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•100 Years Ago - September, 1909•

Scratching out a living

Enumerators (census takers) sent into the mountain fastnesses of the wild back-country and into the dangerous "jungles" of the great cities, get paid $2 a day and three cents for each head secured. The counting of this 13th census, which will begin April 15, 1910 will be done nationwide by 70,000 men. (Note - In 1910 in Warrensburgh, 2,385 citizens were counted, a little more than half of the current population.

Merrill serves informal tea

Dr. Cyrus S. Merrill and his daughter, "Miss Grace," of Albany, held an informal tea on Sept. 2, 1909, on the lawn of their summer home in Warrensburgh. Among the vast number of invited guests were Lake George millionaires Spencer Trask and George Foster Peabody. Also present was Henry Mills Alden, editor of Harper's Magazine. (Note - Dr. Merrill was an eye doctor. He was married to Mary E. Griffin and they had two children, Stephen and Grace. Stephen, 21 years old, died in 1903 and Mary died in 1905. Dr. Merrill, 79, lived until 1926. Today their Warrensburgh landmark house, "The Old Griffing Homestead," is called "Grace's Restaurant and Lounge." Grace Merrill Lown Magee died in 1979.)

Lake George legend buys new boat

Polish Count Casimer S. Mankowski, a Bolton cottager, has purchased Capt. O.M. Smith's speedboat, the Scat, which has negotiated better than 21 miles per hour on Lake George. (Note - The dashing Count Mankowski was the darling of Lake George boat racing. He later became famous racing his boat, "Ankle Deep," which flew over the water at nearly 50 miles an hour.)

Nearly buried alive

While digging sand in a bank on the state road just south of Hill View (Diamond Point), Byron Hammond was nearly buried when the bank caved in. He had to be shoveled out. Fortunately no bones were broken, but he was made very lame by being so jammed up in such a tight position.

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