•100 Years Ago - April, 1909•

Pucker St. man jailed for keeping his

children out of school

Alfred Moffitt of Pucker St. in north Warrensburgh, was arrested March 31, 1909 by truant officer Robert Cunningham for violation of the compulsory education law in not sending his four children to school. He was arraigned before Justice George Hodgson and admitted the charge. Last year he was fined $5 on the same charge and he is said to have expected the same thing this time around.

This year he was told he had to pay either $15 or spend 15 days in jail and he was taken to jail by Officer Cunningham. Many citizens criticized the sentence saying that Moffitt's family would suffer more than he would. Some parents can see no advantage to having their children educated, which they consider to be a waste of time, when they are so badly needed at home to help work to support the family.

Town summer

resident dies

William B. Isham, 82, a prominent New York City businessman and part-time Warrensburgh resident, died March 22, 1909 in his home on 61st St. in Manhattan. Born in 1827, he was active in the leather business from 1849 to 1890.

On June 9, 1852 he married Julia Burhans of Warrensburgh and they spent their summers here. The couple had four sons and two daughters. William Isham was a man of influence and integrity.

Winter's death-grip fades Records indicate that we have had our full share of snow this winter and the total will exceed the 1907-1908 season which was 13 feet, 6 inches. The breaking up of the icy crust this year was accompanied by subterranean rumblings, quakes and booms as the frost is starting out of the ground. Rather than a crust, it was more like a solid sheet of ice and not for many years has such a thing been seen in this area. The death of two children on sleds, Mark Dalrymple and William Dow and the broken leg of Ida Brannon has resulted from this fluke of nature. The noises emanating from the earth sound like an invisible asthmatic devil wheezing for breath.

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