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The fire is believed to have caught from a spark from a pipe or a cigarette. The loss, partly covered by insurance, will reach $5,000. The company will at once commence the erection of a concrete building to replace the burned structure.

Statewide news

The talk at the Warrensburgh barber shops and around the potbelly stove down at the feed and grain store is all about daredevil Frederick R. Law who, on Feb. 2, 1912, safely parachuted from the torch of the Statue of Liberty in New York city, in a stunt filmed by Pathe News.

In other news, the number of farmers who own autos in New York State in 1911 more than doubled previous records and advance orders now on hand at the different factories indicate that 1912 sales will excel those of last year.

Minister has narrow escape

While holding the ladder for a workman who was chopping ice from the roof of the Methodist parsonage on Feb. 22, 1912 in Warrensburgh, the Rev. H.F. Titus was struck in the forehead by a big icicle about four feet long and over six inches in diameter. Fortunately the blow was a glancing one and Mr. Titus escaped with a slight cut and a big headache. He was able to address the congregation on Sunday morning. Had the icicle struck him squarely, it would likely have fractured his skull.

Big turnout for pastor’s talk

The Rev. Richard Abbott, pastor of the Warrensburgh Presbyterian Church, gave a historical talk at the Richards Library the afternoon of Feb. 13, 1912 about Abraham Lincoln. Nearly 100 people attended.

Mr. Abbott is a deep thinker and a speaker of unusual ability. His mind is stored with a wealth of material and it is a pleasure to listen to him. He was one of the boys of 1861 who responded to Lincoln’s call for volunteers at the beginning of the bloody Civil War.

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

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