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Turning Back The Pages

•100 Years Ago – October 1911•

B.F. Merwin Jr., started Sept. 29, 1911 for Sudbury, Canada where he will attend school.

South Horicon

A small child of Burnice Monroe died Oct. 2, 1911 at the family home near the Rock schoolhouse. The funeral was held in the new church at Horicon with the Rev. Mr. Davison officiating.

Earl May moved out of the South Horicon hotel Sept. 30, 1911 and he will store his goods for the winter in the Swan building across the river. Fred H. Duell and Joseph Gwinnup are talking of renting the hotel.

Harvey Hastings moved Oct. 3, 1911 from Padan Aram down the river on to the Brad Hayes place.

Beavers lumber the north woods

The efforts of the state to prevent the extermination of the beaver in the Adirondack Mountains is said to have created a serious problem for the lumbermen. There are more than 20 colonies of beavers known and probably some that aren’t known, on the Raquette River alone, and the protection they receive is increasing their numbers rapidly.

They are doing a great deal of damage, especially to the poplar trees and this in turn is doing great damage to the paper industry. The beaver will cut down a tree that is 12 inches in diameter as quickly as a smaller one. Sometimes the top of a tree will lodge in the branches of another tree and beavers have been known to cut down another tree and directing its fall so that it will strike and dislodge the first one. (Note: I never realized just how expert these cute little devils could be at lumbering until one fall I arrived at the Hadden camp on the Schroon River to find all the shade trees lying neatly on the ground with the stumps looking as if they had been in a pencil sharpener.

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

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