Turning Back the Pages

Looking backward

Just 50 years ago, April 12, 1861, the great Civil War opened at 4:30 a.m. when the Confederate batteries at Charleston, South Carolina, led by General P.G.T. Beauregard, opened fire upon Fort Sumter.

Thus began the greatest and bloodiest of modern wars and the wounds that were raw and bleeding when the war closed and the bitterness of the conflict has not been forgotten even today.

News around Warrensburgh

Three inches of snow fell on the night of April 8, 1911. This year suffered a backward spring, but who would think that the apple tree, so barren, awkward and bare, would ever don its busy blooms and become most wondrous fair?

This year in 1911, for the first time, some automobile manufacturers have installed starters in their new machines. If this trend catches on, it is possible that future models will no longer have to be cranked by hand. The first automobiles of the season are beginning to make an appearance on Warrensburgh streets.

The dance given at Music Hall with music by Zita's Orchestra was a great success with 90 couples attending. Managers were Wilbur Hitchcock, Stewart Farrar, Lee Orton and Earl Herrick.

Don Cameron of Athol has broken ground on Library Avenue for a new residence opposite John J. Archer's. The construction will be in charge of George E. Farrar. (Note...John Archer's house is today the residence of Liz Schuster, directly behind Richards Library. The house built by Don Cameron across the street was the Hap Osborne house, now owned by Matt and Io Bruce.)

The buildings of the Warrensburgh Woolen Mill Co. on Milton Avenue are being painted. Work began the morning of April 20, 1911 in the charge of Stillman Town.

Harold W. Patrick, a 10-pound boy, was born April 14, 1911 to Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Patrick of Warrensburgh.

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