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New sheriff takes oath

Sheriff-elect Richard J. Bolton took the oath of office before County Attorney and Notary Loyal L. Davis on Friday afternoon, Dec. 13, 1912, in Glens Falls. (Note…In January, 1913 Sheriff Bolton succeeded Sheriff Thomas J. Smith and received more than 100 applications from Republicans in the north country, particularly Horicon and Chestertown, for the job of Deputy Sheriff. The new sheriff appointed to that post his father, Richard J. Bolton, Sr. of Horicon, at a salary of $50 a year.

He also appointed three others as special deputies, without salaries, who were Alpha St. Claire, Fred Case and Herbert Smith.)

Slide nears completion

The toboggan slide at the Fort William Henry Hotel in Lake George is nearing completion and as soon as the lake freezes over it will be ready for use and it will be a busy time.

The Charles J. Peabody residence now in course of erection is progressing rapidly, the current fine weather being very favorable for the work. (Note…Charles Jones Peabody bought the Lower Price Place, an English Tudor Mansion on Millionaires’ Row which he named Evelley. The house was in later years owned by Paul Carroll.)

Testing apple cider

The determination of when apple cider has become “hard” suggests the well known test by means of which toadstools are differentiated from mushrooms. You must drink the cider and if all the apple trees in your vicinity begin to participate in a measured movement to waltz time the cider is indeed “hard.”

Sometimes it may require 3 or 4 goblets with amber crown to decide properly whether the tingling beverage knows its business.

Death in the news

Enos O. Putnam, 77, an old resident of Johnsburgh, died suddenly on Wednesday morning, Nov. 27, 1912 at his home. He had been ill for about a week but the day before his death seemed to feel unusually well.

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