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•100 Years Ago – October 1911•

Romance across the shining sea

Miss Mary Campbell, for the past seven years the housekeeper for millionaire George Foster Peabody at Lake George, will sail Nov. 4, 1911 from New York to begin a trip of 12,000 miles which will end at New South Wales, Australia where she will become the bride of Murdock McDonald, her sweetheart of childhood days in Scotland. She has not seen in nearly eight years.

Leaving New York, Miss Campbell will go to Glasgow, Scotland where she will remain for a short while to visit her mother at her childhood home. When Miss Campbell left her native hearth she left McDonald behind in Scotland and at the time he expected he would follow her later on to America, but a great opportunity was afforded him in far-off Australia and it was there that after six and a half years in the “bush” that he became wealthy.

He sent for his “bonnie bride to be” and in answer to his call she is preparing to make the 12,000 mile trip and should arrive in the latter part of January or the first of February, 1912.

Miss Campbell was the guest of honor at a dinner given the evening of Oct. 3, 1911 at the Hotel Worden by the ladies of the Presbyterian Church of Lake George where she was a faithful attendant over the years. (Note: George Foster Peabody, a legend in his own time, was a millionaire, banker, reformer and philanthropist who lived during the summer at “Albenia,” his lavish Lake George estate, in winter in his mansion in Brooklyn. There was a sharp contrast between Albenia’s sculptured rose gardens and Australia’s dusty outback.)

Merwin family news

Miss Helen Merwin of Blue Mountain Lake left for San Francisco and will sail from that city for the Philippian Islands where she will be united in marriage with Gerd Shulty, who holds a government position there.

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

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