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Horse ice racing on Lake George

Winter horse racing on the ice started Feb. 1, 1912 with ideal winter weather at Supervisor R.J. Bolton’s hostelry in Hague. Mr. Bolton’s horse, “Miss Bolton” took first money, a $75 purse.

A large crowd of horse racing enthusiasts assembled at the head of Lake George Feb. 12, 1912 to witness the matinee ice races held over the lake’s kite-shaped course under the auspices of the Lake George Driving Association. Officials have arranged to have a three-day meet which will take place the last three days of this month. A number of excellent purses will be offered. Two races took place for purses of $50 each. A town race was held for a prize of ten bushels of oats and five bushels for second place.

James Dougray’s “Putnam Jack” of Glens Falls took first money in the first race but in the third heat, James Wilson’s steed, “John O” nosed “Putnam Jack” out at the wire. Considerable local interest is taken in these races and large crowds gather for each event.

Thurman bids fond farewell

The Rev. Edwin .H. Hovey, who accepted a call from the Baptist Church at Hagadorn Mills, began his duties there this year on Jan. 7, 1912. Pastor Hovey and his wife, Mary Hadden Frost were given a purse at the Kenyontown Baptist Church containing over $7 in cash.

Mrs. Hovey has rented the former land of her late husband, Miles Frost to David Frost. Rev. Hovey, well loved by his parishioners, preached his last sad farewell sermon on Sunday morning, Dec. 31, 1911 in Thurman.

News roundabout

Warrensburgh gained four in population during the month of January, 1912, there having been six births and only two deaths.

A large number of Warrensburgh people were in the audience that witnessed the comic opera, “The Spring Maid” on Feb. 12, 1912 at the Empire Theatre, Glens Falls. (Note: The renovated Empire Theatre building is still standing today on South St.)

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

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