Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - November 1912

Prolific citizen succumbs

John Harris, 85, died at his home at 35 Terra Cotta Avenue, Glens Falls after a lingering illness. Beside his widow, Zelpha Harris, he is survived by 12 children, 24 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Harris was born in the town of Queensbury, March 27, 1827. He married Lina Sherman, Sept. 23, 1847. She died in 1852. He again married on Feb. 7, 1854, this time to Zelpha Sherman.

The funeral was held from his late residence, the afternoon of Nov. 27, 1912, the bearers being his grandchildren, Fred Brown, Ira Hewitt, Benjamin Harris and Washington Butler. Mr. Harris was a life-long resident of Queensbury and was well respected by all who knew him. (Note…I think that it is a good bet Lina and Zelpha Sherman were sisters. In the mid 1800’s a boy did not go courting very far from his home territory.)

Rabbit on the holiday menu

Preparations for the Thanksgiving dinner in the lumber camps begin early in November. Traps for the rabbits, which form the principal dish, are set in place and carefully baited with a liberal supply of whole corn and oats which is scattered under the leaves in close proximity to the snares. These traps are checked by the cook every day.

After the rabbits are skinned and cleaned, the “cookie” throws the meat into a big kittle with a liberal supply of onions, potatoes, carrots and other vegetables and allowed to simmer over a low fire. The stew is served with a dish of dressing and a mug of cider with just a bite and a bit of an edge on it.

Almost as good as the rabbit stew is the plum pudding which is made of bread, molasses and all the plums the mixture can stand. It is put in the oven early in the morning and allowed to remain until ready to be served along with the mince and apple pies, piping hot and full of the elixir of life.

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

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