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A stone mansion built in Whitehall in 1872 at a cost estimated from $60,000 to $250,000 was sold at auction in May, 1912 for $3,000. (Note: Today, that grand building on the side of the mountain, overlooking the town, is known as Skene Manor and is open to the public.)

In an explosion of a steam vulcanizer at the Empire Rubber Co. plant in Trenton, N.J., during which a five ton steel door was blown 40 feet and embedded in the side of the building, Harry Cross, a rubber worker and two laborers were badly injured.

News roundabout

Everything is growing fine now although we have had a very cold, backward spring. Hay and fruit promise to be abundant crops.

Ulric Van Dusen has purchased a four-passenger Sears automobile and tried it out for the first time when he made a trip to Stony Creek. (Note: The electric self-starter was developed in 1911 by Charles Franklin Kettering and introduced in the 1912 Cadillac which enormously expanded the car market as cranking an automobile was not for the faint of heart.)

A son was born on June 12, 1912 to Mrs. Peter Savraie of North Thurman.

Alfred J. Rhodes of Argyle and Miss Lena E. Barton of Thurman were married by the Rev. H.F. Titus on June 9, 1912 at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Warrensburgh.

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

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