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Turning Back The Pages

•100 Years Ago – Sept. 1911•

(Note: Edward Morse Shepard, 62, died Friday July 28, 1911 at his summer home, Erlowest on Lake George. He was a man beloved, honored and respected by all those who knew him. He was a lawyer and a democratic politician who was well-known for his integrity and attention to detail. He left a will 27 pages long which left Erlowest to his sister, Agnes S. Hewitt. Today, 100 years later, Erlowest is an elegant bed & breakfast and restaurant. The park where the memorial service took place is Shepard Park.)

Arsonist sent to jail

Jerry Gates, charged with setting fire to brush-land in the Adirondacks in May, 1911, has been convicted and sentenced to a year’s imprisonment in the Albany Penitentiary. This was carried out through the efforts of Supervisor Noxon of North Creek. (Note: The fire which eventually burned over 20,000 acres of timberland started May 13, 1911 and was still burning a week later. It was feared at the time that Bakers Mills would be wiped off the map. It rained on May 18, 1911 which could have well saved the town from destruction.)

Mysterious disappearance

John P. Williams of Glens Falls, councilman of the third ward and a member of lumber manufacturers Gifford, William & Co., disappeared from his home Sept. 19, 1911 and his relatives and friends searched for him in vain.

Finally a letter came postmarked Attica, 25 miles from Buffalo, which was written in a rambling manner showing plainly that the man was mentally unbalanced. Financial difficulties, following a strike in his concern’s mill is supposed to be the cause.

Deaths in the news

Mrs. Stephen R. Baker, 75, of North Thurman, died of apoplexy Sept. 16, 1911 at the home of her grandson, Cyrus D. Baker. She is survived by her husband, one son, Delbert Baker and four daughters. She was buried in the Reynolds Cemetery.

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