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Thurman station burglarized

The Delaware and Hudson railroad station at Thurman was burglarized the Saturday night Sept. 21, 1912 and $26, mostly in silver, was stolen. “Dick” Baker, a well known Thurman character, was arrested Monday for the crime and he is now in the county jail at Lake George to await the action of the Grand Jury.

Station agent L.T. Spencer, contrary to his usual custom, left the change he had on hand in the station on Saturday night. He went after it Sunday morning and found it gone. A broken window with a ladder leaning against the building on the outside showed where the thief had entered.

Baker went into a store in Thurman on Sunday to make a purchase and boastfully exhibited considerable silver money. Learning of this Spencer prompted his arrest.

Sheriff Smith and a D.&H. detective took him in charge and to them he confessed the crime. He was charged with burglary in the third degree. Dick Baker, about 30 , has served one term in Dannemora Prison for the same crime.

Hotels engulfed in flames

one of the most popular summer hotels in the region, the Friends Lake House, near Chestertown, was destroyed by fire Saturday afternoon, Sept. 21, 1912. The property, owned and conducted by Daniel J. Murphy, was valued at $10,000 and insured for $3,500.

The fire broke out at 3 p.m. in a room in the second story of the building and spread rapidly. The neighbors quickly rallied to the rescue and joined the hotel force in fighting the flames but with little effect. The Chestertown Fire Department rushed in their chemical engine as soon as possible but arrived too late to be of any use. Twelve hotel guests got out safely but little of the hotel furnishings was saved.

The house had accommodations for 100 guests and was in the process of closing up a very successful season. The hotel will be rebuilt this winter in time for the opening of the 1913 season.

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

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