Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - October 1912

Politics end in death

James Schoolcraft Sherman, Vice-President of the U.S. and candidate for re-election on the Republican ticket, died at his home in Utica, Oct. 30, 1912 of Bright’s disease, heart disease and hardening of the arteries. He was in a coma when he died.

The deceased was an intimate friend of the Hon. Louis W. Emerson of Warrensburgh and he visited his friend here four years ago and gave a noon-time address on the piazza at the Adirondack Hotel (Note…now Rite-Aid location).

A beautiful floral piece, made by Sheridan E. Prosser, the Warrensburgh florist, was sent by the Hon. L.W. and Senator James A. Emerson for the funeral of their late friend, Vice-President Sherman, which was held Nov. 1, 1912 in Utica.

In other news, bonfires on Main Street, uptown and downtown on election night, surrounded by crowds of cheering boys, were lighted by youngsters to celebrate the glorious victory of Senator James A. Emerson, whose son, Albert is a leader among them and is as popular with his associates as his distinguished sire is with their fathers. (Note…Albert Emerson was lovely man, kind and thoughtful, who worked hard to carry on the proud tradition of his illustrious family. His portrait hangs in the Emerson Town Hall his money built, looking down at the courtroom proceedings with a thoughtful, amused expression, that I think says, “Look what fools these mortals be!”)

Music Hall rally

The Warrensburgh Cadet Band, organized in the spring of this year, made its first appearance in public Tuesday evening, Oct. 29, 1912 when it was engaged to play for the Progressive political party rally at Music Hall. A street parade was made before the meeting. The band played exceedingly well considering the short time it has been in practice. Many of the members are beginners and George E. Farrar is their leader. (Note…The first Progressive Party in 1912 was formed by dissident Republicans. They became known as the Bull Moose Party and unsuccessfully backed Teddy Roosevelt for president in that year even though they drew over 4 million votes.)

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

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