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•100 Years Ago - May, 1910•

Balmy weather follows hard winter

We have had an early spring and the cattle were out to pasture before the tenth of April this year, although they could not get a full feed then without hay being fed. All plant life is now a full month earlier than usual. Dandelions were in bloom by April 28, 1910.

Thunder and lightening and bright starlight all came together on the evening of May 2, 1909, and light snow and hail fell with rain the following day. But now at last, gentle spring has come and it is the time to sing of the beauties of outdoor life and early vegetation, provided that one is well aware of guarding against the cold and dampness left over from winter. Picking greens seems to be greatly in vogue and nearly every family is enjoying these delightful spring shoots after a long hard winter. (Note: by the mid-1900s, farming became virtually extinct in Warren County with large factory farms elsewhere forcing family operations out of business. However, a new trend of boutique and specialty farming is now gaining ground in the Adirondacks, particularly with the new focus on locally produced food.)

Train brings excitement

It was raw and cold and raining but with flags flying, Troy's Publicity Train backed over the rail branch May 3, 1910 after 6 o'clock in the evening from Thurman Station to Warrensburgh where it was placed on the Empire Shirt Company's siding. Officials of the shirt company were on the train to greet the Troy representatives and generously supplied electricity for the train during the three hours the train was open for inspection.

Warrensburgh townspeople and visitors were waiting to board the train when it arrived and more than 1,000 persons saw the impressive exhibits. The Publicity Train is a complete train with eight cars, including a diner and a Pullman sleeper. The cars linked together formed one big exhibition hall with colored bunting and pleasing effects to set off the exhibits of Troy merchants and manufacturers.

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