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Chester to build schoolhouse

Town citizens have voted to build a new $7,000 schoolhouse in Chestertown. The vote was 38 to 12 at a special meeting held July 12, 1912 to purchase the old Baptist Church property for $1,000, sell the old school which adjoins the property and build a new school on the church lot.

Some time ago the Baptist Church property, which had not been in use for some time, was sold to the late Charles H. Faxon and Milo Knapp by the Baptist Church Association and is now held by their heirs. The church is in poor condition, as is the school and cannot be expected to bring a very large sum. Both buildings will be sold to the highest bidder and must be removed at once by and at the expense of the purchaser. Work on the new school building will begin as soon as possible in order to have it in readiness for the opening of the fall term.

The trustees, Dr. Erwin L. Stafford, W.A. Fosmer and Cyrus W. Kettenbach has given permission to borrow upon the credit of the district the sum of $8,000 from the Emerson Bank in Warrensburgh and to issue district bonds on Aug. 1, 1912 for that amount, 16 for $500 each.

Father suggests suicide

Nathan Swartz, the slayer of Julia Conners, killed himself as his father, to whom he confessed, advised him to do. His father told him, “The only thing left for you is suicide. Here is some money, $1.25 for you to buy a pistol and shoot yourself or jump into the river.” Nathan ended his life with gas in a tenement house in New York City. At the time of his death he was on probation from prison where he had served a sentence for a crime against yet another girl.

Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 6232-2210.

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