•100 Years Ago - April, 1909•

Area farmers, loggers welcome Springtime

The sleighing is about whipped in the North Country. The ice is mostly gone and the boys are talking about drawing logs on the river. Farmers hereabouts are already thinking about planting their corn. Many believe that it is best to plant corn in the light of the full moon. Postmaster Robert Murray is distributing free government garden seeds at the Warrensburgh Post Office.

Louis Wood and Ben Bryne of Igerna are drawing logs to Olmstedville. Will Coulter lost a valuable cow in Garnet. Clayton L. Pasco, of North Thurman, sold his store and stock of goods to Sanford Kenyon of Spire Falls, who will take possession May 1, 1909. (Note...later known as the "Kenyontown Trading Post," the building burned December 31, 1977.)

Popular citizen tending to ill, dies unexpectedly

John Walsh, 58, expired after administering to the wants of a sick neighbor on April 5, 1909. A prominent resident of Athol, he was overtaken by a fatal illness and death followed the next day in the early morning hours.

John had volunteered to sit up with Henry Combs, an aged Thurmanite who had been ill for some weeks. At about 3 a.m. Combs noticed that his robust friend was in distress and was trying to lace his shoes so that he might go out of doors to get some fresh air. Suddenly John pitched forward to the floor, never to rise again. Aid was summoned and he was lifted on to the sofa where he expired about 7 a.m. Death was due to hemorrhage of the brain.

The deceased was a man who formed lasting friendships. He was a bachelor and lived on what is known as the Horace Frost place. His father, Joseph H. Walsh, 40, died heroically on June 17, 1864 in the Army of the Rebellion. His sister, Ada Walsh, 10, died in November, 1865 and his brother, Joie Walsh, 8, died Christmas eve 1865. The day after Joie's death, John's mother, Lovisa "Loisa" Walsh, 34, died also. Two brothers, Selam and William Walsh and a sister, Sarah Bryne, survive. His was a family plagued with tragedy.

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