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Philo conducted a store in 1843-44 at the corner of Glen and Warren streets, Glens Falls and was coroner of Warren County in 1856 at the time of the burning of the John Jay craft on Lake George, when several lives were lost. (Note: The John Jay went out to ply the waters of Lake George in 1850 and was owned by John J. Harris. J. Gale was captain of the boat. In 1856 it took fire in her engine room off Friends Point and struggling to reach shore, struck a rock on Walton Isle and sank. Six lives were lost.)

In 1857, Hiram Philo was appointed postmaster at Bolton. Twice he declined a nomination to the state Assembly to represent Warren County. Bolton on Lake George was his home for many years although he later passed his days at 329 Glen St. in Glens Falls where he died.

(Note: Hiram Philo learned the civil engineering profession from his father and it was said that 90 per cent of the older deeds and title papers of property in Glens Falls were prepared by him or under his direction. In 1844 Hiram Philo married Miss Amy Coffin. She was 76 when she died in 1900. Six children survived them.)

Grand village home renovated

The handsome home of Hart Joseph on Elm St., Warrensburgh has been undergoing an elaborate redecorating of the interior. The house is one of the finest residences of the village and its unique architecture affords excellent opportunities for carrying on the decorative scheme in beaver board, planned by the builder of the home, H.H. Hill. The finishing work was accomplished by J.F. Burt's brush.)

(Note: Hart Joseph was born in 1862 in Columbus, Ga. He later gave up his job as traveling salesman for the Wallamantic Linen Co. and went to work in 1890 for the Empire Shirt Co. in Warrensburgh. He married the boss's daughter, Theresa Weinman and they lived for many years in the "handsome home" on Elm St. mentioned above. The house was later sold to Frank Smith who became Warrensburgh supervisor in 1926, a legend in his own time. He was still supervisor in June 1931 when the house burned down and Frank died in the fire. Jack Toney later built a ranch style home and a small house on the lot.)

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