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The end came suddenly

Harrison Shepard, 62, a woodchopper employed by George Reynolds on Harrington Hill, Warrensburgh, died suddenly March 24, 1911 in a house where he lived alone. His body was found by his employer. Shepard had been working for him during the winter chopping wood. He worked all morning and went home for dinner. When he did not return, Reynolds went looking for him. When he was unable to get inside of the man's house, he peered through the window and saw Shepard's body leaning up against the door which he had to force open.

Coroner Burt believes the cause of death to be heart disease. The man leaves a widow, two sons, Frank and Elmer and a daughter, Laura Shepard. He left his family some time ago and moved to Warrensburgh where at one time he lived with his niece, Mrs. John Rhodes in Burnhamville, and worked as a lumberman. His two sons came to claim the body and take it to Northville for burial.

A river flowing with hard cider

State Supreme Court Justice Van Kirk issued an order in Greenwich under the liquor tax law for the seizure and confiscation by the state of cider discovered by Washington County Sheriff Ingalsbe in a raid two weeks ago. Greenwich is a no-license town.

Six barrels of cider were taken from the American House and they were found to contain a high alcohol content. Also confiscated were 32 barrels of cider from the cellar of yet another local restaurant, and all were dumped in the Battenkill River. The river is being closely watched for intoxication among the fishes.

No will to live any longer

After living 82 years on the farm where he was born, Benjamin Griffin died March 25, 1911 in Bolton. About two weeks earlier his son, Eslie Griffin, 53, died at the farm and since that time the old man has declined rapidly. (Note ... The strange story of the death of Eslie Griffin and his wife, Clementine were detailed in the March 12, 2011 Journal.)

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