• Fifty Years Ago - March, 1959 •

Edward Harrington was seriously injured Wednesday, March 4, 1959 when the pick up truck he was driving crashed into a county grader on Route 28, Warrensburg near the intersection of Route 9. Mr. Harrington attempted to avoid a bump and apparently lost control of the truck. He was taken to the Glens Falls Hospital.

Claude Lanfear, 68, died Saturday afternoon, March 7, 1959 while driving from his home on the River Road between The Glen and Athol, to the post office at The Glen. Death was due to a heart attack. Mrs. Lanfear, The Glen correspondent for the Warrensburg News, was with her husband at the time. Burial was in the Warrensburg Cemetery.

Culprit Found Lodged at Warren Inn

A state trooper and a plain clothes detective entered the Warren Inn, owned by Arnold Steele, March 10, 1959, and arrested Joseph Gilbert Rock, 22, of Hartford for burglary allegedly committed in his home town that morning. A stolen 30-06 rifle and ammunition were found in Rock's room at the inn where he had just checked in, according to police. Rock had left a note behind at the home of his mother-in-law saying he would "use the gun on anyone who tries to take me." He was taken to the Washington County Jail at Salem. (Note...the Warren Inn once stood where George Henry's Tavern is now located).

Village Blacksmith Found Dead

Charles Baker, a blacksmith in Thurman for more than 66 years, was found dead Sunday morning, March 8, 1959 at his home.

Mr. Baker, who began working at his trade on his father's farm at the age of 13, lived alone and had been active until shortly before his death. He bought his present shop in 1912. He learned blacksmithing from his father and until about five years ago (1954) he was still shoeing horses. He was a craftsman and could build just about anything, including a wagon or a sleigh, from steel or wood.

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