Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago • November 1912

Sam Pasco banished from county

Alvin “Sam” Pasco, the notorious Thurman bad man, who on Nov. 18, 1912 in County Court at Lake George was sentenced by Judge Raley to 10 years confinement in Clinton Prison at Dannemora and whose sentence was suspended on condition that he leave Warren County and remain away for ten years, has already violated the conditions of his parole. A bench warrant was issued by Judge Raley on Dec. 4, 1912 for his immediate arrest.

Sam Pasco, 38, had been given 10 days by the judge in which to settle his affairs and leave the county. Judge Raley informed him that at the expiration of the 10 days grace period, a bench warrant would be issued — and if he had not then left the county he would be arrested wherever found and taken to Dannemora.

He promised faithfully to comply with the conditions of his release and stated his intention of going to Canada to work in the lumber woods. The charge to which Sam pleaded guilty was for illegally cutting timber on the Everts place in Thurman. Back in 1898 he was convicted of second-degree Assault for which he served six months in the Albany penitentiary.

A Thurman man reported here on Dec. 4, 1912 that Pasco appeared at the Athol post office that day with a rifle on his shoulder and stated that he had decided to remain in the county. He was evidently in an ugly frame of mind and serious trouble is anticipated when the officers go after him. The warrant is in the hands of Under Sheriff Mac R. Smith and when he goes after Pasco he may be depended upon to apprehend him.

Sam Pasco is the son of the late Leander Pasco who was shot and killed by his son-in-law, Joseph “Cal” Wood on May 10, 1890 on the Aller Wood Road near Creek Centre (Stony Creek). (Note…The full story of Sam’s latest brush with the law was told in this column in the Oct. 20 issue of the Adirondack Journal.)

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

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