Turning Back the Pages

Essex Co. man kills brother

A crime was committed in Essex County, Jan. 19, 1913, when James Pattisen, a lumber jack of unsavory reputation, attacked and killed his brother, Thomas in a particularly flagitious manner. Dragging his sleeping brother from his bed, the murderer stabbed him twice, once in the arm and again in the left breast, the latter wound penetrating the heart and causing death.

Defendant judged insane

Howard Monroe of Wevertown, who a few weeks ago was mixed up in a midnight fracas at the Griswold Tavern — a roadhouse in the town of Moreau — during which it was alleged he stabbed Thomas Luddy of Watervliet, has been declared of unsound mind and committed to the State Asylum for the Insane at Utica.

Luddy was stabbed in different parts of his body five times leaving him in critical condition. He later recovered in the Glens Falls Hospital.

Monroe has long been an erratic individual and for the past year his relatives claim that he has been showing pronounced signs of mental aberration. He at one time conducted a stage line between North Creek and Glens Falls which was discontinued about two years ago. He has since been engaged in horse trading and teaming.

Monroe was confined in the Saratoga County jail at Ballston after the attack and was later released on $1,000 bail. His brother Harvey Monroe convinced Judge George S. Braley to declare him insane and to send him to Utica to prevent him from injuring or killing others.

Several bridges suffer damage

Warrensburgh Superintendent of Highways Henry Williams has been making temporary repairs to the Warrensburgh-Thurman bridge. The span has been closed since the recent flood when one of its supporting piers was damaged and so weakened it that it was deemed unsafe. It will cost $2,000 to fix it and the county will stand part of the expense.

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

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