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Fiery blaze destroys shop

Robert A. Johnson’s blacksmith and wheelwright shop at North Creek, situated on upper Main Street near the D.& H. railroad station, was burned to the ground on Wednesday night, Oct. 30, 1912, together will all of its contents, including about $1,000 worth of seasoned lumber.

The fire broke out about 11 o’clock and an alarm was given by the ringing of church bells and the blowing of steam whistles. A large crowd gathered and a bucket brigade was quickly formed but was unable to accomplish much because of the strong wind. The house adjoining, occupied by Michael Owens, was saved with much effort. The loss is estimated at $4,000 only partially covered by insurance. There is no plan to rebuild the shop at present.

Failed to dodge the bullet

Mrs. Elwin Austin, of Newcomb, is laid up with a bullet wound in her limb caused by the accidental discharge of a gun, on Oct. 27, 1912, in the hands of James Moynehan.

Mr. Moynehan picked up the gun to clean it when the trigger caught in his mitten and discharged it, inflicting a flesh wound in Mrs. Austin’s leg.

Expensive blaze

Scrimping and saving every available penny for years, Mrs. E.D. Bentley finally accumulated $789.95, her bank being a discarded parlor stove in which she hid her funds from her husband. She wished to surprise him one day in the future by placing in his hand the money when the total reached $1,000 to purchase a house and small farm in the Catskills.

While she was absent on a visit the weather became chilly and Bentley dragged out the stove, set it up and started a roaring fire in it to take the chill off the parlor room. Now Mrs. Bentley’s fortune is in the shape of a few silver and copper coins fused into a solid mass.

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

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