Turning Back The Pages

Richards Library reopens

Richards Library, with the new annex completed, was reopened to the public Oct. 21, 1911. A large number of adults and children visited the building during the afternoon and evening and the interest shown was very gratifying.

The reading room was not ready for use and this was regretted, but it was thought best not to defer the opening on that account. (Note: The “new annex” was the room located behind the fireplace on the west side of today’s library. The “reading room” is today the children’s area on the south side of the building. Library aide Linda Lamy and I had a good time, while I was doing my research on this subject, visualizing the ladies — in their long dresses, whale bone corsets, and high buttoned shoes — that came in to visit the library that day so long ago.)

Home from the hunt

Charles F. Burhans and George E. Farrar of Warrensburgh and George Martin of Glens Falls spent three days at Bolton’s camp in Indian Lake and killed three fine deer. They are plump and very plentiful this fall and came out in the clearings and feed around the cattle. Hod Hill went to Griffin on his first hunting trip and came home with a 268-pound buck. Germain Mattison shot a fine one a little way from his home that weighed 285 pounds and was as fat as a beef critter. (Note: When I recently attended the opening of the new hunting, trapping and fishing exhibit at the Warrensburgh Museum of Local History, I viewed an early collection of photographs taken during the 1890’s which depicted a group of satisfied deer hunters that included Charles F. Burhans, heir to the Burhans Tannery fortune. He died Jan. 26, 1946. Charles was the grandson of Benjamin Peck Burhans who came to Warrensburgh in March 1836 from Ulster County with his tanning business to start Warrensburgh down it’s path of becoming an industrial town.

Readers are welcome to contact Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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