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Historical society plans railway talk, croquet tourney

WARRENSBURG - The Warrensburgh Historical Society has two events scheduled for early August - one is their annual croquet tournament and picnic, the other is a program describing the role that trains played in local commerce.

On Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m., Michael Kudish will talk about the Adirondack Branch of the Delaware and Hudson, and how it benefited Warrensburg. The program is to be held at the Warrensburg Historical Museum.

In 1905, the Delaware & Hudson Railroad built a bridge across the Hudson River at Thurman Station and a three-mile spur to serve numerous industries in Warrensburg. At the time this included a pulp and paper mill, woolen mill, shirt factory, sawmill, a shoe peg factory and sash and blind manufacturing company.

Kudish is an author, railroad historian, forester, and retired Paul Smiths College professor. As a railroad historian, he has written two books detailing railroads in the Adirondacks, considered definitive works on the subject.

Admission to the program is free. Former factory employees are especially encouraged to attend, as they may remember when trains still serviced Warrensburg businesses.

On Sunday Aug. 8, the Historical Society's 14th annual Sticky Wicket Croquet Tournament and Picnic will be held at the Warren County Fish Hatchery grounds in Warrensburg.

The croquet tournament annually offers pleasant socializing as well as keen competition, and some years, Historical Society members have showed up in historical garb to add a novel aspect to the event.

The public is invited to attend the free picnic, beginning at 11 a.m. Barbecued chicken, salads and beverages will be supplied. All are welcome to bring a favorite dish to share. The Fish Hatchery is located on the Hudson River at the end of Echo Lake Road, off Hudson Street. Tournament play begins promptly at 12:30 p.m. There is a $5 fee to compete. Players will be matched against those of similar skill level. Those wishing to compete should arrive early to be sure of a mallet and to allow enough time to eat. Competitors may pre-register by writing to the Warrensburgh Historical Society at P. O. Box 441, Warrensburg, NY 12885 or contacting Croquetmaster Delbert Chambers at 623-3514 or delbert33me@yahoo.com.

The Warrensburgh Museum of Local History, operated by the Warrensburgh Historical Society, is located at 3754 Main Street, in the VFW Building. Entrance to the museum is at the rear and is fully handicap accessible. Refreshments will be served at the Aug. 4 presentation of the local railway.

For information contact the museum's director, Steve Parisi, at 623-2207.

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