The hotel barn at Aiden Lair Lodge, Minerva, owned by M.F. Cronin, was destroyed by fire Jan. 1, 1910. The building was the one from which Mr. Cronin selected a team of horses at the time he furnished the relay on Colonel Theodore Roosevelt's trip from Mt. Marcy when President McKinley was assassinated in 1901 and drove from Aiden Lair to North Creek the quickest on record. A special train was waiting for the new president to be at the North Creek station.
Mike Cronin had applications enough for horse shoes worn by his team as souvenirs to fill a bible. The origin of the fire is not known. Loss on buildings and contents was $1,000 and sadly there was no insurance.
(Note: Mike Cronin, 50, died June 10, 1914 in a mental hospital in Ogdensburgh. He left behind a widow, a son and eight daughters. He was a legend in his own time.)