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In other news, the Christian Scientists of Glens Falls have built a new $10,000 church. The cornerstone was laid Oct. 18, 1911 by Virgil O. Strickler, a lawyer of Boston.

Thomson family news

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Thomson entertained a party of Mrs. Thomson’s relatives this past summer at their palatial home on Upper Main St., Warrensburg in honor of their 30th wedding anniversary. They were married May 16, 1882 in Queensbury, in the home of the bride, Miss Phebe Sisson. The officiating clergyman, Rev. Robinson is now dead as is also more than half of the guests who witnessed the original ceremony. The destroying angel has been merciful as no deaths have occurred among Phebe Thomson’s nine brothers and sisters. Her 84-year-old mother was present at the gathering but the brothers and sisters are widely scattered in various states and were unable to be present at the festive occasion. (Note: The Lewis Thomson mansion, built in 1906, is today Cornerstone Victorian, the bed and breakfast establishment of Doug and Louise Goettsche.)

Popular French chef dead

Louis Tournier died Wednesday, July 3, 1912 at his home in Starbuckville, town of Chester, after a short illness. The deceased was a French chef of great ability and in the 1870s and 1880s he was employed in various summer hotels at Lake George, commanding a large salary. For the past 20 years or more he had been chef at the Chester House and the dishes he prepared have made that hotel famous for its table. He was probably about 70 years old. (Note: The Chester House was on the north corner of Chester’s main street and Thierot Avenue. I remember Carl Turner when he lived on Turner Road just off the west side of the Starbuckville Dam and I believe that he was Louis Tournier’s son.)

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

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