Turning Back the Pages

Old newspaper evokes memories

Henry Griffing of Warrensburgh has in his possession a copy of the Glens Falls Republican issue of May 14, 1861. The paper is prized very highly by Griffing because of the fact that it contains an account of the departure from Glens Falls, 50 years ago, of the "boys in blue" who went forth to sacrifice their lives, if necessary, that the Union might be preserved and an enslaved people be set free. "As Judas had no apology for a traitorous act, so have the Southern traitors no excuse for their actions," was the ever-popular Union battle cry.

(Note: In September 1843, two brothers, Marcellus and Thomas J. Strong, bought out the "news sheet" Literary Pearl and issued a new newspaper named The Glens Falls Republican which oddly enough ardently espoused the principles of the Democratic party. They were associated in their venture with celebrated historian Dr. Austin Wells Holden who wrote the History of the Town of Queensbury, published in 1874.

Henry Griffing was a well-known authority on local history. His family settled in 1800 in this area. He was the great-uncle of Grace Merrill Magee, for whom today's "Grace's Restaurant" is named. Griffing was supervisor of Warrensburgh in the years 1884 and 1885.

Wedding bells, divorce decree

Lyman Bidwell and Miss Mildred Russell, both of Warrensburgh, were married in Glens Falls by the Rev. C.H. Dutton.

William H. Webster, son of Palmer and Cora M. Whittemore of Warrensburgh, were married by the Rev. E.J. Guernney on March 28, 1911 at the Methodist Episcopal parsonage. (Note: In 2006 the diary of Cora Whittemore was presented in this column.)

In state Supreme Court, Mrs. Minnie Schermerhorn Terhune was granted an absolute divorce from her husband, Edward Terhune.

Local news briefs

The copious rains of March 26, 1911 softened the ice on Warrensburgh sidewalks and carried away the greater part of the snow in streets and fields and now a new supply arrived on March 29, 1911 and we have six inches on the level. The thrills of the song sparrows and crows may be heard just the same, while robins and bluebirds in their vividly colored coats seem premature against the mantled white of the fields. A.C. Emerson & Co.'s sawmill has shut down until the Schroon River breaks up. Astronomical observations say we are not to have any more blustery weather this season.

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