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•100 Years Ago – Aug. 1911•

“A.E.” works in Nova Scotia for a lumber company. His second wife, Leilia was the widow of a Nova Scotia sea captain. He bought the Lake George camp for her and his children. (Note: Eventually A.E.’s brother, Henry Davidson came from Nova Scotia and bought the neighboring camp on the lake shore. This summer in 2011 there were plans for 90 family members to gather at the expanded cottage to celebrate the family’s connection to the lake and to look forward together to the next 100 years. )

Prominent druggist dies

Louis Charette, 60, died at 2 a.m. July 29, 1911 at his home on Main St., Warrensburgh. He suffered a paralytic stroke eight years ago and a second one three years later. Since that time he has been unable to speak and was almost helpless while being confined to his house.

Charette was born in the town of Bolton, May 5, 1851 and was the second son of Dr. “Louie” Charette, who for many years was one of the most prominent physicians and surgeons of Warrensburgh.

Dr. Charette was born in June of 1820 in the Northwest Territory at Leech Lake, Minnesota. In the fall of 1841 he graduated from Albany Medical College and began his practice in Bolton where in 1842 he married Miss Margaret Smith. In 1850 Dr. Charette was supervisor and town clerk in Bolton. In 1854 he moved his family and practice to Warrensburgh where he later became coroner.

Charette was the only surviving member of his family as his older brother, George died in 1862 from his wounds sustained in the Civil War. Louis was a graduate of the prestigious old Warrensburgh Academy and afterward attended the Albany Medical College for two years. In 1873 he established a drug store in the “upper village” of Warrensburgh and conducted it for several years until he eventually sold out in 1879 to George W. Dickinson. On Feb. 10, 1876 he married Julia Dickinson who survives him.

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