100 Years Ago - February 1909

News roundabout

Charles R. Stone of Warrensburgh, and Miss Lulu Brooks, of Stony Creek, were married Feb. 17, 1909 in Lewisville (on River St., Warrensburg), by the Rev. Guy Harte Purdy.

Truman H. Barber of South Johnsburgh, has sold his brown horse to Charles Armstrong of Warrensburgh. George Thomas, of Johnsburgh lost a good cow. Elijah Pratt of West Bolton has finished drawing his pulp wood. Julius McKinstry of Adirondack is in Canada buying horses.

The interior of John G. Hunt's store is being improved by a fresh coat of paint. (Today this area is the north end of Marco Polo Pizza.)

Albert H. Thomas and John G. Smith of Warrensburgh returned from Dannemora Prison where they witnessed the electrocution of Leslie Combs, who robbed and killed his victim in cold blood.

Old resident meets sad end

Nicholas Bibby, 78, an old area resident and a veteran of the Civil War, committed suicide at his home by shooting himself through the heart with a double-barrel shotgun.

Bibby's residence is in the center of Pottersville, just across the street from the Wells House. He was at the hotel in the morning and went home about noon to dinner. Securing his shotgun he carefully aimed it at his heart and with a stove-poker, he pressed the trigger. As the shot rang through the house his lifeless body fell to the floor with his life-blood gushing from a horrible wound in his breast.

His daughter, Mrs. Owen and his sister, Mary Whitney rushed to his side. Mr. Bibby had been in poor health since the death of his wife about a year ago and at times was very despondent. Five sons, three daughters and five grandchildren survive him.

Prominent men succumb

Henry A. Brooks, 71, died Feb. 14, 1909 at his home in Stony Creek after a long illness. He was one of the most prominent men in his town, having held the offices of supervisor, justice of the peace and assessor. He was a highly esteemed veteran of the Civil War. He left a widow, four daughters and three sons.

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