Turning Back The Pages

•100 Years Ago – Aug. 1911•

She had been a highly respected resident of this village for 28 years having come here with her family from Johnsburgh. She is survived by her husband, one son, Delbert E. Pasco and a daughter, Mrs. George W. Davison of Glens Falls. Burial was in the Warrensburgh Cemetery. (Note: Mrs. Pasco lived in the big white house on the corner of Commercial Avenue, next door to Pasco’s hardware store, now Curtis Lumber.)

Explosion at the Woolen Mill

The cylinder head of the steam engine at the plant of the Warrensburgh Woolen Mill on Milton Avenue blew out recently just before the machinery had been started for the day. The part was hurled with terrific force through a heavy partition into the dye room. Fortunately there was no one in its path, two men having finished some work there only the night before. The engine was temporarily repaired and operations were resumed the next day.

Big party in Thurman

During the month of August 1911 Henry Griffing has been entertaining at the old Griffing homestead near Thurman Station — a house party composed of his nearest kin. For several years the party has been an annual event. Attending from Warrensburgh were family members Frederick Osborne and daughter, Mrs. Orley Hazelton.

The old house was the birthplace of Mr. Griffing and his sister, Mrs. Taylor and there they passed their childhood days with their parents, Nathaniel and Susan Boyd Griffing.

The building was an old-fashioned farm house of the better class and was, in its day, a mansion. It is delightfully situated on a rise of ground and is surrounded by some magnificent shade trees and though a century old, it is in excellent condition having been well cared for. Last spring, Mr. Griffing made many improvements, especially in the interior. The house is filled with one of the finest and most valuable collections of old furniture in this area. Mr. Griffing is a connoisseur of fine antiques. (Note: Henry’s grandfather, Stephen Griffing Sr., a veteran and officer in the American Revolution and his wife, Elizabeth Uhl settled in Thurman in the house opposite the present day Thurman bridge in 1800. Frederick Osborne married Helen Griffing, the sister of Henry Griffing. The old Griffing cemetery is close by. The Griffing homestead is still standing, one of the oldest houses in Warren County. For many years it has been the home of Deliah Walter.)

Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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