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Gov. Dix visits the Queen Village

The usually quiet little village of Warrensburgh was in a frenzy of excitement Sept. 5, 1912, a day proclaimed as “Governor’s Day” at the Warren County Fair here. The village was decorated in gala splendor in honor of Gov. John A. Dix’s expected arrival and anticipation hung in the air.

The chief of the great Empire State was accompanied by many prominent area state officials among which were State Historian James A. Holden of Glens Falls, Sen. James A. Emerson of Warrensburgh and Assemblyman H.E.H. Brereton of Diamond Point.

The governor and his elite party were guests of Henry Griffing, president of the fair association, for a luncheon at noon in the new Fort William Henry Hotel at Lake George and immediately after they came to Warrensburgh in automobiles to attend the fair here where they were received with many honors. The streets, grandstand and fairgrounds had been decorated with flags and bunting in honor of the distinguished visitors.

Although the weather was threatening rain in the morning, there were 8,000 people present on the first day of the fair to greet the governor, accompanied by his nephew, Thomas Douglas, who were the first to arrive at 3 p.m. They were met at the entrance to the fairgrounds by Prof. Sherman Holcomb and his Glens Falls Band and escorted to the bandstand. The procession passed along the race track and was heartily cheered by the immense crowd. After they were seated on the platform, a vaudeville act was presented by Madame Elite, queen of the tight wire — and at its conclusion the governor and his companions joined heartily in the applause.

Those from Warrensburgh seated with the governor were Senator James A. Emerson, Fred J. Hayes and directors T.J. Smith, Isaac S. Woodward, Lewis Thomson, Charles F. Burhans and Louis Reoux.

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

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