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A snow storm came on Tuesday Jan. 7, 1913 followed by sleet and a freeze-up which made fairly good sleighing and most of the wheeled vehicles have been laid up for the winter. On Jan. 8, 1913 the Chester stage made its first trip of the season on runners. (Note: My late mother-in-law, Ida Mae Hadden, who was born in 1877, used to tell me about what winters in Warrensburgh were like in the old days when automobiles and bicycles were “put up” during the snow season. If a person needed to go some where, they usually walked. Ida walked to the Woolen Mill and later to the Shirt Factory to work for 50 years. People, especially single ladies, used to move in with relatives or sometimes board in other people’s homes because of the work and expense of heat. There must have been quite a smoke cloud hanging over the town in the winter of 1913 where in nearly every house they were either burning wood or coal.)

Johnsburgh’s First Pond renamed

The Chatiemac Lake Club, at their regular meeting in Glens Falls, decided to ask the State Conservation Commission to change the name of First Pond in the town of Johnsburgh to Chatiemac Lake, as it is now known locally. The club owns a large tract of land about the lake and maintains a fine clubhouse there and fishing grounds. It is their custom to place 5,000 fingerling trout in the lake each year.

Elderly couple departs together

Mrs. Jane Bennett, 79, died Monday Jan. 6, 1913 at her home on Harrington Hill of pneumonia, with which she had been ill since Christmas day. At the time of her death, her husband was also seriously ill with the same disease and he died the night of Jan. 8, 1913. Norman Bennett was 78 years old and a veteran of the Civil War.

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

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