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•100 Years Ago – Oct. 1911•

Death in the news

Leonard Winslow, 75, died at his home Oct. 1, 1911 in Stony Creek where he had lived for more than 50 years, having moved there from West Mountain. He is survived by his widow, the former Miss Harris, plus five daughters and two sons.

Mrs. Tillie Ricket of Newcomb, died Saturday afternoon, Oct. 7, 1911 of tuberculosis. She was buried in Schroon Lake beside her husband and infant child.

William A. Potter, 63, died Oct. 11, 1911 after a long illness of pulmonary trouble at his home in Pottertown, a hamlet on The Glen road. He leaves two sons, Orley and John Potter of Warrensburgh and one daughter, Mrs. Harry Bartlett of Chestertown. Rev. H.F. Titus officiated at the funeral which was held at the home of the deceased.

Charles S. Leggett, 65, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 1911 at his home in Chestertown. He leaves a widow, Two sons, Clark H. and Arthur Leggett and three daughters, Katherine and Helen Leggett and Mrs. Bert Starbuck, all of Chestertown. The funeral was held from the deceased’s late residence. (Note: Charles S. Leggett was born in 1846 and around that time the Leggett Homestead on state Rte. 9, south of Chestertown which still stands today, served as a way station on the Underground Railway as an aid to the Anti-Slavery movement.)

Early taste of winter

The recent rains have made it difficult for farmers to secure their buckwheat crop. The first snow storm of the season came Oct. 6, 1911 and about six inches fell hereabouts doing great damage to trees. Limbs on good sound maple trees were broken down by the load of snow at several places along the highway and it was impossible to drive or walk in the road owing to the overhanging boughs with their load of snow, hanging down or broken off. The snow nearly destroyed the shade trees in T.H. Smith’s yard in Athol.

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

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