Turning Back the Pages 6-19-10

New rules, new roads abound

More than 25 men employed by contractor C.J. Reardon have begun work on the state road in the village of Lake George. M.H. Bitely is foreman.

Preparations under the direction of John Anderson Jr. of Newcomb are being made at Riverside to begin the new state road there. The Stanley farm house has been enlarged for a boarding house for the workmen and the barns remodeled to accommodate the teams. The machinery is on hand and the road is being marked out.

The laws of New York state provide that when an automobile overtakes a team of horses, the team driver shall as soon as practicable turn to the right, so as to allow free passage of the automobile on the left. Many drivers do not understand this and will turn their horses to the left in front of the automobile, causing confusion and sometimes accidents or death.

Warrensburgh notes

Field strawberries are a failure this year on account of the late freeze. Fruit trees have also suffered much from the frost but the Orange Hawk weed seems to thrive with the cold and there is a guarantee of a big crop of this pest.

Complaints are being heard relative to bicycle riding on town sidewalks as several people have been run into.

Notice: "All persons are hereby forbidden to trespass on my land, neither hunting nor berrying permitted under penalty of the law." - Lyman Stark.

(Note: Stark's land was directly across today's Route 9 from the landfill road. He lived in a shack next to the road and dug at his "gold mine" further up the hill for many years but I never found any record that he ever discovered anything of any value.)

Fred M. Harrington is building a retaining wall on the south side of his ice pond on Oak St. (Note: Before it was filled in, this little pond was a popular place for winter ice skating many years ago.)

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