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Turning Back the Pages 12-04-2010

•100 Years Ago - December, 1910•

Sub-zero temperatures recorded already

Four inches of snow fell on Bakers Mills and Sodom, Nov. 29, 1910. The heavy snow has made good sleighing. Will White found a dandelion in full bloom Nov. 26 on the south side of the hill in his pasture.

The coldest day of this season was on Dec. 7, 1910, when the thermometer registered 8 degrees below zero at T.J. Smith & Son's Grist Mill (bottom corner of Mill Avenue) in Warrensburgh, 14 below at Thurman Station and 20 below was reported at North Creek. On Dec. 8, 1910 it warmed up and was 3 degrees above zero at the grist mill. Work on the state road in Riparius has been suspended for the winter.

County court hands out stiff sentences

At the regular fall term of county court in Lake George, John O. Williamson, who was accused of keeping a disorderly house at the Summit House in North Caldwell near Warrensburgh, pleaded guilty and was required to pay a fine of $100 or spend 50 days in the county jail at Lake George. Due to lack of funds, he will serve his sentence in jail.

John Harvard was tried for third-degree burglary for breaking into the cottages of Col. Stephen C. Mills and General Lee, at Hague. He was sent to Dannemora for a term of one to three years.

Medos Benway of Glens Falls, who pled guilty to third-degree robbery, was sentenced to a term of ten years in the Dannemora state prison. With his companion Frank Trombley, Benway held up and robbed Oscar Duell, a farmer who resides in Bolton Landing. Trombley turned state's evidence and no indictment was brought against him. (Note: Benway was a repeat offender who had recently been released from Elmira Prison. His complete story is in this column in the Oct. 16, 2010 Journal.)

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