Turning Back The Pages 4-3-10

Sugarbush production down this year

The maple sugar season closed with only one good run of sap. The crop is the smallest in years, but it is of superior quality. George Codner of West Stony Creek usually makes 250 to 300 gallons of syrup and so far he has only made 60 gallons.

Since March 27, the weather in this vicinity has been unprecedented, very warm and more like June than the beginning of April. Many pansy beds are in full bloom. Seth A. Reed of Ridge St. cut asparagus April 10 from his garden.

Frank Dunn murdered

John Harper of Fort Ann has received a communication from Frederick Zorn of Susitna Station, Alaska, stating that Frank Dunn, formerly of this area, was murdered in a roadhouse on Jan. 26, 1910 in Alaska.

Mr. Zorn was a former boatman who worked on the Champlain Canal. Dunn was said to have been shot and killed by a man named Ralph Williams in the roadhouse and now his body lies in a grave some 2,000 feet from the scene of the crime. (Note...The Dunn family was among the very earliest settlers of Johnsburgh Corners after 1790 when John Thurman first brought settlers to that area.)

Child burned in freak accident

Amelia Marcellus, 14, who was staying at the John Rhodes residence at Burnhamville - between Warrensburgh and Thurman - was horribly burned Sunday morning, April 17, 1910 and it is feared that her injuries may prove fatal.

The girl was making her morning toilet at 7 a.m. in a third story room of the house. She had a small hand lamp burning on a table and blew into the chimney to extinguish it. The flame shot up and came in contact with her hair, which was loose. In a moment she was in flames and ran screaming toward the stairs.

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