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Caleb Vernum, 78, died Aug. 21, 1913 at his home in the Vowers district (Schroon River Road) after a long and painful illness of mastoid abscesses and heart disease. He was born Dec. 2, 1835. He leaves a widow, Mary Vernum, five daughters and an adopted son, Carson Vernum. Burial was in the Warrensburgh Cemetery.

Centennial festivities abound

Warrensburgh has been ablaze with color this past month as all of the hotels and business places and many residences are beautifully decorated with flags and bunting.

Landlord A.C. Stone, of the Grand Army House, hung up a handsome new sign on the front of his popular hostelry and was one of the first to decorate his building for the town Centennial celebration. It looks extremely gay in an elaborate trimming of flags, festoons and bunting, arranged by C.L, Wagner of Glens Falls. Music Hall building has also been decorated by Mr. Wagner’s men. (Note: The Grand Army House was located where George Henry’s tavern is located today.)

On Aug. 8, 1913, the Centennial crowds converged upon Warrensburgh, Aug. 8, 1913 and it was a big day for the village, probably the biggest we have had since the great barbecue at the Grand Army reunion in 1887 when some 5,000 people were entertained here. Special features of that day and evening were the dignitaries, oratory, soldiery, music and fireworks. Doring’s Band, under the leadership of Sergeant George Doring of Troy, National Guard, Second Regiment, the peer of any band in the state, came here from Fort Sulzer.

Upon the arrival of the soldiers, a parade was formed by Supervisor Milton Eldridge to march over School St. (now Stewart Farrar Avenue) and Elm St. to the fairgrounds on upper Hudson St. A grand pyrotechnical display by the Pain Fireworks Co., comprised of about 60 unusual pieces were set off from the knoll on the Richards Lot (now the town Recreation Field), where they could be seen from all parts of the village. Senator James A. Emerson and his wife Margaret Emerson later entertained the distinguished guests at dinner in their home.

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

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