Turning Back the Pages

(Note: On July 5, 1907, McCarthy was crossing the state road near Bloody Pond when he was struck and ran over by a touring car and nearly killed. Although badly injured, he survived.)

Hotel man dead

Edgar Wetmore, 83, proprietor of the Grove House at East Lake George, died Aug. 12, 1913 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.R. Root, 42 Grant Avenue, Glens Falls. He was well known throughout New York state as one of the best of the hotel men. Death followed a stroke of apoplexy. He had attended the Centennial celebration in the city and it is believed that the excitement was too great for him. (Note: I was startled when I read about Mr. Wetmore’s former home at 42 Grant Avenue, Glens Falls as in 1958 I lived in that house.)

Forest fires raging

The dry weather of the last few weeks has allowed numerous forest fires to gain headway at various points throughout the Adirondacks and extensive areas are being burned over,

A big fire on Orlando Bryant’s property on Harrington Hill and another near the Viele Pond have kept Fire Patrolman Robert Cunningham and a large force of men busy for two days. Both are now under control. A fire on Crane’s Mountain, believed to be of incendiary origin, has burned over 300 acres and is still raging.

News roundabout

Work on the Panama Canal is progressing nicely and plans are being made for its opening next year.

The Schroon River in Warrensburgh is little more than a big brook, the water having fallen lower than any dry period of previous years. The reservoir is nearly exhausted and unless the protracted drought is broken soon there will surely be a water famine. It has been very cold and dry and crops need rain badly. We are very fearful of an August frost and if we do get one the season’s crops will be pretty close to a failure.

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

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