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Turning Back the Pages

There was a movie about Harry Kendall Thaw and his wife, the beautiful Evelyn Nesbitt Thaw, entitled, “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing,” made many years ago. Thaw shot three bullets and killed architectural-genius Stanford White for being much too friendly with his wife. After a sensational trial he was sent to Mattewan State Hospital and nine years later he was released and acquitted of all charges. He was later sent to the mental ward of the Pennsylvania State Hospital after again being judged insane. Later on he secured his freedom once again and eventually bought Villa Marie Antoinette in Bolton Landing on the shore of Lake George, which had been built by Dr. William G. Beckers. He went there around 1942 to live the good life. His parties were famous and he was a big hit at the Sagamore Hotel where he left lavish tips.

Townspeople described him as “half crazy,” but he was likable. Harry Thaw lived in Bolton for about 5 years before he died in 1947. I wonder if his life-sized wax replica still exists in some dusty, long forgotten storage warehouse.

Contentious court battle

George Brown, indicted on May 4, 1912 in Ballston Spa, for selling intoxicating liquors in Corinth, a “dry” town, was acquitted. The trial was bitterly contested.

Witnesses for the people testified to purchasing beer at the Brown Bottling Works in Corinth. The defense claimed that the liquid sold was malt mead which an expert testified was not a malt liquor, but contained a very small amount of alcohol.

Warrensburgh news

Another good soaking rain, which began the night of Nov. 6, 1912, helped to fill the ground with moisture for the needs of the coming season.

About three inches of snow fell in this vicinity Sunday night, Nov. 24 and Monday morning, Nov. 25, 1912 and traces of it still remain in the fields and shady places while in the sunny spots it has been converted to mud. Ten inches of snow fell in Johnsburgh.

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

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