dealer, is filling the ice house at the county home.

The dangerous, highly infectious foot-and-mouth disease is raging among cattle, sheep and swine in this area and in New York State. Affected animals are being destroyed in large numbers at great cost to farmers.

Little Nell bolts for home, strands driver

Haskell Brothers' delivery horse, "Little Nell," made a home run from near the Osborne Bridge. A combination of boys and snow balls disturbed her usual quiet peace of mind and she took French leave of her driver, Dennie Logans, while he was transporting groceries from the sleigh to a house, leaving him to hoof it back to the store. Dennie is said to have not been pleased.

Pruyn's will probated

The will of the late industrialist, Samuel Pruyn, who died Dec. 24, 1908 at his home in Glens Falls, was admitted into probate by Surrogate Kiley. The instrument leaves the large estate to the widow, Mrs. Eliza Jane Pruyn, to be held in trust, and upon her death to be held in trust for the daughters, Mrs. Charlotte Hyde, Mrs. Mary Hoopes and Miss Nell K. Pruyn. Two grandchildren, Mary Van Ness Hyde and Samuel Pruyn Hoopes are also made beneficiaries. The will leaves the Pruyn home at the corner of Elm and Cross streets to the widow during her lifetime and after her death it reverts back to the estate. The sum of $3,000, to be paid within three months, was also left to Mrs. Pruyn. Son-in-law Maurice Hoopes and Louis M. Brown are named as executors.

(Note...Samuel Pruyn, co-owner of Finch, Pruyn & Company paper company, founded in 1865, built the Savoy apartment complex in downtown Glens Falls, on the corner of Elm and Exchange streets, across Elm Street from his home, a century ago. An amazing building with a design far beyond its time, it was recently a part of the annual Glens Falls Symphony-Chapman Museum House Tour which was conducted Dec. 7, a fitting tribute to a great man who has been in his grave for 100 years. It was disclosed two years after Pruyn's death that his estate was valued at $2 million.

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