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Unknown ladies at the old Warren County Fairgrounds racetrack in Warrensburgh in 1923, waiting for the horse racing to commence.

Unknown ladies at the old Warren County Fairgrounds racetrack in Warrensburgh in 1923, waiting for the horse racing to commence.

Autumn leaves are falling

It was just 50 years ago, in October 1862, that Henry David Thoreau wrote “Autumn Tints,” which was published in the Atlantic Monthly magazine. He said, “Europeans coming to America are surprised by the brilliancy of our autumnal foliage.” The “Autumnal Equinox” will soon be upon us. The leaves of the Swamp Maple are the first to generally change color in the fall season. There are 13 maple species native to the U.S. and they will soon delight us with their magnificent fall color.

“Yet still the wilding flowers would blow, the golden leaves would fall, the seasons come, the seasons go and God be good to all.” — John Greenleaf Whittier.

News from far and near

The 72nd New York State Fair will open Monday Sept. 9, 1912 in its new million dollar home in Syracuse. The new cattle building is already in use as is the new railroad terminal. Many area people will attend the fair. Senator James A. Emerson, R.T. Woodward and B.F. Hammond left on Sept. 11, 1912 to attend the State Fair.

State Historian James A. Holden of Glens Falls, will speak Sept. 18, 1912 on “The influence of the Murder of Jane McCrea on the Burgoyne Campaign.” Frank J. Wilder of Saratoga Springs will speak on “A Century and a Half of Saratoga History.” at the Worden Hotel in Saratoga Springs during the 14th annual meeting of the state Historical Association beginning Sept. 17, 1912 which will last for four days.

Fires damage properties

The Ferry Hotel of Luzerne, owned by the Barrett estate of Saratoga and occupied by John Brown as a bottling establishment, was destroyed by fire at noon, Sept. 4, 1912. It was one of the oldest landmarks in the place and was located across the Hudson from Corinth on the Luzerne side. The damage amounts to $4,000.

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

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