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•100 Years Ago - May, 1909•

Weird Spring not as bad as 1908's draught

There was a snow squall on May 3, 1909 in this area. We've had a cold, wet, backward spring thus far and as bad as it is, it is better than last year's drought. The click, click of the lawn mower will soon be heard again. (Remember the old push lawn mowers? They're back in style again.)

Automobiles have been taken out of storage and have begun to run for the season and they are now seen in Warrensburgh every day.

River drivers are sending logs, many of them bouncing hemlock logs, down the Adirondack streams early this year. Some of them have taken 200 to 500 years to attain their present size. Most of these old trees are made into pulp and sold at the rate of $42 a ton. (What a shame so much of the Adirondacks was clear-cut during that era, and for such a paltry sum!)

Anyone who likes perch fish can secure all they can carry by following the brook which empties from Sweed's Pond in Graphite. The recent overflow of the pond into the brook has scattered thousands of these fish in the wet, marshy places, where they can be picked up by hand.

Local deaths in the news

Mary F. Barber, 72, died May 5, 1909 at her home on upper Main St. Warrensburgh. The deceased was one of the old-time school teachers of Warren County and a number of men now prominent in public life in this vicinity received their rudimentary training with her. She was a faithful and devoted member of the Warrensburgh Baptist Church.

Mervale N. Bruce, 60, died April 19, 1909 of congestion of the lungs and catarrh of the liver and stomach. He leaves a widow and seven children at Adirondack, in Horicon.

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