Turning Back The Pages

•100 Years Ago – Aug. 1911•

A fire of unknown origin broke out in the village of Schroon Lake about 4 a.m. Sunday morning, Aug. 13, 1911 and destroyed the Drake apartment house, burned part of Taylor’s harness shop and slightly damaged the Ondawa Hotel. The blaze was discovered in the basement of the Drake house by a son of one of the occupants and an alarm was quickly given. The residents and summer guests formed a bucket brigade, bringing water from the lake 100 yards away, but the fire had gained such headway that the contents of the building could not be saved. The flames crossed the street and scorched the Ondawa Hotel, burning the awnings and breaking the windows. The total damage is estimated at $10,000.

The Herbert Boland family occupied part of the Drake house and they lost all their possessions. Mr. Boland was a former prescription clerk in B.F. Hammond’s Crystal Drug Store in Warrensburgh.

In other news, C.E. Ingraham’s bottling works at Bolton Landing, near the Sagamore Hotel, were destroyed Saturday night Aug. 12, 1911 by a fire of mysterious origin. There was a loss of $2,500 with no insurance.

Automobile kills child

While playing with five companions on the state road at Miller Hill near Glens Falls early morning Aug. 22, 1911, Warren Lee Bennett, 14, was struck by an automobile and so badly injured that he died at 8 a.m. The machine was driven by its owner, Patrick O’Grady of Glens Falls, accompanied by Mrs. O’Grady and James Kiley and wife. The machine was running about 10 miles an hour and was passing another auto which young Bennett was trying to avoid when he became confused and ran in front of the O’Grady car.

Cottage at Plum Point

On July 30, 1911, Alfred E. Davidson of New York City has bought a simple fishing camp on the East Side of Lake George below Plum Point. He and his first wife, Maria were natives of Great Village, Nova Scotia, Canada. She died of tuberculosis in a sanatorium in the Adirondacks. In previous summers he has sent their five children with an aunt to a boarding house in Whitehall.

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