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Turning Back the Pages

Town resident Lenore Smith, related to the Smiths by marriage, told me that the house was originally filled with rare and beautiful furnishings. As reported in last week’s column, among those to next live in the house were Jessie Smith, a relative of John G. Smith, and her husband storekeeper Charles Lavery. Years later, area hotelier Doug Burton purchased the house.

Warrensburg businessman Donald Brooks Stone and his wife Grace were the next owners. I received many phone calls this week from readers and relatives who offered their recollections.

Stone was involved in many business ventures. Warrensburg native Donald Putney said Don Stone built North Gateway Restaurant in North Warrensburg “from the ground up” after a previous enterprise existed there — a small ice cream stand complete with “car hops.” He said that Don’s “truck stop,” which I said last week was located north of town in the 1950s. was actually located next to the Judd Bridge near where Rebecca’s Florist & Country Store now operates.

Sandra LaFond, Don and Grace Stone’s daughter offered other details. After the Don Stone’s death, his wife Grace Baker Stone occupied the home through the 1980’s with the help of Thelma Plumbly and Mary Somerville. They called themselves, “The Golden Girls.” After moving away from the house, Grace Stone, 88, died Dec. 23, 2008 in Warrensburgh.

Detmers acquire 46 Hudson

Jarrod York, grandson of former Warrensburg supervisor Maynard Baker, said that between 1988 and 1996 he worked at 46 Hudson St. for Chris and Eva Detmer as groundskeeper and handyman. Chris Detmers was a partner in Adirondack Studios, a nationally-renowned enterprise, once in Warrensburg but now in Argyle, that designs, builds and installs scenery and interactive environments.

The Detmers extensively rehabilitated the carriage house at 46 Hudson. Jarrod said that Erica Ross Walker later lived in the second-floor apartment in the outbuilding.

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

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