Turning Back the Pages 6-5-10

Heavy rains affect farming, electric service

We have had heavy rains for several days and the brooks and ponds are all full to overflowing. What garden crops aren't drowned are doing well. "The hay crop from the old meadows will be light in spite of the rains," says Lewis Thomson, of Warrensburgh, one of the largest individual holders of farm properties in northern New York. We are sure, however, to have water to run the electric lights all this season.

During the recent heavy thunderstorms, one of the Warrensburgh Electric Company's transformers on River Street burned out at about 11 p.m., leaving the town in the dark.

Great balls of fire

In a thunderstorm June 15, 1910, lightening struck Seth Alden's house (now the store house at the bottom of Alden Avenue once owned by editor Robert Hall), tore off a curtain in one of the rooms, then the bolt zig-zagged down cellar and out through the kitchen, where Seth and Julia Burke Alden were both severely shocked. (Note: This indoor phenomenon is called "ball lightening." Back in colonial times, it was thought to be the manifestation of the Devil.)

Another bolt burned out the fuses in the motive power at the Woolen Mill (now 18 Milton Avenue lot) and destroyed two of the electric light company's transformers, one near James Stewart's residence (which long ago stood in what is now Lizzie Keays' parking lot) and the other in front of R.D. Baker's store in Lewisville (River Street).

Woolen Mill thrives

D.W. Hayes, purchasing agent for E.W. Edwards & Sons department store at Syracuse, was in Warrensburgh recently on business, principally to purchase 4,000 pairs of men's wool pants from the Woolen Mill. Manager Milton N. Eldridge and sales agent E.C. Austin entertained Mr. Hayes at the Viele Pond Clubhouse June 21, 1910. Berry W. Woodward and Byron Harrington were also members of the party.

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