Turning Back the Pages

(Note: These are “the good old days” before global warming.)

Roads, old and new

Contractor Joseph H. Walker is making good progress on his state road contract between Warrensburgh and Chestertown, He now has a gang of men near Darrowsville. The first three miles are all finished so that autos can go very well now on the main line going over Spruce Mountain and making the distance about three miles less than by Friends Lake.

In other road news, R.J. Brown, of Bolton, has been appointed by the State Civil Service Commission as temporary assistant in the history division, Department of Education. He will be assigned to the collection of data in reference to the original trails and military roads used during the French and Indian War, covering the territory between Albany and Crown Point.

Wild West show in town

A feature with the Prairie Lillie and Nebraska Bill’s Wild West Show, billed to appear in Warrensburgh Aug. 1, 1912 and in North Creek the following day, is the true-to-life portrayal of the famous Mountain Massacre which calls forth the entire company of over 250 people and 300 horses. It is a spectacle well worth seeing.

(Note: The Mountain Meadows Massacre is a little known and sad part of Mormon history. In 1857 Mormon pioneers from Cedar City, Utah disguised themselves as Indians and attacked the Fancher wagon train of emigrants which was heading along the Spanish Trail for California. Between 100 and 140 men, woman and children died. It was a black day in Mormon history. There has been a great deal of controversy over the matter and few facts are known about the reasoning behind the attack.)

Saintly lady dies

Mrs. Thomas Needham, 77, a long-time resident of Warrensburgh, died July 19, 1912 of paralysis at South Johnsburgh. She is survived by four sons and three daughters, Clarence Needham, at whose home she died, LeRoy, William, Charles Needham and Nellie Corbett, Anna Mosher and Mrs. Wilbur Perkins.

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

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