Turning Back the Pages

•100 Years Ago - April-May 1911•

A slow, painful spring

The Bakers Mills village school and the Edwards Hill district school are closed because of the measles, which have a firm grasp on the area and are the cause of many deaths.

Farmers are planting early potatoes. They are liable to get chilled if this cold weather continues. The night of May 1, 1911 had severe lightning, thunder and wind storm.

On Easter Sunday, the weather was fair, but a cold blast from the north made the occasion quite uncomfortable for those who ventured out without their winter overgarments.

Elmer Streeter of South Horicon has made 650 pounds of maple sugar during a season that started out slowly but to everyone's amazement, the sap just keeps on running.

Veteran suffers violent death

Henry Hill, an aged veteran of the Civil War, was found dead on the morning of April 29, 1911 on the ground at the north end of the Bolton House, on Lower Main St. in Warrensburgh. His body was terribly crushed and shattered, his right leg being fractured in two places and the right arm and lower jaw broken. He had fallen from the piazza roof upon which opened the window of the room he had occupied in the third story of the hotel. He had evidently been dead for several hours.

Hill lived with his family on Harrington Hill in the southern part of town. He was in the habit of coming to the village occasionally and sometimes would stay for two or three days at the Bolton House. He was always assigned to a room in the northwest corner and on the third floor of the building.

Frequently, it is said, he would roam about the house at night only partially awake. It is believed that on this occasion he crept through one of the front windows opening from his room onto the piazza roof and lost his balance and pitched headforemost to the ground about 20 feet below. No outcry was heard by anyone in the building. At 5:30 in the morning the house was opened and the hosteler, Billings Monroe discovered the body and rushed to inform Harry Bolton, the hotel's owner. Dr. Griffin, after he had examined the body, stated that the man had been dead for several hours.

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