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Turning Back The Pages 7-17-10

(Note: Current librarian Sarah Farrar says that after 100 years, the chest still resides at the Richards Library and is safely packed away for the next generation to marvel at. Charles Reed Bishop, who grew up and was schooled in Warrensburg , is credited as the founder of Hawaii's banking system, and influential in education there. )

Fire ravishes hamlet

A disastrous fire occurred Monday noon, July 25, 1910, at Hartman's, a small hamlet on Luzerne mountain. The fire started from an overheated chimney in the two-story frame dwelling owned and occupied by D.G. Hartman.

The general store, also owned by Mr. Hartman, adjoining his residence and in which the post office was located, was also burned to the ground and nearly all the contents were destroyed. The loss is about $5,000. Some of the mail was burned.

Early Caldwell resident dies

Eunice Mead, 78, wife of Alphonso Brown, died Saturday July 23, 1910 at her home in Lake George. Mrs. Brown was the daughter of David and Maria Mead, lifelong Caldwell residents and was born in the town in 1832 where she has resided all her life. Beside her husband, she is survived by a son, Dolphus J. Brown and three daughters. The funeral was held from the home and she was buried in the Lake George Cemetery.

Fine boat hits the road

A gasoline-powered launch purchased by John Anderson, of Newcomb, from Fred D. Howland of Hudson Falls, passed through Warrensburgh on the first of the week of July 21, 1910 on a wagon drawn by a remarkable fine pair of draught horses owned by Anderson and driven by his head teamster, Henry Peck. One horse was a bay and the other black. The horses weigh 3,100 pounds and are perfectly matched in size.

Peck stopped at the Adirondack Hotel (now Rite Aid location) overnight and the team was viewed and admired by many local horsemen. The boat is to be placed on Lake Harris, at Newcomb, where Mr. Anderson has a summer hotel.

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