Turning Back the Pages

He is survived by his widow, his parents, his son, Herman Jr., one daughter, Constance, two brothers, David and Walter and two sisters, Mrs. Rothschild and Mrs. Muhlfelder. He was buried in the Albany Cemetery.

(Note: At just about the time of this tragedy, Herman Baumann’s father, J.P. Baumann of Glens Falls, through the local real estate agency of Scott B. Smith, sold his handsome family residence of many years on upper Hudson Street, to Miss Mary Swan of Warrensburgh. The sale occurred on May 15, 1912 and the price was not stated. At that time the house was occupied by Edwin Upton, who went on living there for a time. This house, still standing, is today just north of Ashe’s Hotel.)

New life out west

R.J. Whitby, for many years a resident of Warrensburgh, but late of Glens Falls, has recently moved his family to Minneapolis, Minn., where he has secured a position. (Note: In the spring 2012 issue of the Warrensburgh Historical Society Quarterly, Editor John T. Hastings, son of local author Abbie Hastings, has published a remarkable story he wrote entitled, “From the Sheep to the Man,” chronicling a detailed history of the Warrensburgh Woolen Mill, also called the Pants Factory, which was first built in 1873 on Milton Avenue.

It provided good employment for many years for countless area people. My husband’s father Edward Hadden was night watchman in 1897 and my mother-in-law, Ida May Robinson, a Madrid farm girl, was recruited in 1903 by pants factory superintendent John Botham Twaddle of Malone to work there.

Richard J. Whitby was one of the original owners of the new Woolen Mill factory which was built in 1886 and in later years, his son Percy Whitby was much involved in the business. The street was named for general manager Milton Eldridge who later in 1912 was supervisor of Warrensburgh.

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

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