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Turning Back the Pages 1-8-11

•100 Years Ago - January, 1911•

Looking back 50 years

Lumbering was the great industry around 1861 in the Adirondacks, just as it is today in 1911. Lumbering teams furnished the bulk of travel on the highways in those days and there were inns at frequent intervals for the entertainment of the teamsters who would stop overnight whenever night overtook them.

The regular price for a man's supper, lodging and the housing of his team was 50 cents in 1861. If this seems inexpensive it should be remembered that half a dollar was harder to get hold of than it is now in 1911. When it was felt by the teamsters that liquid refreshment was needed, a glass of whiskey could be had for three cents and tavern keepers set out man-size glasses in those days and the custom was to fill them to the brim.

Gifts from afar

Mrs. Ella Emerson, who is spending the winter in California where she has a large orange grove, favored a number of her Warrensburgh friends with delicious samples of her product, big, sweet, juicy navel oranges of the highest grade. The fruit was shipped to her husband Louis Emerson and was distributed by him to the several favored friends on Christmas morning.

(Note: Ella Fuller, born in 1856, was the wife of Charles A. Thomas and they lived in what is now the Senior Citizens house on Main St. Their son, Harry Thomas, broke his mother's heart when he died in 1900 at the age of 23 years. She planted the flowering bush on the front north corner of the building in his memory that survived nearly 100 years before it was not long ago, cut down in a beautification effort.

Charles Thomas ran a clothing store on Hudson St. and died in 1885 when he was 32. Ella later married banker and state congressman Louis W. Emerson. She died in 1924.

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