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Peabody mansion burns

The opulent summer home of Charles Jones Peabody, on the Bolton Road about a mile from Lake George Village, was completely destroyed by fire. All the furniture on the first floor and part of that on the second was saved, but the house, built entirely of wood, was burned to the ground, entailing a loss of $50,000.

As soon as the fire was discovered, word was sent to the village and the church and town clock bells were rung and many men went to the scene of the conflagration. In spite of the persistent efforts of those gathered, the blaze stubbornly resisted the water thrown upon it by a hand pump and the once handsome home was a mass of ruins.

The fire started near the roof and spread rapidly. Although the exact cause of the fire is undetermined, it is conjectured that the fire started from a blowtorch used by the plumbers who were repairing the roof.

The house was built by Col. Walter W. Price of New York, who sold it to Mr. Peabody. (Note: The last Mrs. Walter Price, one of many, Constance (Bridget) Fallon was said to have been a former upstairs maid in the Price mansion. Walter Price was a poor boy with little education born in England, who started his career by working for a coal company and selling coal from door-to-door. He later became a millionaire. He is said to have paid any child $50 whose parents named him, “Walter Price.”)

Death in the news

William S. Tuttle died Nov. 13, 1911 at his home on East Sanford St., Glens Falls. He was one of the best known granite and marble men in the vicinity. Some of his work can be seen in the Glens Falls Cemetery where he erected the Fowler, Coolidge, Goodman and Ordway monuments. One of his best pieces of work is the granite shaft in Crandall Park. He is survived by a widow, one daughter, Mrs. Robert A. Braley and a son, Luther G. Tuttle. He was buried in Glens Falls Cemetery.

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

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