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The rest of the mutton story...

Asa Smith’s son Dewey, 12, the only immediate member of the family out of jail, except his married sister, Mrs. Arthur Fleming, was put in his sister’s care after the trial. He was later taken to the county home on Dec. 21, 1912 by John J. Archer, Town Overseer of the Poor and committed to the care of E.W. Griggs. Dewey was taken to the state industrial school in Rochester where he will be kept for a period of five years.

Dewey seemed to feel most keenly his family’s disgrace and after he was put in his sister’s care by the court, he began to act badly and soon demonstrated he was a chip off the old Smith block and his sister was unable to control him. When he was at the County Home he ran away every day and gave them all a great deal of trouble at every turn. (Note: Byron E. Whittemore’s farm was where the Queen Village Golf Course is located today. On a cold fall night, when the wind is in the trees, (“and the moon is a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas”) legend has it that hoof beats can be heard, pounding on the sand flats overlooking Rte. 28, of a big angry sheep whose violent untimely death long ago caused so much turmoil in the lives of an entire family.)

Dubious law to be repealed?

The state legislature will be asked to repeal the hedgehog bounty bill on the grounds that certain unscrupulous farmers are raising hedgehogs for a 30-cent bounty that the guileless state is now paying per head. The hedgehog bounty costs the state about $30,000 per year.

Bull attacks dairy employee

Thomas J. Goodman, employed at the River View Dairy Farm near Luzerne, was attacked by a bull in the stall on Nov. 30, 1912. His shoulder, three ribs and bones in one hand were fractured. His cries attracted Mrs. Frank Davis and Margaret Needham. They held the bull at bay with pitchforks.

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

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