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100 Years Ago - February 1909

Bentley was discharged recently from the Parks Hospital, Glens Falls, after being treated for several weeks for a loathsome skin disease which resembles leprosy. He is believed to be rather weak minded, with a tendency toward crime. He has been an inmate of the County Home, County Jail, Albany Penitentiary and Clinton Prison, where he was admitted to serve a five-year sentence for burglary and after he was released he was sent as an inmate to the County Home. While living there he broke into Fred Vetter's store in Chestertown which gave him four months in the Albany penitentiary.

Being unable to pay his bail, Bentley will be held in the county jail to await the Grand Jury setting in April.

Lake George Club, Clerk's office construction

The Lake George Club has awarded the contract for the construction of a building about one mile south of the Marion House, at an expense of practically $20,000 to Worden & Smith, of Lake George. Charles S. Peabody is the architect. The club is expected to open the first week of July, 1909. The old Lake George Yacht Club located at Basin Bay burned some years ago and the new club is expected to be a substantial addition to the lake.

A buildings committee of Warren County Board of Supervisors, appointed to act on bids for the enlargement of the County Clerk's office at the Lake George courthouse, on Feb. 15, 1909, awarded the contract for the erection of the addition to Schermerhorn Brothers, of Lake George. Their bid was the lowest of five, being $1,998. Supervisors Smith H. Wood and James H. Bain composed the committee.

(Note... The old Lake George courthouse was completed in 1845. In 1887 a small stone annex, built many years earlier near the street to house the County Clerk's office, was torn down and later another office was built. An excellent history of the court house was highlighted in the July 12, 2008 issue of the Adirondack Journal. )

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