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Tanning foreman passes away

Charles E. Purce died at Pasadena, Ca. on Dec. 21, 1912. Mr. Purce was born in Warrensburgh in 1837 and was a son of Alanson Purce who came to Warrensburgh in 1834, entering into the employ of the managers of the Warren Tannery as foreman. He continued in the position until 1848 when he became associated with Colonel Benjamin Peck Burhans and General Thomas S. Gray in the co-partnership of B.P. Burhans & Co., building the Horicon tannery.

In 1862 the firm was dissolved, General Gray purchasing the interests of the other members. Charles E. Purce assisted his father at the Horicon tannery and in 1863 they moved to Jordan, NY. For a number of years Charles Purce spent his winters at Pasadena. Her is survived by a sister, Mrs. Isaac Chadderdon and a half brother, William Purce.

News briefs roundabout

On Dec. 2, 1912, the soaking rain completely destroyed the sleighing here. It just may be our January thaw delivered ahead of time.

A white squirrel, the first one ever seen in northern New York was captured while swimming in Lake George by Frank Smith of Bolton Landing.

A.C. Emerson & Co. have received several train car loads of coal during the past week and local consumers are filling their bins in anticipation of a shortage later this winter. The price is now $7 a ton for stove coal, 25 cents higher than last year.

In Sodom, one of Charles Sawyer’s horses got tired of living and laid down and died one day recently.

A barn owned by Daniel Donovan of Friends Lake, Chestertown was burned the night of Dec. 18, 1912 together with 30 tons of hay and all of the farming utensils. It is thought that the fire was of incendiary origin. The loss was a severe blow to Mr. Donovan as he has no hay left to feed his stock.

Bert Fry of Stony Creek and Miss Lillian Lanfear of Warrensburgh were married by the Rev. A.J. Murdock on Christmas day at the Methodist Episcopal parsonage in Stony Creek.

Thought for the day: ”The past is not dead, it’s not even past.” William Faulkner

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

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