Turning Back the Pages

(Note: The fairgrounds stood on the property where there is now a housing development behind Ashe's Hotel. Dr. Merrill, an Albany eye doctor and his daughter, Grace C. Merrill, spent their summers at what is today the Griffin House Restaurant and Grace's Pub. Dr. Merrill's wife, Mary Griffing died in 1905. Father and daughter missed the fire scare that year because they did not arrive in Warrensburgh with their servants until May 24, 1911.)

Thrown out and ran over

At the spring term of Supreme Court at Lake George on May 15, 1911 before Justice Van Kirk, the case of Helen Buckley as administrator of the estate of James Buckley against the Hudson Valley Railroad Company was begun.

The plaintiff sought to recover damages for the death of her brother who was ejected from one of the defendant's cars at a point between Glens Falls and Hudson Falls, fell across the track and was run over and killed by a railroad car. Justice Van Kirk stated that the conductor acted entirely within the law by ejecting Buckley from the car and should not be held responsible for the man's later death.

Baby saved from pounding hooves

A drunken man in a wagon, lurching heavily against his four-year-old baby girl sitting on the seat beside him, powerless to help himself or her, with the reins dragging on the ground and the horse going whither it would, attracted attention on downtown Main Street, Warrensburgh.

The rig was stopped and the child removed from her dangerous position and cared for while the Lake George man was laid away until he slept off his drunkenness.

Brand new automobiles

Two of T.J. Smith's boys have bought new automobiles. Frank W. Smith has bought a four-passenger Cadillac automobile and ran it to Glens Falls Sunday after only a few hours' instructions. His brother, Bert J. Smith of Riparius also bought a new machine and was in Warrensburgh on Sunday showing it off. (Note: Frank Waters Smith was proud of his big five-passenger Cadillac and in October of 1914 he was driving it, accompanied by his wife, Bertha near the Warrensburgh County Home on their way to Bolton. A fire started from a leaky gas pipe and Frank jumped out and threw dirt on the fire to no avail. The car was a total loss, but was well insured. In 1926, Frank Smith, a Democrat, became supervisor of Warrensburgh.)

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