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Weather amazes residents

Walter E. Harris made a trip through Lake George to Baldwin in a motorboat Jan. 24, 1913. This is a remarkable experience at this winter season as Lake George is generally icebound much before the latter part of January. On Jan. 5, 1904 it was 24 degrees below zero.

Many of the older residents of this area have wracked their brains in an effort to recall similar conditions in years gone by. One old settler says that January, 1889 was the same as this year and dust was blowing in the streets in the middle of the month. There was than a great shortage of ice in the cities and quantities were shipped from the scant but adequate supply in Lake George to Albany and New York. Two or three Warrensburgh men made a lot of money that winter.

Self made man perishes

Leonard Bibbey, 60, died from pneumonia Jan. 31, 2013 at his home in Fort Edward. He was a native of England and came to Glens Falls as a boy. He later started a small bottling works out of which has grown the firm of Bibbey and Ferguson brewers.

Bibbey lived in Glens Falls until 1890 when, with several others, he went to Fort Edward and purchased the John R. Durkee Brewing Co. which he has since conducted under his personal direction.

Bibbey was a self-made man and charitably inclined. He was widely known as one of the leading horsemen of this area, having owned some of the best horses in the state. The Bibbey Hose Company was named in his honor. He is survived by his wife, one son, Walter Bibbey and a daughter, Mrs. W.L.R. Durkee.

Citizens seek rate increase

The residents of Bolton Landing and of the lighting district in the town are being asked to sign a petition to authorize the town board to increase the rate paid to the local lighting company to five miles on the assessable property of the district, the present rate being three miles on each dollar. The reason for this action is that the company has been doing business at a loss since its organization and as its finances are burdened. It is necessary for the company to increase its income by some means or give up the business which would mean quite a loss to the residents. The increased rate would put the company in a more favorable position —not necessarily give them profits — but at least enable them to maintain their plant and distributing system in much better condition. Consumers request that the candle-power of the street lights be increased from 25 to 32 and that the company’s lines extend another mile and a half in the village.

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

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