Turning Back the Pages

100 Years Ago - Winter 1913

Young Emerson is hometown hero

Albert Louis Emerson, the young son of Senator and Mrs. James A. Emerson of Warrensburgh, played the part of the hero Feb. 1, 1913 when at the risk of his life he rescued from drowning in Harrington Pond, on King St., his playmate Carson Hamilton, who broke through the ice while skating and would have sunk in six feet of water had he not been rescued in the nick of time by his brave young companion.

The boys, in company with others, were playing hockey on the pond and young Hamilton was in pursuit of the pack when he ventured out too far and striking a patch of thin ice, went through. There is a considerable current at that point and the boy would have quickly been swept under the ice only for the prompt action of Emerson, who bravely skated out on the thin ice and grasping the struggling boy by the shoulder dragged him out of the water and assisted by the other boys soon had him on safe ice, badly chilled and much frightened. They took him home and he soon recovered from the effects of his thrilling adventure. (Note: This pond, on King St., was next door to the present day home of Alan Hall. A popular town skating rink, it was filled in with dirt many years ago and no longer exists except in the minds of the people who used to skate there in their younger days.)

Henry Crandall laid to rest

Lumber baron and Glens Falls philanthropist Henry Crandall, 92 — who died Feb. 19, 1913 — was reported to be worth between one and two million dollars. The entire estate was left to his widow, Betsey Crandall, his wife of 54 years, and at her death passes into the possession of a perpetual corporation under the name of Crandall Trust. The will was drawn Dec. 30, 1912 and stated that no intoxicating liquors will ever be sold on any property owned by the estate.

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

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