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Queasy stomach, broken jaw

While passing in front of Haskell Brothers’ Hudson Street grocery store on Oct. 27, 1911, the 18- year-old son of C.S. Woodward of Warrensburgh fainted and fell to the pavement, cutting a deep gash in his chin and fracturing his jaw bone. Dr. Griffin was called and with much difficulty restored the youth to consciousness.

Previously, young Woodward had listened to a discussion of surgical feats in Manzer & Hill’s barber shop and his stomach was not in the best of condition. He did not relish the conversation and feeling himself growing faint, he started for his home and had gone but a short distance when the accident occurred.

At present the patient is unable to use his jaw and is compelled to take nourishment through a tube.

Herrick’s store had long history

Herrick’s store at 75 River Street, sold last Saturday at Warren County tax foreclosure auction, has a colorful history.

The Herrick ancestors settled in Warrensburgh shortly after the Revolutionary War. According to Marie Fisher, a member of the Herrick family and a native of Warrensburgh, the date the building was erected is not known, but in 1871 it was a livery stable operated by Bennett and Palmer. Marie wrote in her book, “North from the Plank Road Bridge,” that the structure suffered many fires over the years which probably accounts for the present day flat roof which originally was peaked.

In 1893, brothers Simeon and James Herrick purchased the building and carried on a wagon-building trade and carriage repair shop. In 1896 the brothers converted the upper story into living quarters for their families. The property was later owned by the Herrick family for several generations. As the horse and carriage era drifted away and became obsolete, the Herrick brothers gradually converted to wallpaper, paint, hardware and custom picture-framing and as World War II came on, groceries were added and rapidly became the main commodity. The store was called “Herrick’s Variety Store.“ Simeon died in 1934 and before his death, he was a carpenter. James, 88 years old, died in 1953. He was a merchant for 50 years. His wife, Cora died in 1961. During James’ later years, his sons took over active management of the business.

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