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Sam Pasco in trouble again

During the October term of Supreme Court at Lake George, two indictments were returned against Alvin “Sam” Pasco — one for Grand Larceny for cutting and stealing trees in August, 1912 from the property of Delbert L. Everts in the town of Thurman. The value of the trees was placed at $100.

The second indictment was also for grand larceny for cutting and stealing 28 trees, also valued at $100, from the premises of B. A. Kenyon in Thurman.

Pasco has retained Attorney James S. Kiley to defend him. (Note…Sam Pasco, son of Leander Pasco, was the notorious “evil” bandit of the North Country but like Robin Hood, he had more friends than enemies. He was well-known for seeing something that he wanted and just taking it. Back in January 1909 George T. Lockwood sued him for stealing seven or eight plots of standing timber. In January 1910, Lewis Olden of The Glen swore out a warrant and charged Sam with Assault, and he was released from jail after his friends posted $500 bail for him.

Sam Pasco died in April 1918 after being shot in the back by a sheriff’s deputy during a manhunt, when he was running from the law. He is buried in Pasco Cemetery in Thurman.)

Irate voter shoots candidate

Theodore Roosevelt, governor of New York State from 1898 to 1900, was elected U.S. Vice President in 1900. When on a vacation trip in the Adirondacks camping at Mount Marcy, he became the 26th U.S. President at 4:45 a.m. on Sept. 14, 1901 at the North Creek depot when he received official word that President William McKinley had been shot by an assassin in Buffalo and had died several days later. Teddy was re-elected in 1904.

His life always seemed to center around drama. One time, a trolley car struck his carriage and bowled him into a ditch and killed the Secret Service man riding beside him. Teddy, who received a bad leg wound, scrambled to his feet and insisted on continuing in the trip to make his scheduled speech on time. After he left office when his elected term was up, Roosevelt embarked on a long tour abroad where he found time for big-game hunting and writing books.

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

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