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100 Years Ago - January 1909

The main 6-inch pipe of the Warrensburgh water system, crossing the Schroon River above the Osborne Bridge in lower Warrensburgh, was broken Dec. 31, 1908 by logs and ice pressing against it. The pressure immediately dropped from 110 pounds to 40 and this was dangerous as there was not sufficient force to throw a stream of water in case of fire.

After several men looked over the situation, they said the break could not be repaired before next summer as the leak in the pipe was near the center of the river. Fred R. Mixter was the only mechanic who said it could be done and to him Senator James A. Emerson, a member of the water works company, entrusted the job. Assisted by Peter Dary and three employees from the paper mill, Mixter raised the pipe with a block and tackle and rested it on supports while the damaged length was removed and a new one was substituted and as a result the pressure was again restored to 110 pounds.

The townspeople owe a debt of gratitude to this good citizen. (Fred Mixter lived in the stone house still standing today across the street from Warren Ford.)

Daughter of early settler dies

Aurelia M. Richards Dodge died Jan. 11, 1909 at her home in Belvidere Hill, Illinois. She was the eldest daughter of Pelatiah Richards, late of Warrensburgh, and was born July 5, 1812, being therefore in her 96th year.

At the untimely death of her 38-year-old mother, Aurelia, a teenager, was left to care for her six younger brothers and sisters, a duty which she most faithfully fulfilled. Her school education was completed at the Kingston, NY Academy.

In 1833 she married William E. Dodge, a lawyer of ability. Upon his death 9 years later, she showed unusual strength of character in meeting that trial and the breaking up of her home.

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