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Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - December 1912

Charged with crookedness

The Siegal brothers, Jacob and Lewis, who formerly conducted clothing and dry goods stores at North Creek and Indian Lake, than removed later to Burlington, Vermont, where they engaged in the same business, on July 15, 1912 went into bankruptcy. When their affairs were being settled they were charged with willfully and fraudulently concealing from the trustee and receiver, William A. Vial, the sum of $10,000.

When thus accused both fled and have since been fugitives from justice until Saturday morning, Nov. 30, 1912 when Lewis Siegal was arrested by Patrolman Thomas Clancy in Glens Falls. The whereabouts of Jacob Siegal is unknown. Attorney Henry Williams has been engaged to defend the prisoner who is currently free on $1,000 bail.

Old Glory raised high

The new schoolhouse in district No. 2 in Chestertown is getting along finely and will be a great addition to the town when finished.

The Italian masons working on the schoolhouse recently after finishing the chimney, placed a flag of their own country on the building. This was just too much for Earl Carpenter so he procured an American flag and clambering to the roof hoisted the good old Stars and Strips over the foreign banner and it waves there where it always should be, on top. (Note…The complete story of the hard struggle to create a new Chestertown school was told in this column in the July 28th and Sept. 22, 2012 Adirondack Journal.)

Birds feast on oysters

Thomas Bolton of Horicon was in the town of Adirondack Thursday morning, Dec. 12, 1912. “Tommie” left his horse standing in front of Smith Barton’s residence while he was inside visiting. In the meantime a blast was sat off nearby on W.L. Potter’s place and the horse, concluding that home was the best place for him, turned around and rapidly started in that direction but was stopped by some of the boys at the schoolhouse. No serious damage was done except the spilling of a few gallons of oysters which Tommie had brought into town to sell.

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