Turning Back the Pages

Titanic fame even reached Warrensburgh. The name of Miss Bertha Lavery was printed in the New York newspapers in the list of survivors and it was stated that she was a musician. As a result Miss Bertha Lavery of Warrensburgh, who was also a musician, but not on the Titanic, began receiving letters from many of her friends in various parts of the country congratulating her upon her escape and asking for details of her experience.

Michael Navratil, 92, the last male survivor died Jan. 30, 2001. Millvina Dean, 97, the last female survivor died May 31, 2009.

The Hydrographic Authority in London said at the time that the wreck could never be reached. This was not true. Divers rediscovered history’s most famous shipwreck 73 years later in 1985 on the sea bed in 13,000 feet of water, broken in two parts with its bow facing north and its mighty stacks pointing upward. Around 6,000 artifacts were recovered. An auction, offering more than 180 pieces of this memorabilia is expected to open April 19, 2012 in Concord, NH.

New boat on Lake George

The Lake George Steamboat Co. made a contract in April 1912 with Alexander McDonald of Staten Island, New York for the construction of a gasoline motor-propelled passenger launch for service on Lake George.

The boat will be 70 feet long and fitted with cabins. It will b e constructed of white oak and yellow pine and the cabins are to be fitted with mahogany. The boat will have a speed of up to 15 miles per hour and should be ready for service by July 1, 1912. The cost of the launch will be about $15,000.

Road to increase land values

State Commissioner of Highways S. Gordon Reel, has decided to add three and a half miles to the county highway system in Warren County for immediate construction and has appropriated funds for the state to stand its share of the expense. An appropriation of $12,678.58 will be the share to be paid by the county and the towns of Warrensburgh and Thurman toward construction.

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

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