Old well swallows child, rescue a success

•100 Years Ago – October, 1910•An abandoned well containing about five feet of water, caught a child in its clutches, and the child nearly escaped death Oct. 3 1910.The well was loosely covered with boards under the spreading branches of a heavily laden apple tree on the premises of George T. Lockwood adjoining The Warrensburgh News building, and it formed a trap. On her way to school just before 9 o'clock, Janet Straight, 8, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Straight, was seized with apple hunger and stopped to gather some from the tempting tree while her companion Muriel Harrison kept on walking to school. No one else was in sight when the rotted boards over the well upon which the child was standing suddenly gave way and she dropped like a plummet more than 20 feet to the bottom of the well with two apples in each hand.She was able to keep her head above the ice-cold water and being weighted down, she removed her heavy astrakhan coat. Her sturdy cries were not heard and she threw the apples up and out of the well hoping that they would be seen.Michael O'Connor of the Adirondack Hotel (now Rite Aid property) sauntered over the street to the Lockwood property for a chat with Patrick Haley who was working in his garden and as he passed the well, heard the child's cries. He ran back to the hotel for a rope and a big crowd quickly gathered.Janet placed the slip-noose around her waist and was drawn to the surface no worse for wear after her icy bath.(Note…The Straight family lived in the house across the street from the stone building just north of Grace's Restaurant. The Warrensburgh News was located in the now-vacant lot south of the same restaurant that was than the summer home of Dr. Cyrus S. Merrill and family.)Horse killed by Adirondack trainA team owned and driven by E.J. Hewitt of Thurman became stalled with a heavy load of telephone poles on the railroad tracks at the crossing near the Thomson switch, just above The Glen, Oct. 1, 1910, just as the morning train came along.Both horses were struck and one was instantly killed while the other was thrown 32 feet and was so badly injured that it was expected to die. The horses were valued at $400. Mr. Hewitt and his son, Daniel who accompanied him, were not injured.Man didn't seek doctor's adviceAlfred Tucker, 38, a well-known resident of Stony Creek, dropped dead Sept. 8, 1910 of heart disease near his home. Mr. Tucker suffered two or three attacks of heart trouble, and in one of them, last March he fell senseless down stairs all the way to the bottom where he was revived by his wife with considerable difficulty.He was advised to seek medical aid but refused to do so. He leaves a widow, a nine-year-old daughter and a 19-year-old step-daughter.Sent home to dieGeorge Nichols, 41, died at his home in Chestertown on Sunday morning, Sept. 25, 1909 after an illness of three months with kidney troubles. He was in the Albany Hospital for treatment but he was finally told that his case was hopeless and he was sent home. Survived by a widow and two sons, Royal and Edgar Nichols, he was buried in the Chestertown Cemetery.David Bean deceasedAn old and highly respected resident of Warrensburgh, David W. Bean, 69, died Sept. 22, 1909 at the home of his only child, Charles W. Bean.Born in Clintonville in early 1841, he became a resident of Chestertown for a number of years and 25 years ago he came to Warrensburgh and engaged in the jewelry business here. A genial likable man, children especially loved him and will mourn his death.He was a veteran of the Civil War and participated in many of the big battles. At Spottsylvania he was severely wounded. After lying on the field of battle all night he was found in the morning shot to pieces with just a tiny spark of life apparent. For many weary weeks he fought bravely for his life and eventually won.Seven weeks ago he had a stroke of paralysis and was barely conscious near the end of his days. The funeral was held at St. Cecilia's Church.Young lady mournedMiss Sarah Hill, 17, daughter of Seneca Hill, died at her home at Friends Lake Sept. 19, 1910 after a few hours illness. A rupture of a blood vessel was the cause of her death.Besides her parents, she leaves two brothers and two sisters. She was a very popular young lady and had many friends who mourn her untimely death. Burial was in the Chestertown Cemetery.Buzzard discriminationLorenzo Tripp of Riverbank recently shot near his home a turkey buzzard that had a wingspan of 6 feet. The bird was chasing a chicken when Tripp brought it down with a charge of shot from his reliable old gun.It is seldom that these birds are seen in the north and Tripp, a veteran of the late unpleasantness (Civil War), says he has never seen one since he was in Virginia in 1862. They are carrion birds and are much despised by many as a common nuisance in southern and western states.(Note…I dearly love to see a flock of five or six turkey buzzards perched in the trees in my dooryard. After they have checked the place out, they all leave together on cue looking like magnificent gliders with their huge wingspans as they sail across the Schroon River. I can't imagine how anyone could hate such a beautiful creature or to kill one.) Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210 .

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