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Turning Back the Pages 9-4-10

Home to die in his mother's arms

J. Stewart Russell, 37, of Troy, died Aug. 28, 1910 in Warrensburgh at the summer home of his mother, Mrs. John L. (Mary) Russell, after an illness of only 48 hours. He had arrived in town at the conclusion of his summer vacation in seemingly good health and fine spirits, but suffered a sudden attack of acute Bright's (kidney) disease which proved fatal in only a few hours.

Russell, a graduate of Williams College, had studied law in the office of King & King in Troy and in 1898 was admitted to the bar. At the time of his death he was a partner in the firm of Jones & Russell.

Burial was in the family plot in the Warrensburgh Cemetery near his brother, Marcus D. Russell, 32, who in 1898 was the second soldier to die in the Spanish American War with Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders, in Cuba.

A large delegation from Troy made a trip to the funeral in a chartered railroad car. The group was served dinner at the Grand Army House (now the site of John Henry's tavern).

(Note: Captain John Luce Russell, a native of Warrensburgh, in 1865 built the Bonnie Brae Villa, a grand mansion, around a small standing house at the base of the mountain, behind what is today the Warrensburgh Post Office. It burned in 1980 under suspicious circumstances.)

Toddler has brush with death

Some strychnine tablets, prescribed for Mrs. William McLaren of Lewisville (River St.) nearly caused the death of the woman's little granddaughter, Irene, the one-year-old baby of Walter McLaren.

The baby was taking a nap and the tablets were lying on a dresser near her bed and she was later found playing with them thinking they were candy. She was taken with convulsions. Three doctors were called and Dr. Griffin arrived first with an emetic and stomach pump to dislodge the deadly dose. Dr. Goodman and Dr. Cunningham arrived soon after and a hard battle was fought to save the baby's life. She was later sent to convalesce at her grandmother's home on Harrington Hill. Irene is the granddaughter of Alfred C. Stone.

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