Turning Back The Pages 4-10-10

•100 Years Ago - April, 1910•

A comet the cause of wintry May weather?

If it continues to be warm we will have an early spring. Farmers have their plowing nearly all done and by April 15, 1910. Jay Pasco of South Johnsburgh had 35 bushels of oats sowed. It is early in the season but sweet peas are being planted. It looks now as if this will be a wet season after three dry summers. Grass has a fine start and promises to give us a good hay crop.

Old folks in this area remember back to the days when spring did not come so early. On the third of May, 1857, the tops of all the hills and mountains in sight of Warrensburgh were white with snow that had fallen two weeks before. It was a cold and backward spring and the wise ones attributed the fact to the presence of a comet that was cavorting in space near the earth's orbit at the time.

A sad but productive life

Horace F. Palmer, 39, died April 25, 1910 at the home of his brother, Charles B. Palmer in Poughkeepsie, after a long lingering illness. Born in Warrensburgh in 1871, he received his education at the Warrensburgh Academy and he later attended Albany Law School. He received his degree in 1895.

Palmer married Miss Louise Leland of Schroon Lake and they lived in Warrensburgh for several years before moving in 1903 to Glens Falls. In 1907, because of failing health, Mr. Palmer gave up law and became manager of the New York Telephone Co. Mrs. Palmer died June 2, 1908.

Horace Palmer was an invalid, never physically sturdy and strong, but he courageously fought against the disease that finally killed him at such a young age. He leaves behind a nine-year-old daughter and his father, Beman L. Palmer of Glens Falls.

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